Written by: Vladimir Ramirez
June 21, 2012
This is an exciting time. For the first time ever, MIT AITI will come to Latin America. We chose to partner with Universidad Icesi in Cali, Colombia; a city of 2.3 million people known for its creative talent and large student population in more than 8 Universities and many more higher education institutions.
Icesi is the top private university in the region, but more than 20% of its students are on scholarship; thus, it shares MIT's vision of providing the best education to the most qualified.
This is definitely a first for Cali, MIT, AITI, Icesi, Colombia and our financial sponsor Google.
We are going to invest in 30 highly selected young entrepreneurs by working with them during 6 weeks to help them develop and improve their mobile programming and their entrepreneurship skills. AITI is not a course or seminar; it is an MIT entrepreneurship laboratory aimed at changing mental frameworks and empowering 30 young minds with the confidence required to build technology companies and reinforce the technological ecosystem in Cali and Colombia. In order to do this, we have 4 MIT instructors providing hands-on training and mentoring; these mentors come from the world renown MIT course 6 (the best Computer Science program in the world) and from MIT's long tradition of Entrepreneurship programs.
In the end, we expect the selected few candidates to deliver a marketable mobile application that they can monetize. More importantly, we expect them to share all their newfound knowledge, skills and confidence with their friends, family, classmates and citizens. It is through the sharing of ideas and knowledge that societies become better. We expect these "Caleños" entrepreneurs to realize that one successful entrepreneur makes it easier for another one to succeed. Technology as life is an ecosystem of symbiotic relationships.