Apply For $40,000 In Equity-Free Funding Through The Start-Up Chile Program

The government of Chile has a really innovative program for entrepreneurs called Start-Up Chile. They offer early stage entrepreneurs and start-up teams $40,000 US of equity-free funding to spend 6 months in Chile building their businesses.

I had the opportunity to participate in the program in 2011 and it was an amazing experience. I worked at a start-up co-working space called Centro Movistar Innova with entrepreneurs from over 35 countries and got access to a global networks of entrepreneurs that has really helped grow my business.

Chile is the most prosperous economy in Latin America and one of the fastest growing countries in the world. They are rolling out the red carpet to attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs so they can diversify their economy and develop their reputation as "Chilecon Valley", Latin America's premiere start-up hub. The Start-Up Chile program also offers a route to full citizenship if you decide to stay in Chile, although basing your business or living there beyond the 6 months is not required.

However, you may want to stay! I lived in Santiago and I really fell in love with the Chilean people and the city itself. Chile has a lot to offer:

- Among the lowest taxes in the OECD and an open economy (they have free trade agreements with over 50 countries).
- Dry California-style climate in the Central Valley that is almost always sunny.
- A huge community of entrepreneurs from all over the world. 100 new global start-up teams arrive every 4 months.
- Lots of funding available beyond Start-Up Chile and connections to Silicon Valley if you need to raise $150,000+.
- The Andes mountains. There is world class skiing, hot springs, volcanoes, camping and hiking near Santiago.
- Beautiful beaches. It is less than a 2 hour drive to the beautiful seaside cities of Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso.
- An excellent base for accessing the fast-growing Latin American market.
- Close ties to Vancouver and Canada. Chile signed its first free trade agreement with Canada in 1996 (CCFTA).

Their current application round opened on March 4th. The deadline for applications is March 25th. The entire program is in English. Learn more and apply on their website: http://www.startupchile.org/

Their informative demo video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=415iM8rr1X8

If you have any questions before the talk please get in contact with me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kaaist

Or please feel free to ask any question you have in the comments below.

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  • Bal

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. Caught up at work

    March 13

  • Bal

    Nope

    March 10

  • Kyle Pearce

    Other countries like Peru, Brazil and others have created similar programs inspired by Chile. Definitely a bold move to develop their reputation.

    March 7

    • Fabiano P Soriani

      From the time I was there Brazil was happy giving grants to startups, but the resource was quite unreliable and not unified like Chile; it's really a differentiated country in South America

      1 · March 7

    • Kyle Pearce

      Interesting to know! I've heard of absolute bureaucratic nightmares in other South American countries. From what I've seen the Chilean gov't has done a lot of hard work to increase transparency, trim the bureaucratic fat and streamline things, particularly for Startup Chile entrepreneurs.

      March 7

  • Dave Brown

    A daring move by the government of Chile. I wonder how long before lots of other countries start doing this.

    1 · March 6

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