the mif blog

Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Ampliar la visión del ecosistema emprendedor: 4to Seminario-Taller del Prodem

Por Guest


Hay cambios veloces en el mundo de las empresas dinámicas: nuevas metodologías de apoyo, nuevas formas de financiamiento, nuevas políticas. Asimismo, un renovado  vocabulario está dando cuenta de los fenómenos: lean start up, canvas, crowdfunding, aceleración. América Latina forma parte de esta oleada, como lo observa también Jonathan Ortmans de la Kauffman Foundation en su blog. En este marco, la nueva edición del 4to Seminario-Taller para Profesionales del Ecosistema que tendrá lugar en Santo Domingo del 19 al 23 de mayo, será una cita clave para actualizar y reforzar conceptos y para el indispensable networking.

Networks are the Difference for Women Entrepreneurs

Por Susana Garcia-Robles

Some barriers are easier to see than others. The obstacles women face are overt throughout some cultures and corners of the world – laws against driving and owning property, rules barring them from certain social settings – while others are more subtle.

Emprendedoras en el siglo XXI

Por Guest

Por Isabelle Chaquiriand, Profesora del IEEM

“¿Y cómo hacés…?”  Me dice la mayoría de las personas cuando se enteran que tengo dos trabajos, tres hijos y un marido (tengo uno solo por recomendación de mi médico y mi sacerdote). Seguramente no haga nada muy diferente a lo que hace la mayoría de las mujeres hoy en día, que se puede resumir en una palabra muy usada pero a veces entendida solo parcialmente: EMPRENDER.

WeXchange: What will you do differently come Monday morning?

Por Georg Neumann

Still a little tired from my morning flight, I am very excited about the MIF’s first ever pitching conference, WeXchange, held in Miami this week with over 50 women entrepreneurs – and an equal number of investors.

I hope they were energized by the sessions, speakers, and mentoring sessions. I myself was impressed by the creativity and dynamism of these women and their business ideas, led of course by the winner of our pitching competition, Angela Cois, whose start-up Last Room makes last minute hotel reservations really easy. But the runners-up were also impressive: Cecilia Calderon of Chile-based DentiDesk, Sylvia Chebi of Greentizen, Uruguay; Ana Hornstein of Fotter, Argentina; Montse Piquer of Nidmi, Spain; and Yanina Baglieri of DineroTaxi, Argentina, and all the other businesswomen I talked to over the couple of days. To help you come back Monday morning ready to take on your next big idea, I wanted to briefly put together some of the recommendations.

WeXchange conference empowers Latin American women entrepreneurs

Por Susana Garcia-Robles

WeXchange, a conference focused on women entrepreneurs in Latin America, is slated for Dec. 11-12 in Miami. This blog has been cross-posted from the Knight Foundation who supports the conference to connect entrepreneurs and foster the exchange of innovative ideas. In Latin America, women entrepreneurs represent a low percentage of the business community, in some places as low as 6 percent. Their low numbers mean they face more challenges than men in the region, mostly due to the lack of strong networks.