Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Martin Elton has experience in entrepreneurial activities since the start of his professional career. One of his most important experiences was working in Anglo American Foundation in the Emerge Programme in the years 2009-2010. Through the Emerge programme he personally assessed and mentored more than 20 entrepreneurs and owners of SMEs in communities close to mining operations across Chile. The objetive was to substantially increase the income and knowledge of entrepreneurs. The work considered University level education for entrepreneurs and business plan development to increase profit or impact.
Afterwards, during his last years in Fundación Chile, a non-profit organization dedicated to innovation, Martin personally pioneered new energy projects for the organization which included identifying the opportunity, finding financial resources and structuring a model. One example is the partnership with Valhalla. He designed a partnership with the most innovative large infrastructure project being developed by a strat-up in Chile. A 300 MW sea-water pumped storage power plant. Fundacion Chile today is a shareholder of the project. He also structured an agreement with the Ministry of Housing to create the first open data platform in Latin America to monitor online living conditions in the Chilean housing sector considering temperature, materials, air quality, number of people in the house and moisture.
Jordi Daga, the second co-founder also has significant experience as entrepreneur. With only 20 years he developed his own two mini hydro power plants close to his hometown in southern Chile. Both projects were designed and developed through a company called Trufulco. Both projects were later sold to an energy company that build and operate these kind of projects.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
A third member currently collaborating with the project is Tikuna`s mentor and main investor, Andrew Wallace. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in the food industry and agriculture. MBA from the University of Cambridge and Civil Industrial Engineer from Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2006 he won the Innovation Entrepreneur of the year, award given by the Chilean National Society of Agriculture (SNA) and presented by the President of the Nation. In 2007 he was awarded the Capital business magazine award for the Best Commercial Director in the fruit industry, elected by peers among the industry. He brings strong business experience and insights from the agriculture world.
A fourth member involved as an advisor and investor is Francisco De Undurraga. Also an engineer from Universidad de Chile he has an MBA from Stanford University, USA. He has more than 35 years of experience including high level managerial positions in different big companies of Chile. Francisco worked for more than 10 years in the energy sector in Chile in generation and distribution companies. He also held the position as CEO in one of the main distribution companies in southern Chile. He is currently dedicated to business development with companies in the forestry, food, energy and real state areas. He collaborates as an investor and advisor for complex decisions and in the design of competitive strategies.