Tech Ranch, in partnership with INCmty, Tecnológico de Monterrey, the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, and the City of Austin, hosted a Pitch Night on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to celebrate the Innovation Bridge Mexico-Austin cohort.
Tech Ranch is a startup incubator based in Austin, TX. The organization works with entrepreneurs, investors, government leaders, and local businesses in more than 42 countries to create companies that positively impact their communities and solve pervasive global social challenges.
“Our goal for the Innovation Bridge is to give entrepreneurs access to the resources they need to be successful,” said Kevin Koym, CEO and founder of Tech Ranch. “These startups offer solutions that benefit both Mexico and the United States. Now more than ever, we need to be working together to solve global issues.”
The Innovation Bridge Mexico-Austin launched in Spring 2019 to amplify Impact Innovation startups from Mexico by giving them access to resources, introductions, and entrepreneur education necessary to grow their ventures and solve global issues. With the help of INCmty and Tecnológico de Monterrey, 10 of Mexico’s most promising impact startups were chosen to participate in a training and connection-building program.
“We are pleased to have hosted the Pitch Night to celebrate Mexican talent,” said Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in Austin, Texas. “Binational collaborations such as the Innovation Bridge Mexico-Austin are critical. We must support entrepreneurs working to solve issues that affect both countries.”
Each startup was selected from a nation-wide call for their impactful solutions, strong team, and ability to grow in the United States. The startups represent Mexican innovation across many industries including healthcare, biochemical, energy, fashion, software, and more. Working out of Impact Hub, the entrepreneurs spent 10 weeks in Austin, TX participating in Tech Ranch’s accelerator program. During that time, the entrepreneurs met with officials from both the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the City of Austin who introduced the entrepreneurs to valuable network connections within the city.
“There is amazing innovation happening in our neighboring country to the south. Building more bridges between us is important for us both,” said Mayor Steve Adler, City of Austin. “The Innovation Bridge Mexico-Austin Pitch Night hosted at the Consulate General of Mexico’s Austin office captures the energy, potential, and promise of this important opportunity.”