A Different Kind of Event

By Isabel Alvarez-R.

Startups, investors, governments and ecosystem builders together during Demand Solutions 2015. Washington DC

Conferences can be a hassle. There is usually a hefty registration fee, travel and lodging, meals, local transport, and time away from home and work. On the other hand, participating in conferences is key to stay current in your field, learn new trends, be exposed to recent research and publications, and connect with individuals where potential collaborations can emerge and new partnerships forged. Some conferences are worth the effort of time and resources returning dividends long after they are over.

On June 22 to 25 one of those worth the investment conferences is taking place. The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2016) in Stanford University will be the platform where people from all over world will gather to showcase and learn about the impact of entrepreneurs.

The Inter-American Development Bank, the US Small Business Administration and the Blum Center for Developing Economies of Berkeley University have joined forces to showcase the Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurial spirit at GES2016.

So What’s New?

Demand Solutions — Showcasing Latin American and Caribbean Entrepreneurship and Innovation that Improves Lives on June 22nd (9:00–3:30, Paul Brest Hall, Stanford) will be the premier forum to be exposed to the some of the most creative entrepreneurs from that region. Speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Uruguay and the United States will share their stories of establishing their startups, creating ventures, investing in the region and accelerating solutions.

From intelligent algorithms that help people with disabilities communicate, to drones and satellites that aid in rural development and communication, to smart trucks that expedite routes to minimize carbon footprint and alleviate traffic congestion, to gaming applications in education that reduce dropout rates and increase test scores, to investors that are putting their skin in the game to support entrepreneurs that are literally, improving lives. These are just a few examples of the great talent and creativity emerging from Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrating that where the challenges and obstacles are big, so are the solutions that entrepreneurs create. Their vision, passion, and commitment are transforming their communities and impacting the world.

The secret recipe for the success of these entrepreneurs is the magic that happens when governments, private sector, academia and international organizations collaborate with a common goal, to transform the lives of people.

Demand Solutions in Stanford is open to everyone interested in seeing the potential that Latin America and the Caribbean has. Participants will be inspired by a new generation of entrepreneurs, policy makers and government officials, private sector leaders and international organizations that have taken upon themselves the task of producing solutions to some of the still pending challenges of that region, some of which can be replicated and scaled to reach other parts of the world.

So take this as an invitation to participate in this conference or follow it in the comfort of your home or office via livestream. All the information, agenda, speakers’ bios and registration –free of charge- can be found here. Don’t miss it you will glad you joined.