Junior Chamber International - National Entrepreneur Competition

Pablo Martínez, a former AIESEC colleague (and now JCI member) shared with me this option that might be suitable for you or for other colombian entrepreneurs you might know. You can find more information as well in the following Facebook group.

Hurry up, deadline is August 15! The winners will have the chance to participate in the Global version of the JCI competition (to take place in India, in October 08). Below also information in spanish.

1. Requisitos:

  • Los participantes deben ser mayores de edad, para participar en el concurso mundial BBP de la JCI debe ser menor de 40 años.

  • Completar el formulario de inscripción

  • Cumplir con los plazos de entrega

  • Los demás requisitos exigidos por el Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo

2. Modalidades y categorías a concursar:

1. Planes de Negocios (Emprendedores con proyectos avalados por una entidad)

  • Innovación

  • Industrias Creativas y Culturales

  • Impacto Social / Ambiental

2. Empresas Innovadoras (Empresas con por lo menos 6 meses de constituidas)

  • Desarrollo tecnológico e innovación de clase mundial.

  • Impacto social y ambiental.

Las modalidades y categorías que no presenten inscritos, o que no obtengan el puntaje mínimo de evaluación, se declararan desiertas


Para realizar la inscripción debe seguir las siguientes instrucciones:

Bajar el formulario de Inscripción haciendo Click aquí
Lea las secciones siguientes que le ayudaran a comprender la metodología del concurso
El Formulario de Inscripción diligenciado y el Plan Empresarial deben ser enviados en físico y copia en CD a la siguiente dirección:

Señores:Emprendedores Colombia – Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo. Concurso Nacional de Emprendedores Calle 28 No 13A 15- Bogotá D.C. O al siguiente Apartado Aéreo: Señores:Camara Junior de Colombia Concurso Nacional de Emprendedores
Atn, Maria Ximena Serrano Corredor A.A 25695 Bogotá D.C.


"Everyone knows it pays to be pretty. It's good to know that it pays even more to be savvy"

I found this very interesting article on Forbes where the term "MODELPRENEUR" came across. The term reffers to "Entrepreneurial Supermodels", women such as Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, Lauren Hutton or Kate Moss (among others!) that are not only pretty but also know how to make money out the brand that each of them represents.

I think that´s cool to realize ... specially because the last thing that one might co-relate to the life-style or atributes of a model is the entrepreneurial spirit ... and well, in the end, models themselves (their bodies, their faces and the icons they represent) are enterprises! We are full of paradigms!

Of course it will always be a question who really manages their businesses, but well, if someone else does that for them, who cares? finally being an Entrepreneur doesn´t neccesarely mean being a CEO :-), they key thing is to have the right vision and drive to endeavor something, launch it, find the right managers and staff (the past three steps can kill you though!) and well, let them do the money for you!
Another isssue is that many of their companies are related to the show-bizz, beauty industry, or clothing ... but again, who cares? In the end one should jump into a business that we really love and KNOW! - and in the case of supermodels those industries make no doubt a perfect fit!
Below some examples that were shared on the article!

Elizabeth Hurley
Business: Beachwear, and soon, pre-packaged frozen low-fat health food

The Estée Lauder model first rode to fame as actor Hugh Grant's girlfriend, but she is riding to fortune with her beachwear line, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, launched in 2005. Those bikinis, jewel-encrusted sarongs, lightweight pants, caftans, hats and bags are marketed in several continents, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East. She hopes to soon launch a line of pre-packaged frozen low-fat health food inspired by and sourced from the food grown on her 400-acre farm.

Gisele Bündchen
Business: Shoes, sunglasses

The highest-paid supermodel in the world, with an estimated $35 million in earnings last year, is also an astute businesswoman. Last year, Gisele reportedly began demanding to be paid in euros instead of the ever-shrinking dollar. And even though she has over 20 modeling contracts, the biggest payday comes from her licensing deal with Brazilian sandal-maker Grendene. The model's line, Ipanema by Gisele, is sold worldwide and accounts for 20% of the company's shoe sales, or about 30 million pairs last year. Gisele's annual royalty stream: about $8 million. Tom Brady's gal pal has also recently licensed her name to Luxottica's Vogue Eyewear for her own line of sunglasses called "Gisele's Selects." Oh, yeah, and she's in the hospitality business to boot, as the owner of Brazil's successful Palladium Executive hotel.


A firmly established modelpreneur, this Somalian-born beauty and wife of David Bowie started her line of cosmetics for women of color in 1994. It's now carried at U.S. mass retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Duane Reade and at international stores like Debenhams.


This blog needs to get alive again

What started as a "new years" resolution during the last weeks of december, lasted hardly a month ... shame on me ... I´m talking about this blog. Some people have been asking me in past weeks what happened to the blog, why I was not writting anymore, etc ... the only answer I have is called LACK OF DISCIPLINE.
But today I felt like stopping with the procrastination. I had a moment of PAINFUL CLARITY and realized that it´s time to leave the laziness aside and bringing this blog alive again. Yes, I´ve been very busy, that´s a fact, but for things you do with conviction, there´s always time. And I indeed have it, it´s just that my time has scaped without my permission to other endeavors!
So, ready to read again?
Let´s see how it goes! Man, 5 months without posting, so many experiences .. where to start?