Latin America Startups Helped by Toronto Ecosystem

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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.

Apply to LatAm Hub Toronto

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LatAm Hub Toronto is now accepting applications from Latin American startups for a three-month residency at our accelerator in Toronto. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Scaling into Brazil

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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.

Tickets are going fast, get yours today.

Startup Canada Awards

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LatAm Startups has partnered with Startup Canada for the fourth annual Startup Canada Awards, hallmark events across Canada celebrating outstanding achievement in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.

Startup Canada opened nominations today and invites Individuals, businesses and organizations to apply for 17 awards, including the Startup Canada Indigenous Entrepreneur Award, Startup Canada Innovation Award and the Startup Canada High-Growth Award. To celebrate Canada’s 150-year anniversary, a new award will commemorate an iconic Canadian business that has propelled Canada’s brand on the global stage through its determination and leadership.

"Startup Canada is the premier organization promoting high-tech innovation in Canada," Miryam Lazarte, CEO of LatAm Startups, said. "We look forward to working with Startup Canada in the years ahead to grow scalable high-tech companies that create—and keep—jobs in Canada."

LatAm Startups Hub Launches in April with First Cohort

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LatAm Startups Hub is thrilled to announce the official launch of the Hub with the first cohort of nine startups from Latin America.

Startups from eight countries applied, and the final group includes innovative, scalable startups from Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. Much to our surprise, more than half of applications came from Brazil, and seven of the successful nine startups are Brazilian.

The startups will be in residence in Toronto for four months, from April-July 2017.

Here are profiles of each of the companies:

LatAm Startups Conf 4.0 will take place in Toronto in June

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LatAm Startups is pleased to announce that our fourth annual conference will take place in Toronto in June.

Investors, startups, and public policy folk come from across Latin America, Canada, and the US for three intense days of networking and learning.

The conference takes place June 7-9, 2017.

Start-Up Chile will open applications for its next generation of Seed

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Startups from all around the globe can submit their applications for the Start-Up Chile Seed program from January 17th until February 7th. Those interested in receiving funding from the Chilean government should enter here and apply according to the Terms & Conditions.

The program is renowned for bringing together entrepreneurs from Chile and around the world. In the past six years, over 1,309 founding teams have passed through the Start-Up Chile doors and have created a vibrant startup community in Santiago. Selected entrepreneurs will become a part of the community and the immersive acceleration program for 6 months.

The selected startups will receive 20 million Chilean pesos (USD $30,000), as well as an intense weekly schedule to accelerate their ideas. This schedule includes courses, mentoring, and pitch training, among other activities. In addition, foreigners will receive a Working Visa valid for a year to come to Chile.

LatAm Startups Announce New Accelerator in Toronto

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LatAm Startups today launched the LatAm Startups Hub, a new Toronto-based accelerator that will scale Latin American startups globally from Canada.

The LatAm Startups Hub announced its call for applications for the first cohort of ten (10) startups.

Startups accepted into the program will receive the mentorship necessary to scale their business globally.

Our experts will provide guidance on business development, intellectual property, licensing and commercialization strategies, introduction the Toronto startup ecosystem, plus connections to local investors and other funding options.

Scale up now, Canada says

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A new Canadian government initiatives worth more than $32.4 million over four years will help Ontario startups scale globally, including into Latin America, BetaKit reports.

The initiative comes on the heels of Prime Minister Trudeau's recent visit to Peru, where he told the APEC conference in Lima:

"We need to think beyond the United States and engage with Mexico in a positive way and engage beyond Mexico to Latin and South America," Trudeau said. "These are the things that I think are exciting about the coming years."

Trudeau to LatAm -- Let's Do Business

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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau told the APEC Summit in Peru over the weekend that Canada must build stronger trade ties with Latin America.

"We need to think beyond the United States and engage with Mexico in a positive way and engage beyond Mexico to Latin and South America," Trudeau said. "These are the things that I think are exciting about the coming years."

LatAm Startups Announces IDB Contest Winner

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LatAm Startups is pleased to announce the winner of the IDB (International Development Bank) Demand Solutions contest--BookFusion.

Mexico City Ecosystem Tours

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Mexico City has an amazing startup ecosystem! As part of the LatAm Startups Conf 3.0 this year, we will be running an exclusive, intimate tour of the leading players in Mexico City. The bus holds forty people, and is already half-full. As a result, we are accepting applications to join the tour. Investors and public policy officials get priority. Space permitting, rocking startups will be allowed to fill the remaining seats.

To apply, send us an email:

Without further ado, here is the itinerary:

Start-Up Chile Application Process Now Open

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Want USD $30,000 of seed funding for your startup, without giving up equity? Startup-Up Chile might be right for you.

If you're a member of the LatAm Startups community, and we know you, we can help you fast-track your application. Start-Up Chile has asked us to recommend startups we think would be a good fit for their program. Email us for more info:

Announcement from Start-Up Chile:

LatAm Startups Announces Conference Hotel in Mexico City

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LatAm Startups has reached an agreement with the hotel City Express El Angel in Mexico City to host the many conference attendees visiting from out of town.

Prices start at $1463 pesos, roughly USD $77, and include breakfast, internet, gym access, and taxes.

LatAm Startups Signs Memorandum of Understanding with ProMexico, Ryerson University's DMZ to Support International Entrepreneurship Program

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Today, LatAm Startups signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ryerson University and the DMZ, the top-ranked university-based incubator in North America and third in the world, and ProMexico, the government of Mexico's foreign trade arm.

The signing of the MoU comes as President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico visits for the North American Leaders’ Summit to focus on creating a more integrated and globally competitive North American economy, which already accounts for more than one quarter of the world’s GDP. The MoU will provide a framework to coordinate efforts in enabling collaboration on joint entrepreneurship programs and supporting innovators in developing invaluable insights and relationships abroad.

Training Sessions on a Roll, Waterloo up Next!

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Go South! Consulting, the folks who run LatAm Startups, are holding five free training sessions for Canadian high-tech companies that want to scale into the booming Latin American markets.

Our first training session was this week in Toronto--and it was a success!

Our next training session will take place in Waterloo in early July...

Startup Canada Awards

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2016 Startup Canada Awards Recognize Outstanding Achievements in Canadian Entrepreneurship!

Startup Canada s now accepting nominations for the 2016 Startup Canada Awards.

If you or someone you know is making Canada a better place to start and grow a business, whether it be through their support and promotion of entrepreneurship, or through their leadership as game-changing entrepreneurs, nominate them for the Startup Canada Awards!

Tec Monterrey will host welcoming reception for LatAm Startups Conf 3.0

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LatAm Startups Conf is pleased to announce that one of Mexico's largest startup accelarators, Tecnológico de Monterrey, will host a welcoming reception for all conference attendees at their campus in Mexico City.

The welcoming reception will take place the evening of October 12, 2016.

Free Training Sessions for Canadian Startups

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Go South! Consulting, the folks who run LatAm Startups, will be holding free training sessions for Canadian high-tech companies that want to scale into the booming Latin American markets.

The first training session will be held in Toronto on June 7, 2016 at MaRS in downtown Toronto--grab your free ticket now on EventBrite—seats will fill up fast!

The training sessions are funded and supported by Startup Canada and Export Development Canada (EDC), and thus free for Canadian startups who wish to attend.

Startup Canada wrote in their official announcement:

Startup Canada and EDC Give LatAm Startups an Award

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Startup Canada and Export Development Canada (EDC) have partnered to present the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. The Fund invests in high-impact initiatives that advance the prospects of Canada’s globally-oriented, entrepreneur-led companies.