Chile’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Events in Santiago

Usually, Startup Nomad is interviews and country overviews, however, while I was in Chile, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a few really cool events that allowed me in with my camera! I don’t usually get to film the events I attend so I was psyched and wanted to share with you.

The three videos below are of Cumpre Emprendedores (Entrepreurs Summit), which was hosted by the Chilean government’s entrepreneurship promotion organization and featured Chile’s president as the keynote speaker; a Startup Chile investors event where 3 international investors gave mini-talks to the audience about the investing landscape and what they look for in companies they’d consider investing in; and the Startup Chile Demo Day, which included pitches from current Startup Chile participants who are fundraising and talks from investors and successful entrepreneurs.

Cumbre Emprendedores:

Startup Chile Investors Event:

Startup Chile Demo Day:

Chile’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Interview with Eduardo Pizarro

Eduardo Pizarro is a self-described story-teller who has helped to build a couple of businesses in Santiago, including his current project, iWink. He’s very much involved in the startup scene in the city and knows a lot about how the entrepreneurial ecosystem is developing, so I was excited to speak with him about how he sees the entrepreneurship community. Check out the video below to see what he had to say:

Chile’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Interview with Alan VanTaoi

Alan VanToai is the co-founder of Simple Crew and is currently participating in Startup Chile. However, he and his co-founder are from the United States, so I was psyched to sit down with Alan and pick his brain about his experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Santiago and how he thinks it compares to that in NYC.

Check out the video below to hear what he had to say:

Chile’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Interview with June Avila

June Avila is a self-described “startup enabler” working in Canada and she’s also an entrepreneur and graduate of the Startup Chile program. Even though she made the eventual decision to shut down the company that she took through the Startup Chile program, because of her work both as an entrepreneur and a non-entrepreneur supporter of entrepreneurship as well as her experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystems of both Chile and Canada, she had some interesting thoughts on the startup scene in Santiago.

Check out this week’s video to see what June had to say about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chile and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below:

Chile’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Interview with David Truong

David Truong is the Head of Business Development at App.io, the Founder of Broccol-E-Games, and an organizer of Startup Weekends in both Santiago, Chile and Adelaide, Australia. As an entrepreneur involved in the startup scene across three continents, he’s definitely someone whose brain I wanted to pick about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chile, so I was really excited that he agreed to be interviewed. Since he’s currently splitting his time between the U.S. and Australia and I’m currently a nomad in South America, there’s no video this week, but he did answer some questions I had for him about his experiences as an entrepreneur and the similarities and differences he sees between the entrepreneurship scenes in different parts of the world.

Check out what he had to say below and then let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Tell us a little about yourself and about the projects you’re currently working on. 

I’ve have always been trying to create ‘successful’ businesses since a young age. From selling my drawings, to music, to tutoring, my first ‘real’ business was a vocational training company during university. After that I founded Broccol-e-games, which went through the AngelCube accelerator in Melbourne, Australia, then Startup Chile. I now work with App.io, who have an incredible tech that allows any iOS app to be played in any browser. I’m also an organiser and facilitator for Startup Weekend. 
How did you find yourself in the world of entrepreneurship?

I just did things that I loved and that would also create value for someone else. Then I realised that I could sell it and wrap a business around it.

Why/how did you get involved with Startup Weekend in Santiago, Chile? 

I am one of the organisers and facilitators for Startup Weekend in Australia. Being in Chile, I thought it would be a good idea to also organise an event there, since there was a lot of entrepreneurial activity happening in the region. I brought together a fantastic team for the event and we organised and executed the event successfully.

What’s your take on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chile as compared to other parts of the world?

I can only comment about the tech entrepreneurial ecosystem: Compared to the rest of Latin America, it is in a very good position thanks mostly to the Startup Chile program. Compared to other parts of the world, it is behind in some areas. Like a lot of countries, it needs a lot more skills in building products, companies, early stage financing, and web tech entrepreneurship.

Would you recommend Santiago to entrepreneurs? Why or why not?

It would depend on the entrepreneur, what their business is, what industry, and what they plan to do there. I would definitely recommend it if the business was targeting the Spanish speaking market, or if they wanted to eventually move into the Brazilian market. 

 
Where do you see the entrepreneurship scene in Santiago in 5-10 years?

That is a tough question… for tech entrepreneurship, I think the ‘seeds’ from Startup Chile will have blossomed within 5-10 years. There would be a few companies with rather large exits that would validate what the Chilean government is currently doing. Unfortunately, the word on the street is that programs like Startup Chile may be discontinued in a change of government, which could be as early as the upcoming election.

 
Any last words of wisdom you’d like to share with new or aspiring entrepreneurs?

Focus on solving a problem that you are passionate about. Entrepreneurship is hard, but is very rewarding even if you ‘fail’. There is so much to learn and so much room to grow with building a business.