UC Riverside Host Virtual Mission for Chilean Entrepreneurs

A growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, a welcoming city and robust programs to help them succeed are some of the takeaways for the visiting innovators.

The Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the UC Riverside (UCR) team of the Office of Technology Partnerships from bringing international entrepreneurs to Riverside to showcase the region’s ecosystem to help them launch into the US market. The UCR team recently hosted a virtual mission for 23 Chilean start-ups in various industries including health, agriculture, seafood, clean-tech, emergency response, and security.

The mission was part of Startup Ciencia a program by the Chilean Ministry of Science coordinated through the country’s Technology Transfer Hubs: Know Hub Chile, HUB APTA and Hubtec; and Endeavor Chile, that brought together some of the country’s most promising startups with the goal of accelerating their commercialization.

Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson welcoming Chilean entrepreneurs to Riverside.











The Chilean innovators spent two days learning about the Riverside entrepreneurial ecosystem comprised of two incubators, world leading research and clean-tech testing facilities, mentoring resources including a team of over 15 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence experts in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship through UCR’s SPIC SBDC, as well as a multitude of training and support programs, and access to funding, among others. Most valuable is the commitment to entrepreneurial success by the local government and educational institutions.

The Mayor of Riverside Patricia Lock Dawson as well as Rosibel Ochoa, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Partnerships at UCR joined the event to welcome and support the visiting entrepreneurs. Also, the Trade Commissioner for ProChile Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a representative from the Chile-California Council joined the event. “There are very innovative technologies in Latin America, the Chilean entrepreneurs showcased valuable solutions that we look forward to incubating and growing in Riverside” said Ochoa, and added “International innovations are part of the portfolio of technologies that will help us shape the Inland Empire region.”

“I often say, when you choose Riverside, Riverside chooses you back! Our city is home to many resources and exciting opportunities all geared towards ensuring entrepreneurs find success. My administration stands ready to welcome new industries and innovative companies who are challenging the status quo,” said Mayor Lock Dawson.

The teams received training during the virtual visit. They participated in a workshop to learn about investor decision making offered by a UCR expert with 300-years of venture capital experience. They learned about setting up a business in the United States and the process to be incubated in Riverside by UCR. An expert in government grants answered questions about steps to obtain SBIR/STTR funding once they establish in the US. Lastly, teams had the chance to practice their investor pitch with UCR experts in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, which helped them prepare for the culminating event, a pitch presentation in front of a panel of California venture capital and angel investors.

José Miguel Figueroa, Founder of Innovai, a participating startup with a technology that naturally extends the shelf life of fish and seafood, commented “during the mission we received excellent feedback from investors, professors, and learned about the instruments available to support international startups get to the US market. Particularly valuable was learning how investors think and make investment decisions. We look forward to being incubated in Riverside.”

The Chilean entrepreneurs’ innovations included a range of technologies, from the detection and prevention forest fires, to a hydrogel for the regeneration of cell tissue to a solution to mimic sunlight to improve crop development.


Chile-California Council Celebrates a Decade of Building Bridges Between Chile, California

The Chile-California Council celebrated a decade of building bridges between Chile and California during the October 19 annual meeting held virtually.

The Chile-California Council (CCC) is a binational nonprofit organization, established in San Francisco with 501(c)(3) status, that promotes mutually beneficial relationships and the exchange of knowledge between Chile and California in the public and private sectors.

The Council’s mission is to promote and coordinate the transfer of knowledge and lessons learned in key development areas in both Chile and California where nature, people, science and technology interact. The areas of action include clean energy, climate change, coastal resilience, nature conservation, impact investment and entrepreneurship, and education and culture.


Chile-California Ties

The geographic, climatic, economic and historical similarities between Chile and California are propitious for a collaboration that result in synergies and mutual benefits for both regions. The Council’s aim is to establish meaningful and long-term relationships to the mutual benefit of both regions and the planet.

The link between Chile and California dates back to the mid-19th century, when the “Gold Rush” created the first loose ties between these trans-hemispheric twins. Since then, a deep relationship has been forged based on collaboration and an exchange of knowledge in various areas to the mutual benefit of both regions.

