Originally posted on Entrepreneur Week
SANTIAGO, CHILE, November 18, 2011
This past week marked the global launch of Entrepreneur Week in partnership with Corfo, Que Pasa, Sofofa, Startup Chile and American Airlines; highlighted by an intimate meeting with President Sebastian Piñera at La Moneda Palace.
Perks Consulting CEO, Lauren Perkins, was in attendance at the three day event focused on educating, mentoring and inspiring more than 350 local entrepreneurs to create scalable and successful businesses. A delegation of 20 seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from the United States descended upon Chile to share lessons learned throughout their careers.
Although Chile is labeled as a developing country by the world at large, Founder of Entrepreneur Week, Gary Whitehill believes there is significant promise, “The Chilean government has been one of most proactive governments that we have sought to work with internationally. The barrier to entry and thus assurance for success, improves exponentially with the support of the government to foment change, influence growth, and make the necessary investments to foster innovation.”
Chile is on the cusp of a key inflection point for its entrepreneurs, and more specifically, President Sebastian Piñera’s economic development strategy: to create and harness a robust and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. The delegation shared their thoughts and insights with the President, which includes: Brant Cooper, a renowned lean startup practitioner; Michael Ellsberg, author of “The Education of Millionaires,”; and Sisha Ortuzar, Co-Founder of the famous Wichcraft restaurant chain and a Chilean-born entrepreneur.
Entrepreneur Week is committed to helping foster entrepreneurship and innovation Chile and will continue to expand its efforts in the region alongside its strategic partners. Chile Entrepreneur Week is the first of multiple entrepreneur events to be held in South America over the course of the next year. For commentary and updates follow follow us on twitter via @NYEW for English and @EWchile for Spanish.
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