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INCAE rewards graduates’ entrepreneurship

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Incae Ganador 017Members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Alumni community met at Campus Walter Kissling Gam on September 23rd to recognize new entrepreneurs with INCAE's Entrepreneur Award, granted in recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit of INCAE Alumni.

Five finalists from 120 participants had an opportunity to deliver their sales pitches to a jury including Roberto Ponce and Federico Zamora, Founding Partners of Invermaster, Freddy Fachler of EY Costa Rica and Luis Carlos Rojas Kruse, Founder and CEO of ADN Datacenters.

The winning venture of the night was Processim Labs, a startup founded by INCAE graduate Luis López, which received $ 15,000 to support of the company plus 25-hour advice from EY Costa Rica.

"Through its Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs INCAE

seeks to promote entrepreneurship all over the region. These initiatives serve as a showcase for new entrepreneurs to share their ideas and find the contacts they need to make them happen, leveraged by a network of more than 16,000 graduates across the region. Thus, entrepreneurial alumni can have access not only to funding but to a very broad network of professionals in all areas," said Francisco Pérez, Director of the Center.

The award event, which was also intended to serve as a networking opportunity, was also attended by special guest Harry W. Strachan J.D, who spoke about the challenges entrepreneurs in the region face based on his personal experience.

About participating entrepreneurial ventures

Processim Labs: Founded by INCAE alumnus Luis López along with Javier Chan and Hans Gatgens, Processim Labs aims to improve educational processes and solve company problems through case-study simulations. Currently it is working, among other companies, with Harvard and Viva.

Madres y Artesanas: Madres y Artesanas founder Yelka Maric has created a company for Bolivian mothers to specialize in hand-made textile techniques such as crochet, macramé, and knitting for exclusive collections of major brands such as Ralph Lauren-Blue Label, Oscar de la Renta, and Narciso Rodríguez, among others.

Seed: Founded by INCAE alumnus Darío Sánchez, Seed seeks to transform small and medium-sized entrepreneurs' ideas into viable, profitable businesses promoting profitable, competitive investment in Latin America through advice and financing.

Hola Luka: Founded by Oliver Bellido, Hola Luka is a finance and payments management assistant providing access to credit. It works through a bot hosted on Facebook's messaging platform and currently it is operating its beta for Bolivia and Colombia.

Moto Pits: Founded by INCAE Alumnus Paul Brenner, Moto Pits attempts to focus on the growing segment of motorcycle drivers to offer them an express workshop, with the best prices and optimal service in the market. Currently, it operates in Guatemala but intends to expand to the rest of the region.

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