Four Peru startups are among the finalists for the NextGen Women Entrepreneurs Week in Switzerland.
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program hosts the event in one of the many ways they support the startup community. Almost every actor within Peru’s startup community has been positively impacted by the program. Kenia Ordonio, Program Officer of the program in Peru flew with seven founders, mentor and investors to Switzerland to participate in the weeklong event.
Rextie, Qimi, CracktheCode and Sicurezza all made the final cut prior to the selection of the winner today. FitnessPass also partipated in the weeklong event and startup competition.
Along with these startups founders, the Peru contingent also includes Carolina Botto of Joinnus and Ampara Nalvarte of Culqi, who both went as mentors, along with Elizabeth Acuña of Angel Ventures.
This is a healthy sign for our ecosystem that founders are becoming mentors of other startup. We have moved beyond the first phase of the ecosystem and are now seeing new faces. These new founders are leaning quickly from fellow founders who have gone through it before.
Carolina and Amparo been leaders of the Peru startup community since the beginning. Wayra Peru was an initial investor in both Joinnus and Culqi. Since then, they have both gone through fundraising and a scaling processes with their startups. Last year Amparo was a finalist for the WeXchange pitch competition.
Now, they continue to lead as mentors and advisors. The results from the NextGen event in Switzerland today demonstrate they are doing a great job. We have reached the next generation of the Peru startup ecosystem.