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Small business. Great change.
People and economies thrive when small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are empowered to reach their full potential. SMEs create 75% of all jobs in Latin America, but many need better connections to markets, information, and supportive policies. They need support and incentives to access new markets, adopt sustainable practices, and strengthen workers’ rights. The U.S. Department of State has funded the World Environment Center (WEC) and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), Context Partners, and EarthShift Global, to select organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America.



Rolando Chamy, Director of the Center of Biotechnology of Curauma (Chile) and Ronald Fonseca, Director of the Cleaner Production Center of Nicaragua, joined together to facilitate training workshops in Nicaragua about "Measurement of Carbon Footprint".

More companies are interested in applying the Carbon Footprint quantification to become environmentally friendly.

"The Carbon Footprint shows how a company measures its emissions of greenhouse gases while mitigating them to move towards productivity and sustainability with the environment" by Rolando Chamy.

More information:

IncubatecUFRO_bestAcceleratorAward2_edited.jpgCongratulations to Incubatec UFRO, a La Red member, for being recognized as the 8th BEST ACCELERATION program in the world, and BEST in Latin America at the World Incubation Summit in Toronto Canada!

All of the La Red team celebrates this amazing accomplishment!

LolitaMilenioStock.jpgMilenio magazine examines the intersection of economic development Mexico and the growth of female entrepreneurs, and the specific benefits that come from that.  Maria Dolores Correa, head of iCam, a La Red member, is highlighted as a success in her field internationally as well as great example of the leadership of female entrepreneurs. Link to the article is here.


Logo_Medio.jpgPower to Grow: The Innovation Challenge Fueled by La Red de Innovación e Impacto launched by U.S. Department of State.

Innovation Challenge to Empower Central American Micro-Enterprises. Power to Grow is a search to discover and reward organizations that are empowering micro-enterprises in Central America. 

Awardees will each receive a comprehensive support package, up to $43,000 to promote their solution, and partnership with a current member organization of La Red de Innovación e Impacto. Working together, the awardee and La Red member will leverage shared experience and knowledge, benefit from cross-sector collaboration, and forge a coalition to empower micro-enterprises. 

Visit to know more about this challenge and how to apply.  


Free Online Brown Bag Sustainability Webinars organized by Earthshift Global


Accelerating Sustainable Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation Opportunities While Building Capacity of Organizations. A Review of Results Achieved by the Innovation Challenge and La Red de Innovación e Impacto.

Webinar - March 15th, 2018 - Gwen Davidow, Acting President and CEO, World Environment Center (WEC)"Scaling home-grown innovation to spur sustainable economic development: La Red de Innovacion e Impacto". View recording here:

Webinar- April 26th, 2018 - Elodie C. Roy, Consultant- Results-based Management, Monitoring and Evaluation: "Accelerating sustainable economic growth, innovation and job creation opportunities while building capacity of organizations. A Review of Results Achieved by the Innovation Challenge and La Red de Innovación e Impacto". View recording here:

Events Calendar

May 14th, 2018 - Deadline extension. Power to Grow Challenge Close of Application Process.

April 26, 2018 - Earthshift Global Trilogy webinars: Elodie C. Roy, Consultant- Results-based Management, Monitoring and Evaluation:

March 15th, 2018 Earthshift Global Trilogy webinars: Gwen Davidow, Acting CEO of World Environment Center,  presenting the case of La Red de Innovación e Impacto. 

March 12th, 2018 World Environment Center (WEC) launches Power to Grow, an Innovation Challenge, pioneer by La Red de Innovación e Impacto”. 

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