Regional Business Growth.


“Building the companies of the future together”.

Our actions are focused on increasing the competitiveness of Colombian companies, supporting them by closing gaps and facilitating their access to new markets and strengthening the regional abilities.

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The business development area has four lines of action:

Business growth

We support initiatives that allow companies to be more productive, competitive and profitable, so that they can take advantage of the existing market opportunities. 

 

Regional competitiveness

We support economic growth in the regions by strengthening their institutional abilities and co-financing their productive wagers.

 

ICT appropriation

We stimulate the adoption and use of the ICT as a tool to increase the productivity and business growth.

 

Productive inclusion

We support the productive development of the communities and vulnerable groups through programs and projects run under co-financing model.   

 




Outstanding Cases Regional Business Growth

Caso de éxito: Valle del Cauca, within the entrepreneurship network - Crecimiento Regional

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Crecimiento Regional
Valle del Cauca, within the entrepreneurship network

Disposable tableware that doesn’t go straight to the trashcan after being used, but instead, into a thin layer of soil that germinates into a plant, a bush, a vegetable, a tree or a fruit within three weeks may sound insane. However, this is nothing more than creativity and cleverness of people from Valle del Cauca.

Platos Germinables (Germinating Plates) is the name of this entrepreneurial project that won first place at ValleE 2013. Despite being very recent, the idea has been around business roundtables in the U.S., receiving offers from other countries that want to import the product, and it hopes to be implemented in large areas now that it recently won another award in England. The main reason for its success is the nonexistent negative environmental impact that the product represents, due to the seeds that transform carbon dioxide into oxygen once they sprout. As a result, this highly innovative idea was patented at the Industry and Commerce Superintendency.

Another initiative, from the Toro region, was also awarded at the 2012 edition of the ValleE: the Eco Mum Pack del Valle S.A.S., natural and resistant fruit and vegetable containers developed out of customized light wood agro-packaging. This entrepreneurial project was aimed at big exporting companies, and it is already closing strategic alliances with major players such as Grajales, while taking product samples to Peru and Ecuador in search of potential exports to those countries. This method found an innovative solution that improves the life cycle of products carried inside these packages.

These are only a few examples that show why Colombia is becoming a hub of ideas. How did we get here? By strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem, turning everyone’s eye into this policy. The Chamber of Commerce of Cali (CCC) is a key facilitator. That’s why two years ago, it included entrepreneurship as a strategic corporate goal and started developing skills for Innovative Dynamic Entrepreneurship (IDE). They created the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management, chaired by Fernando Renza who, after 15 years in the institution, has a deep expertise about the requirements, strengths and business force skills in Valle.

“Once we became involved, we realized there were many organizations working towards the same goal. Some companies such as Fundación Carvajal and Coomeva were doing so from a social basis, whereas some universities such as Javeriana, ICESI, San Buenaventura and Valle did it from classrooms and programs. Soon, there was a need to group them all into an Entrepreneurship Regional Network, established in 2011 as a joint single organization”, explained Renza.

Nowadays, the network has 30 public and private stakeholders such as the Mayor and Governor’s Office, industries, Bancóldex, universities, foundations and Asocámaras, which represents all chambers of commerce from the southwest of Valle.

“This last player is very important because it has allowed certain chambers of commerce, like Palmira’s, to build their own Entrepreneurship Local Network based on thir experience with the Regional Network, which has made the project more robust”, says this CCC officer.

Caso de éxito: Valle E: Talent Seedbed - Crecimiento Regional

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Valle E: Talent Seedbed

This joint effort was crucial for the success at creating an ambitious strategic plan that, among other actions, established Valle E in 2012, a contest in which regional entrepreneurs exhibited their business ideas. 260 proposals participated in the first edition, and 1,400 in the second one. After many screenings, three contestants won in both years.

During the whole process, the network offered expert advice to all pre-selected contestants (30 in 2012 and 40 in 2013) on the structure of their business idea, and provided information on Canvas Link through a series of conferences.

The significant increase of applications and the final results allowed the possibility of Valle Impact, a development, support and IDE speeding up platform in Cali and CCC’s area of influence. We supported the implementation of the Endeavor model required for the project.

Among the requirements to participate in Valle Impacta are:

  1. A minimum annual turnover of 300 million pesos.
  2. Growth generation above a two-digit number for the past three or four years.
  3. An administrative structure with more than five employees.

