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Do you want to build a business in 54 hours? How would you like to pitch your ideas in front of Google and Microsoft?

Well now’s your chance as the internationally renowned Startup Weekend comes to Santiago.

Taking place from 22nd-24th March, Startup Weekend Santiago is a 54-hour event that puts together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.

Platinum Sponsors

Sebastian Robles

Manager of Google Apps Premium Services for Latin America at Google   |   LinkedIn

Sebastian Robles works for Google Enterprise where he is the manager of Google Apps Premium Services for Latin America. He worked for Google in Silicon Valley in a role with global responsibilities were he hosted hundreds of entrepreneurs from around the globe. Before moving to California, he was a Technology Fulbright Scholar for two years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering School. Previously, he worked for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Business, was a part-time professor at Universidad de Chile Business School and worked as Product Manager building desktop computers. Since 2002, Sebastian founded three business start ups. One of them failed and another one reached +US$1.5M in annual sales.

Wilson Pais

Solution, Technology & Innovation Director at Microsoft Chile   |   LinkedIn

Wilson Pais is the Solution, Technology & Innovation Director at Microsoft Chile since 2008. In his 17 year’s career at Microsoft Corporation he has been in various Latin-American countries and played different technical, technological, solution architect and technology management roles related to the work with corporate clients, with the software development industry, with universities and research centers in each country (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia). Before joining Microsoft he served as developer and architect of corporate solutions and development of systems in generation and electricity distribution companies and telecommunications in Uruguay. Previously he has been founder of several business startups in software development where he served as co-founder, developer, architect, and then Technology and Consulting Manager. His studies and academic interests are in basic sciences with a specialty in Mathematics. Speaker at international events in the Latin America Region on innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and IT value for companies and their businesses, as main topics.

Professor Nicole Pinaud

Commercial Engineer at Universidad de Chile   |   LinkedIn

Professor Pinaud holds a MBA at Simon School, University of Rochester, NY, USA. with concentration in Entrepreneurship and Competitive and organizational strategy. She is Commercial Engineer at Universidad de Chile and a certified professor by CORFO Chile and the University of Austin, Texas on Entrepreneurship.
She has consulting experience related to innovation, strategic planning and leading workshops on management skills to top management executives. Professor Pinaud strongly believes in practice, so she is an entrepreneur herself. She currently participates in several ventures related to education (including a high school), an angel capital group and a top management consulting company.

Marcelo Diaz Bowen

IncubaUC CEO   |   LinkedIn

Marcelo Diaz is the Manager of IncubaUC, a Chilean business incubator from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Co-founder of Cometofood Chile S.A. Working as a serial entrepreneur Marcelo has 9 companies in his background, 3 of then failed. He was awarded with Avonni Prize 2012 as the Co-founder of Cometofood SA. He is one of the creators of the Geek Fantasy Camp and of the TV show El Domo, from Canal 13.

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Raul Aldunate Lyon

CORFO Director   |   LinkedIn

I`m a Mechanical Engineer with a MBA, professor and mentor in the University and a Entrepreneur for many years, basically oriented to transport electric drive systems to the public transportation buses of Santiago and landscape development.

I have evaluate many protects from logistic downtown operations to urban land investments founds, and also from my actual job were are constantly in evaluation of innovation and investments projects, with this experience I can contribute to a better understanding and practical oriented mentoring of new ventures.

Marcelo Diaz Bowen

IncubaUC CEO   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Marcelo Diaz is the Manager of IncubaUC, a Chilean business incubator from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Co-founder of Cometofood Chile S.A. Working as a serial entrepreneur Marcelo has 9 companies in his background, 3 of then failed. He was awarded with Avonni Prize 2012 as the Co-founder of Cometofood SA. He is one of the creators of the Geek Fantasy Camp and of the TV show El Domo, from Canal 13.

