Enrique is the founder and CEO of Yabit (formerly Kiwi), a platform that helps businesses offer flexible payment plans in the point of sale, and facilitates the payment experience to their customers. His past experiences include designing strategy at PayPal, financing and sales at Cemex, and operations at Xignux, among others. Enrique is an alumni at the MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship, and an Unreasonable Institute fellow. He has an MBA from MIT, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Andrés Biénzobas is founder of Honeycomb Graphics and inventor of transformative 3D-printing technologies. Honeycomb Graphics was founded in 2011 and is based in Santiago, Chile. It owns multiple patents in methods and devices for cost-effective polychromatic printing, putting it at the forefront of the nascent Industrial Revolution. Novel applications include advertising, architecture, ornamental and functional design. Andrés studied at Universidad Diego Portales in advertising, marketing & communication arts.
Dr. Michael J. Cima is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an appointment at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Prof. Cima was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and to the National Academy of Inventors in 2016. He now holds the David H. Koch Chair of Engineering at MIT. Prof. Cima is author or co-author of over two hundred and fifty peer reviewed scientific publications, fifty US patents. He is actively involved in materials and engineered systems for improvement in human health such as treatments for cancer and urological disorders. He is a coinventor of MIT’s three dimensional printing process. Machines and products by many licensees using this process are used throughout the world. Finally, through his consulting work he has been a major contributor to the development of high throughput systems for discovery of novel crystal forms and formulations of pharmaceuticals. Prof. Cima also has extensive entrepreneurial experience. He is co-founder and director of MicroChips Biotech., a developer of microelectronic based drug delivery and diagnostic systems. Prof. Cima took two sabbaticals to act as senior consultant and management team member at Transform Pharmaceuticals Inc. a company that he helped start and that was ultimately acquired by Johnson and Johnson Corporation. He is a co-founder and director at T2 Biosystems a medical diagnostics company. Prof. Cima is also a co-founder and director of Taris Biomedical a company specializing in pharmaceutical products for urology.
Attorney with over 10 years of experience in coordination and team leadership for public and private projects related to innovation, intellectual property and technology regulation. She has worked in the public sector as an advisor to various authorities, actively participated in the negotiations of Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and other international agreements within the framework of WIPO and WTO. She is now CEO of Salud+Desarrollo, a Chilean initiative that promotes the development of eHealth in the country.
Colin Fain is the Founder & CEO of Agronometrics, a market intelligence platform that offers fresh fruit traders data driven commercial forecasts to navigate the informal international markets. Colin is passionate about the food supply chain and how data can be used to better understand and predict the relationships that define it. Agronometrics has been the recipient of funds through USAID, Start-Up Chile and is currently working with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Georgina Campbell Flatter
Georgina Campbell Flatter, MEng (Oxon) SM, is the Executive Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In her role as Director and Lecturer, she works to implement educational programming and curricula for MIT students who are building and scaling sustainable impact-ventures across the developing world. Flatter has been emerged in, and an active contributor to, MIT's innovation ecosystem for several years through her roles as Executive Director of MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), Director and Lecturer of the XPRIZE Lab @ MIT and, as a student, a researcher at the Langer Lab, and Managing Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. She has also led several innovation projects at the World Bank and worked as a research associate at a renewable fuels spinout from MIT. Flatter earned an MEng in materials science from the University of Oxford and an SM in technology and policy from MIT.
Yuly Fuentes-Medel graduated with a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, and currently the executive director of DESCIENCE where science inspires fashion innovation. She trained as postdoctoral associate at the MIT Sloan School and was energetically involved in fostering scientific interest and careers diversity in the sciences as an intern for Propel Careers. She is an active member of women entrepreneurs in science and technology (WEST) and received a volunteer giving back award at the 2011 WEST Giving Back award event. During her time as a Ph.D. student, she pioneered the co-organization of the International workshop called “Small Brains Big Ideas” Biomedical Insights from Invertebrate Neuroscience Research, held in Santiago, Chile, in 2010. This initiative successfully trained Latin-American students in the application of genetic model systems. Trained as a biochemist at University of Concepcion in her native Chile, she has a passion for science development and innovation. She is now a member of the Innovation Series Committee at MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. The series brings speakers from multiple industries to speak on entrepreneurship-related topics to inspire and inform.
