Launch of SABF 2018

The 14th South American Business Forum edition is coming! With applications already open, students from all over the world can begin to complete their profile and write their essays. To celebrate we remember the launch of this new edition on December 7th.

Federico Cimini, co-director of SABF 2017, started the event with some words about what happened during the forum last year inviting the audience to get involved in what the SABF does. “The SABF was started by ITBA students who were looking for something else.” With this kick-started an emotional day.

“Why do you do what you do?” With these words, Florencia Ravenna, co-director 2014, began explaining her own definition of the SABF and how it changed over the years. She reflected on the importance of seizing opportunities, facing new challenges in life and on the great community that comprises the SABF.

She encouraged the new team commenting “I learned to make difficult decisions” and thanked their families and friends assuring them that behind the great work they will do this year, there are countless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Without further ado, the co-directors Guillermina Bond and Candelaria Zangari spoke and shared the topics of SABF 2018.

The Power Paradox

In the times we live in, it seems that we are facing ever more challenging decisions that embody ever higher risks. Moreover, these decisions seem to affect a growing number of different spheres in our society. This is the reason why we need to question the way in which things will ultimately develop. From the systems through which we give up our decision-making power to the people who will have the final say in the bigger picture, and the technologies that will make all this possible. How can we be a relevant influence in this excitingly complex process?

In Sync with Technology

Living in times of constant technological change, it is vital to be aware of the machines’ roles in society as of our own. That said, how do we achieve the necessary balance in this relationship so as to make the best of it? What responsibilities are we willing to give up? How much power are we willing to give up to technology? Are we prepared to share it at all?.

Systems Facing Obsolescence

The nature of all the big changes we are already experimenting leads us to question whether the way we think the world works has become futile. How violent of a shift will be necessary for us to adapt to the new shades and challenges of the future? Our hopes of society, the systems that organize it or even our own sense of self-worth could be at stake in the building of this new world.

Leading through Uncertainty

What do we need to be able to lead in challenging and unexpected situations? How can a leader manage to guide people with different perspectives and opposing views in this ever-changing scenario, to a shared goal? Will traditional leadership be enough to face the challenges of the future or will we need a different alternative?

These themes will guide the #SABF2018, which will take place on the 3, 4 and 5 August. The application period will end on April 30, 2018.

Closing the ceremony, the directors thanked the SABF Council, the Board of Trustees and the Organizing Team. They hoped for a great year full of work and effort to create a new and fresh edition of the SABF, with more provocative ideas that invite us to think outside the box.

And now, we anxiously present the organizing team of the 14th edition of the SABF!

Directors (DR): Guillermina Bond and Candelaria Zangari

Fundraising (FR): Catalina Varela (Head), Franco Canova and Augusto Viotti Bozzini

Information Technology (IT): Francisco Delgado (Head) and Agustín Lavarello

Media & Communication (M&C): Francisco Andía (Head), Mercedes Catolino, Bianca Ritorto and Lucas Sanz Gorostiaga

Speakers (SP): Roberto Chá (Head), Ángeles Borracci and Lucía Machicote

Student Relations (SR): Carolina Mondino (Head), Lucila Bettiga, Lucas Demaria, Clara Guzzetti and Milagros Rodriguez Falcón

We congratulate the new team and wish them the best in this year of work that has just begun. And encourage you, students, to sharpen your ideas and prepare your applications. As shared by Florencia, you can not miss out on this great opportunity!

10 years of thanking

Dear Community,

One week ago the application period for the 10th edition of the South American Business Forum came to an end. The Organising Team is very pleased to announce that more than 600 essays have been received, coming from 132 different countries. A jury of excellent background and experience is assessing right now the performance of each applicant. The best of luck to you all!

Together with the team, we would like to profit from this chance to thank all those collaborators who have participated in promoting this new edition of the forum: Representatives, Ambassadors, ex-organisers, ex-participants, the radio show Jóvenes en Acción (Radio Cultura), ITBA and AGITBA authorities who have been with us for ten years, the institutions that support us, the organisers of other forums alike, the writers and editors of this same blog, friends, family… A great community helping to make this 10th edition happen.


