Deadline: April 16, 2017 | Apply here
August 3-5, 2017
Eligibility: Being born after January 1st, 1991, be a regular undergraduate or graduate student, or have graduated in 2016 or 2017, and it is required to write an essay that shows original ideas
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

South American Business Forum 2017

Connecting future leaders to contribute to the sustainable development of the world

The South American Business Forum is an event that takes place annually in Buenos Aires for 3 days in the month of August. Each year the forum receives 100 outstanding university students from around the world together with 40 leaders of business, political and academic areas.

The event explores topics of global relevance and particularly applicable to the reality of South America. They expect that, through dialogue and the interaction between the current leaders and the future leaders, a contribution to the sustainable development of the region can be made.

Chasing a Shared Purpose

In our reality, it is easy to get lost in the moment, surrounded by stimuli that require our immediate attention. But do we ever take the time to think about where we are going? Or even better yet, where do we want to go?

To begin the pursuit of answers to these questions, we must first understand the reality that surrounds us and how it affects us. In a sea of information, we must accept the challenge of overcoming our reality gap.

However, understanding the context is not enough if we fail to analyze our own reality from a closer perspective. It is indispensable to know ourselves. Challenging our identity, to discriminate the essential of the disposable.

Finally, we must find a way to build this future. Taking individuals as main inspiration, empathic design will allow us to question the pillars of our society. By redesigning what we assume unchangeable, we can create a future that allows us to chase a true shared purpose.


To participate in the South American Business Forum it is required to write an essay that shows original ideas.

These are the criteria that will be used to evaluate students’ essays. They will be useful when writing because it is not only important to have good ideas, but also to know how to express them in the best possible way.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Degree of relationship with chosen theme or subtopic.
  • Writing, coherence and clarity of expression.
  • Logical approach to ideas.
  • Argument’s content.
  • Originality and innovative ideas.
  • Degree of relation to the current context.

Formal requirements:

  • Length: between 1200 and 1800 words.
  • Language: Spanish or English.


All 100 participants will dialogue and work together with different cultures and 40 world leaders, that’s an amazing ratio of 2.5 students per mentor/world leader!

This year’s theme is: Chasing a Shared Purpose and the sub-themes are: Reality Gap, Challenging Identity and Empathic Design.

Participants will get life experience, have meaningful insights, make friendships all over the world, and be even more prepared to make the world even more wonderful everyday.

All selected participants will have a scholarship that covers all Meals during the event, Entrance to a night event on August 4th, Accommodations, and transfer from and to the airport.

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