Friday, 29 June 2012 22:26
Participants say benefits of the program outweigh the drawbacks.
Start-Up Chile, the Chilean government’s unique international entrepreneurship platform, has garnered rare criticism lately. Liis Peetermann, an Estonian designer that recently left the program, publicly disparaged it on Thursday for the large amounts of red tape and insufficient investment.
Peetermann joins the ranks of Israel’s Arnon Kohavi
, who left the country in December last year, six months after launching his start-up in Santiago.
Many other Start-Up Chile entrepreneurs have recognized the various hurdles and inconveniences involved in the program. Still, the benefits, they say, tend to supercede the costs.
“It’s being built from the ground up. If anyone is going to complain about it, they should give back what they’re paid,” Terri Anderson, a participant in the program, told The Santiago Times. “Start-Up Chile is a start-up itself. They’ve been doing it for two years, and they’re doing things no one else has done before.”
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Jessica teaches English to business professionals in Chile when she’s not editing for The Santiago Times. She has also worked at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the San Diego Union-Tribune and some small-city newspapers in the United States. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Journalism from the Reynolds School at the University of Nevada, Reno. There, she was a two-term editor in chief of the news organization, The Nevada Sagebrush.
Jessica was born and raised in Las Vegas, but when looking for adventure and a good story to tell — she moved to Santiago on a one-way ticket in January 2012. She plans to stay in South America until she feels she has made a difference in the lives of others and learns decent Spanish. In other words, she will likely be living abroad for a while.