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A free virtual program that gives you everything you need to turn your idea into a successful business.



Online modules that help you familiarize yourself with the basics of entrepreneurship. This part of the program is open and accessible all year around. You have to complete all the Lab modules to apply to Intensive.

What are the topics?

Module 1

Entrepreneurship fundamentals: basic terminology, myths and realities.

Module 2

Idea generation: how to identify, explain, and decide which one of your ideas you should develop.

Module 3

Market validation: the steps you should follow to understand if your idea has a potential market willing to pay for it.

Module 4

Markets and competitors: how to reach diverse target audiences through market research and competitor analysis.



Our incubator includes training, guidance, and mentorship to help you validate your idea and develop a minimum viable product (MVP) that allows you to formalize your business.

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Our incubator includes training, guidance, and mentorship to help you validate your idea and develop a minimum viable product (MVP) that allows you to formalize your business.

How does it work?

12 weeks of an intensive curriculum (inspired by the one developed by our sister program, parallel18)

Up to 50 entrepreneurs

It happens once a year

What are the benefits?

Prototyping space

Brand development

Support with the incorporation and registration of your business

Mentorship sessions with local and international experts

One on one meetings with our team

Hybrid format available

Group workshops

Up to 30 projects will get a direct pass to pre18’s next selection committee

What are the requirements?

Questions about the call? Send us a message to [email protected].

Complete the all modules of Fase1 Lab (available here).

Fill out the application with the required documents.

Be available to participate in the in-person activities the program organizes.

Fase1 prepares you to participate in any pre-acceleration program and completes the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust’s entrepreneurship pillar.

Fase1 te prepara para participar de cualquier programa de preacelaración y completa la ruta del empresarismo del Fideicomiso para Ciencia, Tecnología e Investigación de Puerto Rico.

Who can participate in Fase1?


Our program is designed so that anyone who wants to start a business can make it. Now, if you’re still hesitant, ask yourself the following:

Did you retire from a specific industry and have a lot of know-how? Would you like to understand how you can use that knowledge to do something else?

Are you working on your student project and want to explore the idea of turning it into a startup without the commitment of mandatory days in a program?

Do you want to turn your professional life around but don’t want to do it without planning?

Have you been thinking for a while that your business needs a turnaround, and you’re not clear on how to go about it or what it should be?

Do you need something that fits your time and responsibilities, but you’re dying to know the basics of entrepreneurship?

And remember, Fase1 is free and without fixed schedules. So, get started and do not be intimidated:

By your age: whether you are a student, working adult, or retiree, the modules we have prepared are simple and enjoyable for everyone;

Because your schedule is tight: Fase1 has no start or end date; you can watch the modules when you have time. The videos are short and concise, to maximize your time;

Because entrepreneurship is hard: subscribing to Fase1 and starting our modules does NOT force you to create a startup. In fact, you can even start without an idea. Our purpose is to provide free education for you to determine if entrepreneurship is your path. We hope it is!



Fase1 is an entrepreneurship program with two main goals: to provide universal access to entrepreneurship education and incubate ideas that can be transformed into successful startups.

As a program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust, Fase1 complements the organization’s entrepreneurship pillar, which includes Colmena66 and the parallel18, pre18, and P18 programs. Fase1 is also part of The Small Business Incubators and Accelerators (SBIA) Program from the Department of Housing of Puerto Rico, under the CDBG-DR program.

The Team

Fase1 is led by a women group experienced in entrepreneurship, and with the ability to contribute positively to those who participate in the program.

Bárbara Rivera Chinea (she)

The executive director of Fase1 worked for more than 15 years at the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce, where she supported small businesses in her role as a Federal Contracting consultant and Acting Manager of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (aka FeCC). Bárbara also worked in the establishment of the Puerto Rico IT Cluster and has led agricultural development projects such as Recuperación Agrícola and Re-Grow Puerto Rico. For her, entrepreneurs are “the real heroes” so she is excited to work with them since the beginning of their initiatives. In her free time, Barbara enjoys dining out with friends, cooking, reading, and going to the beach with lots of sunscreen.

A quote she likes:
“Do what you love, and love what you do.”

Bianca Marina Corujo (she)

Bianca, is our Operations Manager and former Startup Executive, she began her career in the entrepreneurial ecosystem working for two startups to which she was able to contribute her experience and education in business and digital business and innovation. One of the things that most motivates her to be a part of the Fase1 team is encouraging people to believe in their ideas and develop an innovative mindset to make them a reality. To disconnect and maintain balance, Bianca enjoys the beach and spending time with her friends.

A quote she likes:
“[Lánzate] Los ‘no’ son gratis.”

Mariela Maldonado Martínez (she)

Mariela is one of our Startups Executives and is an entrepreneur herself. She is always looking to innovate and believes in the potential that Fase1 has to develop and promote those who seek entrepreneurship and come out with a validated and solid idea at the time of launching into the market. In her role, she hopes to create a relationship of mutual learning between herself and those who participate in the program. In her spare time, Mariela enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and traveling.

A quote she likes:
“Vamos por más.”

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