Sage Corps is holding nothing back this summer as it sends double the number of Fellows abroad (96 Fellows total!) AND opens not 1 but 3 new program locations around the world.
Today's program-spotlight: Santiago, Chile.
In the last 6 years, Santiago has adopted a new (catchy) nickname: "Chilecon Valley." Why? Well, besides being situated in an actual valley, Santiago, Chile is also known by global entrepreneurs as a hot spot to kick-start their business. In 2010, a government-backed program known as Startup Chile launched, where foreigners can receive $40,000 and a "six-month stay, plus free office space and guidance--so long as participants agree to mentor their Chilean peers." It was, therefore, a no-brainer when Sage Corps decided it was time to set-up-shop in this startup haven. (And who wouldn't want to spend 8 weeks surrounded by a beautiful ocean coast and the snow-capped Andes?)
On June 16, twelve courageous students touched down and declared their title as Sage Corps' first Santiago Cohort. The first two days on Chilean soil were spent exploring Santiago's incredible city and what it has to offer as a startup machine. Orientation leader and Sage Corps Alumna, Maggie Edmunds, brought the Fellows to visit top Chilean startups like Cumplo and sit down to chat with Uber Chile Marketing Manager, Domingo Meneses! The group capped off the two day immersive orientation eating lunch with Startup Chile's most recent generation of entrepreneurs and then got to tour the innovative space!
Since their first day, the Fellows have gotten to visit Valparaiso, sip some of the best wine (and pisco) in the world AND witness Chile win Copa America 2 years in a row. And that was just the first week...
Can't wait to see what weeks 2-8 have to offer for this lucky crew!
CHI CHI CHI! LE LE LE! VIVA CHILE!