LatAm Startups Receives Canada Startup Visa Designation

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LatAm Startups, the Toronto-based startup accelerator that focuses on bringing international startups to Canada, today announced their official designation as a Startup Visa-approved organization by the federal government in Ottawa.

The Startup Visa program is designed to attract high-tech startups to Canada and make it easy for companies to put down roots, creating jobs and generating tax revenue in the process.

"We are tremendously excited to be able to offer qualifying, high-growth startups an easier path to permanent residence in Canada," CEO Miryam Lazarte says. "The Startup Visa program gives Canada the competitive edge it needs to attract startups looking for an alternative to Silicon Valley."

LatAm Startups Wins Entrepreneur Success Fund Award

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Today LatAm Startups received the Entrepreneur Success Fund Award 2018 from Startup Canada during Startup Canada Day on the Hill.

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LatAm Startups will use the award to host a two-week bootcamp to inspire newcomers to build new high-tech companies.

This is the second time LatAm Startups has won this award. LatAm Startups previously won the award in 2016.

More than 150 applications were submitted this year from across Canada.

LatAm Startups Alum SISAT Plans Global Expansion From Toronto

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LatAm Startups is pleased to announce that a graduate of our Fall 2018 bootcamp plans to move their successful global IoT startup to Toronto.

The two co-founders of SISAT, a Mexican IoT startup that sells fleet management technology, visited Toronto for two weeks to attend the LatAm Startups bootcamp, and were so impressed by the startup ecosystem in Toronto they plan to move their international headquarters to Canada, they told Lattin Magazine in an interview.

LatAm Startups Alum Secures Canadian Startup Visa Sponsor

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LatAm Startups is pleased to announce that a graduate of our softlanding program has secured a Canadian Startup Visa sponsor with investment attached.

ClickSitter co-founders Luciana Pereira and Taric Andrade were part of the first LatAm Startups cohort in 2017.

LatAm Startups welcomes fall bootcamp startups

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LatAm Startups is pleased to welcome a new cohort to our fall bootcamps in Toronto and New York.

To welcome the startups attending the Toronto bootcamp, we are hosting a public meet-and-greet on Monday, September 17.

LatAm Startups opens a sales office in New York City

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LatAm Startups has opened a sales office in New York City in midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square.

The sales office will helps Canadian and Latin American startups accelerate their businesses in the North American market.

A short flight from Toronto, New York City is the obvious next step for many startups looking to grow their business.

LatAm Startups has long been the innovation bridge between Canada and Latin America. We aim to strengthen that connection with our new foothold in the US market.

Brazilian EdTech Startup Launches in Toronto

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Sometimes you need a global team to scale globally.

Brazilian Lucas Pinto is the founder of Cerbo. Or rather, one of the co-founders—the other three are from France (Alexandre Schmitz), China (Anthony Liu), and the US (Justin McOmie).

And Cerbo's co-founders decided to scale their startup from Toronto, using the LatAm Startups acceleration program as a springboard.

Mexican FinTech Startup Launches in Toronto

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Victor Salinas joined LatAm Startups to grow his fintech business--and succeeded.

Salinas started Aiontech nine years ago in Mexico. The company today has 30 employees and counts banks like HSBC among their clients.

When the time came to scale globally last year, Salinas chose Toronto because, unlike Silicon Valley, Toronto is a major global financial hub, home to most of Canada's largest banks, and the Canadian branches of global banks. Toronto is fertile ground for a fintech startup.

Brazilian Health Tech Startup Launches in Toronto

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Brazilian startup WW8 successfully launched their startup in Toronto.

After working in the health sector in Brazil providing a software solution for hospitals and clinics, Diego Correa, one of the four co-founders of WW8, decidied it was time for the company to go global.

Toronto's strong startup ecosystem, including LatAm Startups, drew Diego to Canada.

Diego joined LatAm Startups' spring 2018 cohort after successfully completing the two week Scaleup Bootcamp Toronto.

"Going global is a challenge for any company. But when you are a small company from Latin America the challenge is even bigger. For us being part of the LatAm Startups Hub was the key point to really understand how this process could happen, Diego Correa says.

Join the LatAm Startups accelerator and go global, apply now!

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Want to take your startup global? Toronto is the best place in North America today to scale your startup.

Our one-week bootcamps is ideal for startups at the prototype phase. Learn how to scale your startup globally from Toronto.

Our three-month softlanding program is ideal for market-ready startups with proven traction. Ready to sell, but don't know how? We can smooth your entry into the North American market.

Why LatAm Startups?