Chile and California coincide geographically between latitudes 30º and 40º in their respective hemispheres. Both regions have extensive coasts along the Pacific that strongly influence their economies and cultures. Their central coastal areas constitute two of the five ecosystems in the world that have Mediterranean climates, which means that their energy and agricultural potentials are quite similar.

1963 was the inception of the Chile California Program. In the early 1960’s, Chile and California signed an agreement as part of John F. Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress Program. In 2008, the Chile California Plan was launched. The Chile California Plan was created as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding between Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet and California’s then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Susan Corrales-Diaz (left), chair of the CalChamber Council for International Trade, thanks Chile President Michelle Bachelet Jeria as she leaves a CalChamber breakfast forum in 2008, accompanied by Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Alejandro Foxley (right) and CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg.

Chile-California Council

The CCC’s Councilors are a diverse group of leaders from Chile and California, all of them innovate changemakers in their fields of action. The Council is chaired by Rafael Friedmann and includes California and Chilean government officials, academicians, scientists, and private sector representatives, including Paula Estevez, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile and Susanne Stirling, vice president of international affairs of the California Chamber of Commerce.

Both California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Chilean Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carolina Valdivia addressed and congratulated the Council members. The Council members then held an interactive session to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and steps for cooperation the next decade in the areas of energy, coastal resilience, food, entrepreneurship, and natural disasters.

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U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement

Since the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement was implemented on January 1, 2004, bilateral trade between Chile and the United States has grown while both trade and investment opportunities abound. The CalChamber is a strong supporter of the agreement.

Two-way trade in goods between the United States and Chile was approximately $22.87 billion in 2020. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. goods exports to Chile increased over 450% in the 16 years since the trade agreement went into effect, from $2.7 billion in 2003 to $12.766 billion in 2020, making it the U.S.’ 21st largest export destination. Top exports to Chile included petroleum and coal products (22.55), chemicals (12.8%), nonelectrical machinery (11.9%), and computer and electronic products (10.5%).

Imports to the U.S. from Chile totaled $10.113 billion in 2020. Top imports from Chile to the United States include primary metal manufacturing (29.1%), agricultural products (17%), other animals (13.6%), and wood products (9.2%). Nearly 12,000 U.S. firms export approximately 5,000 different products to Chile. More than 2,000 Chilean firms exported as many different products to the U.S.

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Chile totaled $25.08 billion in 2019, and Chilean FDI into the U.S. totaled $3.43 billion in the same year. This makes Chile the third fastest growing source of FDI in the U.S. in 2019. Chilean FDI supports about 8,3000 jobs in the U.S. Chilean FDI into the U.S. invested $1 million into research. The top industries that received FDI from Chile were food and beverages, financial services, software & IT services, business services, metals, and medical devices (Select USA).

In 2020, Chile was California’s 30th largest export destination, with $987 million in exports. Top exports from California to Chile include petroleum and coal products, computer and electronic products, nonelectrical machinery, and food manufactures. Imports from Chile to California totaled $1.38 billion in 2020. Top imports from Chile to California include agricultural products, food manufacturers, wood products, and beverages and tobacco.

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Sausalito Community Leaders, Chilean Consul General and Chile-California Council Gather to Celebrate 2021 Prestigious International Sister City Award for Best Program

Sister Cities International recognized and awarded the Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. Viña del Mar Operations Council for “Innovation for Business, Trade, and Professional Exchange for a City with a Population under 25,000.“ This is the second time Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. has been recognized by Sister Cities International. The first was for “Best Overall Program Award for a City with a Population Under 25,000” in 2016. The celebration luncheon for this year’s award was held on August 25th in Viña del Mar Park, named for Sausalito’s Chilean Sister City.

The luncheon celebration exemplifies how a community’s real strength is the aggregate of its multiple organizations and their support of one another. Sausalito believes in living well locally and working together globally. The Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. Program overall exemplifies how this model benefits an entire community.

Chilean Consul General, San Francisco, Jaime Alliende and his wife Ximena Acuña, joined Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. Members and the five Sausalito City Council Members. Also, in attendance was Matías Alcalde, Director of Chile-California Council and his wife, Isidora, and CEO of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, Juli Vieira. Monica Finnegan, Viña del Mar Operations Council Chair, accepted the award on behalf of the Viña del Mar Operations Council and all who participated in the Zoom program both in Chile and in Sausalito. Those who assisted with the award winning application included Cathy Stierhoff, Secretary, and Viña del Mar Operations Council Members, Jan Swanberg, Deana Kardel, Lizzie Jeremie, among others. Congratulations for all your good work and great results!

