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I arrived in Chile one week ago as part of the 3.2 batch. So far the experience has been positive. While it's true that it's more like a peer mentorship, there is a good supply of talents in the program. Some have had exits, some worked at great companies like 37 signals and pivotal tracker, Google, Yahoo and etc. We also have some awesome speakers. Just last week, we had Ahti Heinla, the cofounder of Skype.

So far for people in our batch, the biggest source of stress comes from finding apartment while speaking little English. Each company is assigned a padrino, local Chilean entrepreneur to help out with picking you up at the airport and finding apartment. So, you will want to take advantage of that. I exchanged emails and setup Skype call with my padrino prior to arriving in Chile. It definitely helped with relationship building.

The other tip is to really use social media. There is a private Facebook group for Startup Chile participants. I found my current apartment through that. Also, if you are looking to talk to more participants before you get accepted into the program, try to join the meetup group at http://goo.gl/Hw67S.

Hope that helps,


I guess you are very lucky with your padrino. I saw mine once at a party and that's it.

Finding an apartment/house for 3 people is tough especially when you don't speak Spanish. It took us several weeks to find. Apart from that we had to pay $3600 usd upfront for the house. As many people mentioned above you have to bring at least 10K to Chile.

Our padrino has been ace - we drink with him every week and he drove me to the FIDAE air show last Saturday. We seem to be an exception, many others only meet their padrino(/madrina) once or twice. As ever if you put time into a new relationship with a stranger there's a chance it'll pay off, you have to work at it (and accept it might not work out).

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