INCAE and VIVA Idea join forces to promote sustainability in the region

November 15 2019
Executive Education INCAE

With the aim of consolidating the work of both institutions in the field of sustainability, INCAE Business School and VIVA Idea formalized their alliance by creating the VIVA Idea-Schmidheiny Chair of Sustainability.

The engineer Enrique Bolaños, Rector of INCAE, and Shannon Music, director of VIVA Idea, signed the agreement whose primary objective is to serve as an institutional platform to strengthen future business leaders on sustainability issues.

For Bolaños, the constitution of this Chair means the formalization of the support that VIVA Idea has provided for many years and a work that will undoubtedly make an impact in the region. 

Urs Jäger, Director of Research at VIVA Idea and professor at INCAE, pointed out that this alliance will allow us to continue innovating in pedagogical methodologies and contribute with other business schools in solving the greatest environmental and social challenges that their contexts face. 

In this sense, some projects are already being executed within the framework of the Chair, for example, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (PIEN)platforms, Associative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (PIEA), activities related to the Social Progress Index (IPS), among others. 

The PIEA is precisely one of the largest projects that are being promoted and that seeks to promote progress and the generation of wealth through the development of local capacities, taking into account the demands of the market and the need to strengthen technical skills , business and associative in Costa Rica.

The Program is an inter-institutional initiative, financed by the Development Banking System. Miguel Aguiar Bermúdez, Executive Director of this institution, signed the agreement with INCAE and VIVA Idea, on October 7. 

The PIEA will be coordinated under the direction of the Cooperative Studies and Training Center-CENECOOP- and will have national coverage, taking into account the particularities of the regions in Costa Rica. 

Aguiar emphasized that PIEA will have a great impact on the ability to increase economically viable projects to be financed by the Development Banking System. 

"With this project come a series of challenges to be able to generate wealth from innovation and entrepreneurship, which has an impact and promotes more prosperous regions in Costa Rica," said the Executive Director of the Development Banking System.

Urs Jäger and Luis Cuenca will be the leaders of the academic and methodological implementation of PIEA and will have the support of Rosina Campos.


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