IDB seeks the most innovative start-ups in the creative and cultural industries in Latin America and the Caribbean

The most innovative startups in the creative and cultural industries in Latin America and the Caribbean

The IDB´s Cultural Development Grants Program is partnering with the Demand Solutions movement to publicly recognize the most innovative startups in Latin America and the Caribbean within the region’s creative and cultural industries.

Are you an artist, an actor, designer, musician or a cultural manager? The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is looking for you to participate in a contest to be selected as one of the most innovative creative/cultural startups in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Contest winners will receive a grant, which will cover their participation in "Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives,” 2016 hosted by the IDB.

During the 2016 Demand Solutions event, the representatives of the selected start-ups will participate in workshops, attend lectures, and have opportunities to network with peers and experts from the creative and cultural industries. They will also have the chance to deliver a pitch and compete for additional prizes.

The competition is open to entrepreneurs of any age, provided that they are founders or co-founders of startup enterprises with a minimum of six months and a maximum of three years of operation, and with a product or service already available to the public.

Startups should be developing innovations within the following creative and cultural industries: Performing or Visual Arts, Technology Development, Publishing, Design, Music and Cultural Management.

The call for proposals will be open until February 12, 2016. Eligible participants must register via the NEXSO platform at:

As part of the entry process, applicants must submit a video of no more than two minutes in length, where the startup representative explains the reasons why his or her company should be selected.

Winners will be notified by email on May 4, 2016. We look forward to receiving your contest entry!

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