Arquivo para February 14th, 2014

Latin American: new empreneteurs?

14 Feb


It´s what the BBC Online says, stating that besides natural resources that can boost/push these countries, citing/quoting: the oil from Venezuela, the copper of Chile, Argentinean soybeans, Ecuador´s bananas, Mexican silver, and the Brazilian timber, “the vast region is blessed with a fabulous variety of raw materials that the world wants and needs”.


.(não encontrei no original em portugues)


While the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) spend an average of 2.4% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development, in Chile and Mexico – the only two Latin American members of the club – the rate is 0.4%, but in other countries of the region (including Brazil) it’s even less.


But thankfully, the magazine says that this is changing.


Until recently, entrepreneurship in Peru was a question of survival,” says Gary Urteaga, a Peruvian entrepreneur of Cine-Papaya: “People started their own businesses because they couldn’t get a job. They’d sell sandwiches in the streets and wash cars”, and he said: “But now, for the first time, people are choosing to be entrepreneurs.”

In Colombia, a medical start-up called Keraderm has won state funding to develop a new technology for skin grafts.

Vivek Wadhwa, a US-based technology entrepreneur who advised the Chilean government on Start-ups in Chile, says: “the culture is changing”.