Horacio Melo

Executive director at Start-Up Chile   |   LinkedIn

Horacio Melo is the Executive Director of the world class Start-Up Chile Program. He is experienced in business models, marketing strategies and mentoring startups. Previously, worked as International Marketing Manager at LAN Airlines and Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble.

Hans Nemarich

Gerente de Arquitectura y Desarrollo / DPE Technical Architect Evangelist at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Hans counts with 13+ years of experience in the IT field. Through his career, Hans has managed and coached a wide range and developers and software architects and, mainly, enjoyed doing it all. Currently, He works for Microsoft as Technical Evangelist, where -through Design Thinking methods and latest Microsoft technologies- helps startups, big companies and independent professionals to create innovative business-tech applications for the new era of cloud, devices and services.

Enrique Vargas del Campo

Member of the Large Customer Sales team at Google & Co-founder at Publica

Enrique Vargas del Campo works for Google's Large Customer Sales team. Previous to Google, he worked at Adidas in the marketing department, and previous to that in Financial Consulting at PwC. He is the co-founder of Publicat, a traditional advertising company which he sold in 2010, as well as other related endeavors. Before moving to Chile, he lived in Australia where he became a Masters of International Business from Macquarie University in Sydney.

Francisco Masjuan

Product Development Officer (PDO) and Co-founder at Lean Train, Marketing Director at InterSystems Chile   |   LinkedIn

Francisco Masjuan is the Co-founder and Product Development Officer (PDO) of Lean Train, and Marketing and Partner Development Director at InterSystems. He is a 22 years experienced in marketing and sales entrepreneur working for global software leader companies. He sold a pharmaceutical lab in 4 million dollars and crashed other two startups. In the last years he was the winner of EmprendeClaro, 2nd place at Lean Startup Machine workshop, participating in the 5th generation of Start-Up Chile and works as a Wayra mentor.

Antonio Llaya

Venture Capitalists (Latin America - Distressed / Special Situations)   |   LinkedIn

Antonio Llaya is a Private Equity investor with investing experience in Europe, US and Latin America. Currently he is focused on distressed and special situations in South America. Before a private equity investor, Antonio Worked as a Manager and in issues related to sourcing and investor relations at different companies in United States, Latin America and Europe.

Dav Clark

Chief Scientist at Oroeco   |   LinkedIn

Dav is currently Chief Scientist for Oroeco, currently participating in Start-up Chile. There, he's helping engineer web and mobile solutions that combine science from personal decision making with automated life-cycle analysis to help stave off uncontrolled climate forcing. He is simultaneously completing his PhD in psychology at UC Berkeley. He started programming in Basic on the Commodore 64 in 1988 (he was 11), and has worked as a "serious" programmer for the last 18 years in domains ranging from online advertising to brain imaging data analysis. During 8 of those years, Dav has worked as a mentor for numerous undergraduate and masters student projects. Dav also holds degrees in Math, Computer Science, and Linguistics from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT.

Jorge Alzamora

Director of Research, Development & Innovation at Instituto de Innovación en Minería e Metalurgia IM2, Codelco   |   LinkedIn

Jorge Alzamora is the Director of Research, Development & Innovation at the "Instituto de Innovación en Minería y Metalurgia IM2, CODELCO". Experienced in intellectual property, law and technology transfer, Jorge works as Mentor at Red de Mentores. Previously, worked as Sub-director of Knowledge Transfer and Head of the Legislative & International Department at the "Instituto Nacional de la Propriedad Industrial" (INAPI) of the Chile Government. He also worked as Counselor of the Chilean General Minister.

Alejandro Poli Lauzon

Head at the business Incubator Gesta Mayor, Head of Technology Transfer at Universidad Mayor, Manager of Genoma Mayor   |   LinkedIn

Alejandro Poli is the Head of the Chilean incubator Gesta Mayor, from Universidad Mayor, Head of Technology Transfer at Universidad Mayor and Manager of the DNA sequencing facility Genoma Mayor. He is experienced in the development of advanced business model, innovation & technology transfer and startups acceleration.

