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Mexico City is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Mexico City Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Mexico City Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v2 below! It was developed by the Mexico City Founder Institute and local leaders: Jose Antonio Tena Sendra (CEO & Co-Founder, Piktia), Lorena Sanchez (Co-Founder & Co CEO, Urban Guilt)

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Mexico City? Then apply to the Mexico City Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Mexico City Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. 500 Startups Mailing List
    2. Codigo Espagueti
    3. Cofunda México
    4. Latin American VC/Diego Serebrisky
    5. Mundo Digital - Blog
    6. POSIBLE
    7. Startup Digest Mexico City
    8. Startups List Mexico City
    9. Unocero
    10. Ventura Mexico
    11. Xataka Mexico
    12. Startup Mexico
  • Inspirational Mexico City Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. Creative Mornings 
    2. GEW
    3. Girls in Tech Mexico City
    4. Girl Power
    5. Global Ventures Summit
    6. INCmty
    7. Mexico City IoT Meetup
    8. NodeBots Mexico
    9. Startup Weekend Education Mexico
    10. Startup Weekend FinTech Mexico City
    11. The Data Pub
    12. Women Who Code Mexico City

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
    1. Agile Mexico Meetup
    2. Big Data Developers Mexico City
    3. Docker Friends Mexico City
    4. Eventloop Mexico City
    5. Mexico City Startup Entrepreneurs
    6. Mexico City Startup: Idea to IPO
    7. PHP Mexico
    8. ProductTank Mexico City
    9. Startup Founder 101 Mexico City
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and startup bootcamps for entrepeneurs. (Includes comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. Amazon Web Services Mexico
    2. BEDU
    3. Business Coaching Firm
    4. DATA Management Mexico
    5. DataCivica
    6. Dev F.
    7. DigitalOcean Mexico
    8. Epic Queen
    9. Founder Institute
    10. Ironhack
    11. Laboratoria
    12. Startupbootcamp FinTech Mexico City

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in Mexico City.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. CoFoundersLab
    2. Comunidad de Startups Socialmente Responsables
    3. Encuentro de Emprendedores y Networkers CDMX
    4. Endeavor
    5. Endeavor® México
    6. Entrepreneurs' Organization
    7. FounderDating
    8. FuckUp Nights
    9. Innohub Mexico
    10. Mass Challenge
    11. Meetup de Freelance y Emprendedores en la Ciudad de Mexico
    12. Startup Teams en el Centro Historico
    13. Tardes de Makers
    14. The Pool Mexico Club de Emprendedores
  • Build First Product: Hackathons & product events in Mexico City.
    1. 2017 Mexico City Mobile Health Hackathon
    2. Avaya Hackathon Developers 2017
    3. Fishackathon
    4. Hack CDMX
    5. HACK UNAM 2017
    6. HackrobotsMX
    7. Indigitous Hack
    8. Kandy.io IoT Hackathon
    9. Talent Fest CDMX Hackathon

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Mexico City law firms & banks for startups
    1. Baker McKenzie
    2. Banorte
    3. Banregio (Nexo)
    4. BBVA
    5. Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton
    6. CitiBanamex
    7. Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
    8. DLA Piper
    9. Duane Morris LLP
    10. Garrigues
    11. Haynes and Boone, LLP
    12. Hogan Lovells
    13. HSBC Mexico
    14. Jones Day
    15. LIT Advisors SC.
    16. Scotiabank Mexico
    17. White & Case LLP
  • Mexico City Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups in Mexico City.
    1. Centraal
    2. Co-work
    3. Collab&Play
    4. CoWorking by SACH
    5. El 3er espacio
    6. FLYLAB
    7. Homework
    8. Impact Hub DF
    9. Publico
    10. Punto Coworking
    11. Sona Centro
    12. Spaces
    13. Spacioss Coworking
    14. Startup Mexico Coworking
    15. Terminal 1
    16. The Everywhere Office
    17. The Pool
    18. WeWork
    19. WRK

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Mexico City accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.  
    1. Alia
    2. BE Consultores
    3. EPI Consultores
    4. Espora Estudio
    5. Evenplan
    6. Gestionix
    7. Impuestum Contadores
    8. Ingenieria Pixel
    9. Luelmo Contadores
    10. MobileLab360
    11. Pixzelle Studio
    12. Servicios Corporativos en Contaduria y Administracion
    13. Sparklabs
    14. Tr3sco
  • Mexico City Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
    1. Alcázar & Compañia
    2. Catapulta
    3. Victoria 147

