No, the application process is through the online platform https://startupchile.charly.io/. We only ask that your application is filled out completely as no partial applications will be accepted.

No, however, we have different specifications depending on where you reside.

If you are Chilean you must apply with a valid local ID. If you are foreign but are already living in Chile you must apply with your valid Chilean ID. If you are foreign and currently living outside of Chile you must apply with a valid passport from your home country.

We ask you to provide us with a letter from a third party. This person could be a mentor, a fellow entrepreneur, a client, a teacher, or even a colleague who can tell us a few key things. We want to know what makes you a good leader, why is your team the best to tackle this problem, and any other referrals to you and your startup.

You just have to upload one letter, in the last section of the form, and the contact information of your recommender. 

 

Yes, you can apply as many times as you want, always that you meet the requirements. However, if you are accepted into one of the programs, you can’t be accepted again in the same one.

If you participated as a Team Leader, Team Member, or co-founder of a startup that was part of TSF or Build programs, you can only apply to the Ignite or Growth programs.
If you participated as a Team Leader, Team Member, or co-founder of a startup that was part of Seed or Ignite programs, you can only apply to the Growth program.
If you participated as a Team Leader, Team Member, or co-founder of a startup that was part of the Growth program, you can’t apply again.

Unfortunately, we do not accept applications that are considered, Consulting, Import/Export, or Franchises. This is due to their inability to scale fast.

The sole recipient of the grant is the legally responsible party concerning CORFO. To see further details about Beneficiaries you should read our Terms and Conditions.

Aside from the Team Leader, you can apply with up to 4 co-founders. They need to be specified on the application form. They are not required to live in Chile, they are allowed to be a part of the startup and work abroad nor are they required to work full-time on the startup. They need to be specified on the application form. They are not required to live in Chile, they are allowed to be a part of the startup and work abroad nor are they required to work full-time on the startup.

Co-founders included on the application form are permitted to submit their expenses for the monetary revision process.

No, all of the program’s communications will be in English. However, you will be living and working in a Spanish-speaking country. We recommend learning the basics. If your first language is Spanish we highly recommend that you commit to learning English as all of the activities are in English.

Unfortunately no. We want you to have complete confidence and dedication to one idea! Our program also restricts any team from receiving funding for more than one startup idea.

First, you need to confirm your place in the program by following the steps in the selection email. If you don’t have a Chilean ID, you must send us a copy of your passport as well as those who will be accompanying you to Chile. That way we can get the visa process underway!

You must contact your nearest Chilean Consulate or Embassy, where you will be able to gather the documentation you need. You will receive a Visa Code and an Invitation Letter which your Consulate will request before you make an appointment.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with health insurance. You must submit proof of health insurance that specifies the dates on which you will be in Chile, the minimum is the entire duration of the program.

No, it is not, specific documentation will also relate to your local Consulate or Embassies requirements.

Yes, this can happen. The application for the visa follows standard procedures, but the letter of acceptance to the program is a strong plus. Make sure to gather all the documentation required by your Consulate in order to avoid any problems.

Yes. It will be possible for all founding team members (who must be fully identified in the application) to get a visa. Your direct family members (spouse/significant other, children) will also be able to get visas. Please note that the cost of obtaining this visa will be reimbursed only for the founding team members identified on the application.

No. To participate in the program you must arrive to Chile with the Temporary Visa already stamped in your passport.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept changes after the application deadline. This is the same rule for team members. Information filed within the application is final.

Unfortunately we cannot provide you with housing. However, we recommend looking for housing before arriving in Chile to ensure a smooth transition. The Start-Up Chile Community is a good place to ask.

Yes, if you arrive to Chile with the correct visa, and did not use miles to pay for the ticket. Only the beneficiary and founders identified on the application will be able to reimburse their tickets.

Build is a 4-month pre-acceleration program where leaders turn innovative ideas into scalable businesses. Is focused on early-stage startups, with less than 1 year of commercial development. Two batches of 40-50 startups each are selected per year.

