Kudos to TOHL—the winner of COMMON Pitch Chile!
TOHL is a pipeline installation and removal company, who provides environmentally sustainable water services for a variety of industries globally. TOHL’s pipelines have the longest individual segments in the world, which allows for low cost and simple removal during temporary operations.
Winner of the People’s Choice Prize: Papinotas!
Papinotas improves the old way of communication between school and parents.
It replaces the written note with text messages sent directly to the moms and dads cellphones, without any cost to them. The objective is to involve them in the process
of teaching and learning.
BestPay is an application that allows you to compare salaries and evaluate whether job offers are fair, in order to achieve greater equity in employment conditions.
Bookmart is a selling and reading platform for academic ebooks and echapters, providing a customized offering addressing the needs of higher education students.
Bookmart provides educational content to students, helps reduce piracy and encourages the proper management of energy and natural resources such as forests and water.
Mr. Al Gore
Vice President &
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore offers a powerful voice for environmental protection and sustainability. He has also been a champion of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. He encourages introducing “re-invention” into government and moving beyond rigid divisions of public versus private solutions. Mr. Gore often speaks about the balance between pragmatism and idealism, and we expect him to share his perspective as it relates to Chile and our future innovators.
Charly Alberti is the founder and drummer of Soda Stereo, the most influential rock band in the history of Latin American rock. Soda Stereo is referred to as The Beatles of Latin America (MTV created an award designed especially for them and only given once in its history: MTV Award for the most important Latin American band of all time).
He disrupted music technology during the 90’s with cutting-edge projects such as yeyeye.com, Cybrel Digital Entertainment, URL Magazine and Internet Time. He was recognized by CNN as one of the ten most important people of Latin American Internet.
After a lifetime of achievements, Charly decided to pursue his passion: supporting the environment. In 2008, he joined forces with Nobel Prize winner Al Gore to raise awareness about global warming. Charly’s participation was key to spreading the message in Latin America. His accomplishments led him to be chosen by Steve Jobs as the only Spanish-speaking Apple Master in the history of Apple Computers.
After understanding the depth of the climate crisis and the challenges and opportunities specific to Latin America, Charly realized that the region needed solutions tailored to its particular problems. He decided to launch his own foundation, R21, to channel its creativity, passion and vision for solving the global environmental crisis.
Tom Chi is the founder of Voltaic Labs and was until recently director of experience for Google X. He has worked in a wide range of disciplines, from astrophysical research to F500 consulting to developing new hardware and software products and services. He’s worked on projects of global scale, including Microsoft Outlook and Yahoo Search, and he’s scaled new projects from conception to significance, including Yahoo Answers (from 0 to 90 million users).
Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning and data-driven design that has allowed him to get new things off the ground and also move large organizations at unprecedented speeds.
He holds a BS/MS in electrical engineering from Cornell.
Founder & CEO
David Cohen is the founder and CEO of TechStars, a mentorship-driven, seed stage investment program for Internet startups.
Prior to that, he founded several software and web technology companies, including Pinpoint Technologies, which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation in 1999 (read about it in No Vision, All Drive). He was also the founder and CEO of earFeeder.com, a music service which was sold to SonicSwap.com in 2006. In between, he had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure.”
David is an active startup advocate, board member and technology advisor who comments on these topics at DavidGCohen.com. He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the board of advisors of the Computer Science Department, the entrepreneurial advisory board at Silicon Flatirons, and the board of advisors of the Deming Center Venture Fund. He is also a member of the selection committee for Venture Capital in the Rockies and runs the Colorado chapter of the Open Angel Forum.
David’s hobbies include technology, software/web startups, business history and tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he’s ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.
Vice Media, Inc.
Suroosh Alvi is a Canadian journalist, filmmaker and co-founder of Vice Media, Inc., one of the world’s most prominent voices in independent media. It distributes music and print to over 22 nations. He is also the creator of feature length documentaries about dangerous places in the world, including areas in the Middle East, Southern Asia, Africa and South America. His latest production was Snoop Dogg’s 2012 documentary, Reincarnated.
Nine-year-old Dan Burrier listens as Ray Bradbury describes a short story, “The Veldt,” at a reading at El Camino Community College in Los Angeles. “As the parents walk down the hall to the nursery,” Bradbury says, “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I simply follow them and watch.” Dan thinks this is somehow a calling to become a novelist. In fact, it turns out to be an apt description of a career in advertising. (The parents are eventually eaten by lions.)
At 12, Dan plants a cardboard sign in the middle of his parents’ newly mown lawn. “Want your lawn to look like this? Call now”–his first direct response ad. Fast forward past the BS in electrical engineering* and minor in English literature* from the University of California, San Diego, past work at the IBM Los Gatos Research VLSI design lab, writing a language compiler for a Logic Design Simulator, past grad school in English lit at the University of Washington (did Satan really have free will in Milton’s “Paradise Lost”?): it is time to make money. Dan opens a boutique in Seattle with clients Microsoft, Seafirst Bank and Red Hook Ale. He moves to Los Angeles. He signs with BBDO, working his way up to group creative director for clients Apple, Best Western and Ortho. He collects Lion, Beldings, Ad Age Best and One Show creative awards.
