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Many of us are aware of the violence and uncertainty that the city of Monterrey, Mexico has faced in recent months.  It was in the midst of these destructive times that 75 startup community members came together for Startup Weekend Monterrey, not to destroy, but to build.  In the words of lead organizer Vlad Horbovanu,  “There are still a lot of people in Monterrey that build instead of destroy. Once again in my time in Mexico, these people surprised me with their resilience. I felt humbled and proud to be part of it.”  Companies were wide and varied, ranging from non-profits to a book exchange platform for college students, but all were centered around the common goal of rejuvenating Monterrey’s entrepreneurial community and proving that it can persevere.

A recap from facilitator, Santiago Zavala:

“I really didn’t know what to expect from this event. Monterrey is living in some of the most extreme violence that Mexico has seen in quite some time. It was surprising and refreshing to be able to see a thriving startup and entrepreneur scene that is working really hard to overcome this situation. The designers, programmers and business people that I met during this event made me see the situation with fresh eyes. The event was filled with awesome ideas, projects and people! The best part of it was actually seeing the really hard work that was put into learning from this experience!  I am really happy to know that there is a big group of awesome thinkers and hackers with enough support from companies and institutions that will allow them to continue to grow!”
Organizers: Vladimir HorbovanuCristina Viehmann, Ernesto de la Cruz Morales, Mircea TurcanNalleli TreviñoOsvaldo Ayala
Facilitator: Santiago Zavala
Winning Teams:
  • 1st Place: Unibooks
    • A book exchange platform for college students
  • 2nd Place:  Youmine
    • Physical storage as a service
  • Honorable Mention: Primera Cosecha
    • A virtual and physical marketplace for local goods
  • Honorable Mention: Brauer