The Business of Next – News from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2016

The Business of Next – News from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2016

Since my first visit to this city back in 2006, many things have changed. At the time, there was little startup activity and only a few pioneers –incubadora Creame and Promotora– establishing angel networks and the first Venture Capital fund of Colombia. Today, the city is home to other funds, co-working spaces, accelerators, and Ruta N: an initiative that turned around a “suspicious” neighborhood in Medellin and made it into a flagship for innovation and entrepreneurship. Medellin has been a good example of how the public and private sectors can join forces to create a vibrant environment where entrepreneurship can flourish.
jueves, 24 de marzo de 2016/Author: Monica Pina Alzugaray/Number of views (11669)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Etiquetas: entrepreneurship
The Sharing Economy in Latin America: New business models for urban growth

The Sharing Economy in Latin America: New business models for urban growth

Roughly 54% of the world’s population resides in cities. By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion people will join this vast urban population. This trend is especially apparent in Latin America, which is already the second most urban region in the world. Latin America’s urban population is growing at a rate of 1.5% per year and is projected to account for nearly 90% of the region’s population in the coming decades.

martes, 31 de marzo de 2015/Author: Guest/Number of views (12770)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Categorias: BlogsInnovación

Can development work “run lean”?

 

On June 25th in Santiago, Chile, I had the privilege of listening to Ash Maurya. Along with Erick Ries and Steve Blank, Ash is one of today’s most popular “rock stars” on the topic of entrepreneurship. He was a keynote speaker at this year’s National Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, organized by SOFOFA, the Chilean Federation of Industry - one of Latin America’s most influential private sector organizations.

Ash’s book, “Running Lean,” has become the most useful practical guide for millions of entrepreneurs in the world. Of course, in my own presentation right before his, I did not fail to say “Lean Startup” out loud in my last slide (he caught right on to that!).

miércoles, 3 de julio de 2013/Author: Nobuyuki Otsuka/Number of views (31816)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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We need help!



Despite the title, this is not the MIF’s latest fundraising tactic or our new recruiting strategy. This is how NXTP Labs’ co-founder Gonzalo Costa ended his presentation at the MIF’s headquarters in Washington, DC yesterday afternoon. The title may very well sum-up the state of our region’s ecosystem for early stage investing: it needs help. The region still falls short on many aspects, starting by a culture that fears and denies failure, an insufficient number of role models, few specialized service providers and seasoned early stage investors. The good news is that investment models that help address some of these challenges, such as the one proposed by NXTP Labs or the Brazilian21212 accelerator, are appearing in the region and being well received by regional markets.
miércoles, 14 de noviembre de 2012/Author: Monica Pina Alzugaray/Number of views (7625)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

A lack of angel investors and the loneliness of the entrepreneur, key issues on Latin America’s VC ecosystem


A lack of angel investors is one of the key issues in Latin America today, because entrepreneurs are not going to be successful if they don’t have the initial financial and value-add support they need to convert their ideas into start-ups. It is very important for a country to have angel investors willing to take on risk, to know how much they can allocate –and be willing to lose—in these start-ups every year. Angel networks in Latin America have had difficulty becoming really active for several reasons.
martes, 13 de noviembre de 2012/Author: Susana Garcia-Robles/Number of views (4983)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating