Creative and cultural industries generated about 124 billion dollars in revenue and 1.9 million jobs in 2013 in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the IDB, we work to highlight the value of creativity and culture as an engine of development in the region.

Annual Contest for Entrepreneurs

This year the contest focuses on topics such as art, multimedia creations, illustration, film, radio, video games, wearable technology, robotics, cultural festivals, and design, among other creative and cultural industries. The startups must already be operational and must have the potential for scalability and replicability.

The leaders of these startups become part of the IDB ecosystem of entrepreneurs that devise solutions that improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean through creativity and innovation.

This are the winners of the 2016 contest for the most innovative startups in Latin America and the Caribbean in the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Art Collection

The IDB’s art collection, acquired over six decades, represents our commitment to invest in the artists of the region and promote diversity and cultural integration. We place special emphasis on emerging artists, who, through their cutting-edge ideas, bring us closer to new trends.

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Too see part of the IDB art collection, visit our gallery at Google Art Project.

Community Relations

With the goal of incorporating our local community into our mission of Improving Lives, we establish relationships and support non-governmental organizations in the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. through a grant program, volunteer initiatives focused on professional skills, and donations of surplus equipment.

GRANTS: In response to the growth of migrant communities, the IDB has broadened the reach of its grants program to include non-profit community based organizations (CBOs) located in the metropolitan area that serve low-income Latin American and Caribbean communities. The program is awarding 5 grants of up to US$50,000 to innovative projects in areas such as community and economic development, health and welfare, and education or the arts, which will include a component of skills-based volunteering. 54 applications were received this year and the 5 winners have been selected! Find out more about them here.

VOLUNTEERISM: The IDB volunteer program proposes pro-bono skills-based volunteerism to assist community-based organizations to improve the quality of life of the Latin American and Caribbean communities in the WDC metropolitan area. To see our volunteer organization list, please click here

SURPLUS EQUIPMENT DONATIONS: The IDB has also donated, through its surplus equipment donations program, a total of 59,536 items up to the year 2015, including computers (1,596), printers, electronics, furniture, office supplies, artwork, kitchen equipment, and so on to partner organizations.

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Demand Solutions

Latin America and the Caribbean face challenges that need answers. Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives is a movement that brings together the most creative minds in the world to discuss and share innovative solutions that address development challenges in the region.

Each year, the IDB selects some of the most creative and innovative startups in the region and invites them to present their idea and compete for prizes during the Venture Night.


The IDB leverages various platforms and technologies to tell stories about how art and creativity improve lives. Our exhibition program seeks to stimulate a greater understanding of the creative wealth of our region.

IDB Art Gallery, Monday to Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, 1300 New York Avenue, NW (Metro Center).

Current and past exhibitions

Orange Economy

We work with a forward looking approach, focusing our vision on the importance of the creative industries, those goods and services based on talent, intellectual property, connectivity and cultural heritage.

At the IDB, we strive to position the economic value and impact of this sector. We do this through outreach initiatives, technical assistance, content development, and partnerships in the creative and cultural industries.

The IDB works to connect people and ideas to accelerate our mission of improving lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.