On the morning of February 14 of this year, the Executive Director of RECON, Andrés Santamaría met with the Secretary of Economic Development of the Atlantic, Anatolio Santos and Heidi Tejera, Chief of Connections and Citizen Innovation, of the Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla, in order to make an important alliance for the RECON 2019 Contest, which will benefit all the social entrepreneurs who are part of the RECON community. This alliance took place at the facilities of the Gobernación del Atlántico in the city of Barranquilla and will aim to highlight new social ventures in the Caribbean region.
The Director of RECON, Andrés Santamaría Garrido, mentioned the importance of having allies that allow us to get closer to the social entrepreneurs of the region, "This new alliance will allow us to identify new social ventures in the Caribbean; we also plan to incubate and /or accelerate some projects with the help of the Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla in the area of innovation. We are sure that it will be a very positive alliance for all the social entrepreneurs of the Atlantic”.
The Secretary of Economic Development, Anatolio Santos, expressed, on behalf of the Governor of the Atlantic, the willingness and interest that exists to contribute to social entrepreneurship in the department.
Heidi Tejera, from the Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla, mentioned: “The Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla seeks to promote social innovation in the region, as a way to achieve sustainable development. This alliance is very important because it allows us to achieve a greater impact in our purpose of strengthening the local ecosystem of social innovation, supporting our social innovators to participate massively in the call led by RECON in 2019. We want to identify the existing initiatives in our territory, give them visibility, give those tools so that their projects generate a greater impact and improve their access to strengthened networks. We also seek to inspire other citizens to dare to work on initiatives that resolve in an innovative way the social and environmental problems of our territory”.
This new alliance is expected to strengthen the capacity to collectively influence the scenario of social entrepreneurship in the Caribbean and in the country through the RECON 2019 Contest. In the future, it seeks to contribute to the country with the identification, visibility and strengthening of solid social enterprises that contribute to the development of the economy, the reduction of unemployment, care for the environment and the work of a generation interested and prepared to work in social change, a task for everyone.