Exchange of Experiences with the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Mexico

Washington, D.C. – March 8th, 2016. To speak about entrepreneurship in Mexico is to talk about opportunities, an organized and growing ecosystem. This is how we could summarize what was lived in the NexLinks Mission “Experiences Exchange with the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Mexico,”that took place from February 29th to March 4th, touring four states of the second largest country in Latin America.

The experience exchange was organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), in conjunction with Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá (CCB), and our local partners: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) - Campus Guadalajara, Centro EcoMakerShop,Centro de Competitividad e Innovación del Estado de Aguascalientes (CECOI) and Secretaría de Desarrollo Sustentable de Querétaro (SEDESU).

Among the delegates, there were representatives from CCB, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (UTB), Universidad de Manizales, and YABT. The mission was framed within the Regional NexLinks Program “Follow-up Networks for Young Entrepreneurs,” that focuses on creating mechanisms and tools for organizations supporting young entrepreneurs in the initial and expansion phases of their businesses.

The agenda started in the city of Querétaro with a visit and tour of EcoMakerShop, platform and innovation center with inspirational programs. Afterwards, three sessions were held with representatives from incubators coming from the private sector and academic institutions. The first one was INCUBAJÍO – a business incubator from the State of Guanajuato. The second one was Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Campus Querétaro; and the third was, Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro (UTEQ). The journey ended with deputies from Secretaría de Desarrollo Sustentable (SEDESU), part of the Government of the State of Querétaro.

The Mission then traveled to Aguascalientes, and had as its first activity a visit to CECOI, where representatives presented their work, the panorama, and strategic projects on entrepreneurship and competitiveness in the region. In addition to this, a panel with actors from the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Aguascalientes was held and ended with a networking session with attendees from CECOI, Endeavor, Unreasonable México, Inventor’s House, IdeagsLab, Universidad Panamericana, Universidad Tecnológica de Aguascalientes, Trebol Capital, Startcups, among others.

The program continued with a visit to Grupo Delicias’ industrial plant, a dairy company that managed to break into the retail market thanks to their constant innovation and global business vision. The day finished at Startcups, a creative space designed to foster collaboration, innovation and new businesses creation with high impact in Mexico.

The first day in Guadalajara kicked off at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) - Campus Guadalajara with a dialogue with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Division Team. Then, there was a tour through their laboratories and centers, where they foster technologic and scientific development, creative industries and innovation. The visit finalized with the roundtable: “Supporting systems for transformational Entrepreneurship”, where the Mission’s delegates, ITESM representatives, Cámara de Comercio de Guadalajara and other local actors exchanged experiences.

Towards the afternoon, the Mission moved to MIND México, where the group was received by a high level delegation from Secretaría de Innovación, Ciencia y Tecnología de Jalisco, that presented the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the State of Jalisco, highlighting projects and strategic interventions. The activities continued at MIND México, with the event “Tejiendo Redes” (Building Networks) organized with ITESM. Among its goals, the event proposed to share what is happening in the entrepreneurship sphere in Jalisco and facilitate a networking space for participants.

The second day in Guadalajara began with a visit to Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV), with the objective of learning how science and investigation fit as actors of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The closure of this day occurred with a brown bag lunch at GDC-Guadalajara Design Center Intel, with the General Director, Jesús Palomino. He shared about Intel’s initiatives to support technology entrepreneurs by connecting them with mentors and investment opportunities through Intel Capital.

The overland journey of about 505 kilometers ended in Guadalajara. The delegates traveled by plane to the last part of the Mission in Mexico City. Grupo LAFISE welcomed everyone with a dialogue on the different instruments and investment mechanisms to bolster the SMEs in Latin America.

The day continued with the “Dialogue with Economic, Social and Environmental High Impact Startups”, bringing together the Mission’s delegates and entrepreneurs from MiCochinito.com, CanDo México, Litro de Luz México e Iluméxico. The afternoon started with a meeting with Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), one of the principal financial arms of the business ecosystem in Mexico. The agenda finished with the High Impact Entrepreneurship Direction at Instituto Nacional del Emprendedor (INADEM), considered one of the main driving actors in entrepreneurship policies.

The Mission closed with participation in the 39 Feria Internacional de Franquicias (39th International Franchises Fair). The delegates toured the Mexico City’s World Trade Center pavilions through more than 400 national and international expositions. Finally, the participants provided feedback and closed the entrepreneurship week-route in Mexico over coffee.

The stories coming soon at: http://yabt.net/nexlinksmx/

To access the photo albums, click on the following links:

Querétaro: https://flic.kr/s/aHskv5s4rp

Aguascalientes: https://flic.kr/s/aHskv5EGet

Guadalajara: https://flic.kr/s/aHskszKUv7

Mexico City: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwba5oF

For further information, contact Edgar Maestre from YABT via edgar.maestre@yabt.net