Daniel is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research examines the social and political dimensions of water policy and planning in urban areas affected by a changing climate. Daniel previously worked with the United Nations on climate change adaptation and has provided consulting services to organizations including the Nordic Development Fund and Latin American Development Bank. A native of Scotland, Daniel holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University and a Master of Engineering degree from Glasgow University.
SabaGhole is an architectural-urban designer turned education-technology entrepreneur. As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of NuVu, an innovation school for middle and high school students based in Cambridge, MA, Saba leads the school's agenda of creativity and experimentation. Students at NuVu collaborate with experts on projects such as new medical devices, interactive games, and brainwave-generated art.Saba received her Masters in Urban Design at MIT. Saba's urban design experience has included work on innovative educational projects such as the Central Los Angeles High School #9 while working at Coop Himmelb(l)au and the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh while working at leading architecture firm Perkins+Will. Saba is passionate about creating interactive art that raises social awareness and strengthens community. Her art pieces Pulse and Bloom and Grove are two of the largest biofeedback installations of their kind, and have been featured widely. Saba is an INK Fellow and TEDxSanJoseCA speaker.
German Goñi is an Industrial Engineering graduate from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with Management Control Systems and IT Project Management Diplomas from Universidad de Chile. Experience in private and public sector organizations in Management Control / Finance, Public Policy Design and Customer Service. Skilled at project evaluation methods, management control systems implementation, business process modeling, design, simulation and optimization of IT business applications. A proactive results oriented leader with a strategic vision, and highly developed analytical and planning abilities.
Andres Groisman is the co-founder and CEO of NoiseGrasp, a startup that's democratizing access to advanced marketing. Together with the Center For Mathematical Modeling of the U. of Chile, they have developed "bleeding" edge mathematical and computational techniques to significantly reduce time and cost involved in creating predictive models. Prior to NoiseGrasp, Andres spent six years living in Los Angeles, CA, where he was part of Media X, a media planning platform startup that was acquired by News America Marketing (part of News Corp., NASDAQ: NWSA).
Chris is a prolific builder and founder of projects and businesses that aim to push boundaries in both entrepreneurship and the creative industries. Having tried and failed at half a dozen 'traditional' careers - including being a professional chef, a music producer, a 'professional cyclist' and even a spy - Chris first embraced true entrepreneurship at MIT by creating the world's first crowd-sourced science novel with the goal of encouraging more young people into STEM and founding the celebrated venture-backed company, Libboo.com. Several high-profile start-ups later and a short tenure as the Head Teaching Fellow of Harvard University, Chris now resides in London as the Founder of We Are Optimists - the UK's leading 'Entrepreneurs for Hire' network, and the Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars and University College London, supporting high-impact Scale-Up CEOs achieve their goals in a demanding and competitive world.
Lionel is commercial engineer in the Universidad de los Andes and Alumni of the Singularity University (San Francisco, USA). Entrepreneur and company director, Lionel worked for several years in Europe and Chile in the automotive industry for Porsche and Daimler (Mercedez Benz and others). Today Lionel is co-founder of iF, a platform for cultural transformation that unites talent with the challenges that society faces today. In addition, Lionel is director of Netmentora (foundation for the support of entrepreneurship), Awto (a carsharing platform), Vogt (a manufacturing company in equipment for fluid pumping), and Antenna (a corporation for the development of arts and culture) among others.
