Were You There? Under30Experiences: Sólo en Nicaragua

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 3, 2013

What do you get when you bring 20 entrepreneurs and ambitious young people to picturesque beaches and small villages in Nicaragua?  A once in a lifetime experience bursting with microfinance education, dynamic conversations, critical analysis of economic obstacles and opportunities, and of course, surfing.

The trip was designed to expose young professionals to the world of microfinance loans abroad, encourage collaborations and brainstorming, and forge a community of like-minded individuals who are not satisfied with the status quo and endeavor to bring the world, and their lives, to the next level.

Under30 team enjoying the beautiful sunset at Playa Maderas (no, that sunset is not photoshopped!)

The trip began with a visit to a craft market in Masaya for a trust group meeting.  This group, comprised mostly of women, receives microfinance loans to build and sustain their businesses from Asodenic.  The Under30 crew had the opportunity to listen to the meeting about business practices, leadership, and working together.  It was evident that this was more than a community; it was a family that motivated and supported each other to succeed.

Women from the community present their artisan crafts to the Under30CEO crew

Women who received loans from Asodenic present their artisan crafts to the Under30CEO team

Co-founder Matt Wilson joins in a traditional Nicaraguan dance

Under30CEO Co-founder Matt Wilson joins in a traditional Nicaraguan dance

A small group from the Under30 team visited the US Embassy to discuss the obstacles that entrepreneurs in Nicaragua face as well as the opportunities and connections they can make in order to overcome this adversity. The Under30CEO team was joined by successful entrepreneurs from Nicaragua, including Marcella Chamorro from The Perpetual Vacation and Ricardo Teran from Agora Partnerships, a nonprofit that accelerates companies working to create positive change. The conversations were so reflective and engaging that they continued well beyond the Embassy.


Some of the Under30 team enjoying the waves at Playa Maderas

It was not all work and intellectual stimulation for these entrepreneurs, they also enjoyed surfing at Playa Maderas, sightseeing in San Juan del Sur, and lounging by the pool at Mango Rosa Travel & Surf Resort.

A highlight of the trip was playing soccer with a local school. The children practiced their English and dazzled the group with their energy and enthusiasm.  Pencils were given to all the participants.

Co founder Matt Wilson putting together puzzles with children from a local school

Under30CEO Co-founder Matt Wilson putting together puzzles with children from a local school

The trip was a catalyst for great discussions and brainstorming sessions about entrepreneurship, technology, and business that continued throughout dinner, into the pool, and on hammocks at Mango Rosa Adventure Travel & Surf Resort.


Under30CEO team after playing soccer with local school kids

To learn more about our Under30Experiences and to travel with awesome young entrepreneurs to destinations like Iceland, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, see our newly launched http://under30experiences.com and sign up for more information.

About The Author


Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.

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