In 1997, Dan takes a call from Ogilvy New York and heeds it, living in Brooklyn and working on IBM, Motorola (HelloMoto), Perrier, Cotton and Andersen accounts, as well as leading the Young Guns creative group. In 2002, Ogilvy asks Dan to take the reins at Ogilvy LA. In 2007, Dan adds San Francisco to the mix with business partner Heather MacPherson. The adventure continues with incursions into tech, greentech, food, health, hospitality, kids’ toys and fashion, financial services and CSR via clients Cisco, Mattel, Kraft, ampm, ARCO, NatureMade, Tabasco, SolarWorld, McKesson, Heal the Bay and Generation Rwanda. The addition of Sacramento and Denver offices into the west portfolio rounds out the game with social media, government lobbying and public relations until 2010, when Dan is appointed chief innovation officer of North America to apply his particular brand of business and creative alchemy to the Ogilvy Network.
An ultra-marathoner*, surfer and snowboarder, Dan is an ordained Zen priest*, father of 18-year old son Nicolas and husband to Lauri, a painter, sustainable landscape designer and entrepreneur. Dan is currently board chair of Goal4.org, a non-profit founded by Dan and Lauri, dedicated to reducing infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya). Dan is also a board member of Communities in Schools, Los Angeles and the Emma Bowen Foundation as well as a member of the Leadership Circle of GATE, the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment.
In his latest professional incarnation, Dan is focused on unleashing the natural passions and talents of people and the institutions they form with the intent to create new, profitable* business models using creative approaches to market for the common good.*
* “Contradictions? Coincidences? Are there any such things?”
Journalist, TV &
Rodrigo Guendelman is a journalist who holds an MBA from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. His media repertoire includes television (hosting CNN’s Santiago Adicto), radio (hosting Radio Zero’s Divertimento) and print (writing columns for various newspapers and magazines including La Tercera and El Dínamo). A compilation of his columns was also published last year by Aguilar Press in a collective titled Cuestión de Tamaño.
Through his radio, TV and social media presence, Rodrigo shares historic and traditional sites in Santiago to generate conservation about historic monuments and cultural icons in Chile’s capital. He has largely spent his career opining about trends, music and culture for various newspapers, magazines and television in Chile, including Revista Capital, Revista Mujer, La Nación, Que Pasa, Revista Ipop, Revista Blank and MegaTV, TVN and Chilevisión.
Given his large following on Twitter in Chile, he is frequently asked to lead Twitter campaigns of public service, such as the Teletón and the campaign to raise funds and keep Chileans informed in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Andrea Guendelman is the co-founder of NorthSur, Inc., a company that creates collaborations between Latin America and the United States to foster disruptive innovation and social entrepreneurship through events and education programs. It helps Latin American startups navigate the U.S. startup and venture capital markets, and it also advises U.S. ventures on starting operations and finding strategic partners in Latin America.
She serves as a legal consultant for organizations that invest in sustainable entrepreneurship throughout the world, including Microvest Capital Management.
Andrea practiced as a lawyer in New York, Washington, DC, and New Mexico. In New York she worked at Debevoise & Plimpton on cross-border financing transactions. In Washington, DC, she practiced in the Office of the General Counsel at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, working on transactions in which the U.S. government provided financing for companies exporting goods and services generated in the United States.
She is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Boulder Law School, where she teaches contract negotiations. She obtained her law degree from the University of Chile and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Chile and New York.
Blue Ridge Foundation
Matt Klein is the executive director and first staff person of Blue Ridge Foundation New York. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University Stern School of Business where he teaches courses on venture philanthropy and the nonprofit capital market.
Matt’s experience prior to Blue Ridge Foundation includes work in non-profit management and civil rights law. He helped co-found Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a Connecticut-based youth development agency, performed legal work with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, one of the principal litigating attorneys in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit.
Matt currently serves on several boards, including Groundwork, Inc. (founding chair), iMentor (founding member), Single Stop USA (founding president), Yale Law School Association Executive Committee, and Campaign for Community Change. He has been a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation and the Next Generation Leadership program of the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a member of the bar in New York and Massachusetts. Matt grew up in Boston and attended Yale College and Yale Law School.
Associate Professor of
Management & Entrepreneurship
Leeds School of Business
Sharon Matusik is an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado. Her current research focuses on entrepreneurial and venture capital firms as well as on innovation and knowledge-sharing in established firms. Her current projects examine what drives the internationalization of venture capital firm investments, how the risk capital market is emerging in Chile, and what influences the allocation of value from innovations developed in emerging economies (i.e., in or outside of the originating country). She has also looked at how markets value innovation activities of firms, what accounts for variation in profitability levels of entrepreneurial firms and how the diversification of a venture capital firm (i.e., the different industries in which it invests) affects its performance. Her work has been published in top international academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review and is widely cited in the management field. She serves on the editorial board of two of the top academic journals in the field of management, Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review.
Sharon served as the director of the doctoral program in strategic, organization and entrepreneurial studies for four years. She is the past chairperson for the Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (one of the main professional societies for management scholars) and is the current academic director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. Her teaching interests are in the area of strategic management and entrepreneurship. She has taught extensively at the undergraduate, MBA, PhD and executive levels. She also spent a semester as a visiting professor at Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Santiago, Chile from July to December, 2010.
Tim McClarren has been working on cutting-edge internet technologies for more than 25 years. His professional engineering experience began at The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) while still an undergraduate. His contributions included Collage, which allowed researchers to perform real-time collaborative sessions across a variety of hardware platforms, and pre-dated the web.
