Building an entrepreneurial mindset to benefit Chile
THE BRIDGE SELECTS FIVE ENGINEERING UC STUDENTS AND INVITES THEM TO SILICON VALLEY TO LIVE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE OF THIS STIMULATING REGION
The Bridge is an international entrepreneurial program first launched in Chile on January 2015. The program selects five Engineering UC students and invites them to Silicon Valley to live the entrepreneurial culture of this stimulating region.
During two months, the selected students have the opportunity to build networks, acquire knowledge, and develop new ideas for innovation and entrepreneurship that can be later applied in Chile. The group was involved in diverse workshops at UC Berkeley, which seek to facilitate extensive learning approaches to create successful projects, and ultimately participate in technological startups. Students had the chance to attend various lectures and conferences, and visit universities and companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including YouTube, Groupon, Google, Facebook and Autodesk.
InnovaChile CORFO funds this project through the program “Implementation of the Strategic Plan New Engineering 2030”. The selected students Roberto Martínez, María Loreto Prieto, Daniela Valenzuela, Benjamín Benavides and Diego Carey had an excellent experience in Silicon Valley, and highly recommend the program. Ricardo San Martin, Engineering UC Professor in charge of the program, stated: “They are learning and really enjoying the experience”. Once back in Chile, the group shared their journey with the UC community while commenting on places they visited, the networks they created, and the amazing opportunity this trip was for them.