GIF Launches New Report at APEC Forums on SMEs and Women’s Economic Empowerment

Oct 3, 2019

The Global Innovation Forum released a new report on supporting women’s entrepreneurship to support Chile’s host year of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) via events in September and October.

On September 5, 2019 the Global Innovation Forum officially launched its new report, “How women entrepreneurs are using social media to go global from Latin America,” at a salon breakfast discussion during APEC 2019 Small Business Week in Concepcion, Chile.

The off-the-record conversation among startup, business and government stakeholders explored the various ways entrepreneurs are using global technology tools and platforms to build and operate global businesses, and discuss the role of government policies and programs to enable women entrepreneurs and global startups to succeed.

Several Chile-based women entrepreneurs participated in the discussion, including Javiera Gutierrez, founder of Munani, who is profiled in the report.

In addition, participants heard from Marinelly Díaz Saporiti, who directs a series of #SheMeansBusiness training programs for small businesses on behalf of Facebook in Latin America.

U.S. Department of Commerce Undersecretary for International Trade Gil Kaplan provided opening remarks at the discussion.

María Ignacia Simonetti, Priority Coordinator “Women, SMEs and Inclusive Growth” APEC 2019 & Head of the Gender Division at el Subsecretaria de Relaciones Economicas Internacionales in Chile, also provided remarks.

On October 2, GIF Deputy Director Claire Pillsbury participated in a Facebook #SheMeansBusiness dinner in La Serena, Chile during the Women’s Economic Forum.

She shared takeaways and policy recommendations from the Using Social to Go Global report.

The dinner also included a panel of women entrepreneurs from the region and a video of Ms. Gutierrez of Munani.