LATIN AMERICA VENTURES SUMMIT
The Ventures Corporation, hand in hand with FedEx Cross Border, SURA Ventures, Bancolombia, Google Developers Launchpad, among other key companies in the Latin American ecosystem, generates a new commitment for the region to the world, with a disruptive event in the city of Cartagena - Colombia "LATIN AMERICA Ventures Summit" , in which actors from the highest level of different corporations, universities, investment funds, enterprises and governments come together to reflect and build a space in which new opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, products and services are generated, with new networks of work that allow contributing to the growth and positioning of Latin America at the global level.
Connect with national talent and world-class speakers
Business, Creativity, Entrepeneurship
Serial entrepreneur and investor, CEO of OurCrowd, named by the Washington Post as "one of the most important investors in the technological issue in Israel," by the NY Times as one of the "Top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel and for the Jerusalem Post as "One of the 50 most influential Jews".
Richard W. Smith
President & CEO, FedEx Trade Networks
He was the senior vice president of international trade and specialized services for FedEx Express. His career at FedEx also includes a number of leadership positions in life sciences, healthcare and client solutions, including serving as vice president of global commerce services and managing director of life sciences and specialized services. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Greater Memphis Chamber and a member of the Chairman's Circle Board. He is also a board member of Launch Tennessee, the Coalition of Services Industries and Epicentre Memphis, a non-profit organization that supports new and existing community entrepreneurs.
Juan N. Cento
Regional President, FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division
As regional president of FedEx Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Division, Juan N. Cento maintains overall responsibility for the region, which includes approximately 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries and territories. Cento’s primary focus is the broader strategic direction of the Latin America and Caribbean region, as well as magnifying the FedEx Express presence throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Furthermore, he is responsible for integrating the region into the FedEx global network which serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Cento began his career with FedEx in 1989 when the company merged with Flying Tigers Line. Immediately following the merger, he was promoted to Managing Director for South and Central America, based in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. Following his position as Managing Director for South and Central America, Cento became Vice President of Mexico and Central America, based in Mexico City, Mexico. In his 30 years with FedEx, Cento has expanded the company’s presence in Latin America and helped FedEx Express become a pillar for growth in the region. Most recently, Cento led FedEx Express in acquiring Rapidaõ Cometa in Brazil. Additionally, to adjust to growing market demands, Cento led FedEx Express in offering domestic service throughout Colombia and acquiring MultiPack in Mexico. Prior to these recent initiatives, in August 2008, FedEx launched FedEx Express Nacional, a domestic next-business-day service that provides high-quality, reliable and convenient express shipping solutions across Mexico. Under Cento’s leadership, FedEx Express has and continues to connect Latin America and the Caribbean to the world. As a business leader Cento has been honored for his outstanding work and has received various awards and recognitions. In 2012 he was named among the list of Most Influential Hispanics and South Florida CEO Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in South Florida. He has also received the Corporate Generosity Leadership Award by the United Way and the International Kids Fund; the Excellence Award by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida; Florida’s International Achievement Award by the World Trade Center of Miami; as well as the International Air Cargo Achievement Award and Florida International Trade Award by the Florida Council for International Development. Outside of his corporate responsibilities, Cento is actively involved in several professional organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors for various organizations including the Council of the Americas, Assurant Inc., and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Baptist Health System. Additionally, Cento is a Director of the Board of CLADEC (Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Express Companies) and most recently became a member of the University of Miami LACI Advisory Board. Apart from his participation in professional organizations, Cento is actively involved in several non-profits. Cento was Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Kids Fund. A Cuba native, Cento moved to Miami in 1960 where he attended Miami-Dade College and proceeded to graduate from Florida International University College of Business Administration. Cento resides in Miami with his wife and family.
Executive VP, Grupo Semana - Co-Founder Festival Detonante
María Lopez is one of the youngest sustainability leaders in the region and one of the pioneers of sustainability in media in Colombia. Amongst her major achievements is creation of the Semana Foundation, which has focused its work in building sustainable and inclusive models of development in post conflict zones to eradicate extreme poverty. Three years ago, she founded Festival Detonante a leadership platform that inspires through music and thought provoking ideas that drive change and mobilizes citizens. Her work in sustainability has focused in transforming Publicaciones Semana, one of the most influential media conglomerates in the country, into a Media Company that has sustainability at its strategic core. Today, she is the Vice president of Content of the Group and is in charge of the transformation of the business model in order to meet the challenges the industry faces in the future. Maria serves as a board member of several social and environmental organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Global Reporting Initiative, and is an advisor to the Accumen Fund in Colombia. María is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes and holds an Environmental Management Masters Degree from the Universidad de los Andes, in addition to a post-graduate degree in Human Rights from American University. She is a mother of two, a journalist, an activist, and a philanthropist. She was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the Young Global Leaders of the Class of 2016.