For over sixty years, the Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. Program has worked to enhance the international relationships of its three Sister Cities: Viña del Mar, Chile; Sakaide, Japan; and its newest program Cascais, Portugal. The Exchange Programs promote and facilitate people-to-people relationships for a deeper understanding of our cultures, societies and histories.

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Executive Board of Sausalito Sister Cities
Sausalito Music Revival Executive Team
Marine Animal Center Chile Executive Team
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Left to right: Ron Albert; Dana Cilmi, President Sausalito Sister Cities; Cathy Stierhoff, Viña del Mar, Secretary; Ray Withy, former Sausalito City Council; Consul General Jaime Alliende; Monica Finnegan, Chair Sausalito Sister Cities; Sausalito Mayor Jill Hoffman; Matías Alcalde, Director Chile-California.

Chilean Consul General Jaime Alliende and his wife, Ximena Acuña, at the head of the table.
on left: Ximena Acuña, Sausalito Mayor, Jill Hollman, former Sausalito City Council Member, Mike Kelly,
Claire McAuliffe, former Mayor of Belvedere.
On Right: Consul General Jaime Alliende, Lizzie Jeremi, Viña del Mar Operations Council and Official Translator, Cathy Stierhoff, Secretary Viña del Mar Operations Council with her husband Frank Lawler, and Mike Langford, Director, Sausalito Parks and Recreation.

Monica Finnegan, Chair Sausalito-Viña del Mar Operations Council and Executive Board of Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. accepted the award on behalf of the Viña Operations Council and the Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. Program. She discussed all three Sister City Programs and their accomplishments.

Cathy Stierhoff, Secretary Sausalito-Viña del Mar Operations Council thanked all those who participated with her in the writing of the proposal for best program, among them Jan Swanberg, Deana Kardel and Lizzie Jeremi. She also discussed the details of the award-winning Sausalito-Viña del Mar Zoom Program.

Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. Viña del Mar Operations Council, Left to Right: Chair Monica Finnegan, Karen Aiken, Cathy Stierhoff and Deana Kardel.

Left to Right: Ralph Benson, Chile-California Council, Karen Aiken, Sausalito-Viña del Mar Operations Council and Sister City Executive Board Member and non-profit Marine Animal Center Chile Executive Team Member, Matías Alcalde, Director of Chile-California Council and Janelle Kellman, City Council Board Member and Founder of “Center for Sea Rise Solutions.”

Left to right: Chilean Consul General, Jaime Alliende, Sausalito Sister Cities, Inc. President, Dana Cilmi and Viña del Mar Operations Council and Official Translator, Lizzie Jeremi.


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Transición eléctrica: actores concuerdan en necesidad de profundizar acceso a pequeña escala

La necesidad de profundizar la transición eléctrica en los consumos energéticos de pequeña escala, a través de la generación distribuida, con proyectos de autoabastecimiento, fue uno de los puntos en común que tuvo la conferencia «Transición en Electrificación», realizado por el Chile California Council, donde participaron Juan Pablo Carvallo, ingeniero asociado del Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, además de Nicolás Westenenk, director de Medio Ambiente y Cambio Climático de Generadoras de Chile y Aura Rearte, directora de Estudios y Regulación de la Asociación Chilena de Energía Solar (Acesol).

El representante del primer gremio destacó los avances que registra el país en el crecimiento de la capacidad instalada de las energías renovables, siendo esta la base para aumentar la electrificación de los consumos de energía y así reemplazar el uso de combustibles fósiles a nivel industrial, residencial y de transporte.

Según Westenenk, en Chile se ha aprovechado el potencial de las energías renovables, señalando que «queda la otra parte de la moneda, que es el consumo energético, por lo que queda ver cómo logramos hacer la transición de sacar la leña y de electrificar la calefacción, y de permitir que se pongan más sistemas de generación distribuida sistemas para agua caliente y paneles fotovoltaicos para autogeneración eléctrica».

Añadió que se requiere un mix de iniciativas para avanzar en estos desarrollos como normas, incentivos tributarios y el fomento a la innovación local, mencionando como ejemplo la iniciativa de emprendedores nacional para reconvertir eléctricamente a buses del antiguo Transantiago.

