Argentine entrepreneurs

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We want to give your business the spark it needs to grow into something even bigger

Entrepreneurship is the engine that fuels economies. When businesses are born, sustained, and grown their impact reaches far beyond that of its founders. It has a positive impact on the customers they serve, the teams they employ, and the communities in which they live and work.

Because entrepreneurship is such a powerful tool, we want to provide a spark that ignites the launch and growth of businesses within Argentina.

No idea is too big or too early for consideration. All ideas are welcome. We are especially interested in concepts that bring forth solutions that impact underserved communities. All ideas have an equal chance of winning.

How to enter

Monday, October 22- Submissions open
Create a brief video that’s no longer than 5 minutes.
In the video include the following:
• The problem you are solving
• The reasons for us to believe that you are the one to solve this problem
• A high-level overview of what you would do with the money to advance your business. Be sure to include key milestones

Fill out the simple application here.


Monday, November 5- Submissions close
Fill out the application and submit your video to us by 5 pm

Friday, November 9 – Top 5 Finalists will be notified
If selected, you will be invited to pitch your idea to a panel of judges


Saturday, November 17 – Chispazo Inicial Pitch Event
Finalists will present their ideas in more detail to a panel of 5 expert judges. The event will be from 9am to 4pm.
Winners will be announced live at the end of the afternoon

What you will win

→ Grand prize

$5,000 USD

Coaching from business experts for 1 year

→ Second prize

$3,500 USD

Coaching from business experts for 1 year

→ Runners-up

$1,500 USD

Coaching from business experts for 1 year

4th and 5th place contestants will receive 3 coaching sessions with business experts.

About the co-founders

Sonia Thompson and Aliya Omer literally ran into each other in the bosques of Palermo in Buenos Aires and quickly connected as ex-pats from the United States. Each had moved to Argentina for different reasons. Sonia was seeking to dig in deeper to enjoy Argentine culture while growing her marketing consulting firm. Aliya moved to lead Latin American markets of a multi-national pharmaceutical company. They quickly realized that they shared a desire to give back to a country that has given them so much.

Sonia’s first-hand experience as an entrepreneur instilled in her a deep appreciation of the challenges entrepreneurs face and she developed a passion to reduce those barriers for others. Aliya was struck by the inequities within the country, especially within the healthcare system, and believes that innovation and courage to challenge the status quo is the path for progress, a trait many entrepreneurs hold.

Jointly inspired by the resilience, talent and innovative spirit of Argentina, balanced by the realities of emerging markets, they believe entrepreneurs play a critical role in driving economic growth and believe that potential can be unleashed with a Chispazo Inicial.

Aliya Omer

Aliya Omer

Aliya Omer is the Oncology General Manager of South Latin America, including Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia. A native of the United States, Aliya began her career in Research and Development at Johnson and Johnson, where she held positions of increasing responsibility within the Consumer & Personal Products division. She joined Novartis Oncology in 2008 in Global New Products & Portfolio Strategy and has held various roles in commercial functions and companion diagnostics.

Aliya earned dual degrees in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and Singapore. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sonia Thomson

Sonia spent more than 10 years at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and other healthcare companies growing their brands
around the world. Now she’s the CEO of Thompson Media group, where she helps businesses win more customers by delivering remarkable experiences.

Sonia is a columnist at Inc., Forbes, and contributes articles to Entrepreneur, and Success. She is also the host of the podcast The Customer Magnet Show and is a published author. Sonia received her MBA from Florida A&M University and currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sonia Thompson

FAQs

Absolutely. Chispazo Inicial funds are open to either pre-existing businesses and new business ideas. All entries must answer the required questions and submit a video. Finalists must submit a pitch deck (template will be provided), and answer questions from the judges

The executive-level advisors will choose the winners based on the following criteria, broken out by percentages below:

• Originality and creativity: Is your concept truly innovative and the first of its kind? Does it solve a problem or satisfy a real need in the world? (25 percent)
• Growth and revenue potential: Can your idea scale to generate revenue and reach customers? (25 percent)
• Support for the underserved: Does your idea have the capacity to solve for or support the needs and interests of underserved communities as consumers, employees, and/or managers? (20 percent)
• Entrepreneurial potential: Have you worked to bring your idea to life? Are you your brand’s biggest cheerleader? Can you sell us and others to believe in your idea? (15 percent)
• Financial need: Is a lack of funding the biggest thing holding your business back? Do you lack the staff you need to grow? (15 percent)

Applicants must be 18 years or older by the end of the submission period.

