June 2, 2012
-- Santiago, Chile
- AndesBeat, Latin America’s first English language media publication dedicated to ‘covering the uncovered’ stories in Latin America’s emerging startup scene, announced a new bilingual course today aimed at further decreasing the gap between Latin American and the English speaking startups market. The course, Iniciate in the Global Startup Scene
, will help Latin American startup founders to better understand the global startup market and apply for international competitions and incubator programs.
In Chile, one of the most economically developed countries in Latin America, only an estimated 5% of the population speaks English fluently. While Chileans learn English in school, they seldom get the opportunity in which to practice and use the language. The course, will be taught in English and Spanish, by native speakers respectively, and provides an immersion based open-innovation experience, merging both theory and real-time rapid prototyping. The idea is to help entrepreneurs and startups become aware of the different program offerings around the globe and be more comfortable with discussing and doing business in English.
Another key objective of the program is to 'simplify' the global startup world and make it more accessible and approachable, especially for the majority of first time founders and entrepreneurs in the Latin American community.
'Communication and user experience needs to be simple," says Carlos Leiva Burotto, co-founder of AndesBeat and visionary behind the course. "Our objective is to make the course so simple that your mother or grandmother can understand it."
The course has several tracks available ranging from 5 weeks to a semester long (approximately 16 weeks) and each session runs 4 hours each. International strategic partners, specialty content providers and program sponsors are currently being sought.