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Start-Up Chile is a groundbreaking initiative of the Chilean Government, created by the Ministry of Economy, executed by CORFO via InnovaChile, that seeks to attract foreign, high-potential entrepreneurs to come to Chile to bootstrap their businesses with the end goal of converting Chile into the innovation and entrepreneurial hub of Latin America. This is a general mission of the recently inaugurated government and is the primary focus of the Ministry of Economy.
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Start-Up Chile’s new Growth accelerator will offer US$100,000 in funding
Contxto – If you’re a startup, funding opportunities exist… if you know where to look. Have you tried the southern cone of Latam recently? Start-Up Chile (SUP) announced it’s launching “Growth,” a new program for more consolidated startups. Through it, select companies are eligible to receive up to CLP$75 million (~US$100,000) in equity-free funding as […]
Oliver closes US$117,000 for amateur football players to measure performance
Contxto – Professional football (or soccer for any Americans reading) teams can count on an army of doctors, technicians, and other experts to monitor their performance and help them improve. But when it comes to amateur leagues, players are often left to sort things out on their own. So to give them the data-edge to […]
Top 10 tech hubs of Latin America in 2020
Contxto – It’s that time of the year again! StartupBlink has published the latest edition of its Global Rankings Report. The moment has come to see which are the top tech hubs of Latin America. For those of you who are new to this ranking, StartupBlink, developed an algorithm which ranks startup ecosystems across the […]
Social distancing tech from El Salvador’s Spot.io that you didn’t know you needed
Contxto – Rapid response is what the 2020 game is all about. If you’re unable to adjust your business model and operations to new market dynamics, you’re gone. Before this whole pandemic thing unrolled over Latin America, I interviewed Julio Ábrego—co-Founder of Salvadoran startup Spot.io—. Time flew, and so, I had to ask for some […]
Meet Platanus Ventures, Chile’s newest incubator. It is picky as f…
Contxto – It is about time for the masters to pass on knowledge to the students. Despite the current market conditions, some’s mission to keep improving remains unchanged. Chilean software agency, Platanus, partnered with fintechs Buda and Fintual, along with digital media, Vaso Medio Lleno to launch a new initiative for those who are just […]
Sebastián Díaz steps down as Start-Up Chile’s Director, but why?
Contxto – Start-Up (SUP) Chile, a major government-funded accelerator, raised a lot of eyebrows last week. The SUP’s overseeing body, the Corporation for the Promotion of Production or Corfo, announced its request that the accelerator’s Director, Sebastián Díaz, step down from his role as head of the organization. While no details were provided as to […]
Chilean healthtech marketplace, QuePlan, announces expansion to Peru and Colombia
Contxto – The fit young things—or struggling founders—reading this site might not even have health insurance, but I think it is rather well-known that getting your hands on it can be a pain in the neck at the best of times. Therefore, the recent announcement by one of the founders of QuePlan.cl—a Chilean healthtech insurance […]
Brazil’s Sapore acquires foodtech startups Lucco Fit, Shipp, and Zaitt
Contxto – Brazilian Sapore, a multinational restaurant company, is hungry for foodtechs. And no this isn’t just composition yammer. The major corporation gobbled up three Brazilian startups and announced their acquisition last Monday. The entrée was Lucco Fit, a startup that develops healthy, frozen lunchboxes. The second course was Shipp, a delivery startup from Vitória. […]
Start-Up Chile invites Argentine foodtech Simpleat to bring frozen meals next door
Contxto – For many emergent companies, participating in Start-Up Chile entails new markets and regional expansion. Known for its frozen meals, at least this is what the Argentine foodtech Simpleat intends to achieve following its admission into the prestigious accelerator. With Colombian origins and frozen meals available in Argentina, Start-Up Chile recently invited Simpleat to […]
The innovation wave is reaching Paraguay
This week we had our Morning Coffee with Isabelle Foster, Fulbright Research Scholar from Stanford University Over the past few years, people have watched with interest as Chile and Colombia developed their startup ecosystems. Start-Up Chile and Ruta N Medellin—government programs from each country respectively—brought together the public and private sector to foment entrepreneurship and innovation in […]