True sustainability does not exist unless it creates jobs, which makes Kalu Yala a launchpad for new businesses. These startups serve our local community and export our ideas and products to the world. For this express purpose, we have built an incubator and funding ramp designed to cater exclusively to young or local entrepreneurs. To provide this unique platform, Kalu Yala has partnered with seasoned investors, bringing funds from Silicon Valley to our jungle valley.
Kalu Yala provides a unique environment to test out products that can be both useful in frontier markets as well as low impact companies who want to create products with purpose. Kalu Yala Incubator is different than most in several ways:
- We have an institute that sits in the middle of our town, which allows entrepreneurs access to student interns for business support (e.g. troubleshoot, test products for immediate feedback, initial customer base)
- Kalu Yala Incubator is located in a valley outside of Panama City, in a setting where the market is a good representation of frontier markets. This provides a unique opportunity for businesses focused on “off grid” usage, rural production, and/or those businesses interested in exploring the impact of climate on their product/service.
- Lastly, you have access to the modernity of Panama City, which outside of your Kalu Yala test market and clients, is a great market to launch your product. With a growing local scene, Panama is ripe and ready for new products make locally.
Let’s make some money. Let’s live our dreams. Let’s share them with the world.