No. It only costs your time. If you are selected to pitch your ideas in front of the panel of judges, you must pay your own travel costs.

You can submit an idea as an individual, or as a team. There’s no limit to how many team members you can have. On your application, designate a team captain. This is the person who will be notified about whether or not your submission will advance to the pitch on November 17.

You can only apply to Chispazo Inicial pitch once, so make sure you put your strongest idea forward.

Unfortunately, we can’t accept any late entries. Submissions will close on Monday, November 5 at 17:00 local time.

The competition is only open to founders who live in Argentina.

The prize must be used towards bona fide business expenses. If a prize is awarded for a business idea or plan submitted by a team that has not registered their business, the prize will be awarded solely to the designated team captain, who will be responsible for the payment of all income or other taxes and fees associated with the prize. Recipients must also have a bank account in the team captain or business name, that can accept foreign transfers. Any fees associated with the transfer are the responsibility of the recipient.

Prize money will be awarded on December 31, 2018.

Have more questions?
Contact us at chispazoinicial@gmail.com


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Queremos darle a tu negocio el chispazo que necesita para convertirse en algo aún más grande

El espíritu empresarial es el motor que impulsa las economías. Cuando las empresas nacen, se sostienen y crecen, su impacto va mucho más allá del de sus fundadores. Tienen un impacto positivo en los clientes que atienden, los equipos que emplean y las comunidades en las que viven y trabajan.

Debido a que el espíritu empresarial es una herramienta tan poderosa, queremos proporcionar un chispazo que encienda el lanzamiento y el crecimiento de las empresas en la Argentina.

Ninguna idea es demasiado grande o demasiado pronto para ser considerada. Todas las ideas son bienvenidas. Nos interesan especialmente los conceptos que brindan soluciones que impactan a las comunidades marginadas. Todas las ideas tienen la misma posibilidad de ganar.

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Lunes 22 de octubre – Apertura de presentaciones
Crea un breve video no mayor a 5 minutos.
En el video incluye lo siguiente:
• El problema que resuelves
• La razón por la que debemos creer que puedes resolver el problema
• Visión general de alto nivel de lo que se haría con el dinero para hacer avanzar tu negocio. Asegúrate de incluir hitos clave.

Llena una sencilla aplicación aquí.


Lunes 5 de noviembre – Cierre de presentaciones
Llena la aplicación y envíanos tu video a más tardar a las 17:00

Viernes 9 de noviembre – Se les notificará a los 5 primeros finalistas
Serán invitados a presentar sus ideas ante un panel de jueces.


Sabado, 17 de noviembre – Evento de lanzamiento de Chispazo Inicial
Los finalistas presentarán sus ideas en más detalle ante un panel de 5 jueces expertos.
Los ganadores se anunciarán en vivo al final de la tarde

Qué ganarás

→ Premio mayor

$5,000 dólares estadounidenses

Coaching por parte de expertos en negocios durante 1 año

→ Segundo premio

$3,500 dólares estadounidenses

Coaching por parte de expertos en negocios durante 1 año

→ Tercer premio

$1,500 dólares estadounidenses

Coaching por parte de expertos en negocios durante 1 año

Los concursantes que queden en cuarto y quinto lugar recibirán 3 sesiones de coaching con expertos en negocios.

Sobre las cofundadoras

Sonia Thompson y Aliya Omer literalmente se encontraron en Bosques de Palermo en Buenos Aires y rápidamente se conectaron como expatriadas de los Estados Unidos. Cada una se había mudado a la Argentina por diferentes razones, Sonia estaba buscando profundizar para disfrutar de la cultura argentina mientras hacia crecer su despacho de consultoría en marketing. Aliya se mudó para hacerse cargo de los mercados latinoamericanos para una compañía farmacéutica multinacional. Ellas rápidamente se dieron cuenta de que compartían un deseo por retribuir al país que les había dado tanto.

La experiencia de primera mano de Sonia como empresaria le inculcó una profunda apreciación de los desafíos que enfrentan los emprendedores y ella desarrolló una pasión por reducir esas barreras para otros.

