The Rutgers Food Innovation Center opened its doors to La Idea participants on November 30th, with a week of activities, networking events and tours. Participants mingled with New Jersey CEOs, Food Industry leaders and Sustainability experts as they traveled from the South to the North of the Garden State. Participants learned the ins and outs of the food industry and a few decided to make New Jersey their business’ new US home.
North Shores InnoVentures provided structured programming for the week of November 9-13, and then provided general support and space for November 16-20 for Brazilian cleantech entrepreneurs representing. The participants met with a variety of entrepreneurs, government officials, incubator managers, and ecosystem support partners during the first week. They also received tours of incubators, testing facilities, and a campus green-building program.
The entrepreneurs also met the Consular General of Brazil and her staff, the Mayor and Economic Development Director of Beverly, Massachusetts , the CEO of Mass Clean Energy Council, the Economic Director from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office, a local State Senator, and the COO and local Regional Director of the Office of Massachesetts Business Development. They also met with a number of local Brazilian expatriots through a reception with Brazil-Today (a local organization) and a reception organized by the Brazilian Consulate.
The participants appreciated the richness of the ecosystem that exists in the region. NSIV very deliberately showcased the network throughout the week, talked about the importance of building local networks and connections, and the need for entrepreneurs to work to build that network wherever they were located.
On Monday November 16, Vice President of the United States Joe Biden visited the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) to take part in a roundtable discussion with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LACI CEO Fred Walti and a panel of investors and entrepreneurs to discuss jobs and clean technology.
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MediCoventures (MCV) in collaboration with the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) located at Gateway Community College, developed a program to host participants from Brazil to come and learn about the Healthcare Industry in the United States.
A highlight of the week was a private tour of the Banner University simulation center. Participants enjoyed watching the hospital training facility which utilizes telemedicine technology to train their nurses and physicians in current and new protocols for patient management.
The Banner University simulation center is a 50,000 quare foot facility that used to be a fully functional hospital. Due to the costo of mandatory upgrades, the hospital was converted to a training facility. The staged rooms mimicked actual hospital facilities, equipped however with special cameras to allow an observer to visualize and communicate managed care. The facility typically does not provide such tours, but was made available for the participants.
Other activities included hearing from supply chain and logistics experts, FDA and legal experts. There were several other tours including Arizona State University’s Biomedical Engineering Design Center.
The participants decided to travel to Las Vegas during their second week in the US to attend the Vascular Inter-Vention Advances (VIVA) meeting.
The Pacific Alliance countries of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru will select an additional one hundred of their most dynamic entrepreneurs to participate in a second round of the Latin America Idea Partnership (La Idea) Incubator Program. The selected participants are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under the auspices of U.S. observership in the Pacific Alliance. The La Idea Incubator Program supports the creation of new innovative companies with high growth potential. The program offers entrepreneurs in the Pacific Alliance special access to the U.S.’s network of business incubators, to facilitate mutual investment opportunities and to support the Alliance’s visionary efforts to build the next generation of pioneering, globally competitive companies.
In late 2015 and early 2016 (Dec – Mar), the selected entrepreneurs will travel to the United States to receive highly specialized training in a two-week session focused on: sustainable agriculture, clean manufacturing, clean technology, and green construction. Participants will also be encouraged to share experiences and explore business partnerships with U.S. and Pacific Alliance counterparts. Upon returning to their countries, they will be better equipped to grow their companies and create jobs in their local communities, as well as having access to international markets.
Sustainable Agriculture – December 2-15, 2015 at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center hosted by the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station in Bridgeton, New Jersey
The focus at Rutgers will be on the food industry and clean energy. They have partnered with the Rutgers EcoComplex in forming this group, which is a Soft Landings program that focuses on environmental technology and clean energy. More details will be provided soon.
Clean Manufacturing – February 1-12, 2016 at the Enterprise Innovation Institute hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia
The Georgia Institute of Technology will organize the endeavor, provide instruction, and coordinate introductions to multiple local resources with the intent of providing practical connections within the business community.
The La Idea program will be an important element within Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the globally acclaimed business incubator that serves all of Georgia’s high tech entrepreneur community. ATDC has been named one of Forbes’ “Top 10 Incubators That Will Change the World”, and its over 150 graduates have collectively raised more than $2 billion USD in capital investment. Last year’s companies alone raised over $50 million USD.
A one-week core program will be offered and will be followed by an optional second week of business development activities in Atlanta. During the first week, the core curriculum will be based on the Lean Launchpad methodology developed for the National Science Foundation’s successful ICorps program, doe which Georgia Tech is a core node. In addition, a business mentor will be assigned to each company to serve as a sounding board, generate new ideas, and provide local contacts.
Clean Technology – February 1-12, 2016 at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in Los Angeles, California
The participants will spend five days immersed in the second largest green economy in the U.S., meeting with leaders in advanced transportation, international trade, cleantech commercialization best practices, investors, environmental policy makers, and scientists. The program will be created by LACI, the incubator ranked #6 out of 800 by the UBI Index and the Department of Energy’s designated cleantech incubator in California, and will be housed at its newly opened 60,000-square-foot innovation campus in downtown Los Angeles. The participants will take part in GloSho 15, the leading international summit on cleantech entrepreneurs and investors. There they will have the opportunity to present their companies’ qualifications to investors, customers, and government staff (a $6000-plus value).
Green Construction – March 7-18, 2016 at Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Tucson, Arizona
The focus at Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be on green construction. More information will be provided soon.
- December 2-15, 2015: Sustainable Agriculture at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center hosted by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in Bridgeton, New Jersey
- February 1-12, 2016: Clean Manufacturing at the Enterprise Innovation Institute hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia
- February 1-12, 2016: Clean Technology at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in Los Angeles, California
- March 7-18, 2016: Green Construction at Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Tucson, Arizona
Applications for the La Idea program will open on Monday, August 24, 2015 and close Monday, September 7, 2015. Final selections will be submitted by Friday, September 11, 2015 and be announced shortly thereafter.
