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- Chile to encourage people to "Innovate! Go South" by displaying its world-renown innovation programs, funding opportunities for U.S. start-ups through the Start-Up Chile program and Contact Chile's second stage support, international networking opportunities, parties, concerts, and wine tastings during SXSW Interactive.
- Chile's participation at SXSW 2013 is the beginning of a strong campaign by the Chilean Government and Chilean innovators celebrating the Year of Innovation with a government investment of $1B USD.
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chile announces the first wave of innovative entrepreneurs that will make an impact through their presence at SXSW Interactive. The activities feature a unique group of more than 60 companies in a Chilean Pavilion during the SXSW Interactive Trade Show (Pavilion # 845, 847, 944, 946), an exclusive tasting session of top quality Chilean wines for media members, a "speed networking" event between U.S. and Chilean entrepreneurs, a Twitter party (#SXSWChile), the launch of the Start Up Chile 2013 funding call to all US entrepreneurs, and the announcement of Emmersion Chile event in December 2013.
This is an exclusive opportunity to meet a group of Chilean companies and entrepreneurs who will showcase their innovative services and products to potential clients, partners, investors, journalists and consumers, while highlighting the favorable qualities of the country for entrepreneurship and innovation, such as a strong and competitive economy and a dynamic business environment.
Chile is a Latin American hub of global innovation and entrepreneurship and the country's innovation ecosystem is redefining its trade balance of know-how and innovation by openly importing and exporting talent from Chile and the world. Because of this, the Global Innovation Index 2012 -co-published by INSEAD Business School and the World Intellectual Property Organization- positioned Chile at the top 40 among 141 countries, leading Latin America.
Aside from discovering the best of Chilean innovation and enjoying wine tastings and parties, attendees will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win round-trip airfare to Santiago, Chile from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Miami courtesy of LAN Airlines, South America's premier carrier and a ski package at Valle Nevado Resort.
The Chilean Pavilion is located at pavilion # 845, 847, 944, 946 at the SXSW Interactive Trade Show, March 10-13 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX. For updates about #SXSWChile activities, please go to http://www.chilestartups.cl