After graduating, Tim joined Apple to work on the development platform for the Newton. In 1994, he rejoined his NCSA colleagues at Netscape Communications. There, he delivered all versions of Netscape Navigator through 3.07 on the Macintosh and, later, critical infrastructure tools to monetize ISP relationships.
Tim joined Nominum as chief architect for client applications for a distributed DNS/DHCP management platform. Later, he was recruited to BEA where he was responsible for delivering refactoring support, SCM integration and very high performance, multi-file search/replace functionality in the highly regarded Java IDE, Workshop.
An avid gamer who contributed to multiple open-source gaming tools, Tim was recruited to virtual world company Doppelganger, where he was responsible for server side simulation and many architectural and design decisions allowing for scale and very fast client load times.
Tim is currently chief architect at San Francisco-based gaming company Idle Games. He met founders Jeff Hyman and Rick Thompson near the inception of Idle Games and was so enthused at the prospect of building a casual MMOG platform that he started work two days later.
Tim has a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Thania Panopoulos is a founding advisor of Impact Engine and the principal of The Perissos Group. Impact Engine is the first center in the Midwest designed to accelerate the most promising social impact ventures from concept to execution. The Perissos Group is a business development consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs, leadership teams and investors build innovative and successful ventures. Prior to forming The Perissos Group, she was a managing director at Sandbox Industries, a venture firm and business incubator.
Thania has extensive experience in general management, marketing, operations and consumer finance. She co-founded Buzz Divine, an integrated marketing communications firm, launched the e-Commerce business for HSBC’s consumer and mortgage lending division and led significant growth in GE Capital’s consumer finance portfolio.
She is the founder of Friends of Hogar Rafael Ayau, a social enterprise dedicated to providing a home, education, and employment opportunities for abandoned children in Guatemala. She is also a co-founder of Social Venture Partners Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund, and a director of One Million Degrees, a non-profit that provides college scholarships and support services to low-income students.
Thania received her BA from Boston College and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Sharon Vosmek has been CEO of Astia since 2007. She previously joined as COO in 2004. In her current role, she has an unwavering passion and a uniquely well-suited background to drive the organization’s mission of propelling women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses. Under her guidance, the Astia community of investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders has grown ten-fold and now spans North America, Europe and India.
Previously, Sharon founded SJ Vosmek & Associates and held management positions at American Express and in the office of U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini. She currently serves as founder and leader of the We Own It collaboration, an effort of over 65 organizations globally committed to exploring women’s participation in high growth businesses and identifying solutions to move us forward. She also serves on the steering committee for the Cherie Blair Foundation, the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst experts advisor group, Illuminate Ventures advisory board, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Private Sector Working Group to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings and the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Commission on Biotech (MayBAC).
Sharon has a master’s in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a bachelor’s in political science from Arizona State University.
Vanessa Schulz, a lifelong photographer, attended film school in South Africa before emigrating to the United States to gain further experience working as a producer and cameraman for NBC, Fox, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Frustrated with mainstream media’s reluctance to air truthful subject matter, she created 21st Paradigm in 2001.
Vanessa is the recipient of twelve prestigious awards as well as 24 official film festival selections. Her most successful film to date is Cost of Freedom, an exposé about wolf reintroduction in the United States and the gross exploitation of wildlife by powerful political factions. With Lost Dogs, her sixth independent film due for release in 2013, she continues to give voice to the animals she seeks to protect.
Jasmine Aarons is the founder of VOZ. She studied product design at Stanford University’s d.school. Aspiring to rehumanize product design, she investigated ceremonial craft of the Peruvian Andes with Quero Shamans. There she realized how many artisans and fair trade cooperatives struggle to connect with contemporary audiences and began aiding Mapuche weavers in product design three years ago. Jasmine founded VOZ in 2011 to offer indigenous artisans fair trade market access through design education and the power of fashion.
Co-Founder & COO
Jean Boudeguer is the COO and co-founder of Cumplo, an online crowd-funding platform for the Latin American market. Cumplo’s main goal is to connect companies that want to invest with individuals that want to borrow, allowing them to define their loans and investment terms and thereby obtain lower interest rates for borrowers and better returns for investors.
Previously, Jean was the founding executive director of Start-Up Chile, a program of the Chilean government that seeks to attract early stage entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups in Chile, using it as a platform to go global. The end goal is to convert Chile into the definitive innovation and entrepreneurial hub of Latin America.
Jean is an engineer, former freelance developer, marketer and a geek who is passionate about lovemarks.
Producer of Internet TV
Nicolás Copano produces and hosts programming on various multimedia platforms. He is the creator of “Demasiado Tarde,” a program broadcasted via streaming, live sports channel and CNN Chile. He is host of Google Hangouts on Air in Chile and has pioneered the development and research of television via the Internet. He also directs the agency and consulting firm EL GROUP. He organizes lectures on topics of technology, corporate social responsibility and innovation.
Innovator & Founder
Fernando Fischmann is a recognized innovator, scientist and real estate entrepreneur as well as founder of Crystal Lagoons. Crystal Lagoons’ technologies are patented in 160 countries and have a wide range of applications, from recreational projects, which take the dream of beach life to any place on earth, to its industrial variants for closed circuit cooling, water desalination and mining. This innovative international company has registered exponential growth in less than three years and is currently involved in more than 200 projects in over 50 countries, including Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Singapore, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Paraguay, Panama and the United States, demonstrating large-scale export of an internationally renowned technology.
