Open convocatory! INCAE Entrepreneurs Award 2023 seeks the Best Latin American Entrepreneurs

24 2023 August
Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs
  • 80 spaces will be enabled for free high-level training aimed at enterprises.
  • Technology-based Startups and SMEs with innovative projects participate.

The INCAE Entrepreneurship Center together with INCAE Business School is proud to announce the opening of the application period for the INCAE Entrepreneurs Award (IEA) 2023. The initiative that for 7 years has sought to support and train Latin American entrepreneurs who are transforming the region with their innovations and creativity.

Those selected will have the opportunity to participate in a unique learning experience run by the INCAE Faculty: INCAE Labs, the exclusive 8-week acceleration workshop. Throughout this intensive program, participants will develop their entrepreneurial skills, receive mentoring from experts in the field, and strengthen their networks in a collaborative, high-impact environment.

A boost to business success

INCAE Labs has consolidated its reputation as an exceptional space for learning and growth for entrepreneurs, founders, and entrepreneurs. 

The last edition of the IEA favored enterprises with very varied approaches. Unicodemy, the winning startup of the Pitch category, focuses on the education of STEM skills that are in high demand in the world of work among the female population;  imake is a Colombian company that offers a technological solution to SMEs so that they can implement Human Development strategies and ClearLeaf who develops agrochemicals with formulations that protect the environment, crops and public health.

This year, participants will also receive comprehensive training in crucial areas such as business strategy, finance, marketing and leadership. In addition, networking among entrepreneurs will be encouraged and synergy between the various projects will be promoted.

Funds for growing businesses

Places for the INCAE Entrepreneurs Award 2023 are limited, so we extend an effusive invitation to all interested entrepreneurs to apply as soon as possible. To be considered, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • To be Latin American entrepreneurs with vision and passion for innovation.
  • Have a committed and diverse work team.
  • Have a validated working prototype that demonstrates the potential of your idea.
  • Preferably, have a formally constituted company.
  • Possess a technology-based and exponentially scalable business model, or be an SME in the process of implementing an innovative project.

The 10 best qualified companies certified by INCAE Labs will have the opportunity to participate in the INCAE Entrepreneurs Award Sales Pitches competition in person in Panama. In front of a jury made up of investors, professionals and members of the Entrepreneurship Center, the finalists will present their projects. The two best companies will be awarded with non-reimbursable funds to boost their businesses:

Category Pitch! - $ 2.500
Launch Category - $ 7.000
SME category - $ 3.000

Deadlines and Important Dates

The application period will last during the month of August, with a registration deadline of August 31, 2023. Entrepreneurs who meet the participant profile can complete the registration form and consult more information in the program website, The start of the workshop is scheduled for next September. The announcement of the finalists will be in November.

INCAE Business School invites all passionate and visionary entrepreneurs to take the step towards business excellence and apply for the INCAE Entrepreneurs Award 2023. Together, we will shape the future of the region through innovation and entrepreneurship.

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About INCAE: Founded in 1964, INCAE is the leading business school in Latin America, and is dedicated to applied research in centers of impact, especially in the areas of competitiveness and sustainability, entrepreneurship, and the development of women leaders. For almost 60 years its mission has been to actively promote the comprehensive development of Latin American countries. The institution is ranked #59 in Executive Education in the world and #1 in MBA programs in Latin America, according to the latest rankings from the Financial Times.

About the Entrepreneurship Center: The Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs (LACE) was founded in 2016 to support the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America thanks to the generous support of the Charles Haimoff Endowment and the EMBA 2011. The center provides innovative research, advice, specialized training and a competition of business plans open to men and women from the entire region.