Commitment to Action

Seeding Puerto Rico's Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Commitment by

Popular, Inc.

In 2013, the Echar Pa'lante Collective Impact Initiative (EPL), sponsored by Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, committed to accelerate the development of Puerto Rico's next generation of entrepreneurs by scaling and expanding the impact of its individual programs Island-wide; reinforcing them with new complementary programs; and establishing an integrated and cohesive system to accompany young entrepreneurs in their journey from intermediate school to university. This Commitment to Action will help integrate all EPL Youth programs into a master cohesive system that will accompany kids though their journey from seventh grade to the university and result in a larger impact than the individual EPL programs on their own. The system will also develop entrepreneurship-focused youth chapters in the main professional organizations; capacity building programs for public and private school teachers, mentors and parents; a series of scheduled opportunities to exhibit and sell their products and services at local fairs/conventions/corporate venues; a volunteer mentor-matching program; and an Island-wide annual Youth Enterprises EXPO.

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Seeding Puerto Rico's Next Generation of Entrepreneurs



Est. Duration

4 years

Estimated Total Value



Latin America & Caribbean



Commitment by

Popular, Inc.

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Rotary International, Puerto Rico Products Association, Iniciativa Tecnológica Centro Oriental, Microsoft, Iniciativa Tecnológica del Este, Walmart, Guayacan Group, YEES!, AARP, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Foundation for Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico, MindChemist, El Nuevo Día, University of the Sacred Heart, Alianza para la Educación en Economía y Finanzas Personales, Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Museum of Art, Anna G. Mendez University System, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico