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With Manizales as its capital city, the Caldas region is one of Colombia’s three coffee regions. It has a diversified economy that concentrates on agricultural activities (primarily coffee). Still, it has evolved to also focus on manufacturing and services sectors, including warehousing, transportations, lodging, and food services, as the main contributors to aggregate production.

 

MIT REAP Team Caldas is working on improving Caldas’ innovation and entrepreneurship capacity by fostering more innovation-driven entrepreneurs in sectors within the region’s competitive advantage. The team is also working on unifying metrics, which will help stakeholders understand the as-is state of the ecosystem and what needs tackling first.

Team Members

University
Government
Corporate
Risk Capital
Entrepreneur

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Marcela Escobar
Champion
Directora, Manizales Más
Alejandra Cardona Buitrago
Champion
Communications Director, Manizales Más
Oscar Villegas
Director, GRUPOTEC SAS
Juan Eduardo Zuluaga Perna
Director, Confa
Mariana Villegas
CEO, CVG Seguridad Industrial S.A.S
Pablo Jaramillo
Manager, Luker Foundation
Lina Ramirez
Executive president, Manizales Chamber of Commerce
Neil Guerrero Gonzalez
Associate Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Manizales

Core Regional Metrics

INNOVATION CAPACITY

Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.

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People

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Demand

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Performance

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPACITY

Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.

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People

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Demand

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Performance

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Culture & Community

Coming soon!

Infrastructure

Coming soon!