With hopes to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in northern Chile, the launch of Endeavor Atacama aims to spread “high-impact entrepreneurship,” a main pillar of the institution, throughout the northern region. The event was held in Casino Enjoy in Antofagasta last 28 July 2011. The organization’s executive director, Alan Farcas, said that Endeavor Chile is in the ambitious process of providing support to high-impact entrepreneurs nationwide. He explained, “The north of Chile contains much of our wealth, but still has much to enhance in order to create world-class companies. Endeavor’s arrival in the north is an important opportunity for entrepreneurs who are trying to create high-impact businesses that have encountered barriers to their development. With the support of our foundation, entrepreneurs have access to networks, knowledge and capital that can be vital in their growth.”
Atacama Endeavor has three major challenges: 1) to achieve the consolidation of the Endeavor model in northern Chile, as achieved by its counterparts in the center and south of the country 2) to support the creation of high growth companies associated with the most important industry of the country, 3) to promote entrepreneurs in other industries such as tourism, energy and agriculture who provide more and better options
Endeavor directors Salvador Said, Jean-Paul Luksic, Sven von Appen, Jose Luis del Rio and a large group of Endeavor Entrepreneurs attended the event. Through their impressive stories and strategies of entrepreneurship, they will show entrepreneurs, executives of mining organizations, government officials, and students of the north ways to develop their own ideas and think big.
To complete the launch, the entire Endeavor Chile network, including several friends and candidates from the new Atacama office in Antofagasta, took advantage of their time with the directors where, through group meetings, one-on-one discussions and presentations, they were evaluated on several key issues that affect the growth of entrepreneurs. Finally, the Board considered two new applications, Roberto Cifuentes of GProcess, Patricio Rojas and Alfredo Gomez of Scrum, who have aligned their businesses to develop solutions for the mining industry with a lot of technology and innovation applied in the same task of production. Both received valuable feedback and were accepted to go to the International Panel. They hope to be the first, after Pamela Chavez, to join the list of Endeavor Entrepreneurs Atacama.