Chief Executive Officer, Grupo SURA
Holding a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes and an MBA majoring in Actuarial studies from Michigan University, Mr. Bojanini has held various posts within the private sector, including that of the CEO of the Pension and Severance Fund Protección S.A., for a period of 15 years as of when it was first founded. Before this, he served as Actuarial Manager for the Suramericana insurance companies. Since October 2006, he has served as CEO of the Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana S.A. -GRUPO SURA, overseeing the Company's sound portfolio of investments mainly in the insurance and financial service sectors. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Grupo Nutresa, Grupo Argos, Grupo Bancolombia, Suramericana and SURA Asset Management. In Colombia, he is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Proantioquia Foundation, and serves as a director for the Colombian Private Council for Competitiveness (Consejo Privado de Competitividad), the "Businessmen for Education" Foundation, Fedesarrollo and the Colombia International Corporation. He is currently a member of the Colombian Chapter of the Consejo Empresarial de la Alianza del Pacifico - CEAP (the Pacific Alliance Business Council).
Gerente general Discovery Networks Colombia & VP
Carolina is an expert in media and digital marketing. After her MA in International Journalism at the University of Westminster in London, she has successfully conquered the communications industry in Colombia, climbing from journalist and national correspondent manager for CM& News, host for la FM and RCN Radio, special reports reporter and anchor for RCN News, communications manager for a Colombian Presidential candidate to Vice President of Programming and Marketing for RCN Television, the top Tv Channel in Colombia. Under her seven year tenure as VP, RCN ranked number one in Colombia. In 2009, Carolina founded Ennovva, digital advertising agency and business incubator. As President, she positioned as the top agency in Colombia opening 10 global offices. She was then named President of Grupo Zyyei, encompassing 13 innovation companies. She received in 2013 the Oustanding CEO of the Year award of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, in the Top Minority Business Awards. She has been also board member and special advisor for various companies in different businesses ranging from cosmetics and apparels virtual stores to car distribution, hardware, mobile marketing, tv production, affinity marketing and a Mobile Virtual network operator. In December 2015 she was appointed as the Country Manager of Google Colombia. In December 2017 she accepted an offer to Lead the digital strategy for Latin America and also be the General Manager in Colombia at Discovery Communications, where she is currently working.
Juan Carlos Mora
Juan Carlos Mora Uribe is the president (CEO) of Bancolombia, a leading financial group with 30,000 employees in charge of generating experiences superior to its more than 11 million clients in Colombia, Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador. During his 27-year career in this business group, Juan Carlos has built a path of leadership in all areas of the organization. He began his career as a credit analyst, later moving to the area of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, he was Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Risks (CRO). In recent years he was vice president of Corporate Services (COO) and corporate vice president of Digital Innovation and Transformation, a team that he structured to bring innovation and digital banking to the service of customers. His training as a business administrator at the EAFIT University of Medellin, Colombia, and a master's degree in Business Administration from Babson College, United States, have enabled him to be a promoter of key processes of modernization, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Juan Carlos is recognized for actively participating in the internationalization of the Group as a leading actor that marks the path of local presidents for BancoAgrícola in El Salvador, BAM in Guatemala and Banistmo in Panama. Under his responsibility, the entry of Bancolombia into the Dow Jones Sustainability Index was coordinated, an index in which it has remained constant since 2011 and which today allows it to be recognized as the most Sustainable Bank in the world. When he took office, he accompanied the transformation of the Bancolombia Foundation, focusing the social efforts of the organization, in connecting rural communities in Colombia with business opportunities through ecosystem models, where banking plays as a meeting point between sectors to promote the modernization of the field. Since April 2018, Juan Carlos was elected as the highest spokesperson for the Board of Directors of the Banking Association and Financial Entities of Colombia, ASOBANCARIA. From there, he has given voice to the sector in different scenarios, helping to define an economic agenda in the midst of a changing and challenging environment for the country.
WomenInTech Advocate + XR + Data-driven
Colombian born entrepreneur living in NYC with a successful track record of originating, structuring and executing startup transactions in data and technology-driven platforms. Co-founder of VR Americas LLC, a company dedicated to expanding the frontier of immersive technologies - Virtual Reality, Augmented, Mixed and Extended - in industrial applications, 3 of those applications is a finalist in Augmented World Expo Auggie awards 2018 and one was in 2017. WXR Fund 2nd cohort, 4.0 Schools, and NYU Steinhardt StratEd Incubator. Rosario is a Big Data Advisory Board Member at Rutgers University. Named one of the 100 Top World disruptors in New York City by the WSIE and appeared in media such as NatGeo, Forbes, Huffington Post among others. Great speaker: NAB Show, AWE, Steamnista, The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Co-Founder and President of Business Creative Partners, a consulting firm specializing in direct investment in Latin America, with a special interest in technology, innovation, and digital business. Entrepreneurial mentor at the Tandon school of engineering at NYU. Former CEO of Grupo Senseta, Inc., a Silicon Valley state-of-the-art Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning technologies.
