International expansion has been a major theme of Peru startup ecosystem in 2019. Just a month ago, I posted Acceleration – looking beyond Peru (#2). This month, three more startups stand out for their selection to international programs.
Startup Udocz, founded by Carlos Effio, was accelerated by xEdu, an EdTech accelerator based Finland. This is a good example of a local startup founder taking advantage of a sector-specific knowledge internationally to accelerate the learning curve. Udocz’s selection also validates Peru’s positioning as a hub for Edtech startups.
A second recent international milestone for our startup community was Talently, which entered the 500 LatAm batch 11. It was one of nine chosen, and the only one from Peru, out of 1,706 who applied. Co-founders Domenica Obando and Roxana Kern join a growing list of Peru startup founders who have entered the 500 Startups program. Like Udocz, Talently was part of UTEC Ventures in Lima. The startups are added to the list of the many that UTEC Ventures has helped get to their next step.
In December, we also learned that Courtney McColgan of Runa was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur. Courtney has been a key member of the Peru Startup community since her time at Cabify and her takeaways from the Y-Combinator experience remains one of the most read posts on Ruta Startup.
Like November, December was another great month for Peru startups abroad. International acceleration is accelerating!