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The development of MSMEs and entrepreneurs is key to driving the growth of economies and extending business opportunities. It is for this reason that the APEC MSMEs and Entrepreneurs Summit will be held on November 14 in Chile. The Summit will take place at Titanium Park’s Santiago Business & Conference Center, and will be a custom-made event with high-quality presentations, the launch of the APEC Monde B2B marketplace, the final pitch of the Startup Challenge “Inventing the Future”, attractive networking opportunities, meetings with other entrepreneurs, and much more.
Monde B2B Marketplace
APEC Monde B2B is a digital e-commerce marketplace that will be launched at the 2019 APEC MSMEs and Entrepreneurs Summit. The Marketplace objective is to connect importing and exporting MSMEs that belong to the different economies participating in the first stage of the launch: Chile, Peru and Colombia on this side of the Pacific, and Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia on the other side. In each economy, financial institutions such as Chambers of Commerce will validate the participating businesses, thus assuring financial security. With Monde B2B, language barriers are not an issue because the Marketplace has a simultaneous translation chat feature. The Marketplace also has an Online Dispute Resolution System in case any problem should arise between the provider and consumer. All of these built-in mechanisms ensure a high level of trust and security for all participants of Monde B2B, making importing and exporting easier than ever before. After the Summit, you will be able to register with your respective chamber of commerce or similar validating institution!
Speed Dating Session
The Speed Dating session at the MSMEs and Entrepreneurs Summit will match up high profile businesspeople with entrepreneurs and members of MSMEs in their field. MSMEs and entrepreneurs will have the unique opportunity to discuss their business ideas with experts, so that they can gain new insight and advice and potentially attract the interest of their Speed Dating partners. This is a chance for smaller business players to make unrivaled connections in their industry, and for high profile businesspeople to discover promising new initiatives and innovators that they may be interested in meeting with again.
Regardless of size, all MSMEs are aware of challenges they face daily in the context of the digital age, globalization and global interdependence. In order for them to succeed, MSMEs must resolve issues related to logistics and distribution, financing sources, expanding their networks, accessing international markets, and leveraging technological platforms, among other issues. Although these considerations are all challenges for MSMEs, they also represent opportunities.
Speaker: Julián Ugarte (Founder y Director Ejecutivo, Socialab)
Today’s economy is marked by the rise of the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) era, the digital revolution, and by challenges associated with climate change. This context gives rise to new areas of opportunity in which to rethink the economy, business and entrepreneurship
Speaker: Kulka, (General Manager, Founder Chile)
Inspirational speech on how today’s entrepreneurs can utilize their talent, persistence and dedication to ethics in order to play a leading role in the search for solutions to many of the environmental challenges that impact the world and the future of humanity.
Speaker: Gonzalo Muñoz (Founder, Triciclos)
ChileGlobal Ventures – the venture capital stream of Fundación Chile – in partnership with the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), invites the best startups from around the world to join Inventing The Future, an official APEC call, which will provide financing and enable the development of innovative businesses focused on the two major challenges facing today’s society: digital transformation and the circular economy.
Inventing The Future will be developed within the framework of the 2019 APEC MSMEs and Entrepreneurs Summit: an event that will be held on November 14 in Santiago de Chile, where the winners of the Challenge will present their final pitch in front of an international audience of more than 800 people, validating their business in the Latin American venture capital ecosystem and on the Asia-Pacific coast.