I recently came back from Mexico City where I attended the LatAm Startups conference. The event was organized by LatAm Startups, an organization focused on building a startup ecosystem with companies from Canada and Latin America. This organization connects innovative companies with incubators, investors and industry leaders. This ecosystem has main hubs in some of the most important countries in the region: Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Canada, and Argentina.
The conference took place in the main campus of Startup Mexico (SUM). I was very impressed by this venue, it’s a hub designed and built for innovation and entrepreneurs. This campus offers an incubator, co-working spaces, events and classes tailored to the needs of startups, mentoring sessions and a shop where they offer products and services to entrepreneurs. SUM and Tecnológico de Monterrey created a partnership with a clear goal in mind: become one of the most important startup and innovation hubs in Latin America.
SUM seems like a great place to work, the environment helps with creativity, innovation, networking, and (when the time comes) fun and games. Did I mention they have their own beach and rooftop garden??
The LatAm Startups conference was kicked off with a reception at the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s campus in the southern part of Mexico City. After the welcoming remarks, we learned that the University’s entrepreneurship institute is one of the biggest innovation drivers in the region and that there is a big push to make Mexico the entrepreneurship leader in the region. In this intimate event, we experienced traditional dancing and local food while having the chance to network with other attendees.
The next two days were packed with interesting conferences from entrepreneurs, VC and angel investors from Canada, and members of the LatAm Startups ecosystem from Chile and Brazil among others. Some of the most interesting presentations were made by Yuri Navarro CEO of NACO Canada about angel investors; Stuart Browne CEO of Pycap who talked about what makes VCs invest in companies; Marco Demaria from the IoT department at Intel Mexico; Rodrigo Calderon partner at Energetika Tech who proposed innovative energy solutions in cities; and Patrick Watson, Senior Partner at I-Dev International who highlighted the proliferation of mobile commerce in Latin America.
The key takeaway from this exciting week in Mexico is that the future is very bright for Latin American innovation and entrepreneurship. In the near future we hope to expand our platform to every country in Latin America and the timing is perfect for us because the region is growing rapidly. Latin America presents interesting investment opportunities in many different industries, and these opportunities have already been identified by VCs, angel investors, international accelerators, and local governments who are joining forces to make the region a world-class startup and innovation hub.