Personally, I would like to congratulate and thank all those young students that finished the application process (with the submission of their opinion essay) to try to contribute to the present development of their region. I trust that the interchange of ideas and beliefs and the generation of added value through innovative ideas are the basis of a sustainable change that may fight those problems with which we deal today – even if it is starting by our own neighborhood. There are more and more youngsters that get involved with the issues that they observe in their every-day life, which brings me joy, motivation and hope. I wish that many of them will participate in debate meetings, such as the ones proposed by this organization, in order to light the same spirit in other students.

On 2009, for those who shall remember, essays coming from more than 60 countries were received. Today, from more than twice. This shows me that students from all over the world are more and more interested in joining others to try to suggest, listen, debate, express, solve problems…innovate.

To those aspiring to participate in SABF 2014 next August, my very best wishes during the selection process of the 100 participants. To the Organising Team, all the energies – positive of course! – for the final stage of the year.

Active youth drivers of change

In my opinion, the formation of the young university student must not be made only of the formal education itself but it should also include informal aspects, such as active participation in activities like volunteer work, university groups, academic exchanges, forums and conferences.

All these things allow us to enlarge our knowledge and to experiment a better professional development. They allow us to understand better the world that surrounds us, which is becoming more dynamic and interconnected but, thanks to technology, times and distances get smaller not only being useful for our personal lives but also in business. The youth that understands this will enjoy a competitive advantage in the actual world.

The South American Business Forum allows us to be part of a global network in which interconnected between us we work actively to guide our actions towards a better world, being agents of change for our society. Continue reading…

SABF in Germany

During March 13th and 14th, Celeste Molina and I, Luciana Reznik, attended the 16th Edition of the World Business Dialogue, an international business conference organized by students of the University of Cologne (Cologne, Germany), and we wanted to share our experience with the SABF community.

The World Business Dialogue gathers 50 prominent leaders with 300 students from the entire world to boost international cooperation among the students, by means of debates, ideas and workshops.

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The SABF visits Silicon Valley

About a month ago, from 15 to 19 October, the SABF was honored to be invited by the company Younoodle  to participate in a program of six days in Silicon Valley called YN1K. They invited us to be one of the 50 founding members of the program that aims to influence the first thousand (1K) people over the next two years to encourage the entrepreneurial culture in their countries and try to recreate the ecosystem of Silicon Valley in different parts of the world.

During the 6-day event, we get to know the culture of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and try to understand why the biggest success story of these times are happening there and not elsewhere.

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A new application deadline came to its end

Dear applicants,

On behalf of all our 8th SABF Organizing Team, we want to congratulate you all for having accepted the challenge of filling in the application and sharing your ideas based on both the sub and central topic for this year edition: Global Objectives, Collaborative Actions.

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On walls and windmills

Since today it’s the international labour day, we’ve invited María Lasa, ex-SABF participant to write a reflexion on this day. 

An anonymous quote says that “when the wind of change blow, some build walls and others build windmills”. Each one of us, at some point, has to face winds of change. Those winds can be stronger or weaker depending on many factors, but they will always come (sometimes without prior notice), and then we have to decide what to build: a wall or a windmill?

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Four weeks remain to apply to the 8th edition of the SABF

We remind you that you still have four weeks to complete the application and be one of the 100 students that will attend the 8th edition of the South American Business Forum on 3, 4 and 5 August 2012.If you are a regular undergraduate student, or a graduate students born after January 1st, 1986, you have time until May 6 to upload your essay and take part in this enriching experience.

Important Information

Host University: Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA)
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: 3, 4 and 5 August 2012
Language: Spanish and / or English
Main topic: Global Objectives, Collaborative Actions
Deadline for the application: May 6, 2012
Covered expenses: meals and accommodation. We do not cover the cost of tickets to Buenos Aires. For more detailed information check the SABF’s official site.

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Useful ideas to get financial aid

Today, Cezary Tarnowski from Poland bring us some helpful ideas to help you get the financial aid you might need to get to Buenos Aires, Argentina to attend the South American Business Forum. It is our wish to give every one the opportunity to participate in the forum so we will be there to help you through the whole process. If you have any questions regarding this topic you can always write to

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