C. Launch

  • Mexico City Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. 500 Startups
    2. Finnovista
    3. G2 Consultores/G2 Momentum Capital
    4. Hatch Startups
    5. IPN Aceleradora de Empresas
    6. Jardin de Innovacion
    7. Smart Impact Accelerator
  • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase Mexico City startups for investment.
    1. 500 Demo Day
    2. Demo Day NUMA Batch 15
    3. Demo Day Smart Impact Accelerator
    4. Demo Day Startup Garage 2017
    5. Startup Mexico Demo Days
    6. Startupbootcamp FinTech Mexico City Demo Day

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Mexico City Investor Networking:  Events and groups that connect professional investors with founders.
    1. Angel Investment Network
    2. Angel Investor Summit
    3. Angel Ventures
    4. GoVenture
    5. Investo
    6. Play Business
    7. Soldiers Field Angels
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
    1. Aristegui Noticias
    2. CNN Mexico
    3. El Economista
    4. El Universal
    5. Excelsior
    6. Expansion
    7. Forbes Mexico
    8. La Cronica
    9. La Jornada
    10. La Prensa
    11. Milenio
    12. Noticieros Televisa
    13. Reforma

B. Funding

  • Mexico City Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs.
    1. Abel Bezares
    2. Alberto Alcaraz
    3. Alejandro Diez Barroso
    4. Alejandro Galvez Rico
    5. Alejandro Rocha Bracamontes
    6. Alessandro Paganini
    7. Alex Rossi
    8. Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui
    9. Andres Chico
    10. Andres Gavito Aspe
    11. Anna Raptis
    12. Antonio Osio
    13. Armando Badillo
    14. Benjamin Garcia
    15. Bismarck Lepe
    16. Caribou Honig
    17. Carlos Paz
    18. Christian Hauswaldt
    19. Cristobal Perdomo
    20. David Garcia
    21. Debasish Karmakar
    22. Emilio Manchón
    23. Enrique Vera del Castillo
    24. Erik Wallsten
    25. Fabricio Pettená
    26. Fernando Fabre
    27. Fernando Valenzuela
    28. Francisco Flores G.
    29. Francisco Velazquez de Cuellar
    30. Gabriel Mizrahi
    31. Grant Taylor
    32. Guillermo Zambrano
    33. Gustavo Trevino Milling
    34. Heberto Taracena
    35. Heberto Taracena
    36. Hector Sepulveda Reyes Retana
    37. Hernan Fernandez
    38. Israel Cerda
    39. Jacques T'S
    40. Javier Arrechea
    41. Javier Chavez Ruiz
    42. Jonathan Lewy
    43. Jorge A. Ortiz
    44. Jorge Gonzalez Gasque
    45. Jose Bolaños
    46. Jose Eduardo Guraieb Monroy
    47. JP Duque
    48. Juan Franck
    49. Juan Pablo Gonzalez Gasque
    50. Juan Pablo Zorrilla
    51. Luis Cervantes
    52. Luis X Barrios
    53. Manolo Atala
    54. Marcus Dantus
    55. Maria Ariza
    56. Marianela Molina
    57. Nazar Yasin
    58. Paul Ahlstrom
    59. Per se Capital
    60. Ramon Garcia Quintana
    61. Renzo Casillo
    62. Ricardo Elizondo
    63. Ricardo Laborin
    64. Rodrigo Ocejo
    65. Rogelio De los Santos
    66. Sandra Sainz
    67. Santiago Fossatti
    68. Sebastian Carducci
    69. Sebastian Miralles
    70. Tony Jimenez
  • Mexico City Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. Acon Investments
    2. Adobe Capital
    3. Advent International
    4. Alta Growth Capital
    5. Alta Ventures Mexico
    6. Angel Nest
    7. Angel Ventures
    8. Avalancha Ventures
    9. Axon Partners Group
    10. B37
    11. Beamonte Investments
    12. Brainstorm Ventures
    13. Capital Indigo
    14. Capitalinvent
    15. Carao Ventures
    16. Cubo Capital
    17. Dalus Capital
    18. DaVinci Capital
    19. Dila Capital
    20. Dux Capital
    21. EMX Capital
    22. Endeavor Catalyst
    23. Enture
    24. Envesterly
    25. Escala
    26. Evercore Partners
    27. Fondo de Fondos
    28. General Atlantic
    29. Gerbera Capital
    30. Global Proteus
    31. H.I.G. Capital
    32. Ideas y Capital
    33. IGNIA
    34. Innovateur Capital
    35. Investo
    36. Jaguar Ventures
    37. Linzor Capital Partners
    38. LIV Capital
    39. New Ventures Mexico
    40. NEWGROWTH FUND
    41. Nexxus Capital
    42. Northgate
    43. NXTPLABS
    44. OnVentures
    45. Paul & Co. Capital Advisors
    46. PC Capital
    47. Pedralbes Partners
    48. PineBridge Investments
    49. Promotora Social Mexico
    50. QED Investors
    51. Red Wood
    52. Richmond Global Ventures
    53. Rise Capital
    54. Seaya Ventures
    55. Siembra Capitales
    56. Spectron Desarrollo
    57. Stella Maris Partners
    58. SV Latam Capital
    59. Temasek
    60. Tempest Capital
    61. Variv Capital
    62. WAMEX
    63. XBVentures
    64. Xochi Ventures

