White Paper 2.0: ¿Cómo se ve el emprendimiento en Latinoamérica?

En septiembre de 2014, UP Global en conjunto con Google for Entrepreneurs, lanzó el White Paper, anunciando 5 ingredientes que ayudan al fomento de un ecosistema de innovación y startups. En este documento, se ofrece un esquema de trabajo y lenguaje común para las comunidades de emprendimiento alrededor del mundo. La publicación resalta cinco ingredientes críticos que soportan a los ecosistemas prósperos de emprendimiento: talento, densidad, cultura, capital y ambiente regulatorio.

En Latinoamérica buscamos lanzar la versión 2.0 de este proyecto a finales de 2015; teniendo en cuenta las ciudades principales de Latinoamérica e incluyendo diferentes tipos de mercado en la región, hemos estado trabajando en conjunto con Google Latinoamérica para el análisis de problemas y soluciones en la región dentro de los cinco pilares.

La semana pasada, se llevó a cabo el primer workshop de la Ciudad de México en WRK, espacio de co-working anfitrión de la oficina regional de UP Global. Dentro de este taller, tuvimos la participación de representantes de la comunidad de emprendimiento, instituciones universitarias y de apoyo al emprendimiento, inversionistas, aceleradoras, gobierno, y más.

La dinámica, liderada por Leticia Gasca, de Fuckup Nights, tuvo un gran resultado; se obtuvieron los principales problemas de cada pilar en la primera parte del taller y durante la segunda se crearon grupos de trabajo para generar soluciones a esos problemas específicos.

Este proyecto, que ha llevado a cabo sesiones en otras 5 ciudades latinas, incluyendo Bogotá, Buenos Aires, San José de Costa Rica, Lima y Guatemala, se realizará además en Guayaquil, Guadalajara, Medellín, Viña del Mar y Santo Domingo; y continuará con una serie de Hangouts y Mesas Redondas en las que se discutirán las soluciones para así crear un segundo documento enfocado en la región.

Para más información acerca del White Paper 2.0, sigue a UP Latam en redes sociales. Twitter, Facebook y LinkedIn.








Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: AmirReza Mohammadi

385903_10200161712418352_2142244057_nOne-liner describing yourself: I am a person who loves doing innovative things and making a difference.

Twitter Handle: @AmirR3zaM

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #Iran

Work title and company

Currently, I’m working on my own startup. It’s called GeFi’s (dʒi:faɪ) and focuses on empowering people by sharing their WiFi connection. I’m also a PR and Content Manager at Takhfifan, an e-commerce service in Iran.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy photography, as well as sharing things with people, especially the meals I cook from scratch. The next items on my hobby list include studying startups and entrepreneurship programs.

If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

My first grade school teacher, Mr Hosseini. He was so passionate about teaching all of his students to read and write.

What’s been your involvement in EE to date?

My organizing team and I launched Education Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. We organized an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in February 2015, as well as a Startup Weekend Education event in March 2015. Education Entrepreneurs is greatly needed in Iran. Many people disagree with the old-fashioned educational system that’s still operating here. We hosted a Workshop and SWEDU, because we wanted to help young people try to start new things in education.

First Startup Weekend Education of Tehran from AmirReza Mohammadi on Vimeo.

What’s the most challenging and/or rewarding thing about being an Organizer?

My main goal is to make a difference in education. I want to create a space where people learn something new, engage in a new community, and form a new network. I believe that “new” is good, and I love seeing the happiness on participants’ faces.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?

Ask yourself these questions: Is there an important reason to build this app? Do people really need this product? Is this product something really important for people? If the answer is yes, then start working on bringing that product to life.

What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?

My vision is to build an Education Startup School in Iran that will help people develop their ideas.

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would…

…help people develop faster, and be accessible to everyone, no matter if they have money or not.

What are the books, events, videos, etc. that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?

I think people should watch the movie Freedom Writers, because it’s a great story about responsibility and commitment, two qualities that are needed if you want to make a great impact in anything.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I want to give special thanks to my organizing team and all the volunteers and mentors that are a part of this community.

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More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.








New Education Entrepreneurs Workshops: 2 Hours to Learn How You Can Improve Education

Since 2010, Startup Weekend Education has been helping people who are hungry for innovation in education wet their appetites. From Friday-Sunday, anywhere from 60-120 people come together to pitch their ideas, recruit teammates, and with the support of local experts, spend the next 54 hours building minimal viable products (MVPs showcase the most basic functionality of your solution).

Five years and thousands of solutions later, Education Entrepreneurs is excited to announce the launch of a new program called Education Entrepreneurs Workshops. Originally debuted in June 2014 in Austin, TX, nearly 30 Education Entrepreneurs Workshops have taken place to-date, and their locations span four continents! Always trying to “eat our own dog food,” we’ve listened to user feedback over the past year and made great improvements to the original content and structure. If you have not experienced an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop for yourself yet, here’s a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

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What is a Workshop?

An Education Entrepreneurs Workshop:

  • Is for people who want to use entrepreneurship to improve education

  • Teaches people a specific set of skills they’ll need to effectively innovate in education

  • Includes both hands-on group activities and lively discussion

  • Involves 30-50 participants

  • Is led by a trained Facilitator

  • Lasts about 2 hours (including networking)

  • Is typically held on a weeknight

  • Features a Q&A session with an experienced entrepreneur in education

What topics are currently available?

  • Business Models in Education

  • Customer Discovery and Empathy in Education

  • More coming soon, but feel free to suggest or contribute ideas by emailing EducationEntrepreneurs@up.co

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Why should I attend?

  • Often times, as a first-time entrepreneur, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” We help you discover the key steps you’ll need to take in order to successfully innovate in education.

  • You’ll get to learn directly from someone in the industry who’s already built their own education venture.

  • This unique environment will help you connect with other entrepreneurs in your area, and perhaps even find the talent you need to bring to your team.

  • We ignite more education entrepreneurs than any other organization in the world. As such, we have a lot of experience learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to innovating in education, and we’re excited to share those things with you.

  • Checkout the full list of upcoming Workshops

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Why should I organize a Workshop?

Everyone is welcome to apply to organize an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in their community. Apply here, and continue reading to find out why this may be a good option for you.

If you’re already hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Generate buzz about your event

  • Give participants an opportunity to learn key foundational skills before your weekend event kicks off

  • After your Startup Weekend Education ends, host a Workshop to keep the momentum going

If you’re not hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Establish your organization or event space as a hub for education entrepreneurs

  • See who in your community is interested in education entrepreneurship

  • Fill a gap in your Edtech Meetup programming

  • Apply to Organize a Workshop in your community

 

More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.

Photos Courtesy of Sean Duffy and Edtech Austin