At least 11 Colombian delegates will join tech entrepreneurs across the world this week at the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. The three-day Palo Alto event, which is in its seventh year after launching in Washington, D.C., in 2010, gathers more than 700 technology professionals, investors, and business leaders for a host of classes, panels, competitions, speeches, and learning sessions.
United States President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, AOL co-found Steve Case, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be among the luminaries addressing the conference.
Appisoft CEO and cofounder of Tania Cabrera and Agrofuturo CEO and founder Ricardo Jaramillo are the two Colombian finalists taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Summit’s GIST Tech-I competition. This an annual battle pits technology and science entrepreneurs from 135 emerging economies against each other for a $70,000 USD prize that will help fund their enterprises and ideas. From the more than 1,000 applicants, judges have narrowed it down to the top 30 who will compete for first place in Silicon Valley.
Cabrera’s entry focuses around digital marketing and qualified as a “Start Up Stage Finalist.” Her app has proven better click-through results to connect customers to companies by offering rewards and a point system that incentives users to engage.
Along with Gavira and the 28 other finalists, she participated in web-based training prior to flying to California for the event. Now at the summit, they will undergo two days of intensive entrepreneurial skills training, mentorship, and networking. On Friday, the final pitches will be heard and judges will decide who receives the capital seed money to push their startup to the next level.