About ChileMass

Our team

Juan Necochea

Director of Operations and Networks

Read more

Fernanda Soza

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Read more

Yuly Fuentes

President to the Board

Read more

Brittany McDonough

Secretary to the Board

Read more

Ramón Salinas

Treasurer of the Board

Read more

Marcelo Larraguibel

Board Member

Read more

Warren Adams

Board Member

Read more

chile mass

Champions

Meet our supporters

Read more

chile mass

Clients

Meet our clients

Read more

Juan Necochea

Director of Operations and Networks

Juan is trilingual, with a multi-cultural background and expertise in human resource management, organizational development, strategic planning and international coordination in organizations.

Read more

Additionally, Juan has worked with different forms of organizations, focusing on organizational change and design by developing human capacities and strategy alignment. From small NGOs to large corporations, he passionately enjoys helping entrepreneurs to design, align and change their organizations.

He has a Bachelor’s in Humanities, as well as titles in Organizational Behavior from the Universidad Católica and Harvard.

Fernanda Soza

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Lawyer admitted to Bar in Massachusetts (June 2017) and in Chile (2002), with more than 12 years of experience in providing legal counseling and litigation services to individuals, companies, and NGO’s.

Read more

After moving to the U.S. in 2013, she graduated from the LL.M. program at Boston College Law School in 2015, receiving the Leadership Award. She worked as an intern-law clerk at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2015-2016) and organized a judicial agreement between the Massachusetts Judicial Court and the Supreme Court of Chile.

She is currently a visiting scholar at Boston College Law School, where she was awarded a grant to do research, organize an international conference, and translate a book on social justice in Latin America.

Yuly Fuentes

President to the Board

Yuly Fuentes is often described as a catalyst of creative ideas. She is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Descience, Research on the Runway a community that connects the world of Science and Design. Neuroscientist and Postdoctoral trained in the MIT Sloan School at the Technology Innovation & entrepreneurship group.

Read more

She graduated with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA. She is energetically involved in fostering the innovation ecosystem as the head of the Chile-MA Alliance in Massachusetts.

She is an active member of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST) and received a Volunteer Giving back award. During my time as a Ph.D. student, she pioneered the co-organization of the International workshop called “Small Brains Big Ideas”, held in Santiago, Chile. So far, this initiative has successfully trained eighty Latin-American students.

She was trained as a biochemist at University of Concepcion in my native Chile, she is constantly in the search of the opportunity to support young talent. We can talk about Fashion, Energy, Biotechnology, Mining, Education and everything that makes technology a better human.

Brittany McDonough

Secretary to the Board

Brittany McDonough is the Director of Global Partnerships at MassChallenge. At MassChallenge, Brittany oversees strategic partnerships with international governments and institutions to support MassChallenge achieve its mission of catalyzing a global startup renaissance. Her work focuses on MassChallenge expansion abroad and the Bridge to MassChallenge program which supports economic growth, vitality and development of international innovation ecosystems.

Read more

Prior to joining MassChallenge, Brittany served in the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) under both Governor Deval L. Patrick and Governor Charles D. Baker. At MOITI, Brittany oversaw Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and export promotion on behalf of the Commonwealth in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Brittany graduated from Suffolk University, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and currently serves on the young alumni board. Brittany is a 2014 Emerge Massachusetts graduate and was part of the short list for the inaugural Civic category in BostinInno’s 2015 50 on Fire awards, recognizing the most influential and change making Bostonians. Brittany remains engaged in the Boston community through various boards including Friends of the Public Garden, the Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle (S&TDC) and the UN Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB).

Ramón Salinas

Treasurer of the Board

Ramón combines the practical hands-on experience of an entrepreneur with the intellectual curiosity of an academic to make innovation come to life. He believes that consumer empathy plus high doses of creativity are the building blocks for delivering valuable products, services, and experiences.

Read more

His professional experiences include co-founding a magazine publishing house and serving as the CEO of an award-winning advertising agency. Recently, he worked with companies from more than 20 industries — including Goodyear, ExxonMobil, Abbott, Cotton, and Converse—helping them identify and shape new growth opportunities.

Ramón holds a master’s degree in humanities from UDD and an MBA from Babson College.

