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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a call for proposals that will reward the most disruptive ventures in Latin America and the Caribbean that are using innovation to improve lives.

The selected startups will participate in Demand Solutions Chile, which will take place on November 21 in Santiago, Chile. Demand Solutions is the IDB's flagship innovation event that brings together the world's most forward-thinking minds to share creative solutions to the development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In this edition, startups can participate in two thematic areas. In the first, they must provide solutions in four categories related to the cultural and creative industries:

  1. Design with social sense: sustainable fashion, smart fashion, urban art, wearable technology.
  2. Multimedia that improves lives: videogames, digital content, audiovisual content.
  3. New technologies: 3D printing, blockchain, internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics
  4. Export of services to global markets: production and commercialization of cultural content, export of goods and creative services.

The 10 most innovative startups in the creative industries will be selected to participate in Demand Solutions Chile with all expenses paid for one representative per startup, and the first place will receive financial support to continue with its development.

Additionally, this edition of Demand Solutions will also reward five startups that provide solutions to water and sanitation challenges in the region. Since 2009, the IDB and Fundación FEMSA have awarded the Water and Sanitation Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean, to recognize and stimulate the most innovative solutions in the water, sanitation and solid waste sectors.

The startups interested in participating in Demand Solutions must present a solution proposal to a development challenge before July 22. The representatives must be over 18 years old. Consult the official page for additional eligibility criteria. Innovators with proposals for the water and sanitation sector can access the BID-FEMSA Award bases through the official website.

Winners will be notified by mail in early September 2018.

Download the rules and FAQ here.

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.

Since its creation in 2013, Demand Solutions has brought together more than 7,000 entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, thinkers and opinion leaders from more than 30 countries on 4 continents.

The event, which is now in its thirteenth edition, is part of the IDB mission to promote innovative solutions from the different sectors of the Orange Economy, highlighting its impact on the development of our countries, and converting Latin America and the Caribbean into the region of creativity.

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