Juan Pablo Torres

Founder of Reacción and Lecturer in Management at the Universidad de Chile   |   LinkedIn

Juan Pablo Torres holds a PhD in Management Science from the Warwick Business School (UK) and an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. He is a Lecturer in Operational Management and General Management at the Universidad de Chile and founder of Reacción, a rehabilitation medicine and engineering firm which provides rehabilitation services and engineering solutions to disabled people. Juan Pablo got a funding with Reacción in 2010 granted by the Startup-Chile Programme.

M. Soledad Etchebarne

Assistant professor of the Management’s Department at the University of Chile

M Soledad Etchebarne is assistant professor of the Management’s Department at the University of Chile . M. Soledad Etchebarne completed her Doctoral in Administration at the University of Sevilla, Spain and the Master in Strategic Management. Her undergraduate studies were done at the University of Concepcion where she earned the title of Ingeniero Comercial.

In 2002 she founded a business incubator (Incubatec) at the University of the Frontera, where she was its Director until 2008. Currently she is dedicated to research and her main lines of research are entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship and business history. She has numerous presentations at national and international conferences and journal publications. Nowadays she is developing a research project financed by Fondecyt funds, where she researches the born global firms and international competitiveness.

Ian Monroe

CEO at Oroeco & Lecturer at Stanford University

Ian Monroe is the founding CEO of, as well as a Lecturer at Stanford University with expertise in climate change, energy and environmental life cycle assessment (LCA). He has more than a decade of experience in sustainable business consulting in 20 countries, including work with Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nike, UPS, Lafarge, BSR, HDR, NRDC, Winrock and World Bank.

Quynh Pham

Founder & CEO at Reachoo   |   LinkedIn

Quynh Pham is the CEO & Founder of Reachoo. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Computer Science. Upon graduation, she worked as a software engineer at IBM and for several other finance and e-commerce companies. She has been programming since the age of 14. Quynh is now a serial entrepreneur, a hacker, a finance enthusiast, a world traveler, and a technologist. She single-handedly took online classifieds to the next level and founded Reachoo. Reachoo now serves millions of visitors monthly and is growing rapidly.

Gary Bahadur

Founder & CEO at Razient LLC   |   LinkedIn

Gary is the founder of Razient LLC with over 15 years experience in the information security and risk management industry. Gary was also the cofounder and CIO of Foundstone Inc a $20M security vulnerability that was sold to McAfee in 2004. Foundstone raised over $21million in funding. As a Senior Vice President of Bank of America in 2007, Gary redesigned the Global Threat Management Lifecycle strategy and Risk Forecasting strategy. Gary was also the President and cofounder of Ether2 Corporation, and a Manager at Ernst & Young. He has published 3 books, “Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online”, Que Publishing, “Windows XP Professional Security”, Osborne McGraw-Hill, “Securing the Clicks: Network Security in the Age of Social Media”, McGraw-Hill.

Miklos Grof

Co-founder of Fundacity & Financial Advisor at   |   LinkedIn

Miklos is the co-founder of Fundacity, a place for startups to fundraise in Latin America. Fundacity is currently incubated by IncubaUC and is financially backed by CORFO and an Angel Investor.

He is currently an advisor for Taggify, an online contextual advertising company based in New York and Buenos Aires. At Taggify Miklos advises on financial reporting to the board of investors, tax filling and cash flow management.

His professional background is in banking and consulting. He has global experience and is quadro-lingual. He completed his MsC in Finance at the London School of Economics. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW.

He is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship and spends his free time engaging with the startup community.

Lucila Campos

Business Developer at Leanbirds   |   LinkedIn

Lucila is a passionate Tech Entrepreneur. She co-founded Condiminds, a software factory on 2008. Last year Condiminds merged with another company into Leanbirds, an innovation factory focused on developing software for startups from around the world where Lucila works as business developer. Actually she is in charge of Soukboard, first Leanbirds' product and part of the Start-Up Chile program since February.



Mar 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

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