High-Impact Entrepreneurship

15 Endeavor Entrepreneurs graduate from ECLA exec education program

Earlier this week, 15 Endeavor Entrepreneurs formally presented their business growth plans to potential investors, marking a culmination of the yearlong “Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America” (ECLA) Program.

A partnership between Endeavor, Columbia Business School, and Escuela de Negocios, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, the Program is designed to help entrepreneurs achieve efficiency, business growth, and internationalization.

This year’s 15 ECLA entrepreneurs work across many sectors, including information technology, health & fitness, and telecommunications. Their participation in this executive education program included coursework, mentorship, and networking. In addition to taking foundational courses at Columbia Business School and specialized courses in Buenos Aires, they worked with industry coaches and faculty advisors to improve processes within their companies. They also took online classes and participated in group projects to create a regional support network of entrepreneurs, industry experts, academics, and business leaders.

Entrepreneurs in the program included Ariel Lijtenstein from ROBTEC, which has pioneered rapid prototyping technology in Uruguay and Brazil, as well as Ivan Barchese of Mextra, which plans to expand their metallic alloy tablet supply operations to both the US and China while rolling out new products in the Brazilian market.

Previous entrepreneurs have noted that the ECLA Program has been instrumental in improving their companies. For more information on the program and how to get involved, please email yuting.lien-at-endeavor.org.

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