Para Aura Rearte, es necesario revisar los avances logrados en energías renovables, para ver en qué áreas se puede profundizar la transición eléctrica a pequeña escala, precisando la importancia de la certeza regulatoria.

A su juicio, el mayor desarrollo de la generación distribuida debe tomar en cuenta la experiencia de California, con mayores niveles de inversiones y de eficiencia, por lo que destacó iniciativas como el Programa Casa Solar,

Rearte planteó además la relevancia de contar con incentivos regulatorios en almacenamiento de energía con tecnologías solares.


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Chile y California inician alianza sobre transición energética

Se trata de un proceso que durará cuatro meses y que tiene como objetivo compartir conocimiento y experiencias.

Con éxito se dio el vamos a la Alianza de Energía Chile-California sobre transición energética convocada por el Chile California Council (CCC) y el Ministerio de Energía de Chile, en la que participarán representantes de diferentes divisiones de la cartera junto a expertos del Estado de California, del sector público, de la academia y del sector privado.

El objetivo de la instancia, la cual tendrá una duración de cuatro meses, con reuniones de trabajo mensuales, es analizar las diversas estrategias y buenas prácticas que se puedan traspasar entre ambos estados, para luego poder llevarlas a la práctica, permitiendo un proceso de transición energética exitoso para ambos países.

Y es que las metas de cada uno de ellos son bastante ambiciosas. Por un lado Chile es el primer país en desarrollo que se comprometió con la neutralidad de carbono para el año 2050. Mientras que California, tiene como meta alcanzar la energía limpia para el año 2035.

La estructura de la Mesa de Trabajo establece un tema por cada sesión: Transición energética, electrificación, transporte e hidrógeno verde, siendo el primero de estos el abordado durante la primera sesión realizada este miércoles.

“Las alianzas y los grupos de trabajo son la forma más efectiva de realizar acciones tangibles. El Ministerio de Energía y el Chile California Council, ambos intentan colaborar entre sí considerando las similitudes entre Chile y California, ya que ambas regiones son tan parecidas que comparten los mismos desafíos y oportunidades para mejorar sus sistemas de transición energética sean más sustentables”, dijo en su presentación Javiera Aldunate, jefa de la Oficina Relaciones Internacionales del Ministerio de Energía de Chile.

Por su parte, Rafael Friedmann, chair del Chile California Council, se refirió al objetivo de esta mesa de trabajo y de llevar a cabo una estrategia de transición energética. “Esperamos mejorar la efectividad de los cambios, para asegurarnos de que la transición sea exitosa, ocurra a costos más bajos con beneficios, que se distribuyan de manera equitativa”.

Tras cada sesión se desarrollará un documento en base a los principales hallazgos en el trabajo realizado y al final del proyecto, un libro final que agrupará todos los temas abordados en las 4 sesiones. El objetivo es que matricialmente contenga acciones concretas y efectivas a realizar en la transición energética, gracias a esta experiencia comparada.

Integrantes de la mesa:

Consejo Chile California

  • Rarael Friedmann, presidente, Consejo Chile California
  • Marcela Angulo, consejera, Chile California Council


  • Max Correa, jefe División de Combustibles y Nuevos Energéticos
  • Gabriel Prudencio, jefe División de Energías Sostenibles
  • Santiago Vicuña, jefe División de Participación y Diálogo Social
  • Carlos Barría, jefe División de Estudios y Políticas
  • Roberto Araos, DECYTI, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
  • Trinidad Castro, directora ejecutiva WEC Chile
  • Nicolás Westenenk, director de Medio Ambiente y Cambio Climático, Generadoras de Chile
  • Aura Rearte, directora de Estudios y Regulación, ACESOL


  • David Hochschild, presidente de la Comisión de Energía de California
  • Karen Douglas, comisionada, Comisión de Energía de California
  • Andrew McAllister, comisionado de la Comisión de Energía de California
  • Patricia Monahan, comisionada, Comisión de Energía de California
  • Dr. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, presidente de Menlo Energy Economics
  • Dr. Daniel Kammen, profesor del Grupo de Energía y Recursos UC Berkeley
  • Merrian Borgeson, científico sénior, Programa de Energía Limpia y Clima, Consejo de Defensa de los Recursos Naturales (NRDC)
  • Ignacio Fernández, Asesor Senior, Política Climática del Sur de California Edison (SCE)


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Chile y California se unen para potenciar trabajo en transición energética

  • Doce expertos de Chile y California, del más alto nivel, conformarán esta instancia de trabajo durante cuatro meses.
  • Entre los objetivos de este trabajo colaborativo están transferir buenas prácticas, recomendar estrategias y presentar  mecanismos de consenso que incorporen a las comunidades. 

