Startups promise fast, innovative and scalable solutions for social, environmental or health challenges. It is important for GIZ to mobilize this innovative potential in order to contribute to sustainable development. GIZ through its internal Sector Network “Environment and Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean” (GADeR-ALC) invites all its members, interested colleagues and persons linked to Startup Ecosystems to participate in an inspiring journey to learn from each other and thus advance together in the fulfillment of the SDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The program is free of charge.
Together we map the LATAM startup ecosystem and identify challenges
The program focuses on understanding the ecosystem of startups in Latin America, positioning GIZ vis-à-vis these actors, strengthening the link between them and GIZ, getting to know ecosystem mapping and activation formats, supporting the establishment of networks between ecosystem actors and GIZ, and initiate testing formats/pilot projects for ecosystem activation.
Work with International Experts to get ready for the future
DEEPSEA Startup Ecosystem accelerator is an established format to help startup ecosystem builders, no matter if experienced or new to the field, to learn about the core concepts of the startup world, explore the latest trends in ecosystem building and initiate own projects.
The facilitators and speakers bring experience from LATAM and global innovation ecosystems and focus on initiating a peer learning experience where everyone can share their insights and learnings. Throughout the 3 week program two facilitators are always available for questions and to support the group work of the participating teams. In three workshops external speakers will cover insights from Latin American countries as well as the perspectives from investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers in the region.
Who can apply?
We invite people from all over Latin-American that are:
– Working for GIZ and are interested in the dynamics of local or regional startup ecosystems; or
– Consider themselves a relevant actor of a local or regional startup ecosystem and want to connect with GIZ; and
– People interested in the dynamics of startup ecosystems in LATAM in general.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as we process applications on a first qualified, first accepted basis until 5th October.