More information is available at www.laidea.co .
At the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (Innovation Center), entrepreneurship is something that is encouraged and supported through its programs, and sometimes this means taking these programs beyond the United States. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is a sponsored program under the Department of State, selected the Innovation Center along with two other incubators in the United States to host the Latin America IDEA Partnership (La Idea) Incubator Program.
Selected entrepreneurs traveled to the United States to receive highly specialized training for two weeks on either agribusiness hosted by Louisiana State University, health services hosted by Tech-Fort Worth, or advanced manufacturing hosted by the Innovation Center of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC).
According to the article “The United States and Pacific Alliance Advance Cooperation on Entrepreneurship” on the U.S. Department of State’s website, “The La Idea Incubator Program supports the creation of new, innovative companies with high-growth potential. The program offers entrepreneurs in the Pacific Alliance special access to the U.S. network of business incubators to facilitate mutual investment opportunities and to support the Alliance’s visionary efforts to build the next generation of innovative, globally competitive companies.”
Thirteen of these selected entrepreneurs spent 14 days at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center to receive highly specialized training on advanced manufacturing, international trade, and how to do business in the U.S. This event was hosted by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi from February 2nd to February 13th, 2015. This program is great example of the interest in the Coastal Bend region from international businesses and investors.
David Fonseca, Incubator Manager, stated, “The entrepreneurs coming to our center for this training are already successful business people in their home countries. Our commitment is to provide them with the best practices of manufacturing in the U.S.—such as lean manufacturing, six sigma, nanotechnology, 3D prototyping—and also introduce them to people who can help them expand their company.”
Through a strategic partnership with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) and the Rapid Response Manufacturing Center, the Innovation Center provided participants of La Idea two-weeks of intensive training. Both TMAC and Rapid Response gave La Idea participants training on technical topics related to advanced manufacturing, while the Innovation Center, together with other partners, provided training on business topics.
According to Arturo Alva, a participant in La Idea from Peru, “Through this program I am learning a lot of simple, common sense procedures that are usually not applied, but when we hear these from a third person we value them more. My ideas are clearer now. I am convinced that I need to apply a lot of the improvements that I’m learning here.”
Participants of La Idea have just as varied as a background as the Innovation Center’s clients. Some of the industries that they represent include: the food industry, agribusiness, manufacturing, technology and education among others. Some of the companies range from having 30 employees to having 140 and above, and some have been in business over 50 years.
Carmen Gloria, a participant from Chile, said that she came to the center to learn about new technologies, future trends, to network and hear about other people and their projects while looking for new opportunities.
Through such targeted topics, the Innovation Center hopes to equip these entrepreneurs with the knowledge to expand their businesses at home, the United States, and beyond.
Carlos Sanchez, a participant in La Idea from Colombia, hoped to get a better understanding of advance manufacturing in the state of Texas, to learn the basics when it came to bringing his product to the next level, and how to do business in Corpus Christi, Texas and the United States.
The Innovation Center’s goal for La Idea is to prepare participants to engage in international trade by teaching the requirements for doing business in the United States, how to expand business operations in a sustainable way, and giving a better understanding of the U.S. market and opportunities within it.
Fonseca was also quoted in the Corpus Christi Caller Times article “Latin Americans study U.S. business practices,” that “he hoped the workshop would give participants the tools they needed to grow their companies.”
The La Idea program fits with part of the University’s mission to bring diversity to the Corpus Christi economy through global trade, foreign investment, and the opportunities that will arise from the expansion of the Panama Canal. It also supports the Innovation Center’s efforts to utilize its resources and collaborate with its partners to share best practices in entrepreneurship and cultivate the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.
In early 2015, the selected entrepreneurs will travel to the United States to receive highly specialized training in a two-week session focused on either agribusiness, health services, or advanced manufacturing. Participants will also be able to share experiences and explore business partnerships with U.S. and Pacific Alliance counterparts. Upon returning to their country, they will be better equipped to grow their company and create jobs in their local communities as well as access international markets.
- January 12–23, 2015: Agribusiness Session at the Louisiana Business and Technology Center hosted by Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- February 2–13, 2015: Advanced Manufacturing Session at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center hosted by Texas A&M University in Corpus Cristi, Texas
- February 9–20, 2015: Health Services Session at TECH Ft. Worth in Ft. Worth, Texas
The United States became an observer to the Pacific Alliance in July 2013 and has engaged with Alliance members to support practical efforts to integrate markets and pursue strong economic policies. As key bilateral partners, the United States and the Pacific Alliance members have longstanding cooperation to expand free markets, reduce inequality, open trade, and welcome foreign investment.
Between 2012 and 2014, the United States has signed bilateral memoranda of understanding with each member country on cooperation to promote entrepreneurship and small business growth. The La Idea Incubator Program follows through on these commitments and reinforces strong U.S. economic relations and the free trade agreements with each Pacific Alliance member country.
For more information on La Idea and the selected companies please visit www.laidea.co.
For more information on the Pacific Alliance please visit http://alianzapacifico.net/en/.
Entrepreneurs from Pacific Alliance Countries to Participate in US Incubator Program
New! December 2014. The Pacific Alliance countries of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru will have their most dynamic entrepreneurs participate in the Latin America IdEA Partnership (“La Idea”) Incubator Program in January and February 2015. The U.S. Department of State, under the auspices of U.S. observership in the Pacific Alliance, has sponsored the selection.
Entrepreneurs will travel to take part in a customized two-week programs focused on the latest advances in their fields: Agribusiness, Health Services and Advanced Manufacturing.
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