Innovation for Growth the topic of the 11th Annual Latin Conference

Conference will highlight key issues facing economic growth in the region

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 31, 2008 — The MIT Sloan Latin Business Club is pleased to announce that the 11th annual Latin Conference will be held on April 4-5, 2008, in the Wong Auditorium at the Tang Center on the MIT campus. The focus of this year's conference is “Innovation for Growth” in Latin America.

Among the notable figures in Latin America's political and economic environment in attendance, Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, will be one of the six keynote speakers. There will be a number of panels discussing hot issues, such as:

  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Doing business in Latin America
  • How Latin America competes globally
  • Venture capital and private equity

This is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about this complex region and interact closely with important Latin American business leaders between panels and during Saturday's catered lunch.

Panel descriptions:

Energy Panel:

How is Latin America addressing its energy issues? What are Latin America's energy constraints? What is the region doing to meet its energy needs? What is the role that alternative sources of energy (biofuels, wind, solar, etc.) are playing? These issues will profoundly impact the future of Latin America — one of the fastest developing regions — and will be addressed by some of the most experienced and renowned leaders from Latin America.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Panel:

The creation and successful development of new ventures is essential for economic growth strategies for Latin America. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship in Latin America and possible ways to stimulate it. Drawing from their experiences, the panelists will provide unique insight on significant stages of venture growth, such as business incubation, expansion, M&A, and public offering.

Doing Business in Latin America Panel:

What are the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Latin America? What are the competitive edges that multinationals should develop in the region? Our panelists are business leaders who will describe their business experiences in a fast moving environment. Our discussion will cover a variety of topics such as innovation in outsourcing, strategies to win in the region, viable business models, and the regulatory environment.

How Latin American Companies Compete Globally Panel:

What are the challenges that Latin American companies face in expanding their interests globally? How do these companies address competition from other emerging markets? How well positioned are the Latin American companies within the world? These key questions will be discussed and debated by an impressive lineup of highly experienced and accomplished corporate leaders from Latin America.

Venture Capital and Private Equity Panel:

The focus of the panel will be the strategic role that venture capital and private equity will play in supporting the economic development of Latin America, the idiosyncrasies of venture financing and growth in the region, and innovative approaches for venture investments.

This is a free event but space is limited. To attend please register at: http://www.mitsloanlatinconference.com/xi/home.php

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Director of Media Relations
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Patricia Favreau
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