C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. AXA Seguros
    2. Capital + Recursos Humanos
    3. Evolucione
    4. Excelencia
    5. GMCRH
    6. GNP Seguros
    7. Inmuebles24
    8. Instant Offices
    9. LoopNet
    10. Metros Cubicos
    11. Propiedades.com
    12. Regus
    13. Search Office Space
    14. Seguros MAPFRE
    15. Seguros SURA
    16. Umbrella Seguros
    17. Zurich
  • Expansion: Mexico City Growth accelerators and consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. A.T. Kearney
    2. Accenture
    3. Alvarez & Marsal
    4. Aon
    5. Bain & Company
    6. Boston Consulting Group
    7. Capgemini
    8. Deloitte
    9. Ernst and Young
    10. Feher & Feher
    11. Frost & Sullivan
    12. FTI Consulting
    13. Gartner
    14. Grant Thornton
    15. Hay Group
    16. INSITUM
    17. KPMG
    18. McKinsey & Company
    19. Mercer Consulting
    20. Millward Brown
    21. PwC
    22. Willis Towers Watson

4. Mexico City Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

    1. Ben & Frank
    2. Bitso
    3. Boletia
    4. Cabify
    5. Clip
    6. Conekta
    7. Cornershop
    8. Cultura Colectiva
    9. Enlight
    10. Gaia Design
    11. Gestionix
    12. Grin
    13. Kavak
    14. Konfio
    15. Kubo.financiero
    16. Kueski
    17. Lentes Plus
    18. Linio
    19. Luuna
    20. Mimoni
    21. Miora
    22. Nexu
    23. Nubity
    24. Play Business
    25. Rappi
    26. Rocket
    27. Sr. Pago
    28. TiZKKA
    29. Uniko
    30. weex
    31. Wizeline

Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Mexico City Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

    1. Amanda Jacobson
    2. Angel Ramirez
    3. Antoine Cocle
    4. Cristian Lloret
    5. Eduardo Alvarez
    6. Eduardo Morelos
    7. Fernando Valenzuela 
    8. Gabriel Cortina Seifer
    9. Guillermo Garcia Vivanco
    10. Jaime Lezama Elguero
    11. Jair Ziranda Angel
    12. Joel Cano
    13. Jorge A. Ortiz
    14. Jose Antonio Tena Sendra
    15. Juan Carlos Cardoso Riveroll
    16. Juan Francisco Del Cerro
    17. Juan Jose Roesel
    18. Laura Curiel Piña
    19. Laura Gonzalez Yepez
    20. Lorena Sanchez
    21. Luis X Barrios
    22. Marcus Dantus
    23. Maria Fernanda Gandara
    24. Maria Fernanda Ramirez Castillo
    25. Newton Davis
    26. Oscar Velazquez
    27. Pablo Lascurain
    28. Rene Lomeli Ojeda
    29. Santiago Zavala

2. Mexico City Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

    1. Agenda de Innovacion Gubernamental CDMX
    2. Australia, New Zealand & Mexico Business Council
    3. British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico
    4. Camara de Comercio de la Ciudad de Mexico
    5. Camara de Comercio del Canada en Mexico
    6. Conacyt
    7. FONDESO
    8. INFOTEC
    9. Laboratorio Para la Ciudad
    10. México Emprende
    11. Mexico IT
    12. Secretaria de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovacion CDMX
    13. Secretaria de Desarrollo Economico CDMX
    14. United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Mexico City Tech Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Escuela Bancaria y Comercial
    2. Instituto Politecnico Nacional
    3. Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
    4. Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
    5. Universidad Anahuac
    6. Universidad Autonoma de la Ciudad de Mexico
    7. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
    8. Universidad de las Americas
    9. Universidad del Valle de Mexico
    10. Universidad Iberoamericana
    11. Universidad La Salle
    12. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    13. Universidad Panamericana
    14. Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico
  • Mexico City Tech Employers
    1. Amazon
    2. Apple
    3. AT&T
    4. Canasta Rosa
    5. Cisco
    6. Dell
    7. Facebook
    8. General Electric
    9. General Motors
    10. Google
    11. HP
    12. Huawei
    13. IBM
    14. Infosys
    15. Intel
    16. Microsoft
    17. Oracle
    18. Samsung
    19. SAP
    20. Siemens
    21. Telcel
    22. Telefonica
    23. Telmex
    24. Uber
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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Mexico City Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in Mexico City? Then apply to the Mexico City Founder Institute today

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