An engineer by training, Torsten has built software platforms for 15 years, and has worked with entrepreneurship programs since 2006. The YouNoodle platform powers startup programs for The World Bank, Cisco, and Start-Up Chile, among many others. Before YouNoodle, he was CEO of Venture Cup Denmark, the national Danish university entrepreneurship competition. He has judged competitions at MIT, Stanford, Imperial College, and the Inter-American Development Bank, and he is a Guest Mentor for Wall Street Journal’s The Accelerators blog. Torsten advises a handful of startups and accelerator programs across the world, and loves new startup+technology challenges. Has been to MIT GSW 5 times, and met his co-founder Rebeca Hwang at GSW in Trondheim.
Ketan Makwana is a renowned international & TEDx Speaker, serial entrepreneur and mentor. He has started, scaled and sold multiple businesses in the last 7 years. In response to the emerging skills gap between education to employment and enterprise, Ketan launched Enterprise Lab, which has evolved into a disruptive agency supporting Mindset, Attitude & Behaviour development, serving over 100,000 people a year across the world. Ketan is an advisor to UK Government on youth and enterprise policies, works with International Governments & Ministries on Enterprise Eco-System Development, and sits on many advisory boards and panels, including MIT and British Council, and an ambassador of UKTI and Foreign & Commonwealth Offices related to Enterprise development in countries across the globe.
Nick Meyer is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship where he mentors students. Nick has spent his career founding startups and been product or engineering lead for software companies in industries as diverse as social, video, travel, music, and gaming. While still in high school, Nick co-founded the MMOG (multi-player massive online game) Kings of Chaos, which saw hundreds of thousands of players daily. During his one year at MIT, Nick founded Reble.FM, a peer-to-peer streaming music service that was partially funded through Y Combinator and was acquired by Playlist.com three years later. He then co-founded MileWise in 2009, a travel metasearch engine, where his roles included UI design, PR and marketing, and fundraising, until the company was acquired by Yahoo! in 2013. His most recent company was Sup, a mobile video app that was funded by Khosla Ventures. Nick is an IASI certified ski instructor and coach and a PADI certified scuba instructor.
Hélène Michel is a professor at Grenoble École de Management (France). Prof Michel holds a PhD and a post doctorate degree (HDR accreditation to supervise research) in management sciences. She specializes in innovation management with a specific focus on serious games since 2003. Her aim is to design games and game mechanism to support innovation processes and inspire entrepreneurship. She is an international expert on the topic (expert for the European Commission, key note speaker in major conferences etc.). Prof Michel has a research funding from Massachusetts Institute of Technology on this topic. The games she develops have an international recognition (finalist at MBA Innovation Awards, Re-Imagine Education Awards) and are used by thousands of participants each year in innovation seminars.
Megan Mitchell is the Fellowship and Student Programs Manager for the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining MIT in January of 2017, Mitchell managed UBS Americas’ Elevating Entrepreneurs initiative, a portfolio of philanthropic partnerships and programs focused on driving toward a more inclusive entrepreneurial landscape. This included Project Entrepreneur, a collaboration with Rent the Runway Foundation to increase the pipeline of women building economically impactful companies. Prior to UBS, Mitchell oversaw co-curricular and experiential learning activities for Wharton Entrepreneurship, including the annual business plan competition and global internship program. She also served as a member of the Venture Initiation Program management team, and led development of the department’s venture development programs at the school’s San Francisco campus. Mitchell holds a BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a MSEd from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
José Manuel is Algramo's Co-Founder, Globalshaper from the World Economic Forum and Ashoka & TED® Fellow. Since 2013 has been providing families from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Chile and Colombia access to quality and technology, more environmentally friendly, staple groceries at a low cost and just steps from their homes. By building networks of local vendors, he is creating the channels to revive not only local grocery stores but also the very social fabric of these failing communities. In 2015 Algramo was Worldwide Champion of Social Entrepreneurship in The Venture by Chivas Regal®.
Matias Muchnick is a Chilean food-tech entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of NotCo, a technology company using artificial intelligence to develop delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based food products.