LatAm Startups works closely with the City of Toronto. LatAm Startups is also a member of NACO, the National Angel Capital Organization of Canada.

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City of Toronto Expands Latin American Business Opportunities Through Agreements with Mexico City and LatAm Startups

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The City of Toronto has entered into two new business relationships that will help create opportunities for companies in Toronto, Mexico and throughout Latin America.

Today in Mexico City, the City of Toronto and Mexico City signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes the intention to collaborate in trade, environment, life sciences, information technology, culture, tourism and education among other sectors, while encouraging trade and investment exchanges between both jurisdictions.

“Toronto is pleased to begin this new business partnership with Mexico City that will capitalize on and enhance the multi-sector strengths we both have as the largest business centres in our respective countries,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee.

In Toronto, an MOU was also finalized today between the City and LatAm Startups, with the aim of supporting LatAm’s success in bringing Latin American tech startups to the city.

“LatAM Startups is doing tremendous work with Mexican and Latin American companies in Toronto and the City is now better positioned to support their efforts through our MOU with them and with public and private business entities throughout Latin America,” said Councillor Thompson.

Brazilian Startup Accelerated By Latam Startups Featured in StartupHereToronto

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There’s no question Brazil and Canada share an affinity for agriculture, both count the sector as a key economic driver and both have begun to look into the future of farming through research and development.

So when Toronto’s LatAm Startups accelerator offered Brazil-based agricultural tech startup Agromarra a spot in its first four-month cohort, Rebeca Souza was quick to take a post as CEO launching the company’s Canadian branch under the SmartFarm name.

It was a great opportunity, says Souza. “Not just for the resources, there's an educational system in entrepreneurship in Canada that Brazil is (still) a little behind.”

Seneca Helix accepts first Mexican Clean-Tech Startup

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Lotus Water, a Mexican cleantech startup in residence at the LatAm Startups accelerator, has been accepted into Seneca Helix.

Access to clean drinking water is a global crisis. According to UN-Water, a United Nation organization, water scarcity affects every continent. 1.2 billion people live in areas of physical water scarcity with another 500 million people approaching this situation.

Lotus Water aims to bring clean drinking water to billions of people around the world.

Ecuadorian firm wins IDB start-up Pitch Competition at Demand Solutions Miami

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A graduate of the LatAm Hub Toronto won first prize (USD $30,000) at the IDB Inter-American Development Bank Miami 2017 Pitch Competition.

The startup, Inkspired from Ecuador, has created a platform for Latin American writers.

LatAm Hub Toronto graduate SmartFarm featured in the Globe and Mail

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LatAm Hub Toronto startup SmartFarm was featured in The Globe and Mail.

SmartFarm, a branch of another small Brazilian company, Agromarra, develops tech for livestock farmers through its monitoring app and smart-tag technology.

Why LatAm Hub Toronto Graduate ClickSitter Made the Move from Sao Paolo to Toronto

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After launching their on-demand-babysitting app ClickSitter in Brazil, the startup’s co-founders decided to relocate to Toronto to take advantage of the myriad of cultures living in one city.

LatAm Startups Creates Community of International Startups in Toronto

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The first four-month cohort of eight startups from Latin America finished on July 31, 2017. LatAm Startups brought high-tech companies working in IoT, cybersecurity, AgTech, Creative Industries, Energy, and IT to Toronto, and to Canada. Many are incorporating their business in Canada, and plan to hire local talent.

Number one big takeaway from the startups?

Calling all entrepreneurs & startups!

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Join us for Canada’s BIGGEST and most INFLUENTIAL gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators and policy makers!

Startup Canada and LatAm Startups have you covered. Get your business cards ready! We’re inviting you to shake hands with Canada’s top entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, politicians, and government decision-makers at Startup Canada Day on the Hill 2017.

LatAm Startups Cohort Member Accepted to Seneca HELIX

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LatAm Startups is pleased to announce that SmartFarm, a member of our first cohort, has been accepted into the HELIX Acceleration Strand at Seneca College here in Toronto.

Going Global — The Power of Partnering with LatAm Startups

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When it comes to centres of innovation, where creative minds are collaborating on ideas to help change the world, it’s time to start looking beyond Silicon Valley.

Talented startups leaders, accelerators, government leaders and investors from across Latin America, including Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Colombia, met with their Canadian counterparts in Toronto recently for the fourth annual LatAm Startups Conference.

Taking advantage of events like this is incredibly valuable for startups and for those looking to scale up, says Thayde Olarte, Vice President of Fintech Partnership at Scotiabank, which sponsored the conference.