Photo: Hispanic Entrepreneur Competition Announced
Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), today announced the establishment of a new competition to help Hispanic entrepreneurs implement creative new social and business ideas addressing issues of economic growth, food, security, water, and climate change in the region.
The announcement was made at Unleashing IdEA, an event launching Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011, which highlighted initiatives to encourage Hispanic diaspora entrepreneurs and investors in the United States to deepen their engagement with their counterparts throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Projects are to be evaluated on the basis of their project strategy, development impact, sustainability, scalability, and resource leveraging capability.Insights generated during today’s panel discussions at the event will be used to ensure the competition meets the needs of entrepreneurs, whether they are located in the United States or in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The competition aims to capture knowledge and expertise acquired by Hispanic migrants in the United States and disseminate them in Latin America. Some of these include entrepreneurship; risk appetite;resources for promoting economic development; increasing local business opportunities; reducing vulnerability to economic crises, and job creation.
The La Idea competition will launch in summer 2012 and the final award event is expected to take place during the Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2012. Winners of the competition will have access to technical assistance, capacity-building advice, a wide range of financial instruments including commercial loans and capital investment, as well as insurance against political risks.