In addition to being selected by Ernst & Young and El Mercurio newspaper as the most important Chilean entrepreneur of 2009, Fernando has been honored by the national Young Leaders of the Pro Innovation Forum and the Confederation for Production and Commerce with an award for business innovation. He received the Guinness World Record that same year for the world’s largest pool. Additionally, in 2012 Crystal Lagoons obtained the “Company of the Year” award from the National School of Chilean Engineers.
Fernando is the owner of Chile’s most successful and prestigious second housing project, San Alfonso del Mar. Internationally, he has received awards as a real estate developer and was the only Chilean invited to participate in the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2011. In 2009 he was selected by América Economía magazine as one of the 10 most innovative entrepreneurs of Latin America in times of crisis. In 2007 he received an award for his contribution to real estate value generation by Developers TM & Builders Alliance of the United States. He is a member of the National Innovation Initiative, Council on Competitiveness and Endeavour’s advisory board.
Fernando has represented Chile in several international meetings, along with government authorities, and has accompanied the Chilean president in multiple world innovation summits. He participates in relevant national and international associations and organizations that focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Additionally he speaks to academic audiences, including professionals and university and high school students, about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
He studied biochemistry at the University of Chile.
Nils Galdo is the managing partner of InverSur Capital and co-founder of ChileGlobal Angels, a network of 27 international investors that focuses on dynamic startups in need of capital to become scalable and global. ChileGlobal Angels is part of Fundación Chile and is supported by Corfo. To date, ChileGlobal Angels has invested in 11 companies, primarily in the ICT, bio-tech and solar energy industries.
Nils has a BS in economics from Wittenberg University in Ohio, United States, and an MSc in international negotiations from Gotenburg University in Sweden. He has also completed advanced studies in strategy and venture capital funds at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez.
Martín Gubbins is ranked among the top environmental lawyers in Chile by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. He is a partner at CorreaGubbins and heads the environment and natural resources area. He has an LLB from Universidad de Chile (1996) and an MA from University of London (2002). He has also been a visiting professor of civil litigation strategies at Universidad de Chile and environmental litigation at Universidad del Desarrollo.
In addition to his professional career as a lawyer, Martín has a Fine Arts Diploma
from the Universidad Católica de Chile and is a poet, artist and founder of the small
press Foro de Escritores. His own work has been published as books and CDs in Chile, México, United States, France and the United Kingdom. His visual work is part of the Avant Writing Collection of Ohio State University and the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, United States. It has also been exhibited in galleries in Chile and abroad.
Director of Regional Communications
Pia Giudice is in charge of partnerships and communications at Ideame, the first crowd funding platform in the region. She also leads trends and coolhunting initiatives at the School of Creative Advertising. Prior to that, she coordinated the head office of extramural programs at the school.
Pia has led trend and coolhunting research for brands such as Nobleza Piccardo, Paez Shoes, Tropicana and Quilmes. She also worked for The Intelligence Group in New York.
Hernán Fernández Lamadrid
Angel Ventures Mexico
Hernán Fernández Lamadrid is a founding partner of Angel Ventures Mexico, a leading angel investment network in the country. It currently operates in Mexico, Puebla, Yucatán and Sonora and has managed to capitalize nine projects worth US $9.2 million. As of 2012, he will begin operations of the first joint investment fund for projects with high-potential qualified investors.
Hernán Fernández has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a law degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He has worked as a business consultant for the leading strategic consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in Mexico and as a lawyer for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Mexico and France. He also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme’s Growing Sustainable Business Initiative (UNDP-GSB) in New York and Paraguay as well as for Tecnonexo, an Endeavor company in Argentina.
Julie McPherson is the executive director of Endeavor Chile.
In 2000 she co-founded Tiaxa, which provides mobile value-added services, integrated SMS, MMS and WAP content, business solutions and marketing services to deliver wireless solutions in a flexible, reliable and cost-effective way. Tiaxa handles more than one billion transactions per month in several countries in the region and helps companies create innovative services, reduce costs, improve services, shorten implementation time and maintain long-term business.
Julie has a BA in economics from the University of Southern California and an MA in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Julie is an example of persistence and energy and is able to react to market changes and continuously innovate.
CCO & President
Magia Liquid Latam
Cristián Montegu is a designer, professor and the chief creative officer and president of Magia Liquid Latam, responsible for defining the strategic and creative standards for the region. He has led major branding projects for various industries in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Central America, United States and Singapore.
In 2010 Magia merged with Liquid Agency, the most important branding agency in Silicon Valley, forming Magia Liquid Latam, a brand marketing agency focused on transformation.
In addition to being president of the Chile Design Biennial, Cristián is a member of the Biennial council, professor at the University Adolfo Ibáñez and member of the advisory council of the Design Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. He also runs Design Thinking Network workshops and Business Model Canvas as well as provides cultures of innovation and design services for businesses and universities.
Garage Wine Co.
Derek Mossman is proprietor of Garage Wine Co. and co-founder of MOVI: the Movement of Independent Vintners Chile. A Canadian expat and ex-ski coach, he discovered Chile many years ago when it did not snow in New Zealand and he found himself rerouted to Portillo’s ski hills.
After a decade spent growing his own creative agency and working for others to promote Chilean wine and travel, Derek decided that the wine business needed a lift from the ground up. With confidence in Chile’s grass roots potential, he dedicated himself to bringing wines to the table with narratives behind them–wines made on a human scale.
