According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Chile leads the OECD with the highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world. “With a total 23.4% of Chileans between the ages of 18 and 64 reports having starting a new business.”
Yet while it has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that attracts startups from all over the world, these resources, stories and role models are not as accessible or relatable to low income communities and regions across Chile. As CORFO notes, “…the profile of Chilean entrepreneurs… are largely men around the age of 40. They belong to the middle class, have completed university-level studies, and own businesses in the customer service sector.”
Chile is ready for the next step, which means a more inclusive community of entrepreneurship and innovation. According to network scientists “simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success.” Thus, an open and diverse network is crucial to the development and growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Chile.
This is exactly why The Huddle was created. In collaboration with Start-Up Chile, iF, CoLab and Mujeres del Pacifico, and mentored by ASECH board member Fernanda Vicente, The Huddle is aiming to foster a community of cross-sector and cross-regional innovators. Through a nomination process involving 75 NGOs, foundations, universities, and government programs throughout regions north and south in Chile, 20 innovators under the age of 30 will be selected to attend a workshop on November 28th and 29th.
Facilitated by iF’s Academia de la Felicidad co-creator Fran Ruiz, during the workshop, the “huddlers” will discover their collective purpose, learn innovation methodologies, and co-create a “playbook” for more a more inclusive future of innovation in Chile. Unlike typical awards ceremonies which focus on exclusive individual accolades rather than sustainable impact, The Huddle is centered around growing a widespread community. The huddlers activate the community in coming together for the workshop and then grows virally beyond the workshop through the playbook and pop-up huddles to activate and engage young people in disciplines of all shapes and sizes across the country. Additionally, footage and interviews from the workshop will be produced into a video series to promote the The Huddle’s message of inclusive innovation to a wider audience. Join The Huddle in creating a more inclusive community of innovation in Chile!
If you’re interested in applying or nominating someone who should, you can find more information here. The deadline for applying to The Huddle is November 4th.
If you are interested in collaborating with The Huddle as an official partner or sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org