Santiago, 19 de mayo de 2021. Chile y el Estado de California son dos referentes internacionales en el tema de la lucha contra el cambio climático y la transición energética. De ahí el interés de ambos de unir fuerzas para potenciar el trabajo que ambos vienen desarrollando en estos temas.

Con una sesión al mes, se llevará a cabo la Mesa de Trabajo convocada por el Chile California Council (CCC) y el Ministerio de Energía de Chile, en la que participarán representantes de diferentes divisiones de la cartera junto a diferentes expertos de California, del sector público, de la academia y del sector privado.

Este grupo de trabajo tendrá el objetivo de validar las diversas estrategias y buenas prácticas que se puedan traspasar entre los “Mellizos Trans-hemisféricos”, que permitan trabajar en un proceso de transición energética exitoso, que facilite la eliminación de combustibles fósiles y la producción de energía limpia. Lo anterior, tanto en el sector privado -nuevas tecnologías, prototipos y modelos- como en el sector público -regulaciones, sistemas financieros y política.

Transición energética, electrificación, transporte e hidrógeno verde serán los temas que abordará la instancia, bajo el objetivo de presentar mecanismos de consenso para la construcción de procesos sociales que representen objetivos similares entre las localidades asociadas.

En cada sesión se seguirá una estructura interactiva, en la que por un lado los integrantes de la mesa presentarán casos particulares; y por otro, discutirán temáticas específicas en grupos cerrados conformados por diferentes integrantes de la mesa, esos mismos grupos elaborarán documentos que luego serán compartidos y discutidos con el resto de los participantes.

Adicionalmente, tras cada encuentro se elaborará un documento con las principales conclusiones, plan de trabajo entre sesiones y pasos a seguir; para que esta relación Chile-California en torno a la energía tenga continuidad a lo largo del tiempo y trascienda a las personas que operan las instituciones involucradas.

Sobre las expectativas con respecto a esta mesa de trabajo, el biministro de Minería y Energía de Chile, Juan Carlos Jobet, señaló que esta iniciativa “es un proyecto muy ambicioso a través del cual queremos compartir nuestras buenas experiencias para facilitar y potenciar el uso de las fuentes renovables que abundan tanto en California como en Chile, y que serán cruciales para la lucha contra el cambio climático”.

“El objetivo de las sesiones es que se discutan casos específicos para así generar colaboración entre Chile y California, considerando la condición de Mellizos Trans-hemisféricos de ambas regiones, lo que hace que compartan muchos de los desafíos y oportunidades en el desafío de la transición de sus sistemas energéticos hacia sistemas más sostenibles”, comentó Rafael Friedmann, Chair del Chile California Council.

Integrantes de la mesa:

Chile California Council

Rarael Friedmann, chair, Chile California Council

Marcela Angulo, consejera, Chile California Council


Max Correa, jefe División de Combustibles y Nuevos Energéticos

Gabriel Prudencio, jefe División de Energías Sostenibles

Santiago Vicuña, jefe División de Participación y Diálogo Social

Carlos Barría, jefe División de Estudios y Políticas

Roberto Araos, DECYTI, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores

Trinidad Castro, directora ejecutiva WEC Chile

Nicolás Westenenk, director de Medio Ambiente y Cambio Climático, Generadoras de Chile

Aura Rearte, directora de Estudios y Regulación, ACESOL


David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission

Karen Douglas, commissioner, California Energy Commission

Andrew McAllister, commissioner, California Energy Commission

Patricia Monahan,  commissioner, California Energy Commission

Dr. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, President of Menlo Energy Economics

Dr. Daniel Kammen, Professor in the Energy & Resources Group UC Berkeley

Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Climate & CleanEnergy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Ignacio Fernández, Senior Advisor, Climate Policy of Southern California Edison (SCE)


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