Leo is a pioneer in the internet industry in Latin America. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded successful web-based industries that have been world recognized. Since 2015, he is partner and president of Stgo Makerspace, which is the first space for collaboration and experimentation of global impact. He has been recognized as Top 100 International Web Developers, 100 Jóvenes Líderes, 30 Jóvenes con Éxito, Nuevo Líder en Innovación, Entrepreneur of the year in Chile, Entrepreneur of the year in Latin America, MKTG Best Marketing Digital, The GOOD 100, among others.
Javier Smitmans is the Founder and CEO of Monitor, a start-up looking to simplify the access to the Industrial IoT for companies around the world. Javier has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 15 years, as founder/co-founder and board member of several leading companies in industries like Data Recovery/Computer Forensics (Kepler S.A.), Online Backup/Cloud Storage (Kepler Nova SpA), and E-Commerce. Javier holds an Industrial Engineering degree and an Electrical Engineering diploma from the P. Universidad Católica de Chile. Javier has received several awards and was featured on the "Innovacion Made In Chile" (2010) book by País Digital foundation.
Martín Tironi is Associate Professor in the School of Design at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His research interests are organized around design anthropology, urban studies, sociology of technology, and speculative methods. Conceptually and methodologically, Martin draws upon science & technology studies (STS), particularly developments in actor-network theory (ANT). He is currently involved in a 3-year research project (http://thesmartcitizenproject.cl) that focuses on the “Smart City Paradigm” conceptualized as a form of social experimentation and algorithmic governance. Martin holds a PhD from the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI), Ecole des Mines de Paris, where he also did post-doctorate studies. He received his Master’s degree in Sociology at the Universite Paris Sorbonne V and his BA in Sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His PhD thesis, “The city as an experiment the case of Vélib” in Paris, aimed at exploring the various socio-spatial practices composing the infrastructure of the public bicycle sharing system in Paris. He has published and reviewed in different academic journals.
Dr. Jameson Toole is the CEO and cofounder of Wherehouse Inc, a software company dedicated to helping mobile network operators unlock the value of their location data. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Physics, Economics, and Applied Mathematics in 2010 as well as an M.S. and PhD in Engineering Systems from the MIT. His work in the Human Mobility and Networks Lab centered on applications of big data analytics and location data to urban and transportation planning, the adoption of innovations, social dynamics, and urban economics. Prior to founding Wherehouse, he spent two summers working for Google[X] building analytics and data pipelines for Project Wing, a drone delivery platform aimed at transforming urban logistics and built and ran the data science team at Jana Mobile, a Boston technology startup.
Julián Ugarte is a designer, social entrepreneur and international speaker. Julián studied Industrial Design and is a graduate from Singularity University in 2010. In 2007 he founded the Centro de Innovación Social TECHO (Centre for Social Entrepreneurship TECHO), one of the largest and successful non-profit organizations in Latin America, that evolved into Socialab in 2012, a spin off from the latter. Socialab generates social impact through the identification and support to social entrepreneurs in early stages. Today, Socialab has expanded beyond Chile to Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and México. In 2010 Julián was recognized as one of the 100 Líderes en Chile (100 Leaders in Chile), by the journal El Sábado. Julián is also founding partner of IF (pole for innovation and entrepreneurship in Santiago de Chile) and one of the directors of the festival for social innovation fiiS. Julián’s work and Socialab has been recognized by the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, Harvard, the Washington Post and CNN. Julián is also Fellow of Ashoka, ambassador of SocialGood in the United Nations Foundation and Singularity University, nominated to the Premio Mundial de Impacto en Diseño (World Prize of Impact in Design) in Finland.
Manuel “Pilo” Urzua
Serial entrepreneur in diverse innovation spheres and of national vanguard. Manuel is responsible for the creation of several restaurants, special event venue centers and cultural centers, all of which are important social, entertainment and cultural meeting points in the country. Manuel has also created the innovative solution AIM Guardamuebles, which accounts for more than two thousand mini-storage. Manuel is responsible for the popular After Office in Chile, a mid-week social event that revolutionized the way of entertainment and having fun in the corporate world.
