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Chile at the Startup Nations Summit 2017

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Startup Estonia hosted the Startup Nations Summit which took place on November 20-22 in Tallinn.  The event, organized annually by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), explored the rapidly-growing startup hubs.

The key aim of the Summit in 2017 was to explore how digital disruption is changing the world. It is both startups as well as policymakers that must take advantage of digital technologies and make a difference. Chile took part in this summit with a delegation comprised by representatives of the innovation agency – CORFO and Startup Chile who presented the latest milestones achieved by the Chilean entrepreneurship ecosystem and the future steps to boost and encourage innovation through entrepreneurship.

The Global Summit is an entrepreneurial highlight during the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, bringing together policymakers and entrepreneurs into a single, eventful conference. Policy-wise, the Summit in 2017 was organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and GEN, along with the European Commission and Dell as partners.

Start-Up Chile is a program created by the Chilean Government that seeks to attract early-stage, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups using Chile as a platform to go global. The goal of this program is to position Chile as the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America. Since 2011, at least  7 Estonian young entrepreneurs have taken part in Start-up Chile,s programs and this is just the beginning!

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