While working with small ploughman farmers of Carignan, a red wine grape, Derek witnessed Chile’s 2010 earthquake in Maule first-hand. In the wake of the earthquake he decided his little firm could do something to get some of the region’s farmers back on their feet and integrated into the quality wine world.
Initially, with funding from the UK’s Geoffrey Roberts Award, an international travel award given to those who contribute a positive difference to the worlds of food, drink and travel, Derek surveyed the region’s smallest producers. He then raised financing to begin converting these small freeholders into some of Chile’s top producers of exotic Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre. Today the Garage Wine Co. exports to 10 countries making wine the old way, by hand and horse, dry farming the old vines of the Maule Valley.
Claro & Cia
Luisa Núñez is a partner at Claro & Cia, one of the most prestigious law firms in Chile. She has extensive experience in corporate and finance matters, including cross-border transactions, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
Luisa joined Claro & Cia in 1999. In 2006-2007, she worked as a foreign intern at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.
She is the titular professor of the financing and derivative transactions course in the graduate level business law program at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. She holds an LLM degree from Columbia Law School.
Pedro Ossa is a founding partner of Nivel 1, the only consulting firm that offers creative services for businesses with proprietary technology that originated in house. He is also the creator of Greenhead, a creativity workshop for executives and business leaders, as well as creator and founder of Innobank, the sole tool in Chile for innovation crowdsourcing that allows mass participation in innovation processes. He often lectures and coaches in universities and many companies.
Pedro graduated from Universidad del Pacífico and teaches innovation at Universidad del Desarrollo and Universidad de las Comunicaciones (UNIACC).
Maximiliano Santa Cruz
National Institute of
Intellectual Property of Chile
Maximiliano Santa Cruz is the director of the National Institute of Intellectual Property of Chile (INAPI). He graduated from the University of Chile and received an LLM in international transactions and comparative law with a concentration in intellectual property and information technology from the University of San Francisco, United States. He has directed INAPI since October 2009.
Prior to his current role, he chaired the Standing Committee on Patents of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which is the highest court for the international patent system. During his tenure in Geneva, he also served as second vice president of the WIPO Coordination Committee, first vice-chairman of the WIPO Coordination Committee and vice-chairman of WIPO’s Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications. Before that, he served the Chilean Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Earlier in his career Maximiliano worked at the Directorate General for International Economic Relations (DIRECON) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and was in charge of intellectual property. He was involved in multiple free trade agreement negotiations. He has also been a speaker at conferences internationally and has written and published on intellectual property.
Ariel Schilkrut helped launch SCOPIX with co-founder Luis Vera, CEO, in 2006 with the vision of utilizing cloud, network, video and analytics technologies to provide business metrics that were previously unobtainable.
Ariel has extensive experience in retail operations and strategic consulting. He founded Matrix Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm in Chile focused on retail operations excellence, while he was a professor of operations at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and assistant professor of operations at Universidad de Chile. Prior to founding his own consultancy, Ariel spent several years at Bain & Co. in Boston, advising large U.S. and global clients. Ariel began his career developing mathematical models used by large companies to run their complex operations. His work has spanned from redesign of a perishable supply chain for a U.S. grocer to a broad study of out-of-stocks and its consequences in Latin America.
Ariel holds a PhD in operations management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad de Chile.
Iván Vera is a serial entrepreneur and investor in disruptive startups. For 23 years he has built methodologies, teams, successes and failures in innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded and remains senior partner at INNSPIRAL, a group of innovation-based companies with operations in Chile, Peru and China. He also advises the Innovation Club, a platform for co-creating new businesses comprising 48 large companies; The FoodLinks, an innovation platform for food exports from the Americas to the Chinese market; and RASU (ResetAndStartUp), a massive social experiment, inclusive and subversive, consisting of a community of young entrepreneurs seeking to radicalize the digital scene in Chile and Latin America.
In order to disrupt the way business is conducted and create new paradigms for managers, directors, investors and students, Iván has given more than 500 international lectures on innovation and entrepreneurship in Germany, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, USA, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. He studied civil and electrical engineering at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) in Chile and nuclear engineering at Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) in Spain.
Miguel Paz teaches at Universidad Diego Portales and is the founder and CEO of Poderomedia and Hackatons. He also co-created Hacks/Hackers SCL. Miguel won the Knight News Challenge in 2011 and was accepted into Start-up Chile in 2012. He was nominated for best startup founder for The Next Web 2012 Chile Startup Awards.
Felipe Heusser is a researcher in the field of transparency and is a citizen activist who uses Web technology as a means for civic organizing to reduce disparities of power within society. He is the co-founder and director of ciudadanointeligente.org, winner of the prestigious Ars Electronica Golden Nica award for “Digital Communities.” He is an Ashoka Fellow and a researcher affiliated with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Also, he is a co-founder of Subela.cl, an online radio platform, and Peepol.tv, a global live-streaming network and winner of the 2012 Knight News Challenge.
Felipe has served as director of the Personal Democracy Forum in Latin America, director of legal affairs at Un Techo para Chile, senior advisor for the Ministry of Labor and consultant for research projects for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and International Development Research Centre Canada (IDRC).
He graduated with a law degree from the Universidad Católica of Chile. He also holds a master’s in public policy from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is currently a PhD candidate in government at LSE.
