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USC-Marshall/Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (2016)
October 25, 2016
25 pages
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Polymath Ventures is a distinctive 'company builder' fostering enterprises for the rising middle class in Latin America. Founded by Wenyi Cai, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Polymath boasted a business development methodology that sought to leverage international expertise to envision, finance, and scale innovations for the Colombian market. After two successful years, Polymath's latest venture is facing early set-backs and Polymath’s Silicon Valley-inspired corporate culture is causing friction within Colombia's traditional entrepreneurial environment.


Entrepreneurship; Start-ups; International business; Disruptive innovation; Global new ventures; International human resources; Women in business; Design thinking
30 employees
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