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Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.

With applications for the Buenos Aires Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the Buenos Aires Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v3 below! It was developed by the Buenos Aires Founder Institute and local leaders Ariel Canossa, Ivan Saubidet, and Luis Cuezzo.

This is just a DRAFT, and more input is needed, so 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 Buenos Aires? Then apply to the Buenos Aires Founder Institute today!

We've included a text version of the infographic, 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

  • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters, Startup Digest)
    1. Buenos Aires Startups List
    2. Conexion Startup
    3. DonWeb Blog
    4. Edgardo Maidana
    5. Lisa Besserman
    6. Palermo Valley
    7. Startup Buenos Aires
    8. Startup Digest Buenos Aires
    9. Buenos Aires
  • Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. Buenos Aires Coworking Meetup
    2. Buenos Aires Group Technology Startups
    3. Business and Beer
    4. Campus Party Argentina
    5. Chicas Poderosas Argentina
    6. Mobile Monday Buenos Aires
    7. Social Entrepreneurs and Changemakers Buenos Aires
    8. Startup Weekend Buenos Aires

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like 1 Million Cups, Startup Grind, Startup Founder 101, etc).
    1. Agiles @ BsAs
    2. Facilitacion en Argentina
    3. Focus Groups Para Startups Buenos Aires
    4. Redmint Startup University
    5. Startup Founder 101 Buenos Aires
    6. Startup Grind Buenos Aires
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. Bootcamp Buenos Aires
    2. Buenos Aires Entrepreneur Boot Camp
    3. Founder Institute Buenos Aires
    4. Lean Startup Machine Buenos Aires
    5. LeWagon Argentina

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Buenos Aires Education Technology Meetup
    2. CoFoundersLab Buenos Aires
    3. Emprendedores IT en Argentina y Latinoamerica
    4. Emprendiendo en Bs As
  • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
    1. 1er Hackathon: Tecnologia para la Inclusion
    2. Angelhack Buenos Aires
    3. AngularJS Buenos Aires
    4. Arquitectura de Software Buenos Aires
    5. BA Node.js
    6. Baires Frontend UX
    7. Big Data Developers
    8. Buenos Aires Django Meetup
    9. Buenos Aires Python Meetup
    10. Buenos Aires Web Development
    11. Media Party Hackathon
    12. Meetup.js
    13. MercadoLibre Hackathon
    14. Ruby Buenos Aires
    15. TADHack Global Buenos Aires

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: Law firms & banks for startups
    1. ASEA
    2. Alfaro Abogados
    3. BSCP Abogados
    4. Banco Ciudad
    5. Banco Patagonia
    6. Banco Provincia
    7. Banco Santander Rio
    8. Corporate IP Abogados
    9. Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Abogados
    10. Estudio Juridico Viau & Petersen Abogados
    11. Gonzalez Frea & Asociados
    12. Kaplan Abogados
    13. Kier Joffe
    14. Limodio Abogados
    15. Morando Law
    16. Raskovsky y Asociados
    17. StartLegalUp
  • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)
    1. Area Tres
    2. Belephant
    3. Central Coworking
    4. Cespedes Coworking
    5. Coworking Buenos Aires
    6. Founders Place
    7. GoWork
    8. Hit Cowork
    9. La Maquinita
    10. Manawa Coworking
    11. Neti Makerspace
    12. The Office
    13. Urban Station
    14. Workstation

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.
    1. 18Dev
    2. AV Consultores
    3. Barrero & Larroude
    4. Brullo y Asociados
    5. DB y Asociados
    6. Di Rosa Consultores
    7. Estudio Baldi y Ferreyra
    8. Estudio Roldan
    9. Giro54
    10. Kood Studio
    11. Lami y Asociados
    12. Level 5 Consultores
    13. MSG Estudio Contable
    14. Meemba
    15. MovApps
    16. Neomedia
    17. Odiseo
    18. QKStudio
    19. RAD MKT
    20. SMedia
  • Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup TEAMS)
    1. Baitec
    2. Emtec
    3. IncuBA
    4. Incubacen
    5. itBAF
    6. Socialab
    7. Startup Next Buenos Aires

