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 Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.

With applications for the Santiago Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the Santiago (Chile) Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v2 below! It was developed by the Santiago Founder Institute and local leaders Pablo Ambram and Allan Jarry, and was published on PulsoSocial in an article titled Startup Ecosystem Canvas: Una lista de los recursos para emprendedores en Santiago.

More input is needed, so please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document, and it will be considered for the next update.

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

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 You can also see the current infographic at

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.

  • Inspire

    • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters, Startup Digest)
      1. FayerWayer


      3. Latam Tech

      4. PulsoSocial

      5. SoyEmprendedor

      6. StarterDaily

    • Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
      1. Asado de Startup

      2. MeetLatam

      3. Startup Tech Conf

      4. Startup Weekend Santiago

  • Educate
    • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspirate)
      1. Emprendedores Anónimos #EEAA

      2. Rasu Fest

      3. Startup Founder 101

      4. Startup Grind Santiago

    • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs)
      1. ASECH

      2. Exosphere

      3. Founder Institute

      4. Lab I+D Mujeres del Pacífico

      5. Mindset

  • Validate
    • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
      1. Hackers and Founders

      2. IncubaUC/Geek Camp

      3. New Tech Santiago

      4. STGO Tech Talks

    • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
      1. ChileAgil Santiago

      2. Hacks/Hackers Chile

      3. Hack Santiago

      4. 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.

  • Start
    • Establish: Law firms & banks for startups  
      1. Bahamondez, Álvarez & Zegers

      2. Barros y Errázuriz Abogados

      3. Prieto & Marambio

      4. Phillippi

      5. Startup lawyers

    • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)
      1. CocoNet

      2. CasaCo

      3. Cowo Puerto Montt  

      4. Co-Work Latam

      5. Corfo (Biblioteca)

      6. Housenovo

      7. IF Chile

      8. JustPeople

      9. STGO Makerspace

      10. Stgo LabSpace

      11. Urban Station

  • Develop
    • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.
      1. Acid Labs

      2. Axiom Zen

      3. Continuum

      4. PSO

      5. UruIT

  • Launch
    • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
      1. 3ie

      2. Austral Incuba

      3. Chrysalis

      4. Digital Glue

      5. EmprendeFCh

      6. Incuba2

      7. IncubaUC

      8. Innovo

      9. Incubatec

      10. Magical Startups

      11. Magma Partners

      12. Startup Chile

      13. Spock Ventures

      14. UDDVentures

      15. Wayra

    • Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
      1. Common Pitch Chile

      2. 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.

  • Recognition
    • Investor Networking:  Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
      1. Avonni

      2. Chilean Investors Forum

      3. CIEChile

      4. EmprendoVerde

      5. Endeavor

      6. Fundación Chile

      7. Sistema B

    • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
      1. El Diario Financiero

      2. El Mercurio

      3. La Tercera

      4. The Santiago Times

      5. Las Últimas Noticias

      6. Revista Capital

  • Funding
    • Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors
      1. Chile Global Angels

      2. DaDNEOS

      3. FounderList

      4. Ignacio Canals

      5. Jean Boudeguer

      6. Magma Partners

      7. Pablo Viojo

      8. Santiago Angels

    • Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
      1. Aurus VC

      2. Austral Capital Partners


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

    • Expansion: Growth accelerators/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. Genesys Consulting

      6. Innspiral

      7. Matrix consulting

      8. Promanagement consulting

4. Success Stories

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


  2. Alto

  3. Aval Chile

  4. Betazeta

  5. Comparaonline

  6. Cumplo

  7. Cuponatic


  9. Clan Descuento

  10. GoPlaceIt

  11. Happyshop

  12. Mediastream

  13. Manga Corta


  15. Trabajando

  16. Triciclos


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.  (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc)

  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. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. CORFO

  2. ProChile/ContactChile

  3. Proyecto Red

  4. Sercotec

3. Talent

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

  • Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Emprendedores UDP - Universidad Diego Portales

    2. Emprende UC - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    3. Empretec Chile - Universidad Mayor

    4. Facultad de Economía y Negocios De Universidad del Desarrollo

    5. Universidad de Chile

    6. Universidad Mayor

    7. Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

    8. Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana

    9. Universidad San Sebastián - USS Venture Lab

    10. Universidad de Santiago de Chile

  • Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices)
    1. ACE Team

    2. AmnesiaGames

    3. Behaviour Santiago

    4. Cisco Chile

    5. DeNA

    6. Entel

    7. Metric Arts

    8. Microsoft Chile

    9. Sonda S.A.

    10. VTR


Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Santiago Canvas on this collaborative Google document, or on Twitter using the hashtag #ecosystemcanvas.

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

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