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Flying to Santiago – the beginning of a new chapter

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I’m sitting abroad a LAN flight between Guarulhos International Airport (Sao Paulo) Santiago de Chile, which is the second leg of my 26 hour journey. Santiago is where my journey will begin.

I took a 6 month career break from PwC where I worked in Restructuring Advisory (Business Recovery Services) and qualified as an ACA with the ICAEW. With the expiry of my trainee contract, no mortgage, no family in London or other significant obligations I reasoned that it’s a suitable time to try something new.

I am flying to Santiago to join the growing population of entrepreneurs in South America, coined as TechnoLatinas. My aim is to find and work with a startup that is working on something exciting and assist in fundraising, cash flow management, business admin, accounting, sales, social media marketing and business strategy. Whilst, I have the necessary education and some experience with various aspects of the areas just listed I never engaged in any of them full time. Thus, the learning curve will be steep. Also, I don’t speak much Spanish. I intend to work on this whilst I’m there. Fortunately, the Statup Chile program operates in english and many of the startups are international thus I hope English will suffice. Am I nervous? YES.

However, I assessed that the worst case scenarios is: I don’t find any startup to work with that is particularly interesting, but I still pick up skills in the process of working with them, I significantly improve my Spanish and I get to travel around the continent in the process. At the end of the 6 months I will then pack my bags and recommence my life in London. Not a bad worst case.

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Author: Miklos Grof

Miklos is the CEO and co-founder of Fundacity. Fundacity is making startups investing easier. Fundacity already supports all the notable accelerators in LatAm in their startup selection and management and they are expanding rapidly across Asia-Pacific and Europe. With the recently launched Fundacity Investments Clubs it seeks to simplify the startup investing process in emerging markets and make it accessible to more people. Miklos has unique and extensive experience in start-up formation, business development and venture financing. He has raised and evaluated investment offers in venture capital from angels and VCs from three continents for a variety of deals. He thrives at launching businesses and making sales in new geographies. Miklos currently serves as a financial advisor and mentor for various start-ups including Taggify (an online contextual advertising company based in New York and Buenos Aires). At Taggify, Miklos advises on fundraising, financial reporting to the board of investors, tax filling and cash flow management. Miklos completed his MsC in Finance at the London School of Economics and previously worked in corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, fund sales at UniCredit Vienna and economic research at Erste Bank Budapest. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Whales and is quinti-lingual. He is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship and spends his free time engaging with the startup community.

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