Corazón de Chileno – Educational robotics as a state policy!

Last Friday, September 7th, the team of Robótica Educativa FRC “Corazón de Chileno®” met for a talk with the Chilean Minister of Economy, Pablo Longueira Montes who committed himself to implementing the “Robótica Educativa” (Educational Robotics) as a state policy.

This is due to the high value of this methodology for boosting innovation and national entrepreneurship within educational establishments, even more now with the upcoming year of innovation established by the government, as stated by President Piñera. Continue reading

Chilean Youth Robotics Team Raises $40,000+ in 10 days, reaches U.S.A.!

Gran Chile! You did it!!! Chile’s National Youth Robotics team (Corazón De Chileno Frc) was trying to raise money to travel to the U.S.A. International Qualifiers for FRC (U.S. First Robotics Competition). On February 28, 2012, AndesBeat (among others) published and distributed an urgent call for help. At that point they had been trying for months to reach out to the local media, public and private sector officials but had only raised $185 USD!

Within 10 days, many thanks to individual donors, friends, families, strangers (near and far), the international private sector and huge spirited Chilean philanthropists, they were able to raise the money they needed and on March 12, 2012, ALL 28 members of their national team (for the first time in 5 years) was able to travel to the U.S.A. to participate in the FRC International Robotics League qualifiers. Continue reading

Chile’s Startup Week in Review….

Gran Chile startup founders and tech entrepreneurs! I am so proud of you. Indeed you have come along way since January 12, 2012. (Note: The week’s highlights and new contest launches follow intro).

I see you are taking your place in the world not as merely startup founders and tech entrepreneurs from Chile, but as rising global startup thought leaders launching out of Latin America; and the next generation of Angels/VC founders and philanthropists in the making.

Over recent weeks, you have been crushing all the misconceptions and beliefs that are often heard among entrepreneurial and startup circles in Latin America.

Startups and tech entrepreneurs – here’s how you are blowing IT up and making big things happen in (and for) Chile:

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Chilean national youth robotics team ready to ‘Kinect’ in the U.S.A.

Corazón de Chileno® (FRC Team 2576) is Chile’s multi award winning national youth robotics team. They are the only Chilean team represented in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an international tournament where more than 4000 teams participate.

Launched in 1991, FRC launches a different challenge every year, made by engineers from different companies like NASA, General Motors and Lockheed Martin.

This year, youth teams from all around the world will be working on the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge: Rebound Rumble, where the robots will play a game similar to basketball. A very important thing to consider is that the robots will need to be controlled by Kinect, the Microsoft XBox 360 device (a sensory device that allows you to control the XBox 360 solely using body gestures and spoken commands). Continue reading

Chile showcases South America’s emerging talent in robotics and engineering

Realizing how important it is to have access to research talent in terms of AndesBeat vision to ignite a new generation of startup thought leaders in Latin America, this weekend, Carlos Leiva Burotto (AndesBeat co-founder) and I will be actively participating in two major and critical events this weekend that showcase and support Chile’s rising innovators, designers, engineers and scientists and ultimately next generation of startup thought leaders.

Together these rising young engineers, scientists, researchers and designers  are part of our collective network of teen and truly young innovators which is currently more than 1,200+ young  people throughout Chile. Continue reading

Is there a doctor in YOUR STARTUP house?

How does your product or service differ from those currently offered in the marketplace?
It is one of the most understimated, yet, ‘revealing’ questions of an investor pitch.

Granted you could do the ‘research’ yourself with your best educated guess, the truth of the matter is, if you are building a technology based product and don’t have 3 letters behind your name,  better make sure someone on your team does! Continue reading