Here’s some awesome news for us that we wanted to share with everyone. As of tonight, we are relocating to Chile for 6 months to participate in Start-Up Chile, one of the more intriguing accelerators to come out in the last year or two. It’s a pretty bold decision, but we are very confident in our ability to execute remotely and keep improving the product at a breakneck pace.
What I’m most excited about is getting to know the highly diverse set of entrepreneurs in the program. I think we sometimes get stuck in the bubble of what we know, and stepping out and living in another culture is a great way to break that habit. Everyone knows globalization is happening, yet few people actually act aggressively on it. By living in another culture and working with a global network of entrepreneurs, we are positioning ourselves well for the future.
With only a few hours to go before we head down, the excitement is really starting to kick in. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’ve got high hopes for what we can accomplish there!
I’m going to do my best to blog frequently and give plenty of updates on how things are going – so make sure to check back soon and add us on twitter (@GooseChase)! (feed: http://goosechase.com/blog/feed/)
More Information About Start-Up Chile:
Start-Up Chile is a program created by the Chilean Government, initiated by the Ministry of Economy and executed by Corfo/InnovaChile, that seeks to attract early-stage high potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups using Chile as a platform to go global. In line with the national goal of converting Chile into the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America, the program plans to bring 1,000 startups to Chile by 2014.
During the six months the participants must be in Chile– for which they receive US$40k of equity-free seed capital, a 1-year work visa, and access to local financial and social networks– the objective is to raise funds, hire talent, create networks, and to launch their businesses from Chile while leveraging and interacting fully with the local entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The program, unique in the world, and catalyst of similar initiatives such as Startup America, Britain, and Greece, is the ideal opportunity for bootstrappers to receive funding without ceding equity while utilizing one of the strongest Latin American economies as their launching/development platform. Start-Up Chile has been featured in The Economist, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch, and Forbes, among others.
For more information about the Start-Up Chile experience, please visit www.startupchile.org.