Start-Up Chile Week provides free workshops for entrepreneurs

Got a great business idea? Don’t miss this week of free startup training sessions from top investors from around the world, running August 27 through to August 31.

Interested in starting your own business, but not sure you’ve got the right skills? Well clear your schedule, because next week is Start-Up Chile Week (SUPWeek) in Santiago – a full week of free activities and training sessions for budding entrepreneurs.

Start-Up Chile is a program of the Chilean government that attracts early-stage entrepreneurs to Chile to start new businesses. The program awards successful applicants US$40,000 in seed capital in addition to working visas, free office space, and mentoring and networking opportunities.

SUPWeek is being coordinated in conjunction with DEMODAY, an event that brings investors from around the world to hear pitches from Start-Up Chile entrepreneurs. But according to Start-Up Chile’s blog, the activities of SUPWeek aim to be informative and interesting to everyone.

“It doesn´t matter whether you are a SUPper or not, whether you are Chilean or not, whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or just a guy/gal loving tech: there will be activities targeting your needs and interests that – trust us – you don´t want to miss,” reads the blog.

Below is a breakdown of each of the activities occurring during SUPWeek, August 27 through August 31. Workshops are held in the Start-Up Chile headquarters at Providencia 229 unless otherwise noted.

Andy Bartley Workshop: Show Me the Money 101
Tuesday, August 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Andy Bartley will share his insider knowledge of the world of startup investing at this session. Andy is a Silicon Valley investor and CEO of with an MBA from Santa Clara University

Anna Heim: Blogs, Press and Startups
Tuesday, August 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Anna Heim, journalist for The Next Web, is a polyglot French news junkie with a love for anything digital. A Sciences Po Paris alumni, she has also worked in Canada, Spain and the UK in the film & TV industry. Anna will present a workshop on how startups can best work with and utilize the media industry.

Coffee with Investor Eric Ayala
Wednesday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Get your questions about investing answered in this intimate session with world recognized investor Eric Ayala. Ayala, a Venture Capitalist and Technology Executive with an MBA from Duke University, is a São Paulo native with 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley.

Eric Ayala: Are You Ready to Invest?
Wednesday, August 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Eric Ayala leads this session on investing and moving up in the startup world. Ayala, a Venture Capitalist and Technology Executive with an MBA from Duke University, is a São Paulo native with 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley.

Reverse Pitch
Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tables turn as the Silicon Valley investors coming to DEMODAY for business pitch to startups. Eric Ayala, Andy Bartley and Luis Martin Cabiedes will pitch, network with entrepreneurs, and answer questions in this session. Luis Martin Cabiedes specializes in early stage investing in internet and communications ventures in Spain.

Thursday, August 30, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Centro Cultural GAM, Alameda 227, Santiago
The largest-scale event of its kind in Latin America, DEMODAY provides an opportunity for 27 Start-Up Chile entrepreneurs to present three minute pitches to investors from around the world. An excellent networking event, all are invited to this unique celebration of risk, hard work, and great ideas.

Start-Up Chile Lab
Thursday, August 30, 7:00 p.m.
This session will present the hardware and games projects of Start-Up Chile to the general public for the first time. Witness the future of the gaming industry first-hand at this presentation.

Andrés Barreto Workshop: Never Stop, Be Extraordinary
Friday, August 31, 12:00 PM
Led by the founder of world-renowned music streaming service Grooveshark, Andrés Barreto will lead this session for anyone looking to enter the startup world. Barreto is a “serial entrepreneur” originally from Colombia, and is a frequent speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and developing nations.