CEO & Co-Founder en Movii / Moviired
Hernando Rubio is a serial entrepreneur with a track record in bringing early-stage technology products and transforming them into projects, that hack disruptive growth. His work in more than 19 companies over the last 15 years have combined innovative products; technologies and business models in developing markets to create a real impact across the region. He's the proud co-founder of Movii a company who was born to completely disrupt the banking world and to make financial inclusion a reality. This company brings to the table a real state-of-the-art, fully transparent and completely fair ecosystem for the people in Latam.
Founder & Designer in Mercedes Salazar Jewelry
Mercedes Salazar departs from Colombia to Mexico City, where she studies jewelry and goldsmithery at the Artisan School of "INBA".
While in Mexico, she complements her studies with professional training in metal sculpting, enameling and cabinetry.
At her return to Colombia, she founds “Mercedes Salazar Jewelry” in association with Diego Martinez.
The company launches an exploratory line of contemporary jewelry made of recovered materials such as buttons, leather, metals nuts and bolts.
The first Mercedes Salazar store opens its doors in Bogotá, Colombia.
The first export order to the U.S. takes place.
Mercedes Salazar expands its international recognition by taking part in Bijorhca (París), and Accessorie Circuit (NYC).
With a long term vision, Mercedes Salazar starts building the first alliances with artisans and indigenous communities from Colombia. Ancestral techniques from across Colombia are infused into the manufacturing process: The crochet technique from the Wayyú indigenous community of la Guajira. The straw weaving from the Zenú artisans from Córdoba. The iraca palm weaving from the artisans of Nariño. The weaving tradition of the Kamentsa indigenous community from Putumayo. The werregue palm weaving of the Wounaan Nonam community from Chocó. The weaving of the Guambian women from Silvia, Cauca.
Blown glass and acrylics with encapsulated textiles and liquids are introduced into the manufacturing process.
Mercedes Salazar widens its presence in the U.S. through luxury online retailers.
Across Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena, five different Mercedes Salazar stores open the doors to the public.
Mercedes Salazar becomes a member of the Aspen Institute Alliance of Artisan Enterprise..
With the aim of improving the life quality of prisoners and to liberate them mentally from the state of reclusion, “Proyecto Peligro” starts inside the prisons of El Buen Pastor and La Picota, in Bogotá. Prisoners are trained to intervene with artisanal techniques signaling tape printed with the word “danger”.
Mercedes Salazar is invited as a guest speaker at TEDXBogotá
Nowadays, Mercedes Salazar is a global brand with a wide product portfolio, offering contemporary jewelry and fashion accessories handmade by master artisans in Colombia. The company is currently present in 19 markets across the Americas, Europe, UK and Asia, and distributes worldwide through www.mercedessalazar.com
Coursera's Head of Iberoamerica
Growth strategist based in Mountain View. Currently Coursera's Head of Iberoamerica and responsible for developing data-driven strategies to bring the best education to 4.6 million learners in the region. In the past, served as a VP of Marketing for SOMA messenger, where they secured 10 million downloads within 30 days of launching the app. It became the fastest growing messaging app in internet history. In 2009, founded MakeitHappy and other social ventures dedicated to the prioritization of sustainable happiness in individuals and organizations. "I have been a speaker on happiness at 10 TEDx events internationally; gave a few talks at Google Headquarters; spoke before a United Nations panel and collaborated in the creation of the International Day of Happiness. I've also lectured at MIT, Harvard, Columbia, and Yale among others. I have a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs."
CEO y Co-Founder, RAPPI
CEO and co-founder of Rappi, the startup that has become a cornerstone of the Latin American mobile ecosystem. "Rappi will most probably become the next Everything Store of LatinAmerica". With more than 10 years of experience in the tech industry, he is also the founder of Imaginamos, a 300+ employee software development company with over 3,000 corporate clients across 17 different countries. Additionally, co-founded Grability, a tech company that offers a unique mobile commerce solution for leading grocery retailers. Co-founded other ventures, such as Ventrevista and Elecciones, as well.
- Identify Startups that respond to corporate challenges
- Approach to the ecosystem of entrepreneurship
- Alternatives for diversification and / or complement the current portfolio.
- Possibility of investment
- Approach to new methodologies
- Value connections
- Approach to high-level StartUps in Latin America - Deal Flow
- Strategic agreements with other investors and / or corporates.
- Approach to government entities in the region for public policy advocacy
- Direct exposure to the current state of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latin America