This proposal which also involves Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, ANDI Valle, the Mayor’s Office of Cali and the Entrepreneurship Regional Network resulted in five IDEs that the CCC, as a pilot project, is endorsing for one year. “We opened an online bid, we graded the applicants based on the criteria previously exposed, and we chose the finalists out of 52 pre-selected contestants”, says Fernando. These were the selected projects:

  1. CM Solutions – John Jairo Cespedes: IT solutions.
  2. Agroprocesos – Cristian Caicedo: Coconut and coconut-derived production
  3. Caffe Swimwear – Paula Saavedra: High-end swimwear
  4. Catalina Duque – Catalina Duque: Women’s shoe manufacturer
  5. Ingerecuperar – Carolina Guerra and Martha Lucía Aguilar: Reuse of metal-mechanic industrial waste into marketable bronze and aluminum ingots.

 

Caso de éxito: Together for a common cause - Crecimiento Regional

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Together for a common cause

The work done at the five IDEs includes tailored feedback in strategic financial areas, as well as business models and workshops in best practices, mentoring, networking, continuous assessment and endorsement, aiming at the evolution of proposals and establishment of contacts.

Selected projects were diagnosed in order to determine areas that needed strengthening and mentoring. A mentor network has been comprised of high-level executives from Valle del Cauca. We have had three training sessions (40 registered mentors and 22 active mentors, with communications, corporate government, strategy, process and manufacturing skills) as well as mentoring.

According to Fernando, this type of entrepreneurship tackles very specific needs, which would be impossible to satisfy without the support from the network of stakeholders. They contribute either with mentoring, meeting spaces or networking. “Since we are all close to each other, we can put our entrepreneurs in contact with experts. If they need support in technology, they can go to ICESI or Parquesoft; if their concern is cultural, COMFANDI is the best option, among others”.

This unit at iNNpulsa Colombia, leveraged on the Regional Business Growth area, has strengthened new and existent entrepreneurial platforms for a total of 17 organizations in 7 departments, proving that strength is found through unity.

Caso de éxito: Ministry of Commerce – Competitive Routes - Crecimiento Regional

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Ministry of Commerce – Competitive Routes

The work aims at building local skills for cluster analysis and strengthening each of the departments involved through transfer and application of tools and proven methodologies.

Achievements

Antioquia
Allocated resources:
18.362.862 US 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
7.150 companies
33 organizations

 

San Andrés y Providencia
Allocated resources:
163.932 US 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 Organization

San Andrés y Providencia
Allocated resources:
163.932 US 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 Organization

Boyacá
Allocated resources:
USD 1,153,078 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
680 companies
4 organizations

 

Quindío
Allocated resources:
USD 3,489,603 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1.788 companies
3 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Risaralda
Allocated resources:
USD 2,902,581 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
965 companies
5 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Tolima
Allocated resources:
USD 2,372,908 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
856 companies
6 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Huila
Allocated resources:
USD 9,2922,476 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
92 companies
3 organizations

Competitive route segment

Caquetá
Allocated resources:
 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 company and organization

Guaviare
Allocated resources:
USD 163,666 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 organization

Meta
Allocated resources:
USD 706,273 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
296 companies
1 organization

Casanare
Allocated resources:
USD 500,305 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
76 companies
2 organizations

Cundinamarca
Allocated resources:
USD 25,035,044 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
6.001 companies
42 organizations

Caldas
Allocated resources:
USD 3,765,928 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
2.442 companies
6 organizations

 

Santander
Allocated resources:
USD 2,861,414 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
244 companies
11 organizations

Competitive route segment

Norte de Santander.
Allocated resources:
USD 968,177 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
191 companies
3 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Arauca
Allocated resources:
USD 458,475 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 organization

 

Guainía
Allocated resources:
 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
76 companies
2 organizations

Vaupés
Allocated resources:
 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 company and organization

Amazonas
Allocated resources:
USD 163,666 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 company and organization

Putumayo
Allocated resources:
USD 354,200 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
284 companies

Nariño
Allocated resources:
USD 1,434,978 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
299 companies
5 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Cauca
Allocated resources:
USD 1,167,379 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
203 companies
5 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Valle del Cauca
Allocated resources:
USD 6,397,534 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1.530 companies
17 organizations

Chocó
Allocated resources:
USD 649,045 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
275 companies
1 organization

 

Sucre
Allocated resources:
USD 1,0196,638 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
491 companies
1 organization

Bolívar
Allocated resources:
USD 3,411,222 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1.112 companies
7 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Atlántico
Allocated resources:
USD 2,258,763 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
227 companies
8 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Magdalena
Allocated resources:
USD 488,161 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
72 companies
3 organizations

Competitive route segment:

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Cesár
Allocated resources:
USD 1,176,707 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
255 companies
5 organizations

Competitive route segment:

Guajira
Allocated resources:
USD 154,086 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
1 Organization

Vichada
Allocated resources:
 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse: 
76 companies
2 organizations

 

Córdoba
Allocated resources:
 

Companies and organizations with iNNpulse:
7.150 companies
33 organizations

 




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