Applications will be open twice a year, in April and October. You’ll have 3 weeks to apply, don’t leave it for the last minute. Results are published around 2 months after the application closes, and programs will start in March and August, according to the call that you applied for.

As a Start-Up Chile’s Build participant, you will be a part of a groundbreaking entrepreneurial experience. You will have the chance to broaden your thinking and approach opportunities and business in a new way. You will meet other like-minded vibrant entrepreneurs from all over the world and will be able to collaborate with them throughout the program. 

Participants will receive a grant of $10,000,000 CLP (USD 14,000 approx), a 1-year Resident Visa for the founding team specified in the application, connection with the Start-Up Chile Networks (Mentors, Corporates, Investors, and Global), access to our Santiago co-working space, and being part of the biggest startups’ community in Latin America.

You have to submit a 90 seconds video pitch with your application. We want to see your passion, energy, and dedication to making your startup happen. You should include in the video: What is your idea? Can you show a prototype or a mockup? How did you detect the need for your startup? Be specific about the problem you want to solve? Also, be sure to introduce your team!

Provide a direct YouTube or Vimeo link to your video. Unfortunately, we cannot accept links to a website with an embedded video nor do we consider animated videos. Make sure that it is not password-protected.

Team Leader experience (25%)
Founding Team Qualification and experience (15%)
Market Opportunity, the relevance of the problem (25%)
Product/Service and Competitive Advantages (25%)
Impact in Chile and/or Fit with Chile (10%)

We are looking for globally-minded enthusiasts that want to begin their entrepreneurial journey. Your startup should be globally oriented and scalable! We are looking for dedicated individuals who will live and work in Chile for a 4-month duration.

No, we ask that you submit a summary of what you intend to build.

In order to dedicate 100% to the program, including full-time hours we cannot accept students. To be considered you must suspend or complete your study program.

We expect 100% dedication to building your business. We also expect active involvement in building the Chilean entrepreneurship ecosystem. Above all, we want you to help us make Chile the innovation hub of Latam.

Yes. This is crucial, you must dedicate yourself to a minimum of 4 months of living in Chile for the duration of the program. The beneficiary must be present since Day 1 of the program.

The Landing team will answer your questions and help you coordinate your arrival via admission@startupchile.org

4-month acceleration program for startups with at least a functional product or service, and less than 3 years of development. Selected companies receive $25 Million Chilean Pesos (USD $32k approx.) equity-free funding, a soft-landing program, and a hands-on acceleration program. The startups that reach Demo Day will have the possibility to receive a $25 Million CLP extension.

Applications will be open twice a year, in April and October. You’ll have 3 weeks to apply, don’t leave it for the last minute. Results are published around 2 months after the application closes, and programs will start in March and August, according to the call that you applied for.

We invite you to apply for the program if you are over the age of 18, are able to dedicate your time to living and growing your startup in Chile, and that your idea is in its early stage of development (less than 36 months). You must have a functional prototype or validated MVP to apply.

Start-Up Chile is looking for globally-minded, early-stage entrepreneurs who want to start their business in Chile. Your startup must be globally oriented and have the capacity to scale. It is fundamental that the Founder is willing to live in Chile for at least 6 months.

In order to dedicate 100% to the program, including full-time hours we cannot accept students. To be considered you must suspend or complete your study program.

You have to submit a 90 seconds video pitch with your application. We want to see your passion, energy, and dedication to making your startup happen. You should include in the video: What is your idea? Can you show a prototype or a mockup? How did you detect the need for your startup? Be specific about the problem you want to solve. Also, be sure to introduce your team!

Provide a direct YouTube or Vimeo link to your video. Unfortunately, we cannot accept links to a website with an embedded video nor do we consider animated videos. Ensure Make sure that it is not password-protected.

A select board of judges and part of the Start-Up Chile staff reviews all startup applications and elaborates a ranking based on the selection criteria. Once this is complete, CORFO’s Committee approves or rejects the applications.

Start-Up Chile selection team, the board selected by Start-Up Chile, and the CORFO Committee. All documents are kept confidential.