Andrés Valdivieso Ahnfelt is the CEO and cofounder of Toth, a company that works to make healthcare more accessible through technology. This includes telemedicine, and artificial intelligence to better connect physicians with patients. Andrés Valdivieso Ahnfelt also helps entrepreneurs through his work at Acción Emprendedora which provides support to entrepreneurs who do not have access to university education or support. He is also a board member at Clínica Cath and a medical surgeon at the University of Andes and has extensive experience in the health care industry.
Eduardo Vera is Executive Manager for Innovation and Development at the Center for Mathematical Modeling of the University of Chile (CMM-UChile), where he has led various pioneering initiatives, including the establishment of a frontier Astroinformatics Laboratory. From Jan 2011 through Dec 2015, he served as Executive Director of the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing (NLHPC) at CMM-UChile. Since Dec 2015, he has also served as Director of International Relations of the University of Chile. He is a founding member of SoluNova Ltd., a startup company focused in sensor systems and wearable technologies for environmental monitoring and personal safety in industrial operations, whose technical team received the first prize award in the INTEL Global Challenge 2013 for their development of the Mobile Monitoring Station (MMS), a breakthrough system that uses portable and wearable sensors to collect valuable biomedical data of mining workers and to monitor their working environment. Dr. Vera received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics at the University of Chile and his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University.
Richard Weber is Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Universidad de Chile. Since 2014 he has lead the Data Science group within the Institute Complex Engineering Systems and acted as Chairman of the Program Committee of the series of conferences BAFI – Business Analytics in Finance and Industry. Professor Weber obtained a B.Sc. in Mathematics, a Master in Operations Research, and a Ph.D. in Business and Economics, all from RWTH Aachen, Germany.
Rocio Fonseca is the Executive Director of Startup Chile, a business accelerator program created by the Chilean Government for high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups and use Chile as a foundation. Today, Start-Up Chile is the leading accelerator in LATAM, among the TOP 10 globally. Rocio is a biotechnology engineer by training and received a Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a Master in Management from MIT as a Sloan Fellow. As the lead of the Start-Up Chile team, she is responsible for positioning the program as the best business accelerator program in Latin America. She sets and implements strategy, culture and processes to help startups increase their success rates exponentially.
Diego Carrasco Vallejos
Diego is a lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), with post-graduate studies in Natural Resources and environmental regulations, as well as Business Administration (Universidad del Pacífico - Perú). He studied alongside Dr. Humberto Maturana at Matrízitica Institute, where he obtained an international certificate in Collaborative Conversations. Diego is passionate about human interaction towards and within our natural world. He is a firm believer that human understanding and co-existence represents the greatest challenge of our time.
He has worked as an advisor on public policy for former President Piñera (2010-2013), and as Sales and Alliances Manager for Desafío Levantemos Chile (NGO) (2014-2015). Since 2015, he has worked as a private consultant on sustainability and stakeholder engagement at Regenerativa and also as Legal & Corporate affairs manager at TECPA, a Chilean company specialized in the development of water-saving technology.
Sandra Y Richter is co-founder and CEO of MIT Media Lab spin-off Soofa, a smart city company brining adsupported city information systems to urban areas. She was honored Most Creative People in Business by Fastcompany Magazine.
Carlos Osorio is an International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, and his research focuses on innovation and design processes, and visiting professor at Deusto Business School in Spain. He is also co-founder of Yuken, a company focused on creating innovation and leaning by design. He received the 2015 Wharton Reimagine Award for best innovation in teaching delivery for his innovation methods. Carlos has been faculty associate at the Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, visiting research scientist at MIT Medialab, and guest lecturer at Amsterdam Business School, among others. He holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy, and a MS in Technology and Policy from MIT Engineering Systems Division, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (as Fulbright Scholar), and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chile.