Gonzalo Muñoz is the co-founder and CEO of TriCiclos, the first B Corporation of South America, and recipient of the Avonni Award in environmental and energy innovation. He is also co-founder and board member of Sistema B, the South American platform for B Corps.
An Ashoka Fellow, Gonzalo serves as chairman of the board of AGES (Association of Social Enterprises of Chile) and chairman of the board of Aconcagua Summit, the international meeting to humanize globalization. He also co-founded and is the chairman of the board of directors of Polkura Winery and of the Movement of Independent Vintners of Chile.
Prior to his carreer as a social entreprenuer, Gonzalo was CEO of several agribusiness companies in Chile and Argentina. He hopes to promote a new way of doing business, considering social and environmental variables as core strategic considerations in carrying organizations forward.
Gonzalo Costa is founding partner of NXTP Labs, a seed fund startup accelerator based in Latin America that has made more than 50 investments to date. He has experience in private equity and venture capital and has participated as an angel investor in several projects.
Previously, he was managing director at Endeavor Argentina, a US-based non-profit that fosters entrepreneurship in emerging markets. He also worked for Santander Investment and GE Capital in Argentina and New York, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions.
Gonzalo holds a degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Católica Argentina and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he co-founded and co-led the Latin American Students Association.
Diego Uribe is a consultant in creativity. At Idemax, he trains and facilitates creative processes of leadership, change and innovation using the Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) methodology. In addition, he is certified facilitator of LEGO© SERIOUS PLAY ™, whose applications include the development of highly effective teams and strategic analysis in real time. His clients include profit and not-for-profit organizations such as Xerox, IBM, TACA Airlines, SparkLabs, Z-Ideas, Hypertherm, Dimension Data, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Channel 13, BCI, Nestlé, Unilever and Copesa.
Diego is currently a professor at the School of Business at Adolfo Ibañez University, Santiago, Chile, and an adjunct professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, State University of New York, Buffalo State. He holds a master’s degree in creativity from the same and a degree in business administration from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research focuses on the study of organizational environments that encourage creative behavior in teams and organizations.
Club de Innovación
Javier Salcedo is an architect by profession and entrepreneur by spirit, and he is passionate about innovation. He is one of the founders of Splitcast Technology, a startup that focuses on delivering integral solutions for transmitting live video over the Internet, for which he managed the business systems and investment funds. Subsequently, he served as director of innovation at Fundación País Digital, where he designed and implemented Sub 35, Innovadores se Toman la Red, the largest startup scouting contest in Chile.
Currently, he is CEO of Club de Innovación, a community of companies that, by collaborating and constantly searching for business co-creation, accelerate their internal innovation processes in a continual, systematic way. His personal mission is to contribute to creating a rich and proactive ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovators in which all actors can support each other to benefit society.
Cristián Sjögren is the co-founder and CEO of Solar Chile. Established two years ago, Solar Chile has since become one of the leading and most reputable solar development companies in Chile and is growing a portfolio of +700MW photovoltaic plants that encompass four regions of northern Chile.
Prior to Solar Chile, he was the sales and marketing director of Eninsa, a startup under former Indugas, and was responsible for launching the brand. Previously he was a product developer at CEM, the largest water heater producer in Latin America, where he led the development of a low-cost product line to rival market competition from China. He also worked in the Consumer and Market Knowledge division of P&G India.
Cristián has a degree in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MBA from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Dr. Bárbara Saavedra is a member of various scientific societies and is currently president of the Ecological Society of Chile and director of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She holds a BS and MS in biology and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Pablo Cousiño is the chief innovation officer of Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI). He is in charge of managing innovation and promoting cultural change within the bank and executing innovative projects that provide the organization with a competitive edge in the local financial industry.
Prior to his current position, Pablo served as chief technology officer, during which he was responsible for developing and maintaining company-wide information systems as well as providing technical support for IT infrastructure. He has participated in several innovation projects, including BCI’s online banking platform, the first mobile bank in Chile; Chequemático, an automatic check payment and deposit service; Magneprint, a service that provides an extra security layer for card-based transactions in all BCI’s ATMs; and BCI ERP Connection, a service for the corporate world.
Pablo graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Universidad de Chile and obtained an MBA from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez.
Raimundo Cerda is managing director of Aurus Tecnologia, an IT venture capital fund. He serves on the boards of Splitcast, Clickmagic, Zappedy and Junar.
Between 2002 and 2006, Raimundo was in charge of business development and deal structuring for Penta Inmobiliaria and Las Americas Administradora de Fondos de Inversión.
Raimundo holds a MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a commercial engineering degree from Universidad Católica de Chile.
Sergio Lopez is a leader among technology entrepreneurs in Latin America. Throughout his 19-year career, he has created five successful companies in the area of IT, software and cloud computing.
In 1992 he moved to California where he founded Intellicomp and web software factory Intellisoft. In 1998 he created and founded Gemelo.com, the first virtual disk in the world, an innovation that prompted him to open offices in five countries. With that experience he pursued his dream of opening virtual offices, and today he is the CEO of Proactiveoffice.com, a platform of collaborative project management and remote working.
Sergio is director and founder of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Chile (ASECH). He is also director of Intellicomp, Intellisoft and Fidelizador.
He likes to share his experiences as chief technology and executive officer, acting as a mentor to Endeavor.cl, Founderinstitute.com, Redmentores.cl and Asech.cl. He is a regular guest lecturer and talks on entrepreneurship and technology. He also served as former vice president of technology of PMI (Project Management Institute).
