Entrepreneurs and Innovators

  World Innovators and Entrepreneurs: I recommend to all creative people to apply to Start-Up Chile, Global entrepreneurs are Welcome! This Monday will be presented the call by the Economy Minister of Chile. Come to Chile a live by yourself the South American-Sillicon Valley, it is feels like the California’s gold fever or the conquest of the west, but now the ideas are the most important value!
Javier Gramajo López
Co-founder SQMOS powered by Start-Up Chile

If you haven’t yet heard, Start-Up Chile is one of the game-changing initiatives that the Chilean Government created that has converted the nation into the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America. The country is 100% dedicated to catapulting Chile into the developed world and, with this program and it’s hundreds of entrepreneurs, they’re right on track.
Each startup participating in Start-Up Chile receives USD$40K (equity-free!) and 1-year work visas for its founders in exchange for staying at least 6 months in Chile to develop their ideas in a very supportive, international, and “incubative” environment. Those chosen have access to a very well connected and financially powerful Chilean network. 23 startups were selected in 2010, they plan to select 300 by end of 2011, and 1000 by 2014. Yes, their economy is on fire!
For those of you who don’t know much about Chile or its economy here are a few key tidbits:
  1. Chile is 1 of only 2 LatAm countries (the other being Mexico) that has been a part of the OECD.
  2. It’s the country that has most free trade agreements in the world and is the only nation in LatAm to receive the lowest political risk rating from the Aon Corporation.
  3. Chile was just named the most innovative country in LatAm and, last year, investment went up 201% (reaching USD$13.3 billion!).
  4. It has 4 seasons and all climates you can think of– from desert to rainforest to arctic and, in Santiago, you are only 1 hour from ski resorts or the beach.
  5. Santiago is a very tech savvy city with more than 2 cell phones per person, a solid technical and transportation infrastructure and a very well educated population.
The good news is that you can become part of this– Start-Up Chile is just about to open their next application round in search of up to 100 startups. It’ll open on July 11th and will remain open for one month. They’re looking for the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the world and, if you know someone who’d fit the bill, let them know that they have the opportunity of a lifetime! Urge them to apply here: www.startupchile.org/apply and they could be part of this one-of-a-kind startup revolution.
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About Javier Gramajo

Javier is one the most active young scientists working in Guatemala. He develops his work as a full professor at the Faculty of Engineering of ‘Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala’ which is Guatemala’s national university. His work is related with artificial intelligence, he proposed several initiatives applied to generate tools that promote small business companies, using semantic web. Javier is the current president of the Informatics and Information Technologies (ITC sector) sub commission at the National Council of Science and Technology (CONCYT). In this position he proposed several initiatives such as: Law Initiative proposal to promote the research work and the incorporation of researchers at universities and research institutes in Guatemala. ‘Converciencia’, reunites all the national and international Guatemalan researchers, this annual conference has become during the past few years a big scenario to promote and develop scientific politics with the support of Guatemalan vice president, all the universities and part of the private sector and all the initiatives that Javier Gramajo-López has proposed have been a great contribution to the final purpose of this kind of conferences: Create the basis of new opportunities to researchers in Guatemala. With other Guatemalan researchers Javier Gramajo-López has also created a blog called ‘guateciencia’ (http://guateciencia.wordpress.com) that has been visited around 12,000 times, from 25 different countries. In that blog Guatemalan researchers show their ideas and work. Javier is an excellent and enthusiastic teacher who is very popular with students that he motivates to be hard working and creative. He has also appeared in several local publications as: newspapers, magazines and blogs, probably this partially shows his leadership in Guatemalan society. Working conditions for a scientist in Guatemala are very poor and each of the accomplishments that Javier has managed to achieve implies a great effort and motivation from his part. Having myself studied and worked in Guatemala I appreciate very much the effort that very few people, like Javier, are making to improve the level of science in the country by working inside the country despite all the difficulties typical of developing countries. Fernando Quevedo

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