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El arte de evaluar: 5 puntos que tendrán en cuenta los jurados de WeXchange para seleccionar el mejor Pitch

By Guest

Por Marta Cruz 

Los concursos y competencias generan una valoración instantánea y extra para tu startup, a la vez de tener la posibilidad de contar con múltiples miradas sobre tu proyecto. También consiste en un atajo para conocer inversores que podrían invertir en el futuro cercano en tu compañía permitiendo desplegar así tu plan de expansión.

Sports, theater, and circus arts ease at-risk youth into the workforce

By Claudio Cortellese

Trends is on vacation this week. This post ran previously on our blog. 

By Claudio Cortellese and Mariel Sabra 

For the vast majority of the 160 million youth between 15 and 29 years old in Latin America and the Caribbean, the transition into the labor market is anything but easy. Youth unemployment continues to hover around 13%—three times the rate of adults (5%). When broken down by gender, young women experience higher unemployment rates than their male counterparts (17% vs. 11%). And, of the young people who have been able to find a job, more than half are employed in the informal sector, according to the International Labour Organization

The Artisan Business Network Gearing Up for NY NOW

By Nara Meli

August is an exciting time for Haitian foundation the Artisan Business Network (ABN). This is because from the 16th through the 20th, ABN’s production team will head up to New York City to take part in the NY NOW market for home, lifestyle and gift. You may recall that MIF is partnering with the ABNwhich assists Haitian artisans in improving their business skills, production processes and marketing, through a value chain approach

Not Afraid of Dreaming Big-Not Afraid of Failing Fast

By Susana Garcia-Robles

(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) 

Picture a street anywhere in Latin America or the Caribbean.

A woman in high heels stumbles on the sidewalk, falls flat on her face, cuts her knee, and her tights get a big run and hole in them. How does she react? She looks around, sees three people running to help her, turns as red as her bleeding knee, and jumps up. She tells them, “Nothing happened”, and she walks away as fast as she can.

An alternative anti-drug policy: economic resilience

By Yuri Soares

By Yuri Soares and Sandra V. Rozo

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world, with no fewer than five of its major cities experiencing more than 100 homicides per 100,000 people each year, according to the most recent Global Study on Homicide. While the pattern of violence varies across different regions, a significant share is linked to illegal drug activity, particularly in drug-producing countries and countries that are distribution channels to the main export markets of the United States and Europe. And as is argued in a recent op-ed by the The Brookings Institution, the recent push to legalize the market of marijuana—particularly in the United States—should not be viewed as a panacea for the prevention of drug-related violence.