Alan Bennett is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis where he has been an active researcher, educator, policy advisor and technology transfer advocate. He also serves as the founding Executive Director of the “Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture” (PIPRA), a not‐for‐profit organization that provides commercialization strategy advice and intellectual property rights analysis to support the commercialization of public sector innovations.
Bennett earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Biology at UC Davis and Cornell University, respectively, and has published over 160 scientific research papers in the area of plant molecular biology and is recognized as an “ISI Most Cited Author”. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Senior Fellow of the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST), a science policy advisory council for the State of California. From 2000-2004, Bennett served as the Executive Director of the University of California Systemwide Office of Research Administration and Technology Transfer where he was responsible for research policy and the management of a portfolio of over 5000 patented inventions, 700 active licenses and revenue in excess of $350MM.
From 2004-2008, Bennett served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Davis where he founded and managed InnovationAccess, an organization responsible for technology transfer, business development and support for technology-based economic development in the Sacramento/Davis region. He also serves on several corporate research advisory boards and is the founding Executive Director of the UC Davis-Chile, Life Science Innovation Center.
Jordan is National Director of Adapt-Chile, a Chilean NGO that works to facilitate processes of climate change adaptation and mitigation in local government in Chile and throughout Latin America. He has also worked in a research capacity within the Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS) within the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), having been previously involved as a researcher in the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEU+T) of the PUC, and professor of environmental sociology in the Universidad Diego Portals (UDP).
His primary research interests are currently focused on sustainable adaptation and climate change governance, science-policy interface in the context of climate change planning and decision-making, and local participatory climate change planning processes. Beyond overall direction and management of the NGO, within Adapt Chile Jordan coordinates the Science Policy Dialogue Programme, which seeks to bridge gaps in communication and collaboration between academia and decision makers on different scales of public management. In particular, the programme seeks to understand and communicate the ways in which climate change currently influences and will come to affect local planning, management and development processes. This involves the promotion of platforms for dialogue and cooperation, together with the formation of and participation in multi and inter-sectoral networks, and encouraging informed decision making that allows society to respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change.
With a Business Development background and studies in Design, Patricia has been an early Start-Up Chile staff member leading teams of Operations and Social Impact, and most recently the Acceleration Program. She is also Executive Director of The S Factory, Start-Up Chile´s preacceleration program for women-led startups.
Dr. Arquímedes Rodríguez is a Surgeon at Chile’s Clínica INDISA, where he is a part of the
Center for Robotic Surgery. The Center is responsible for bringing the Da Vinci Robot to Chile.
Carlos Melo is Chile’s Vice-Minister of Transport. He is a civil industrial engineer specializing in transportation from the Catholic University of Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), where he also studied for a PhD. He was the coordinator of Planning and Development of the Ministry of Transportation and then the Executive Secretary of the Strategic and Planning Department of the Directory of Metropolitan Transportation (DTPM), before taking the role of Undersecretary of Transportation. He was also a university professor in the engineering school of the University Diego Portales.
Sebastián Carmona is the leader of the innovation and technology deployment strategy at CODELCO (Chile), where he has occupied also other positions, such as head of sustainability and senior director of business development. He is an expert in the mining business, having worked as a mining analyst and consultant for several years.
Sebastián holds a MS from the London Business School. He previously studied at the Universidad de Chile where he got a diploma as a civil industrial engineer and a Master’s Degree in mining and mineral engineering.
Sebastian Robles Ruiz
Sebastian Robles Ruiz is the head of innovation at Banco Bci (Chile). He has a wide experience in both the academia and the industry, where has occupied various management and leadership positions. Sebastian is an expert of IT strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, sales and product management.
He holds a MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fulbright Scholar) and a BS (Honors) in engineering and business administration from the Universitad de Chile.
