Chile has a robust and diverse national economy, but its benefits are far from equally distributed. The country has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the world, which leads to social vulnerability. From 1996 to 2006, nearly 30 percent of households were considered poor during some period of time.

TechnoServe is implementing entrepreneurship development projects in Chile with the support of private and public partners. The programs are helping high potential small and growing businesses to increase sales, jobs and wages in the local community.


TechnoServe Chile has promoted seven business acceleration processes and provided long term business consulting, assisting more than 500 businesses in total across a variety of sectors, such as agro-industry, manufacturing, health, services and tourism. The last generation of businesses assisted doubled their sales on average by the end of 2012, increasing salaries and purchases to hundreds of employees and micro suppliers in their communities.


Chilean Business Turns Waste Into Sustainable Incomes

In Santiago, TechnoServe is helping a burgeoning small business to provide the local industry with low-cost raw materials – and at the same time protect and preserve the natural environment.

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On The Ground



Accelerating Business Growth in Patagonia

TechnoServe Chile leads Potencia Patagonia, a business accelerator that helps entrepreneurs of the Los Lagos, Aysén and Magallanes regions to grow their businesses through a program that includes training, advisory and seed capital provided by the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO) and regional governments. The program intends to accelerate 360 small and growing businesses within 6 years. For more information, visit



Doubling Sales for Small and Growing Businesses

TechnoServe supports the development of high potential small and growing businesses (SGBs) located in the surrounding communities of the Anglo American mining company’s five operations. The alliance started in 2011 and has provided assistance and consulting to more than 190 businesses, which have doubled sales after 18 months, created job opportunities and increased the availability of products and services.


Anglo American



Promoting Rural Enterprise

TechnoServe Chile led the Business Capacities and Competences Development Program in vulnerable communities of the Biobío Region between 2010 and 2011. Consultants provided business training and workshops to more than 50 participants to help them identify business opportunities. As a result, 35 companies were developed, including a cooperative of honey producers that exported its products to Europe.



Building Strong Businesses

Between 2008 and 2011, TechnoServe implemented the business plan competition program Idea Tu Empresa in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Valparaiso and Concepción. Entrepreneurs with new business ideas and already existing businesses received customized consulting and workshops on topics ranging from negotiation to marketing strategies. Participants also received access to finance through seed capital or credit solutions, allowing them to increase the volume of their operations.



Blog Posts

February 10, 2015

The Overlooked Secret to Successful Small Businesses

What can the success of a small-town fishmonger teach us about the financing needs of entrepreneurs? Quite a bit, according to TechnoServe's Chile country director.

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November 20, 2013

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurs

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, we salute innovators whose small and growing businesses are creating jobs and prosperity in their communities.

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September 11, 2013

Helping Small Businesses Grow in Chilean Patagonia

Entrepreneurs in a remote region of Chile are taking their businesses to the next level with support from TechnoServe’s Potencia Patagonia program.

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TechnoServe Chile

Huelén 191, office D
Santiago de Chile

Tel: +56 2 237 88 417

Juan Carlos Thomas

Country Director