Team Leader experience (25%)
Founding Team Qualification and experience (15%)
Market Opportunity, the relevance of the problem (25%)
Product/Service and Competitive Advantages (25%)
Impact in Chile and/or Fit with Chile (10%)

Once your application is reviewed  you will receive an email with the result. If you were unsuccessful, your email will include a short statement as to why you did not meet the criteria. If you are accepted, your email will include further steps to follow.

Firstly the beneficiary will need to sign a contract agreeing to the terms and conditions of the program. Then the beneficiary will need to pay for an insurance policy that will protect the program from any unlawful act that may be committed. Finally, the beneficiary needs to open a Chilean bank account in order to receive payments.

As the program progresses you will receive payments in installments.

Specifics of this process will be explained in detail on orientation day. You will be assisted throughout the process by Start-Up Chile to ensure this is as smooth as possible.

The payment may take up to 2 months from the start of the program, you should consider having funds to support yourself during the first month. Approximately $4,000USD per person.

No stress. We support you through this and it is all part of your soft-landing here in Santiago. We have partnerships with banks and will organize this for you in your initial weeks here in Chile.

Yes. This is crucial, you must dedicate yourself to a minimum of 7 months of living in Chile for the duration of the program. The beneficiary must be present since Day 1 of the program.

As an Ignite participant, you will be a part of a groundbreaking entrepreneurial experience. A once in a lifetime opportunity to bootstrap abroad, grow skills and networks, work in a multicultural and collaborative workspace, and avoid rendering your company’s equity. Be a part of a group of young and dynamic entrepreneurs from all over the world.

We expect 100% dedication to building your business. We also expect active involvement in building the Chilean entrepreneurship ecosystem.  Above all, we want you to help us make Chile the innovation hub of Latam. 

The program allocates $25,000,000 CLP, a 1-year resident visa to both founder and Co-Founders as well as access to our coworking space in Santiago. You will also be part of a network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, and public institutions. The best startups of the generation will be able to apply to an extra $25,000,000 CLP extension.

The acceleration program is run over 4 months however your contract may last up to 6 months for you to make expenses.

The Landing team will answer your questions and help you coordinate your arrival via admission@startupchile.org

 

12-month program for startups in a scaling stage. The program looks for the best technological founders in the expansion stage of their businesses to take their high-impact startups to the next level. Selected companies receive 60 Million Chilean Pesos (CLP) (USD 80k approx equity-free funding).

Applications will be open twice a year, in April and October. You’ll have 3 weeks to apply, don’t leave it for the last minute. Results are published around 2 months after the application closes, and programs will start in March and August, according to the call that you applied for.

We invite you to apply for the program if you are over the age of 18, are able to dedicate your time to living and growing your startup in Chile and that your startup is in a scaling stage. You must have sold between 80M and 800M CLP (USD $100k – $1M approx) in the last 12 months.

Start-Up Chile is looking for globally-minded, early stage entrepreneurs who want to start their business in Chile. Your startup must be globally-oriented and have the capacity to scale. It is fundamental that the Founder is willing to live in Chile for at least 12 months.

A select board of judges and part of the Start-Up Chile staff reviews all startup applications and elaborates a ranking based on the selection criteria. Once this is complete, CORFO’s Committee approves or rejects the applications.

Start-Up Chile selection team, the board selected by Start-Up Chile, and the CORFO Committee. All documents are kept confidential.

Founding Team Qualification and experience (20%)
Market Opportunity, the relevance of the problem (20%)
Product/Service and Competitive Advantages (20%)
Traction and validation (20%)
Growth Methodology and scaling potential (20%)

The program allocates $75,000,000 CLP, a 1 year resident visa to both Founder and Co-Founders as well as access to our coworking space in Santiago. The support is focused on Access to boards sessions with the best local and global mentors, connection with investment funds, Access to national and international networks for business expansion, and Support to manage the work team

The program is run over 12 months however your contract may last up to 14 months for you to make expenses.