New Study Reveals Women Entrepreneurs in STEM in LAC are on the Rise

January 23, 2020
The study commissioned by the IDB Lab also shows that 54% of women entrepreneurs in STEM have raised capital Women entrepreneurs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 54% successfully raising angel or venture capital and almost 80% planning on scaling up their company internationally in the next five years, according to the new study “wX Insights 2020: The Rise

Peru advances in improving its productivity and competitiveness with IDB support

December 19, 2019
Peru boosts the productivity and competitiveness of its economy through the strengthening of public institutions and actions to improve regulatory quality and planning in favor of private investment and innovation, with the support of a $50 million loan approved by the Bank Inter-American Development (IDB).

Colombia launches inclusive employment program to facilitate access to jobs

December 11, 2019
Program for $25 million will include grants from the Government of Switzerland the IDB and the Government of Spain Employability in Colombia will improve with a new program that seeks to bolster employment services, provide better job training and broaden the scope of competency-based certification, among other measures.

IDB announces 12 shortlisted proposals of the Orange Innovation challenge

October 09, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the 12 shortlisted proposals of the first edition of the Challenge: Orange Innovation, which seeks to recognize innovative business models that are using cutting-edge technologies for specific sectors of the Orange Economy.

Colombia leads the 2019 Global Financial Inclusion Microscope for the 2nd consecutive year

October 31, 2019
Dominican Republic – Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico lead the ranking of the Global Microscope on the environment for financial inclusion, an index that focuses on regulation, political strategies, and infrastructure to address this issue. In these four countries, financial inclusion is a priority and incorporates digital approaches. While Colombia and Mexico lead public policy and consumer protection categories, Uruguay and Peru stand out in stability and financial integrity.

FOROMIC launches in the Dominican Republic, seeks to reinvent inclusion

October 31, 2019
The event was attended by IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. Dominican Republic – FOROMIC, the main event on innovation for the inclusion of Latin America and the Caribbean, has just started in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with the slogan “Reinventing Inclusion”. The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Finance, Donald Guerrero and the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno.

IDB Lab, CIAT and SoftBank partner to promote smart rice farming in Colombia

October 28, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank, through its innovation lab – IDB Lab, approved US$2 million funding for a project that will improve the productivity and sustainability of rice farming in Colombia The project, led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), will implement a new technological solution called “e-kakashi,” a service that combines internet of things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber physical systems (CPS) to transform agriculture into a real-time, data-driven science.

IDB, Germany and Switzerland partner to transform vocational training in LAC

October 18, 2019
Multi-donor fund of US$13 million will accelerate the transformation of technical and vocational education and training in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and the Government of Switzerland, represented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), have launched the TVET Fund, a new multi-donor fund that aims to transform

WeXchange announces six finalists of its 2019 Pitch Competition

October 15, 2019
Finals of the Pitch Competition will take place during the seventh edition of the WeXchange forum, on November 13 and 14, at the Event Center of Paso la Galeria in Asuncion, Paraguay WeXchange,the platform that connects high-growth entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean with mentors and investors, announced its six finalists of the Pitch Competition selected from more than 570 applicants from Latin America and the Caribbean.

New innovation challenge seeks to stimulate social entrepreneurship in Belize

October 11, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank and Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility seek innovative and creative solutions for issues impacting vulnerable youth; submissions deadline is December 1, 2019 BELIZE CITY, Belize – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with its partners in the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF)—the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Canada— is conducting a new social innovation challenge in Be