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Special Representative for Global Partnerships of the U.S. Department of State, Dorothy McAuliffe.

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U.S. launches Climate Entrepreneurship Hub in Costa Rica



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Published on Friday, April 5, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff



Special Representative for Global Partnerships of the U.S. Department of State, Dorothy McAuliffe, visited Costa Rica to launch the Coalition for Climate Entrepreneurship (CCE).

The ceremony was held on Thursday at the Universidad LCI Veritas Campus in Zapote District in San José Province.


“Tackling the climate crisis has always been a top priority of the Biden-Harris administration," said Special Representative McAuliffe. "It’s why our Office’s Coalition for Climate Entrepreneurship leverages millions of private sector funds to support sustainability-focused founders around the world.’’


The U.S. Department of State’s CCE Hub Latin America is a public-private partnership that aims to address the global warming crisis and contribute to economic empowerment in developing countries by nurturing climate-focused entrepreneurship by establishing dedicated on-campus Climate Hubs.


The hub in Costa Rica joins this network alongside additional hubs in Guatemala and Colombia. 


In total, a $260,000, two-year grant supports the three hubs that will provide the CCE Hub entrepreneurs with tools to develop environmentally friendly, sustainable business plans. 


Support for the hub in Costa Rica totals about $80,000, according to the U.S. Embassy.





In addition to the on-campus maker spaces, the program’s online platform will facilitate knowledge sharing within and between CCE Hubs in the region. This digital infrastructure will connect entrepreneurs and partners to collaborate on business development. It will use digital technologies for training, data collection, mentorship sessions, and startup impact and development reporting.


McAuliffe was appointed by President Joe Biden to lead the Office of Global Partnerships in the U.S. Department of State. 


Her office directly supports the Biden Administration’s commitment to U.S. global leadership by assembling public-private partnerships to advance key national security and foreign policy priorities. 


U.S. Department of State stated that McAuliffe leads on partnership building efforts that achieve the administration’s policy objectives by advancing public-private collaborations that spearhead new technology and innovation, support entrepreneurship and economic development, combat climate change and strengthen energy security, promote gender equity and human rights, and counter malign influence across the globe.


She has forged these partnerships by engaging a diverse set of stakeholders including civil society, business, non-profit, diaspora, academic, philanthropic, faith-based, and other private sector leaders, authorities added. 


McAuliffe is one of many prominent U.S. government executives who have lately visited Costa Rica.  Last month, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with President Rodrigo Chaves regarding plans to expand the semiconductor sector.


In March, General Laura Richardson, Commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), visited Costa Rica to announce the donation of ports 'scanners.


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What else should the United States do to tackle the global warming crisis?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com



  


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