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Start-up Chile: Venturing into a new model for development
Transcript of Start-up Chile: Venturing into a new model for development
Predicted GDP Growth of 4.2% in 2012
Unemployment rate of 7%
Profitable exports such as copper, lithium & iron
Venturing into a new model
for development By: Isabel Balderrama Research Focus Siding with the premise that skilled transnational migration is in fact beneficial to development, this paper will explore the potential advantages that Start-Up Chile’s decision to work with, and not against, globalization and its increasing migratory flows can have in creating a cluster where local and foreign knowledge and skills can be produced and exchanged.
It will also be argued that such environment is vital to incentivizing local entrepreneurship and investment, thus creating a two-way approach to tackling Chile’s inequality, one of the country’s last remaining obstacles on the road to development. Skilled Migration as beneficial to development But... Chile is one of most unequal countries in the world, with the top 20% of earners getting
56% of the income,
and only 4.3% going
to the poor. Why? Start-Up Chile Offers participants a plane ticket to Chile, $40,000 “equity-free seed capital” per project, one-year resident visa, and “a nice and comfortable workspace, and the opportunity to network and exchange knowledge and skills
The upcoming sixth cycle received a total of 1,421 applications from 60 different countries
Fully backed by the government of Chile The benefit of clustering knowledge in attracting local and foreign talent and investment The government's role in fostering the right environment for innovation and entrepreneurship