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May 24, 2016

Twelve trailblazing startups from Latin America and the Caribbean picked to participate in IDB’s Demand Solutions 2016

Twelve startup companies from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Jamaica and Mexico have been chosen to participate in the 2016 edition of Demand Solutions, an innovation and entrepreneurship event sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), on October 4 in Washington, DC.

“These 12 ventures stood out among the more than 500 entries we received from 20 countries,” said Trinidad Zaldivar, chief of the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Affairs Division. “They’re great examples of the raw talent and potential of our region in fields such as art, education, design, animation, and many others.”

Demand Solutions brings together some of the most creative minds in the world to share ideas on how to tackle and solve development challenges by leveraging the power of art, culture and technology. This year’s selected startups are:

 Startup  Representative  Country
 Badabada - Popix produções  Alex Angelini  Brazil
 Frei.re - Escribo Inovação e Educação  Americo Amorim  Brazil
 Gamesquare  Rafael Cordeiro  Brazil
 Primeiro Livro - Centro de Autoria e Cultura  Luis Henrique Martins Junqueira  Brazil
 FazGame - TecZelt  Carla Zeltzer  Brazil
 Lorapp  Camilo Lucero  Colombia
 Nativo Digital - World Tech Makers  Ilana Milkes  Colombia
 Kits Artesanales - DIDART  Crista Nuñez  Guatemala
 BookFusion  Dwayne Campbell  Jamaica
 Con Equis Niños  Jorge Castellanos  Mexico
 Ecosistema contenidos digitales para lenguas  originarias de América  Carlos Mondragon  Mexico
 Mi Cartelera MX  Guillermo Fernandez  Mexico

 

During the conference, a founder from each of these startups will pitch their product or solution to a panel of judges, investors and business accelerators. Prior to and after the event, they will also participate in four days of activities, which include workshops delivered by renowned mentors, media representatives and entrepreneurs.

The workshops will be run by You Noodle and Creative Startups, an accelerator established in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that focuses on startups in the creative and cultural industries.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley, joins the IDB as the main partner of Demand Solutions. Other partners include Microsoft, Tech Sampa, Nos8, LatamStartups, Banco Santander’s Red Emprendia, and the Global Good Fund.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

About the Blum Center for Developing Economies

The Blum Center for Developing Economies was established in 2006 as an interdisciplinary unit at the University of California, Berkeley, for students, researchers and academics interested in poverty and inequality in the world.

This year’s edition of Demand Solutions will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EST. All those interested in attending the event in Washington, D.C. or in watching it via Livestream can register at www.iadb.org/DSHQRegister2016

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