Warren Adams

Board Member

Warren Adams is a Boston-based entrepreneur and angel investor with a long history of connections to Chile.  A pioneer in the field of social networking, Warren founded PlanetAll, which Amazon acquired in 1998. Upon leaving Amazon, Warren turned his professional attention to advising and investing in start-ups, including Tiaxa, a prominent fintech start-up based in Santiago.

Read more

In 2007, Warrenfounded Patagonia Sur, a for-profit conservation company that invested in, protected, and monetized ecologically valuable ecosystems in Chilean Patagonia.  Patagonia Sur also launched several non-profit entities including Tierra Austral, Chile’s first land trust; MERI, a blue whale research institute; and Reforestemos Patagonia, a public-private campaign to plant a million native-species trees in Torres del Paine and other national parks.

As a Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2015 and 2016, Warren developed the concept of the Two Degrees Innovation Lab, which supports family offices, foundations, funds, and entrepreneurs who are working on innovative solutions to climate change and related issues.  Warren is also a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group, the Launchpad Venture Group, and a board member of Vineyard Power, which collaborates with Vineyard Wind, the developer of the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the United State.

Warren received a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Marcelo Larraguibel

Board Member

With more than 25 years of experience in senior management consultancy, Marcelo founded Virtus Partners in 2007. Previously, he was Director of McKinsey & Company, a firm where he worked for 18 years, in his offices in Madrid, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, and Santiago, being an active member of the practice of Organization worldwide.

Read more

He has worked in a wide variety of industries such as banking, retail, telecommunications, air transport, media, and entertainment, among others, covering various strategic, organizational and operational aspects. Marcelo has a great experience leading the development and implementation of high impact change processes: organizational transformations, deep cultural changes, changes in corporate governance and re-definition of business models.

Before joining McKinsey & Company, he worked for two years at Forestal Mininco S.A., a subsidiary of CMPC, and for more than a year for Citibank N.A., both in Santiago and in New York.

He holds a degree in Industrial Civil Engineering from the University of Chile and a Master of Science in Management degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Additionally, Marcelo is a member of the MIT Sloan School of Management Board and Council Member of the MIT office in Latin America.

How we work

ChileMass is a Massachusetts-based non-profit platform that catalyzes collaboration between Chile and the Commonwealth in the areas of Energy, Technology, Education and Venture Capital. We operate within a matchmaking model. We are actively mapping organizations that have complementary collaborative potential and invite them to develop projects that are mutually beneficial to both geographies.

Where we can make a difference

Energy

We are actively identifying collaborative renewable energy projects from sustainable sources like wind, solar, and geothermal power with little or no pollution or global warming emissions.

Technology

We are excited to help develop –through collaboration- R&D that is not at mass market commercial adoption stage yet, in the areas of Robotics, Data Science, Machine Intelligence, and Digital Manufacturing.

Education

We are constantly looking for opportunities to amplify and enrich each geography’s educational ecosystem through creative and innovative collaborations.

Venture Capital

We strongly believe that venture capital is an important pillar for any innovation ecosystem. We focus on fomenting the best practices of the venture capital world to be shared from one geography to the other.

How we work

ChileMass operates by identifying high potential actors, projects, organizations (etc) who could collaborate with a counterpart from the complementary geography and create a mutually beneficial endeavor. If you feel that your project fits within our collaborative model, we’d be interested in hearing all about it. Apply now!

We identify the potential actors from the Chilean and Commonwealth ecosystem that show promise but have been stagnant in their development from lack of support from ecosystem.

We encourage the organizations to go through our application process to better identify the organization’s needs and identify success criteria for actors to be able to successfully cross over to the new geography.

ChileMass requires participants to bind into collaboration through a Letter of Intent consolidating our mutual efforts, but also establish a traceable indicator throughout the collaboration’s development.

We will then prepare a project around the Matching efforts. This involves a deep analysis of all the mechanisms and levers that need to be activated for the success of creating the meeting of the two actors.

We work individually with each actor in preparing expectations, communication and business plans to best foresee a successful match between the two actors.

We facilitate the initial meeting between the two actors, creating a guided objective-driven meeting with the focus on creating a match agreement.

ChileMass Partners

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Supported by:

gob
moiti-31
logo_corfo-1