Tomás leads the ecommerce marketing team and business intelligence team for Falabella, the largest retail company in South America. Tomás’ responsibilities include delivering breakthrough advertising, increasing brand recognition to drive sales, optimizing corporate business scalability and productivity, and delivering outstanding customer experiences with improved offers, more focused marketing, and personalized content.
Tomás joined Falabella 12 years ago as a Business Intelligence Manager in the financial division. Following an early promotion to Director of Planning & Development and Investor Relations, Tomás identified organic and non-organic expansion opportunities in South America, implemented best practices throughout the holding companies (retail, banks and real estate), and managed the relationships with investors.
Tomás received a degree in engineering and a master’s of science in operations from the University of Chile. Additionally, Tomás earned his MBA from The Wharton School
Diego Quevedo is a Telecommunications and Electronics Engineer that found the passion for writing application code during the first semesters at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and consolidated his knowledge about technology applied to startups as an International Visiting Student at Stanford University. Now, Diego is the CTO and co-founder of Play Business, the first equity crowdfunding platform in Mexico that allows to build startups systematically while getting them funding from the crowd, and to democratize access to startup investments for people around the world.
I am part of Google Developers Ecosystem team, and lead our community, mentors, and startup-related programs for Spanish-speaking LATAM (SpLATAM). We foster one of the strongest and cohesive network of leaders, influencers, and partners in the region; and together we are helping developers, and entrepreneurs thrive. From the many activities we support and our Google-led events across the region, to our flagship program Launchpad Accelerator.
Our Launchpad activities are supported by our strong tech communities, our ever growing mentor network, and our battle-tested methodology to help startups at every stage. From seed-level with full time founders attending our week-long bootcamps, to consolidated startups learning something new or best practices on how to scale to new markets at one of our short events. Finally, through Launchpad Accelerator, we're helping successful startups to become successful companies. We reach every year in SpLATAM, over 400 startups, 1200 entrepreneurs, 100 top mentors and influencers, and 50K developers and professionals through our communities and large format events.
When not traveling or attending an event, chances are you'll find me enjoying coffee and the company of my lovely wife or friends. I love running, movies and reading fantasy and Sci-Fi novels.
Gonzalo Mena is an industrial civil engineer with an associate degree in retail management from the Universidad de Chile. He acquired a wide experience in sales, logistics, management, innovation, entrepreneurship and international business development working as Country Manager and General Manager at The FoodLinks (2009-2014), a private company supported by CORFO that helped Chilean and Latinamerican food exporters to establish their business in the Chinese market, where he even moved to live during 2014. He started his entrepreneurship journey in 2015 as founder of "China Fruit Solutions", a consultancy and service provider company, and then in 2016 as partner in a fresh fruit export company named "Lauburu Exports". In late 2016 he became an advisor at "OpenLab", the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Laboratory of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Science of the Universidad de Chile, being then invited to act as Deputy Director and contribute in the improvement of their operations, develop a sustainable financial and commercial model and implement its strategic plan for 2020.
Dr. Juan D. Velásquez is Associate Professor with the Industrial Engineering Department at University of Chile. During his academic life, he has been adviser for more than 80 reports and theses (master and doctorate), has written more than 100 scientific publications and book chapters, is the author of the book Adaptive Web Site: A Knowledge Extraction from Web Data Approach, and editor in chief of the books series Advanced Techniques in Web Intelligence part 1, 2 and 3. He is Director of the Web Intelligence Consortium Chile Centre, whose main focus is the research in web mining, web personalization, Business Intelligence and Social Network Analysis.
David Fernández Torres
David is the Accelerator Executive of Start-Up Chile, one of the best accelerator programs in Latin America. He monitors the progress and accountability of the entrepreneurs and is responsible for increasing their success by detecting specific needs and tailoring solutions. David was born in Mexico and he has been living in Chile for more than 4 years. He studied business in the Tecnológico de Monterrey in México and is currently doing Master’s Degree in Innovation at Universidad Católica.