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How U.S. tech companies can find their perfect match in Chile — for free

You won't want to miss this free virtual event. Photo by WestEnd61/Getty

Beginning October 19, American companies can explore opportunities with Chilean products and services, all without hopping on a plane or spending a dime.

Chile Connected, sponsored by ProChile, is a nearly month-long virtual event designed to serve as a "matchmaker" for technology firms as well as creative industries, healthy food providers, and women-led businesses.

If you're wondering "why Chile?" there are some very solid stats to make you look twice at the South American country. Chile is the 29th largest trading partner of the United States, while we are the No. 1 destination for non-copper goods and service exports from Chile.

Chile is also recognized as the most advanced IT market in Latin America, with a performance that's superior to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. The IT sector there represents 3.4 percent of its national GDP.

Chile has had a long and prosperous history of trade with the U.S., particularly in the 16 years since the implementation of the TLC agreement. This treaty has allowed trade to increase over 220 percent between both countries over this time period.

So now that Chile's got your attention, mark your calendar for October 27-29, when the tech and innovation panel will welcome high-level experts and keynote speakers from both markets in the areas of HealthTech, EdTech, FinTech, and RetailTech.

A study done by the Ministry of Sciences in March 2020 indicates that 13 percent of Chilean startup companies with a scientific and technological base are related to the area of health.

If you're specifically looking for companies that specialize in biotech or biomedicine, digital (AI, deep/machine learning, IOT, and big data) technologies, or a combination of these, this would be the event to find them.

Fifty-three percent of Chilean companies like these have stated they need a joint venture in order to explore other markets, and the recent success of companies like GenoSUR and Levita have proven the market is ready for partnerships (you'll hear from top-tier leaders at both during the panel).

Chilean RetailTech providers have demonstrated to be a generation of highly sophisticated and specialized tech service providers, while their FinTech specialists aim to satisfy the needs of this demanding segment within the U.S. market.

Register for your free spot here, and gear up to find your next great international tech match.

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Building Houston

 
 

Vanessa Wyche, director of the Johnson Space Center, gave the keynote address at this year's State of Space event. Screenshot via houston.org

Is the Space City poised to continue its reign as an innovative hub for space exploration? All signs point to yes, according to a group of experts.

The Greater Houston Partnership hosted its annual State of Space this week. The virtual event featured a keynote address from Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA Johnson Space Center, and a panel moderated by David Alexander, chair of aerospace and aviation committee at the GHP and the director of the Rice Space Institute.

The conversations focused on the space innovation activity happening in Houston, as well as an update on the industry as a whole has space commercialization continues to develop. All the speakers addressed how Houston has what it takes to remain a hub for the sector.

"The future looks very bright for Houston that we will remain a leader in Houston spaceflight," Wyche says in her address.

Here are a few other memorable moments from the event.

"Houston, I feel, is poised to be a leader. We have led in human space flight, and we will a leader in commercialization."

— Wyche says in her keynote address, which gave a thorough overview of what all NASA is working on at JSC. She calls out specifically how startups are a driving force in commercialization. JSC is working with local accelerator programs at The Ion and MassChallenge.

"These startups help us to connect to tomorrow's space innovation leaders, and gives our team the opportunity to mentor these entrepreneurs as we work to advance both our scientific and technical knowledge," she says.

"The ability to have a place where government, academia, and industry can come together and share ideas and innovation is incredibly powerful."

​— Steve Altemus, president and CEO of Intuitive Machines LLC, specifically talking about the Houston Spaceport, where Intuitive Machines has signed on as a tenant. Altemus adds that a major key to leading space commercialization is a trained workforce, which the spaceport is focused on cultivating.

"We shouldn't discount the character that Houston has from the standpoint as a great place to build a business."

— Tim Kopra, vice president of robotics and space at MDA Ltd., says, adding that Houston is a big city that feels like a small town. "We need to incentivize companies to come and stay," he says.

"Great cities — like great companies — understand that if you're still, you're probably moving backwards. ... I think Houston gets it in that regard."

— Todd May, senior vice president of science and space at KBR, says, adding that Houston realizes it needs to be on the offensive side to bring innovation to the game, positioning the city very well for the future.

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