On 29 September in Washington DC Devising the third edition of Solutions: Ideas to improve lives in cities, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) together with the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California. The event devise solutions to connect to some of the most creative, entrepreneurial and innovative minds from around the world with urban planners, development specialists, government officials, private sector representatives, academics and students. The aim is to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration to find new solutions to improve the quality of life in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event concluded with the Night of Entrepreneurship where 15 startups vanguard, led by young innovative disruptive in the region, presented their companies that provide solutions to the challenges of cities. But, what the startups that participated in developing solutions treated?
Patricia Sanchez, co-founder of USound of Jujuy, Argentina, won recognition for Most Innovative Entrepreneurship plus a premium of $ 15.000 during the Night of Entrepreneurship. Sanchez met in the career of communication to a hearing impaired colleague who could not afford hearing aids, and so dropped out. This story took uSound design, software that leverages the capabilities of the Smartphone to function as a digital hearing aid, with which today’s students with the same disability can take classes. His idea became also the winner of the recognition of the Enterprise with the Best Use of Technology with a prize of 10,000 euros by Telefónica.
Mariana Costa, Lima, Peru, presented LaboratoriaLA, a social enterprise that trains young women without access to quality higher education as web developers and connects with companies that require their talent. With this idea was the winner of Venture Catalyst Award, awarded by the IE Business School entrepreneurs who positively influence their communities.
Alejandro Pinzon, Colombia, motivated by the lack of public information on health, created 1DOC3. This is a multichannel platform where doctors respond verified medical concerns online 24 hours a day and without asking appointment.
Bruno Aracaty, Brazilian, concerned about the transparency of the public sector in their country, Colab.re designed the social network, which connects citizens and rulers. Both Aracaty as Pinzon were recognized by YABT OAS and MASHAV Program of the Embassy of Israel and startups with greater social impact.
Khalil Bryan, Bridgetown, Barbados, was proposed to think of a solution to traffic problems in their city. Thus, the frustration of not able to have information on local buses in real time born CTS. Khalil won the Best Pitch Award given by Banco Santander.
Marcelo Wilkorwsky, Montevideo, Uruguay, inspired by the rapid viralización of his Twitter account, in Montevideo, Uruguay, developed Oincs, a collaborative platform road information designed to protect and keep alert users of everything that is happening in the streets. Agora Partnership and the Multilateral Investment Fund IDB Awarded one Entrepreneurship with greater growth potential, and the IDB and the Blum Center recognized as the most innovative concept.
Gabriel Weitz was born in Rosario, Argentina, lived so closely scourge that represent traffic collapses in Latin America. To solve this problem, Gabriel designed Carpoolear, a system that connects people who want to share a car trip.
Miguel Angel Islands, of Mexico, had a similar inspiration, and devised Kangou, the first sustainable logistics platform in Latin America based on the collaborative economy, serving to coordinate deliveries in the city by bike.
Gustavo A.Riat, Asuncion, Paraguay, was found in his city with a similar situation, because of the poor structural planning. So he created TOPA, tracking application that allows buses approaching within 3 kilometers to save time.
Sofia Orellano was inspired by another of the urban problems afflicting many Latin American cities. Concerned by vandalism in the city of Montevideo, the Uruguayan designer founded the company Mento sustainable urban furniture.
Urban Ecology Loschiavo Rafael Miranda, Brazilian architect specializing in bioconstructions, and his team designed a patch of vegetables on the terrace of your workplace and created Noocity Urban Ecology. So, they developed efficient and affordable equipment that allow people to produce food in the cities of simple and environmentally friendly way.
Luongo Javiera Sánchez, Chilean, also inspired by love for the environment, allGreenup developed an environmental education 3.0 platform that helps measure the environmental impact at the individual level and realize sustainable actions.
Leon Hernandez, Medellin, Colombia, was concerned about an issue related to health, alcoholism. He developed Cautoh, a breathalyzer device that integrates with the phone, with which people can know if they are able to drive home.
Mario Mora, Santiago de Chile, thought about the number of young people seeking their first job in the region and developed FirstJob platform that connects students and young professionals with companies in need.
Juan Andres Lagrange Delfino, Venezuela, envisioned a technology platform developed to optimize the management of administrative, management and communications processes one or more schools. He succeeded, and currently 14,000 students from Venezuela and Peru benefit Akdemia system.
The jury was composed of leading specialists Telefónica, TechStars, Red Emprendia and Banco Santander, Instituto de Empresa Business School (Madrid), Young American Business Trust of the Organization of American States, Fly Garage, Agora Partnerships, 1776, and funds including 500 Startups investment and Startup Angels. These fifteen enterprises show that the region has the potential to transform itself, and also transform the world. These entrepreneurs were able to transform challenges into opportunities: resilience is the key to success in the region. His proposals leave no words to experienced entrepreneurs who understand the need to approach these young people to listen and share their ideas. With its own characteristics and challenges, the region is the new hotbed of talent growing strongly, and revolutionary ideas are the order of the day.