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Chile is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Chile Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Chile Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v3 below! It was developed by the Chile Founder Institute and local leaders: Felix Halcartegaray (Partner and co-founder, Atexa), Pablo Ambram (CEO)

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Chile? Then apply to the Chile Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Chile Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. FayerWayer
    2. Pulso Social
    3. SoyEmprendedor
  • Inspirational Chile Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. Asado de Startup

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
    1. Rasu Fest
    2. Startup Founder 101
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and startup bootcamps for entrepeneurs. (Includes comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. Exosphere
    2. Founder Institute
    3. Lab I+D Mujeres del Pacífico
    4. Social Lab

        C. Validate

        • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in Chile.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching
          1. Needs work

        • Build First Product: Hackathons & product events in Chile.
          1. ChileAgil Santiago
          2. Hacks/Hackers Chile
          3. Huevapi

        2. Launch Stage

        In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

        A. Start

        • Establish: Chile law firms & banks for startups
            1. Bahamondez, Álvarez & Zegers
            2. Barros y Errázuriz Abogados
            3. Prieto & Marambio
            4. Phillippi
            5. Startup lawyers

                  • Chile Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups in Chile.
                    1. CasaCo
                    2. Co-Work Latam
                    3. Housenovo
                    4. IF Chile

                        B. Develop

                        • Formalize: Chile accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.  
                          1. Acid Labs
                          2. Axiom Zen 
                          3. Continuum
                          4. PSO
                          5. UruIT
                        • Chile Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
                          1. Needs work

                        C. Launch

                        • Chile Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
                            1. 3ie
                            2. Digital Glue
                            3. Incuba2
                            4. Incubatec
                            5. Magma Partners
                            6. Startup Chile
                                    • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase Chile startups for investment.
                                      1. Demo Day @ Startup Chile

                                    3. Growth Stage

                                    Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

                                    A. Recognition

                                    • Chile Investor Networking:  Events and groups that connect professional investors with founders.
                                      1. Avonni
                                      2. Chilean Investors Forum
                                      3. CIEChile
                                      4. EmprendoVerde 
                                      5. Endeavor
                                      6. Fundación Chile
                                      7. Sistema B
                                    • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
                                        1. El Diario Financiero
                                        2. El Mercurio
                                        3. La Tercera 
                                        4. The Santiago Times
                                        5. Las Últimas Noticias

                                              B. Funding

                                              • Chile Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs.
                                                1. Chile Global Angels
                                                2. Ignacio Canals
                                                3. Jean Boudeguer
                                                4. Magma Partners
                                                5. Pablo Viojo
                                              • Chile Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
                                                1. Aurus VC
                                                2. Austral Capital Partners 
                                                3. EQUITAS CAPITAL

                                                  C. Growth

                                                  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)

                                                    1. Needs work

                                                  • Expansion: Chile Growth accelerators and consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
                                                    1. Bain & Company Santiago
                                                    2. Binnario
                                                    3. Ematris 
                                                    4. Empower it 
                                                    5. Innspiral
                                                    6. Matrix Consulting
                                                    7. Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem

                                                  4. Chile Startup Success Stories

                                                  Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

                                                    1. Comparaonline
                                                    2. Cumplo 
                                                    3. Cuponatic
                                                    4. GoPlaceIt
                                                    5. Triciclos

                                                  Supporters


                                                  To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

                                                  1. Chile Startup Leaders

                                                  Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

                                                    1. Alejandra Mustakis
                                                    2. Alan Farcas
                                                    3. Allan Jarry
                                                    4. Antonio Garcia
                                                    5. Ariel Gringaus
                                                    6. Carlos Honorato
                                                    7. Claudio Barahona
                                                    8. Cristobal Silva
                                                    9. Cristobal Undurraga
                                                    10. Daniel Ibarra
                                                    11. Diego Fleishman
                                                    12. Diego Garcia
                                                    13. Felipe Henriquez
                                                    14. Fernando Fischmann
                                                    15. Fernanda Vicente
                                                    16. Francisco Masjuan
                                                    17. Gabriel Cid
                                                    18. Gabriel Gurovich
                                                    19. Horacio Melo
                                                    20. Horacio Justiniano
                                                    21. Iván Vera
                                                    22. Josefa Villarroel
                                                    23. Jorge Nazer
                                                    24. Juan Pablo Tapia
                                                    25. Juan Pablo Swett
                                                    26. Juan Pablo Larenas
                                                    27. Julie Macpherson
                                                    28. Luis Cuezzo
                                                    29. Marcelo Cicali
                                                    30. Marcelo Guital
                                                    31. Max Grekin
                                                    32. Nathan Lustig
                                                    33. Nicolás Shea
                                                    34. Oliver Flögel
                                                    35. Pablo Ambram
                                                    36. Pamela Chávez
                                                    37. Raul Rivera
                                                    38. Roberto Musso
                                                    39. Sandra Díaz
                                                    40. Sebastián Ibañez
                                                    41. Sebastián O’Ryan
                                                    42. Stephen Stynes
                                                    43. Tadashi Takaoka
                                                    44. Tomás Berkovich
                                                    45. Vanesa Kolodziej

                                                  2. Chile Government Startup Resources

                                                  Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

                                                    1. CORFO
                                                    2. Sercotec

                                                  3. Talent

                                                  Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

                                                  • Local Chile Tech Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
                                                    1. Facultad de Economía y Negocios De Universidad del Desarrollo
                                                    2. Universidad de Chile
                                                    3. Universidad Mayor
                                                    4. Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
                                                    5. Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana
                                                    6. Universidad San Sebastián - USS Venture Lab
                                                    7. Universidad de Santiago de Chile

                                                              • Chile Tech Employers
                                                                1. ACE Team
                                                                2. AmnesiaGames
                                                                3. Behaviour Santiago
                                                                4. Cisco Chile
                                                                5. DeNA
                                                                6. Ente
                                                                7. Microsoft Chile
                                                                8. Sonda S.A.
                                                                9. VTR
                                                              *  *  *

                                                              Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Chile Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

                                                              Are you looking to build a startup in Chile ? Then apply to the Chile Founder Institute today

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