Planting the Seed of Innovation at a Young Age An Example Worth Following



Lat year I had the honor to be invited by Comultrasan, a colombian financial institution, to support an inititive that they have been executing for some time now: to plant the seed of entrepreneurship in young school students

Comultrasan and the American School, an educational institution supported by Comultrasan since its inception organized a competition at the high school level in the Santander region, inviting students with entrepreneurship initiatives to paticipate in a conference called “inspire yourself to become an entrepreneur”, with the participation of local and international speakers and successful entrepreneurs that acted as role models for the participants (

Since its foundation, the American School  has had the mission to motivate its students to become entrepreneurs at a young age, and has developed a program that encourages the students to gradually work on more complex challenges.

I was surprised to see the level of the projects that were presented during the event, and the types of problems that they were trying to solve: potable water, recycling and sustainability, increase in agricultural production, etc. Any of those projects would interest for investors in any part of the world, which means that they are projects that are worth pursuing later on during their college years

One month later I was coincidentially invited to participate in a similar initiative in the Silicon Valley. The methodology was very similar to the one we used in Colombia the previous month. They also had a competition and speakers experts in innovation and entrepreneurs presenting examples that students could follow.  The main difference with the Colombian event, was that this one was supported and funded by institutions like the World Bank, Google and other similar entities

How nice would it be if we could connect the two initiatives. We have good talent and good initiatives in LatinAmerica, but we still don’t have the muscle to make them grow. I invite the office of the United Nations in Colombia, Google, the Global foundations, and other local and international  entities to support and connect these kids with their global ecosystems, to allow them to have access to the same opportunities of the kids in California and other mature innovation ecosytems . This would help us close the gap and provide our youngsters with more alternatives.

I am also confident that Universities will adjust their admission and scholarship criteria to evaluate the entrepreneurship potential of the students and not just the results of the standard admission tests. We need more innovative entrepreneurs willing to solve global serious problems and able to create companies and  jobs

Sembrando la Semilla del Emprendimiento en Edad Temprana: Un Ejemplo a Seguir

Sembrando la Semilla del Emprendimiento en Edad Temprana: Un Ejemplo a Seguir

Este es el segundo de una serie de blogs titulados "Un Ejemplo a Seguir" escritos por Constanza Nieto, sobre su experiencia en temas de emprendimiento e innovación, con ejemplos de iniciativas y proyectos que merecen ser imitados.  Este describe el caso de Comultrasan, una entidad del sector financiero de Bucaramanga, Colombia, y su apoyo al tema de emprendimiento en chicos de edad escolar

 Innovación en el Sector Gobierno Un Ejemplo a Seguir

  Innovación en el Sector Gobierno      Un Ejemplo a Seguir

 Este es el primero de una serie de blogs escritos por Constanza Nieto alrededor del tema "Un ejemplo a Seguir" basados en su experiencia en temas de emprendimiento e innovación, con ejemplos de iniciativas y proyectos que merecen ser imitados. El blog describe el caso de un proyecto reciente de innovacion corporativa en una entidad del gobierno colombiano para renovar su portafolio de productos y servicios

Innovacion Corporativa: Grandes Beneficios Para Todos

Innovacion Corporativa: Grandes Beneficios Para Todos


Algo que caracteriza  al Silicon Valley es la permanente obsesión por innovar,  que no solo vemos en los nuevos  emprendedores, sino también en empresas establecidas sin importar que tan grandes y rentables sean,  como es el caso de  Google, Apple, Cisco o Intel. En mi opiniónes esta obsesión por la innovación, es lo que les ha permitido mantener su liderazgo.    


Aunque en Latinoamérica tenemos algunos buenos ejemplos de corporaciones que se han empezado a involucrar en  la búsqueda de la innovación, tales comoDavivienda yEPM en Colombia,  o Telefónica y el BBVA  en toda la región ,  la gran mayoría de las empresas privadas  lideres de la industria aun miran el proceso de innovación y emprendimiento como algo ajeno a sus intereses. 

Latin America Rises

Latin America Rises

When I started to pitch Latin America as a technology partner for the US to Silicon Valley corporations nearly 10 years ago, people were hesitant. I came up against a chorus of skeptics saying: Latin America, no way. There's nothing but bananas, coffee, and security problems. However, today many companies in the US have turned their attention to the region. Why?