LatAm Startups opens a sales office in New York City
LatAm Startups has opened a sales office in New York City in midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square.
The sales office will helps Canadian and Latin American startups accelerate their businesses in the North American market.
A short flight from Toronto, New York City is the obvious next step for many startups looking to grow their business.
LatAm Startups has long been the innovation bridge between Canada and Latin America. We aim to strengthen that connection with our new foothold in the US market.
Brazilian EdTech Startup Launches in Toronto
Sometimes you need a global team to scale globally.
Brazilian Lucas Pinto is the founder of Cerbo. Or rather, one of the co-founders—the other three are from France (Alexandre Schmitz), China (Anthony Liu), and the US (Justin McOmie).
And Cerbo's co-founders decided to scale their startup from Toronto, using the LatAm Startups acceleration program as a springboard.
Mexican FinTech Startup Launches in Toronto
Victor Salinas joined LatAm Startups to grow his fintech business--and succeeded.
Salinas started Aiontech nine years ago in Mexico. The company today has 30 employees and counts banks like HSBC among their clients.
When the time came to scale globally last year, Salinas chose Toronto because, unlike Silicon Valley, Toronto is a major global financial hub, home to most of Canada's largest banks, and the Canadian branches of global banks. Toronto is fertile ground for a fintech startup.
Brazilian Health Tech Startup Launches in Toronto
Brazilian startup WW8 successfully launched their startup in Toronto.
After working in the health sector in Brazil providing a software solution for hospitals and clinics, Diego Correa, one of the four co-founders of WW8, decidied it was time for the company to go global.
Toronto's strong startup ecosystem, including LatAm Startups, drew Diego to Canada.
Diego joined LatAm Startups' spring 2018 cohort after successfully completing the two week Scaleup Bootcamp Toronto.
"Going global is a challenge for any company. But when you are a small company from Latin America the challenge is even bigger. For us being part of the LatAm Startups Hub was the key point to really understand how this process could happen, Diego Correa says.
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City of Toronto Expands Latin American Business Opportunities Through Agreements with Mexico City and LatAm Startups
The City of Toronto has entered into two new business relationships that will help create opportunities for companies in Toronto, Mexico and throughout Latin America.
Today in Mexico City, the City of Toronto and Mexico City signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes the intention to collaborate in trade, environment, life sciences, information technology, culture, tourism and education among other sectors, while encouraging trade and investment exchanges between both jurisdictions.
“Toronto is pleased to begin this new business partnership with Mexico City that will capitalize on and enhance the multi-sector strengths we both have as the largest business centres in our respective countries,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee.
In Toronto, an MOU was also finalized today between the City and LatAm Startups, with the aim of supporting LatAm’s success in bringing Latin American tech startups to the city.
“LatAM Startups is doing tremendous work with Mexican and Latin American companies in Toronto and the City is now better positioned to support their efforts through our MOU with them and with public and private business entities throughout Latin America,” said Councillor Thompson.
Brazilian Startup Accelerated By Latam Startups Featured in StartupHereToronto
There’s no question Brazil and Canada share an affinity for agriculture, both count the sector as a key economic driver and both have begun to look into the future of farming through research and development.
So when Toronto’s LatAm Startups accelerator offered Brazil-based agricultural tech startup Agromarra a spot in its first four-month cohort, Rebeca Souza was quick to take a post as CEO launching the company’s Canadian branch under the SmartFarm name.
It was a great opportunity, says Souza. “Not just for the resources, there's an educational system in entrepreneurship in Canada that Brazil is (still) a little behind.”
Seneca Helix accepts first Mexican Clean-Tech Startup
Lotus Water, a Mexican cleantech startup in residence at the LatAm Startups accelerator, has been accepted into Seneca Helix.
Access to clean drinking water is a global crisis. According to UN-Water, a United Nation organization, water scarcity affects every continent. 1.2 billion people live in areas of physical water scarcity with another 500 million people approaching this situation.
Lotus Water aims to bring clean drinking water to billions of people around the world.
Ecuadorian firm wins IDB start-up Pitch Competition at Demand Solutions Miami
A graduate of the LatAm Hub Toronto won first prize (USD $30,000) at the IDB Inter-American Development Bank Miami 2017 Pitch Competition.
The startup, Inkspired from Ecuador, has created a platform for Latin American writers.
LatAm Hub Toronto graduate SmartFarm featured in the Globe and Mail
LatAm Hub Toronto startup SmartFarm was featured in The Globe and Mail.
SmartFarm, a branch of another small Brazilian company, Agromarra, develops tech for livestock farmers through its monitoring app and smart-tag technology.
LatAm Startups Creates Community of International Startups in Toronto
The first four-month cohort of eight startups from Latin America finished on July 31, 2017. LatAm Startups brought high-tech companies working in IoT, cybersecurity, AgTech, Creative Industries, Energy, and IT to Toronto, and to Canada. Many are incorporating their business in Canada, and plan to hire local talent.
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Going Global — The Power of Partnering with LatAm Startups
When it comes to centres of innovation, where creative minds are collaborating on ideas to help change the world, it’s time to start looking beyond Silicon Valley.
Talented startups leaders, accelerators, government leaders and investors from across Latin America, including Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Colombia, met with their Canadian counterparts in Toronto recently for the fourth annual LatAm Startups Conference.
Taking advantage of events like this is incredibly valuable for startups and for those looking to scale up, says Thayde Olarte, Vice President of Fintech Partnership at Scotiabank, which sponsored the conference.
Ecuadorian Transplant Builds Inspired Publishing Platform in Toronto
Three years ago, author and computer engineer Galo Vargas launched Inkspired as a means for storytellers to publish their work and connect. After growing the company in Australia, San Francisco and Latin America, Vargas has resettled in Toronto to build a global publishing and engagement platform.
Latin America Startups Helped by Toronto Ecosystem
LatAm Startups was featured last week in StartUp Here Toronto.
One company helps emerging writers reach an audience. Another helps livestock farmers boost profits. A third livestreams concerts.
What they have in common is that they would not be operating here if not for LatAm Startups, a nonprofit that helps Latin American companies scale globally, via Toronto, while also helping Canadian businesses access a giant overlooked market just south of our southern neighbour.
Scaling into Brazil
Brazil is a booming market, and a tempting destination for startups looking to scale into Latin America. But how can you tell if your business is a good fit for Brazil? And how do you navigate the difficult and complex system in Brazil?
Two leaders of the Brazilian startup ecosystem will be speaking in person at the Latam Startups Conference this June in Toronto: Dieguez Barreiro, a senior official of the Brazilian federal Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation & Communication (MCTIC), and Ana Pires from Softex, the private company that runs Startup Brasil.
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