Enthusiasm, joy and pride were some of the emotions that appeared during the closing ceremony of the third edition of the Luksic Foundation’s contest for entrepreneurs. As a result of the Covid-19 health emergency, it was conducted virtually, as well as classes, which for six months were taught by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where the entrepreneurs learned and acquired knowledge about finance, digital marketing and management, among other topics.
Each of the entrepreneurs was also accompanied by a mentor during these six months, who guided them and gave them the guidelines to achieve the growth of their businesses. The mentorships were led and coordinated by Corporación Simón de Cirene.
“I feel proud and grateful for this opportunity. It has not been an easy road, but this program allowed me to keep dreaming and growing. During these months we had to learn to face the difficult panorama due to the pandemic and many of us had to reinvent ourselves to keep moving forward, but I made it, we made it. Behind each one of you there are entrepreneurs with a lot of perseverance, resilience and who carry their businesses in their hearts”, said the winner Ana Paola Pérez, who owns a fast food business “Pola, flavors that delight” in San Carlos, Ñuble Region, at the official closing ceremony of the third edition of the program.
“The protagonists of the last edition of Impulso Chileno have filled us with pride, demonstrating their conviction, their talent and their passion to move their businesses, their families, and Chile forward,” said Álvaro Ipinza, general manager of Fundación Luksic, and thanked the winners for their commitment to the program.
The 100 winners of the third version of the entrepreneurship contest come from the 16 regions of the country and received between $3 and $5 million to invest in their businesses. The entrepreneurs came from various fields, such as commerce, manufacturing, food, textiles, services and tourism, among others.
In its three versions, Impulso Chileno has had 220 winners, more than 52% of them are women and 73% are from the regions. The Luksic Foundation is working on an innovative fourth version of the Impulso Chileno contest, which will be announced soon, as always, through its networks and website.