Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Congress at #Medellin, #Colombia; #GECGlobal @GECGlobal

Global Entrepreneurship Congress at #Medellin, #Colombia; #GECGlobal @GECGlobal
A city of Entrepreneurship and Hope
Medellin, Colombia, Vancouver BC - reports on the recent Global Entrepreneurship Congress held in Medellin Colombia and an overview of the ‘New Medellin’ the world had the opportunity to see.    
Just over ten years ago, Medellin was one of the most violent cities in the world. Now, they have hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and were able to show off how they plan on changing people’s view of their city.
In Medellin the population is leaning more towards a world title of “entrepreneur” rather than the well known “drug trafficker.” So far, they are on their way to succeeding.
This years GEC helped showcase the talent the government and ProColombia are trying so hard for the world to see. They pulled out all the stops but they were very careful to not hide the fact they still had far to go.
David Sierra from Ruta N, established in Medellin to promote innovative technology-based businesses, said they still have more to overcome but they have to be proud of what they have achieved. Many different programs have been set up in order to catapult the rising tech sector in Medellin. From establishing their own entrepreneurs to helping start up companies build a following in their city.
Programs like Parque E have been set up to encourage entrepreneurship. Universities offer programs connected to Parque which provides the space, the help and the network for individuals to launch their product. The building is set up as a kind of library for businesses. Marque provides the space and the connectivity while business owners bring their own computers and printers etc.
Patricia Fuel, Director of Parque E, says companies establishing themselves in their building are also able to outsource different products from other companies also starting out. For example, if a company in the cubicle next to you does website design and your company needs a website, voila, connections made and a job completed.
The Landing Program, established by Ruta N has a little bit of a different feel to it. Same idea but instead of working with mostly university students or young entrepreneurs, the Landing Program provides assistance to companies coming from out of country and wanting to establish a home base their in Medellin. Similar set up as Parque E since the Landing Program provides an “office” type work space and the connectivity minus the kind of hand-holding you can find at Parque. Only because most of the companies using the Landing Program are typically established in some way or another and just wanting to set up roots in a different area.
Overall, Medellin is well on their way to building their new reputation. One that doesn't coincide with the one “Narcos” has shown to over 3.2 million viewers.

 Directory of Landing Program, Ruta N

Global Entrepreneurship Congress GEC Global @GECGlobal
Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 160 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills.
Madelyn Forsyth for
In 2001, the Council of Medellín, through agreement No.73, authorized the mayor to create an institution to seek international cooperation. Hence, in June 19, 2002, in accordance with Article 95 of Law 489 of 1998, was constituted the International Cooperation Agency of Medellín (ACI) as a result of a partnership between public entities: Medellin Mayor’s office, Empresas públicas de Medellín, Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley and Empresas varias de Medellin.
ACI Medellín @acimedellin
ProColombia, the Colombian Government Trade Bureau PROCOLOMBIA  @PROCOLOMBIACO

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