Aalto startup Kassi to take part in Start-up Chile.. wohoo!

Aalto startup Kassi to take part in Start-up Chile.. wohoo!

One of the 2010 Bootcamp (now Startup Sauna) companies, Kassi, has been selected to Start-up Chile, the Chilean government’s program inviting early-stage international entrepreneurs and startups to work in Chile.

Currently operating within Aalto University and a few other beta communities, Kassi is a web service that facilitates community members helping each other out in different ways: by lending and selling stuff, doing favors, sharing rides and so on.

The core team have worked on Kassi for several years now, met with some challenges, and decided to apply to Start-Up Chile as a part of a “octopus strategy” of throwing arms to all directions to see which ones float. A team of three will embark to Chile, Antti Virolainen, Anna Korolyuk and Juho Makkonen, while Kassi still continues to service communities in Finland as well.

For more on Kassi’s Chilean adventure, read their blogpost on the topic and follow them on Twitter.

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Goes the Start-Up Chile slogan coined by Former Minister of Economy, Juan Andrés Fontaine. Start-Up Chile project started last year with a pilot and extends to full scale in the beginning of 2012 when Kassi will be one of the over 150 international companies moving to Santiago, Chile.

The goal of Start-Up Chile? To increase interaction between Chilean and global entrepreneurs to strengthen the relationship between Chile and other innovation hubs around the world.

Selected participants are given US$40,000 of equity-free seed capital, and a temporary 1-year visa to develop their projects for six months, along with access to the most potent social and capital networks in the country.

Start-Up Chile is being advised by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program but  what’s interesting is that it’s a fully Chilean government-backed program, showing a great commitment to and appreciation of internationality and startups from the public sector. Good luck, Kassi and Start-Up Chile – we hope to hear from you both soon!

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6 Comments

  1. October 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    [...] Aaltoes.com – Aalto startup Kassi to take part in Start-up Chile.. wohoo! One of the 2010 Bootcamp (now Startup Sauna) companies, Kassi, has been selected to Start-up Chile, the Chilean government's program inviting early-stage international entrepreneurs and startups to work in Chile. Source: aaltoes.com [...]

  2. natalie
    October 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    What a great initiative from Chili and it's great that a team from Finland is taking part. I hope that the Finnish Government is paying close attention. Good luck Kassi! We want updates!

  3. October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    [...] PS. Kassi service is definitely in the spotlight! Kassi was selected to participate in Start-up Chile! [...]

  4. November 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    [...] months. Finnish startup, Kassi, which already took part in Startup Sauna, has been selected to participate in Start-Up Chile’s next acceleration cycle (see our previous story), and its founders have [...]

  5. November 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

    [...] months. Finnish startup, Kassi, which already took part in Startup Sauna, has been selected to participate in Start-Up Chile’s next acceleration cycle (see our previous story), and its founders have [...]

  6. November 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    [...] months. Finnish startup, Kassi, which already took part in Startup Sauna, has been selected to participate in Start-Up Chile’s next acceleration cycle (see our previous story), and its founders have [...]

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