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INCAE Business School

INCAE was founded in 1964 as a collaboration among Harvard Business School, USAID, and several visionary private sector leaders from Central America. Today INCAE is the top ranked business school in Latin America according to the Financial Times with campuses in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and programs throughout the Latin American region and the world. INCAE´s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of Latin America through the formation of leaders who seek to be agents of change in their societies by providing them with a world-class education and applied research and dialogue through three impact centers:

  • The Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) serves as a think tank for government, international organizations, private sector, and civil society. Its mission is to promote the sustainable development of the region through research, dialogue, participatory design of strategies, and the transfer of best practices. CLACDS has a long history of measurable impact and is a recognized expert on social progress, competitiveness, rural/agricultural poverty, productive development policy, technology, and sustainability for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • The Center for Collaborative and Women’s Leadership (CCWL) promotes the competitiveness of male and female executives and entrepreneurs through collaborative leadership at the workplace to create value for organizations and society as a whole through research, training, and activities that create impact. CCWL carries out a series of events including the Euro-American Conference, executive breakfasts and lectures in partnership with Vital Voices, and free webinars throughout the year. It also conducts studies such as the Women's Social Progress Index and promotes women's training in the public and private sectors through executive programs.
  • The Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs (LACE) aims to promote entrepreneurship in the region through academic programs, conferences, awards, partnerships, and other initiatives. LACE developed an entrepreneurship track in the Full-Time MBA Program through which students receive academic training oriented to build dynamic ventures, including project incubation. LACE also engages in developing programs and initiatives to support entrepreneurship among its alumni, such as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence and the INCAE Emprende Network. Likewise, it works closely with leaders from the region´s entrepreneurial ecosystem to provide vital support to boost the creation of companies and the generation of employment through specific programs such as the INCAE Entrepreneur Award and the Annual Entrepreneurship Forum, among others.
Geographical level Regional
Location LA
Country Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru
Type of organisation Academic
Area of interest International Relations, Higher Education, Education for work, Climate Change and Environment, Economy and Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture
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