Keith Dennis, President of AssertID and current Start-Up Chile participant, has been selected by the prestigious infoDev Top 50 competition to represent Chile during their 4th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship, this year in Helsinki, Finland. As one of 750 entrepreneurs who applied from 65 different countries, he will be introduced to mentors, angel investors and incubators, corporate partners, and other global entrepreneurs during his time in Finland.
Of the 750 applicants, only 50 were chosen, representing 34 countries and six global regions: East Asia and Pacific (5), Africa (9), Europe and Central Asia (11), Latin America and Carribean (12), Middle East and North Africa (10), and South Asia (3).
Of 25 other Chile-based applicants, Solar Chile, co-founded by Cristian Sjogren and Hans Hayer, will similarly join Keith in Finland for the Forum as part of the select 50. Representing infoDev’s Climate Technologies area, Solar Chile is a utility scale solar system developer and operator, whose mission is to promote the development of Chile’s solar industry through an innovative business model that mitigates technology and performance risk. AssertID, on the other hand, falls into the Information Communication Technology sector, focusing on delivering scalable commercial solutions to address the need for online trust and identity verification.
Upon garnering this award, Keith exclaims that winning was “very exciting and frankly quite a surprise” and that he is looking forward to strategizing for the trip to Finland with the Solar Chile team as the two Chile-based invitees.
infoDev, a global partnership program in the Financial and Private Sector Development arm of the World Bank Group, is an international development agency that helps donors and developing countries use innovation and information and communication technologies (ICT) to achieve economic growth, sustainable development and poverty reduction.