Sergio is a professional builder and designer in computer-aided design (CAD) with a diploma from Stanford in the first generation of the Global Innovation & Leadership Programs.
Luis Merino is CEO and co-founder of Aeon Biogroup, a company that develops technology and biotechnology, including food, oil and nutraceuticals, from microalgae. He seeks to transform Chile into a world leader in this field. He actively participates in the Association of Biotechnology Companies of Chile.
Luis has a degree in electrical and industrial engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a master’s in energy economics from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. He also has an MBA in energy economics from the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Fernando Nilo is the founder of the first electronic recycling company in Latin America, RECYCLA Chile. He is an auditor and graduate from the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. He was recognized as a Global Social Entrepreneur by Schwab Foundation as well as Entrepreneur of the Year by Production Development Corporation (CORFO), a Chilean governmental organization. His work has been featured on BBC and in Newsweek, and his accolades include the Avonni award for innovation, the CSR Award SME by PROhumana and the national award for innovation in environment by ProChile. Recently he received the Energy Globe Award in the earth category in Prague.
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Adolfo Ibáñez University
German Echecopar is a professor of entrepreneurship at Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile. During 2005 to 2011, his works were published in several issues of the GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) Chile Report and the Chile Venture Capital Report. His early academic articles in entrepreneurship examine incubation of innovative startups in Chile, angel investing and seed capital for new firms. His latest contributions include the GUESSS (Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students’ Survey) 2011 National Report for Chile and a comparative assessment of the U.S. and Chile’s risk capital industries, which was presented at a Kauffman Foundation’s roundtable on international research and policy. Recently, he co-authored an entrepreneurship book titled The Valley of Death: How to Survive the Startup Period.
German founded the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Adolfo Ibáñez University. He participated in creating the business accelerator Octantis and the angel investor network Southern Angels. He was also a member of the Chilean National Council on Innovation from 2010 to 2011. Along with partners, he has formed four companies in the food and information technology industries. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame, United States. His research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation.
José Ernesto Amorós
Universidad del Desarrollo
José Ernesto Amorós is associate dean of research and director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Center at the School of Economics and Business, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile. He is coordinator and main researcher of Chile’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), as well as a member of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, International Council for Small Business, and Strategic Management Society and lecturer at several Latin American and Spanish universities. His research interests include entrepreneurship and competitiveness, new high-growth business, and gender and corporate entrepreneurship.
He holds a PhD in management sciences from ESADE Business School, Spain and was a World Bank-CONICYT Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s in marketing from Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico.
Aldo Bucchi is a self-taught programmer, entrepreneur and innovation consultant. He started building websites in the late 1990s and has since designed and executed complex technical projects in large corporations in the U.S., Brazil and Chile. He is the founder and CEO of SouthUp Labs, a boutique R & D and open innovation intermediary based in Santiago, Chile. It collaborates with large corporations in search of B2B solutions based on disruptive technologies. He believes that there is a hidden opportunity in the space between entrepreneurs and not-so-high-tech corporations that need innovation. He is currently researching and experimenting with a new kind of open innovation marketplace to help corporations and startups meet and collaborate.
Having given over 50 talks on software, technology and innovation and organized over 100 meetups in Chile and the U.S., he is actively advocating bootstrapped startups, technology and entrepreneurship. He is mostly known in the geek underworld for his work on the Semantic Web, big data, artificial intelligence and large scale data integration fields.
Maritza Lanas is the founder of Burako.com, a digital boardgame, and of AgentPiggy.com, an online allowance managing system for children so they can learn how to be financially responsible from a young age. During 2011 and early 2012, Agent Piggy received several awards in recognition of the platform’s potential as well as for its innovation. These awards include Movistar Innova, BBVA Open Innovation, Wayra, and the TNW award for Chilean Startup of the Year. Recently, Agent Piggy was selected to represent Chile at Wayra demoDay in Miami.
Prior to her current venture, Maritza worked for several years as a consultant for the regional government of Pichincha, Ecuador, directing big scale projects of high social impact. She studied advertising in Ecuador and received her MBA in Argentina, specializing in strategic marketing.
Barbara Silva is the Latin-American director of Women@TheFrontier, a global network of female game-changers unleashing exponential impact, as well as the founder of BSTInnovation, a firm that helps organizations in Latin America by connecting them to the Silicon Valley ecosystem through transfer of knowledge and technology. She is a global-minded entrepreneur with interdisciplinary training in the field of organizational psychology, business, innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also the first Chilean woman graduate at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. She has master’s degrees in business psychology and innovation from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.
Julián Ugarte is the CEO of SociaLab, a spin off of Techo para Chile. SociaLab is an open innovation platform that helps identify, create and promote disruptive ventures that are able to generate positive impact on low-income segments. With offices in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay, it impacts large swaths of Latin America. SociaLab’s work has been exhibited in various places such as Harvard Business School, New York Times, Washington Post and Expo Shanghai.
Julián is an industrial designer and graduate of Singularity University.
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Devendra Banhart’s music is characterized by simple guitar melodies with minimal accompaniment of other instruments. Lyrics are generally surrealistic and naturalistic. Within his lyrical messages there exist innumerable references to bucolic backdrops and popular scenes. All are cloaked by ambiguity that tends toward neo-hippie ingenuity into post-modern irony.
