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Press Release - 15th December 2020
Passport Launches in Spanish: Tecnológico de Monterrey and OneValley join forces to strengthen the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in México and Latin America
Through this partnership, Tecnologico de Monterrey and OneValley will provide vital resources, tools, connections, and mentorship to Spanish-speaking innovators worldwide.
Tecnológico de Monterrey, the top private university in Mexico and one of the top ten entrepreneurial universities in the world, and OneValley, a Silicon Valley-based global innovation platform, today announced a strategic collaboration to provide real-world support for Spanish speaking innovators committed to the development of disruptive solutions with high potential to reinvent the way we educate and learn through the use of technology.
"To empower our region and its individuals to reach its full potential, we need an education responsive to the needs of both today's and tomorrow's learners. Collaborations with organizations such as OneValley strengthen and empower our efforts to support and equip innovators, entrepreneurs, and tomorrow's leaders with the tools and resources needed for the development of evidence-based educational solutions that transform education and the future of our region" said José Escamilla, Director of Teclabs, Tecnológico de Monterrey disruptive innovation unit.
Through this partnership, Tecnológico de Monterrey will now use OneValley's Passport platform to offer its digital, dynamic, and future-oriented edtech programs to innovators in Latin America and around the world. Founders enrolled in these programs will have the opportunity to join OneValley's global community of more than 35,000 entrepreneurs from 140 countries, 450 investors, and 140 mentors. They will also have access to over $950,000 in discounts and credits from over 100 leading technology service providers including AWS, IBM, Zoom, Salesforce, and Stripe. Likewise, OneValley will for the first time provide its community access to Spanish-speaking mentors and innovation resources and services in Spanish, curated and/or developed by Tecnológico de Monterrey.
“Through this partnership, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs everywhere will have access to Tec de Monterrey’s world-class entrepreneurship programs as well as Passport’s global innovation network and resources. We are excited to foster the entrepreneurship ecosystem across Latin America, which has immense potential for growth and innovation,” said Nikhil Sinha, CEO of OneValley.
Tecnológico de Monterrey is the first Latin America-based university to partner with OneValley, which powers some of the world’s top startup ecosystems with deployments in the United States, United Kingdom, India, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. The platform will be first integrated into the TecLabs Incubator program, which guides the solution development process of aspiring edtech entrepreneurs, from identifying and understanding a specific market problem to developing a low-fidelity prototype.
The call to apply, launched on August 25th, attracted more than 100 innovators from 13 countries in the world. The 30 applicants selected to participate in the 12-month self-directed program started its comprehensive training at the end of November accompanied by top educational and entrepreneurship experts from Tecnologico de Monterrey and its partners.
ABOUT TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY
Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private nonprofit university founded in 1943 with a vision to educate leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, a humanistic outlook, and who are internationally competitive. Tec de Monterrey has campuses in 26 cities in Mexico, an enrollment of more than 65,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and almost 7,000 professors; it also has more than 27,000 high school students and more than 2,500 professors. The Institution is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) since 1950. According to QS World University Rankings (2020), Tec de Monterrey is in the position 158, in the QS Latin America University Rankings (2020) is in the position 3, and in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2020) of opinion among employers, it is placed as number 1 in Mexico and 40th in the world. In the Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings (2019), Tec de Monterrey ranked as number 1 in Mexico and 5th in Latin America; and it’s the only university outside the US in the Top Schools for Entrepreneurship (2019) of Princeton Review and Entrepreneur, holding the 10th position in undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. It is the number 1 institution within the Education Sector in the “MERCO Empresses Ranking” which measures corporate reputation in Mexico.
OneValley (formerly GSVlabs) – is a global innovation platform that supports entrepreneurs, accelerates startups, and empowers organizations across the globe that foster innovation communities. OneValley directly supports over 35,000 members on its online platform, Passport, and indirectly another 175,000+ through partnerships and platforms, powered by PassportOS, connecting Silicon Valley to the World and the World to Silicon Valley.