Washington, D.C., February 8, 2016. Innovation has no limits. That was proved by two consecutive weeks of arduous work by professionals, young entrepreneurs and Israeli experts present in the Business Labs Workshops focused on Innovation Management that took place in the capital cities of Colombia and Peru.
The Business Labs were conducted by Salomón Vilensky y Laura Altschuler, specialists from the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) in Haifa, Israel, as part of the technical cooperation between the Organization of American States (OAS), the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the Government of Israel.
The Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá (CCB, Bogota Chamber of Commerce) in Chapinero, was the headquarters of the first training program carried out from January 25 to 29. The training relied upon the attendance of business advisors and program coordinators from the CCB, who acquired new tools and techniques for innovation management to implement it internally and externally of the organization, providing support services and business services to entrepreneurs and businessmen and women in the Bogota region. The program in Colombia is a result of the strategic partnership between the YABT and the CCB.
The participants formed working groups experiencing the process of development, support and launch of ideas characterized by the component of innovation and scalability potential. On the last day they presented their proposals before a Panel in charge of evaluating and investing in those ideas considered possible.
Among the proposals they can note: The development of a technological device that generates timely information of environmental factors for the prevention and handling of respiratory illnesses; the development of a mobile application that connects farmers to transporters; plaques placed on refrigerators for the inventory of food; car alarm system that runs on water; and the initiative to maintain continuing professional development.
The headquarters of IPAE Business School in Pueblo Libre, Lima, hosted the second Workshop about Innovation Management receiving 31 people from public, private, and academic organizations coming from the regions of Arequipe, Cusco, La Libertad, Lima, y Piura. The Workshop was implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Production (Ministerio de la Producción (PRODUCE)) and IPAE Business School (IPAE escuela de empresarios).
The art of innovating continued its challenge in Peru. The participants brought forward proposals that they also presented in front of an investment panel on February 5. Among which stand out: A smart shoe for women with the option of changing the color and the design through a web application; a platform comparing professional profiles to the needs of the market; a platform with artificial intelligence to resolve legal questions; and an online game to promote entrepreneurship among its players.
The Closing Remarks were delivered by the Deputy Minister of SMEs and Industry of the Ministry of Production of Peru, H.E. Carlos Carrillo; accompanied by Mrs. Medea Akhalkatsi, Attaché of Academic Affairs of the Embassy of Israel; Mr. Carlos Montalvan, General Manager of IPAE Business School; and Wuilmer Olaya, Program Officer of YABT in Peru.
The InnovAcción Labs are workshops of “hands-on training” through business exercises where participants acquire innovation management skills, supported by the InnovAcción methodology (Innovation + Action). The participants from both Workshops learned good practices from Israel in promoting innovation and success stories from Israeli businesses, accounting for how Israel became known as the Start-Up Nation.
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