(From left: Federico de Jesús, Laura Cantero, Miguel Columna, Denisse Rodríguez, & Steve Vetter)

El Nuevo Día: Civil Society Driven Economic Development, Puerto Rican groups bet on social enterprise

English summary:

The forum hosted by FDJ Solutions and American University’s Social Enterprise program was covered in this in-depth story. Panelists included Laura Cantero, from Grupo Guayacán; Miguel Columna, from ConPRmetidos; Denisse Rodríguez, from Foundation for Puerto Rico; and Steve Vetter, from Partners of the Americas. Over 100 people attended the event, titled “Puerto Rico: Social Innovation Solutions in the Midst of Financial Crisis.”

Concrete initiatives from each group were discussed, including: Campus Puerto Rico, an initiative to promote the Island as a unique educational destiny (a collaboration of Partners of the Americas with the Foundation for Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth’s State Department); Puerto Rico Global, spearheaded by ConPRmetidos to engage the Diaspora in the Island’s economic development strategies; Foundation for Puerto Rico’s successful Kiva Zip peer-to-peer lending and its co-working space/incubator “el Colaboratorio;” Grupo Guayacán’s start-up competitions and private equity initiatives; and other topics.

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