Todos los emprendimientos tienen impacto social. Todos de alguna manera u otra tienen un efecto en las personas, sea positivo o negativo. Sin embargo, hay un grupo que se enfoca intencionalmente en poblaciones vulnerables o excluidas con el único propósito de aliviar y, por qué no, solucionar la situación en la que se encuentran. A estos los llamamos emprendimientos sociales. Vayamos al detalle.
One of my favorite things to do is to sit down with a startup founder or investor to chat. Face-to-face meetings strengthen the connections that are the cornerstone of our ecosystem. There is no substitute. Recently, however, I was struck by how much we can accelerate our connections to the local and regional startup community by integrating technology into our day-to-day communication by creating a blended approach. Blended learning, but for startup communities.
Here are examples of a blended approach:
At the Endeavor Peru Matchmaking event, the team from Carao Ventures participated by videoconference from Costa Rica to talk with 8 founders in Lima.
For the WeXchange pitch competition, over 400 founders connected with 50 judges by video before choosing the 6 finalists who came to Lima for the final, in-person pitch.
At a recent Angel Ventures monthly committee in Lima 5 investors and 1 founder participated in-person, while 1 investor (located on the other side of Lima) and 1 founding team (located in Colombia) connected over video.
If Endeavor, WeXchange and Angel Ventures had relied solely on in-person interaction, none of these connections would have happened. Instead they opted to create a blended, semi-presencial, experience.
The lesson for me is: don’t prioritize in-person meetings so much that it holds you back from making a connection.
Here are some ideas for founders and investors:
Don’t delay Board meetings because people can’t make it in-person, instead set up a video dial-in so everyone can connect
Don’t travel across Lima to meet with a mentor to review a few new slides from your pitch, instead connect by video for 15 minutes to share slides.
Don’t wait for you next trip to Mexico to set up a meeting with an investor (or startup) there, instead ask them for a short call now
Use technology to have the most engaging connection possible: Set up a group call on Zoom, Share slides through Hangouts, Send screenshots or audio notes through WhatsApp.
You may even find that these ideas and tools enrich the personal connections you are looking for. I often find it’s much easier to connect with people in-person if I already have a rhythm of connecting with them by phone or video.
Six of the very best female founders in Latin America are coming to Lima this week. They include an Endeavor Entrepreneur, a Y Combinatior graduate, and a founders that Wayra, Magma Partners and Quake Capital have backed. Together the six founders lead startups based in four countries, including one founder from Peru. These six founders were selected out of over 400 startups that applied and went through a rigorous process involving judges from all over the region.
WeXchange is the premier event for female founders in Latin America. The event is especially focused on STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) founders. The event will take place on November 6th and 7th at Universidad del Pacifico.
Day 1 – Panels and Pitch Competition
Open to all members of the startup community. Follow the agenda here and on follow on Twitter @wexchange where you can find the link to a lifestream feed.
Day 2 – Training and Mentoring Sessions for Female Founders
Open to female founders. Endeavor is organizing mentoring sessions in the afternoon with a great group of mentors on the 7th. You can sign up here.
Una de las recomendaciones del estudio de Techstars sobre la comunidad de startups en Lima es incrementar la densidad y crear puntos de destinos donde todo el que quiera apoyar o integrarse a la comunidad pueda hacerlo. Este es uno de los principales motivos detrás de la organización del Peru Venture Capital Conference (PVCC) y el propósito de este artículo es compartir los aprendizajes de organizar el PVCC 2018 con todos los actores que buscan dinamizar el ecosistema organizando eventos y creando puntos de destino en la comunidad. Continue reading “Que aprendimos organizando el PVCC 2018”