The 2014 edition brought 10 countries with the participation of Startups, Investors, Public Policy Officials, and all the most important startup ecosystems in Latin America.
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Participation of Startup Canada
Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada was the keynote of the conference, she brought a new vision about how to create a startup movement. Victoria was for the first time in Latin America, and we’d like to add a quote she wrote after the event finished.
“I will soon be returning home to Canada from Chile. I have been spending time with Startup Buenos Aires, Startup Mexico, Startup Chile and Startup Brazil as well as leaders from Paraguay and Peru – We are definitely seen as a global leader in the the global Startup Movement and have an important role to play with Startup Communities.
I am coming home with new opportunities for entrepreneurs in our network with the Latin America market, a commitment to forging sister cities with Mexico City, Lima, Santiago and Buenos Aires with Startup Canada Communities, and even higher ambitions for Canada’s Communities and our work with the Government. Re-affirming and inspiring!”
We had the opportunity to bring representatives from the Pacific Alliance (Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico). Guadalupe Itzel Villa from INADEM (Mexico), Jorge Hernan Gutierrez Ramirez from Proexport (Colombia), Sebastian Rodriguez Correa from Prochile and Gary Urteaga from Peru, made a panel speaking about the future of technology in the Pacific Alliance and how they are going to support technology and innovation.
Different investors had the opportunity to share opinions about startups and how they take decisions, mainly investors from Canada were speaking, but we had additionally the participation of organizations from NY and Peru.
We had several women participating as speaker at the conference, Hera Hub is an organization in San Diego, supporting women, they are angel investors and mentors, we were glad to see more women increasing visibility in the high tech sector.
Startups selected to participate at the conference were meeting investors. We realized startups in Latin America need mentoring more than funding. Money is always important at any organization, but the right advise from an experienced entrepreneur is more valuable to guide your organization in the right direction.