Aliya quedó impresionada por las desigualdades dentro del país, especialmente dentro del sistema de salud y cree que la innovación y el valor para desafiar el statu quo es el camino hacia el progreso, un rasgo que poseen muchos emprendedores.

Inspiradas conjuntamente por la resiliencia, el talento y el espíritu innovador de la Argentina, equilibrados por las realidades de los mercados emergentes, ellas creen que los empresarios desempeñan un papel fundamental en el impulso del crecimiento económico y creen que el potencial puede desatarse con un Chispazo Inicial.

Aliya Omer

Aliya Omer

Aliya Omer es la Gerente General de Oncología para Sudamérica latina, incluidos la Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay y Bolivia. Nativa de los Estados Unidos, Aliya comenzó su carrera en la Investigación y Desarrollo en Johnson & Johnson, donde ocupó cargos de creciente responsabilidad dentro de la división de Productos de Consumo y Personales. Ella se unió a Oncología Novartis en 2008 en Productos Nuevos Globales y Estrategia de Cartera y ha ocupado varios puestos en funciones comerciales y diagnósticos complementarios. Aliya obtuvo grados dobles en Ciencias de los Materiales e Ingeniería Biomédica de la Carnegie Mellon University y tiene una maestría en administración de INSEAD en Fontainebleau, Francia y Singapur. Ella actualmente vive en Buenos Aires, Argentina


Sonia Thomson

Sonia pasó más de 10 años en Johnson & Johnson (J&J) y otras compañías de atención médica desarrollando sus marcas en todo el mundo. Ahora es la directora ejecutiva del grupo Thompson Media, donde ayuda a las empresas a ganar más clientes al ofrecer experiencias notables.

Sonia Thompson

Preguntas Frecuentes

Claro. Los fondos de Chispazo Inicial están abiertos ya sea para negocios preexistentes o para nuevas ideas de negocios. Todas las entradas deben responder las preguntas requeridas y enviar un video. Los finalistas deben enviar un pitch deck (se proporcionará una plantilla) y responder las preguntas de los jueces.

  • Originalidad y creatividad: ¿es tu concepto verdaderamente innovador y el primero de su tipo? ¿Resuelve un problema o satisface una necesidad real en el mundo? (25 por ciento)
  • Potencial de crecimiento e ingresos: ¿puede tu idea escalarse para generar ingresos y llegar a los clientes? (25 por ciento)
  • Apoyo para los marginados: ¿tu idea tiene la capacidad de resolver o apoyar las necesidades e intereses de las comunidades marginadas como consumidores, empleados y/o gerentes? (20 por ciento)
  • Potencial emprendedor: ¿Has trabajado para darle vida a tu idea? ¿Eres quien más apoya a tu marca? ¿Nos puedes vender a nosotros y a otros tu idea? (15 por ciento)
  • Necesidad financiera: ¿Es la falta de financiamiento lo que más detiene a tu negocio? ¿Te falta el personal que necesitas para crecer? (15 por ciento)

Los participantes deben tener 18 años o más de edad para el final del período de presentación.

No. Solo te costará tu tiempo.

Puedes presentar una idea de forma individual o como equipo. No hay límite en cuanto a cuántos miembros del equipo puedes tener. En tu aplicación, designa a un capitán de equipo. Esta es la persona que recibirá el aviso sobre si tu presentación avanzará o no a la presentación final del 17 de noviembre.

Solo puedes aplicar para la presentación de Chispazo Inicial una vez, así que debes asegurarte de presentar tu idea más fuerte.

Desafortunadamente, no podemos aceptar ninguna entrada tarde. Las presentaciones cerrarán el lunes 5 de noviembre a las 17:00 hora local.

La competencia solo está abierta para fundadores que vivan en la Argentina.

El premio debe ser utilizado para gastos de negocios de buena fe. Si se otorga un premio para una idea de negocios o un plan presentado por un equipo que no ha registrado su negocio, el premio se otorgará únicamente al capitán del equipo designado, quien será responsable del pago de todos los impuestos sobre los ingresos u otros impuestos y cargos asociados con el premio. Los destinatarios también deben tener una cuenta bancaria a nombre del capitán del equipo o de la empresa, que pueda aceptar transferencias extranjeras. Cualquier cargo asociado con la transferencia es responsabilidad del destinatario.

El dinero del premio será entregado el 31 de diciembre de 2018.

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