Look North is the Chilean – North American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile´s program for entrepreneurs, which seeks to foster the development of the innovation ecosystem in Chile.
The program offers workshops in building a pitch for stakeholders, a vast network of contacts in the United States and field visits to the innovation ecosystem, as well as tools that allow entrepreneurs to take their projects to the US market. This helps to close the financing gap that occurs in the early stages and to promote new links with the US.
To promote Look North, AmCham Chile has carried out business missions to the US. In 2015 the AmCham Chile led a delegation of biotechnology in the health area with visits and meetings in Washington D.C. and Boston. In 2016 the first version of Look North Biotech Challenge was held, whose winners participated in a biotechnology mission to Boston. The initiative aimed to learning about funding strategies, funding stakeholders and generating the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and life sciences in the country.
This year AmCham Chile invites entrepreneurs who want to “look north” to participate in their missions to Boston and Miami. During the month of July, applications for the 2nd version of the Look North Biotech Challange will be open, inviting biotech entrepreneurs to participate in a contest to travel to Boston in September. The objective of this mission will be to promote science-based ventures, to explore the city’s ecosystem of innovation in life sciences and to connect them with venture capitalists, angels and family offices. The Look North Biotech program is an initiative supported by Corfo, the Chilean government agency in charge of supporting productivity, innovation and investment promotion in Chile.
At the same time, AmCham invites entrepreneurs and technology-based companies with innovative solutions to explore the Miami area in our first version of the “Miami: Exploring Global Business Opportunities” mission, which seeks to discover the innovation hub in the United States through visits, workshops and networking events.