DeVotchKa, from the Russian word devochka (девочка), meaning “girl,” is a four-piece, multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble. Based in Denver, Colorado, the quartet is made up of Nick Urata (who sings and plays theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano and trumpet), Tom Hagerman (who plays violin, accordion and piano), Jeanie Schroder (who sings and plays tuba, double bass, flute) and Shawn King (who plays percussion and trumpet).
In between tours, the band was chosen by film directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to score Little Miss Sunshine, a 2006 film that earned four Oscar nominations. DeVotchKa, along with composer Mychael Danna, composed and performed most of the music for the film’s soundtrack and were nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack.
Nicolás Berman is a partner at Kaszek Ventures, a Latin American venture capital firm focused on the technology industry in the region.
Before joining Kaszek Ventures, Nicolás was an active angel investor in several Internet related companies. He was also vice president at MercadoLibre, Latin America’s largest online commerce and payments platform. There he led the marketing efforts across the company and the advertising BU. He joined the company in 1999 which, under his sight, was selected as one of the “30 Hottest Brands in the World” by Ad Age and also recognized as one of the “World’s 27 Brands of the Future” by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, among many other recognitions.
Nicolás currently sits on the board of several Internet companies, including PedidosYa, Pitzi, Zupcat, Restorando, Educatina and others. He also acts as mentor for Endeavor Argentina and Endeavor Uruguay, actively helping entrepreneurs.
Nicolás also served as president of the Direct and Interactive Marketing Association in Argentina. He is a professor at the Universidad de San Andres and holds a degree in business administration from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Virgin Mobile Chile
Antonio Etcheverry is the CEO of Virgin Mobile Chile. Before Virgin Mobile, Antonio worked in a wide range of telecommunications companies. He had a thirteen year tenure at VTR, during which he was the vice president for product and marketing and successfully introduced the brand to the Marketing Hall of Fame in 2005. Later, he worked as corporate manager of marketing and products at Telmex and became vice president at Telefónica in charge of business to consumers. During 2010-2011 he worked as client director at Movistar.
The goal of his leadership at Virgin Mobile Chile is to transmit his strong belief that if a company works with purpose and passion, it is possible to have fun and achieve a better experience for clients.
Business School at
Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
Alan Farcas is executive director of the business school at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, one of the most prestigious business schools in Chile. Prior to that, he was managing director of Endeavor Chile for 6 years, the only non-governmental traditional accelerator in Chile.
Before joining Endeavor, he worked on innovation issues at Grupo Invertec. During this period, he executed dozens of projects in over 10 countries with international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank Group, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Irish Ethiopian Adoption Organization and United Nations Development Programme. He was also a co-founder and board member of one of Chile’s most prestigious incubators, Octantis, and has experience in two startups as an entrepreneur.
Alan studied engineering at the Universidad de Chile and has a master’s from the Universidad de Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. He also has an executive certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and the IESE Business School, University of Navarra.
Vanesa Kolodziej is managing partner of Nazca Ventures, an early stage investment fund for startups. She is co-founder of Palermo Valley, co-organizer of Startup Weekend Buenos Aires and organizer of GOAP Argentina. She is also a Startup World advisor and a 500 Startups mentor. She was honored with a UWC (formerly United World Colleges) scholarship at Pearson College in Canada. She holds a BA in political science from Universidad de San Andrés and took MBA classes at Babson College.
Head of Entrepreneurship
Cristóbal Undurraga is the head of entrepreneurship at Corfo, the Chilean economic development agency, and national coordinator of the Chilean government 2013 Year of Innovation program. Until December 2012, he was the executive director at InnovaChile, a sub-agency within CORFO.
Before joining the government, he lived in California, where he was the director of project development at Calera Corporation, a pioneer company in the conversion of carbon dioxide emissions into building materials. In Chile, he was the CEO at Extend Communications, the country’s leading PR firm, and during the dot-com bubble was the COO at Elarea.com, an online media company based in Chile with operations in several Latin American countries.
Mr. Undurraga holds a civil engineering degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MBA from Stanford University.
Ignacio Yarur Arrasate
Ignacio Yarur Arrasate is the commercial manager of BCI, which commits to supporting entrepreneurs in Chile. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of TuVes and as director of Enseña Chile. He joined BCI in 2004, where we created and led the private banking division. Prior to that he served as president of the BCI stock brokerage company and as director of Jordan SA. At BCI, he has worked in several departments, including risk, new business, finance, foreign offices and corporate management.
Ignacio leads the project Shared Value, which promotes BCI Nace. BCI Nace represents the only initiative in Latin America that funds projects from inception. It has provided funding to over 7,500 entrepreneurs, created about 15,000 new jobs and generated social and economic opportunities for the country. Ignacio is an attorney with an MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain.
Director of Institutional Relations
Universidad del Desarrollo
Since 2009, Pelayo Covarrubias has been the director of institutional relations at Universidad del Desarrollo, where he is also a professor at the business school. Pior to his position at the university, he led various projects for the municipality of Santiago, the Municipal Development Corporation, SIPSA and Bank A. Edwards, among other public and private organizations. He is also the CEO of the Fundación País Digital and director of the Child Protection Foundation.
Pelayo has a business degree and a master’s in business administration from Universidad Católica de Chile and a diploma in leadership from the Leadership Institute in Washington, DC.
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