C. Launch

  • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. Cites
    2. Enablis
    3. ImagineLab
    4. Scalabl
    5. GridExponential (GridX)
    6. La Plata Hub
    7. Media Factory
    8. Njambre
    9. Nxtp Labs
    10. Pyxis
    11. Wayra
  • Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
    1. Magical Startups International Demo Day
    2. NXTP Labs Demo Party Edition 7 Rocking Startups
    3. Seedstars World
    4. Startup Grind Buenos Aires and Colombia Demo Day
    5. Wayra Demo Day 2015 Argentina

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

  • Investor Networking:  Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
    1. ELAN Network
    2. EmpreAR
    3. Empretec Argentina
    4. Endeavor Investor Summit
    5. Red Sudamericana de Inversiones
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
    1. Ambito
    2. The Bubble Argentina
    3. Buenos Aires Herald
    4. Clarin
    5. DiarioBAE
    6. Emprendedores News
    7. Geekye
    8. Infobae
    9. InfoNEWS
    10. La Nacion
    11. La Prensa
    12. Minuto Uno
    13. Pagina12
    14. Perfil
    15. Pulsosocial
    16. Start-Ups Argentina
    17. TN Tecno
    18. Telefe Noticias
    19. The Argentina Independent
    20. Tiempo Argentino

B. Funding

  • Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors
    1. Adrian Herzkovich
    2. Alec Oxenford
    3. Alejandro Cavallero
    4. Andres Destefanis
    5. Antonio Peña
    6. Ariel Muslera
    7. Arthur Madrid
    8. Arturo Torres
    9. Damian Voltes
    10. Daniel Nofal
    11. Diego Steverlynck
    12. Federico Jack
    13. Gabriela Ruggeri
    14. Ignacio Carcavallo
    15. Juan Francisco Di Nucci
    16. Juan Lopez Salaberry
    17. Mariano Suarez Battan
    18. Marta Cruz
    19. Mateo Marietti
    20. Matias Mosse
    21. Noel Poler
    22. Pato Jutard
    23. Santiago Bilinkis
    24. Sebastian Ortega
  • Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. 54 Ventures
    2. Aconagua Ventures
    3. AxVentures
    4. BACP
    5. CAP venture capital
    6. Cygnus Capital
    7. DCDB Group
    8. Enzyme Venture Capital
    9. Genii Capital
    10. Kaszek Ventures
    11. Linzor Capital
    12. Nazca Mountain
    13. Patagonia Ventures
    14. Pegasus
    15. Victoria Capital Partners

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. AGES
    2. ArgenProp
    3. Capital Humano
    4. Inmoclick
    5. L.J. Ramos
    6. Lauro Asesores
    7. MagnaLife
    8. Michael Page
    9. Page Personnel
    10. Regus Buenos Aires
    11. SG Oficinas
    12. Terzian Seguros
    13. Top Inmobiliario
    14. Xixtech
    15. ZonaProp
  • Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Accenture
    2. Amrop
    3. Bain & Company
    4. Boston Consulting Group
    5. Cognizant
    6. eConsultora
    7. Egon Zehnder
    8. FTI Consulting
    9. Innova Business Consulting
    10. KPMG Argentina
    11. McKinsey & Company
    12. PwC Argentina
    13. Towers Watson
    14. Vivaldi Partners

4. Success Stories

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

  1. Acamica
  2. BrandTrack
  3. Clippate
  4. EntrenaYa
  6. Fnbox
  7. Globant
  8. IncluyeMe
  9. Intiza
  10. Mango
  11. MercadoLibre
  12. La Musiquita
  13. Properati
  14. RecargaPay
  15. Ropanroll
  17. Sonico
  18. The Other Guys
  19. Tienda Nube
  20. Zolvers


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.  (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc)

  1. Alejandro Pestchanker
  2. Cheryl Quirion
  3. Cristian Bietti
  4. Diego Da Col
  5. Diego Noriega
  6. Ezequiel Lollini
  7. Federico Ast
  8. Fernando Gonzalez del Solar
  9. Ignacio Peña
  10. Jonathan Viar
  11. Jorge De Bernardo
  12. Jose Ignacio S. Galindo
  13. Jose Medina
  14. Josefina Crescia
  15. Laura Perez Vanmorlegan
  16. Lisa Besserman
  17. Martin Frankel
  18. Martin Virdis
  19. Martin Vivas
  20. Matias Scelso
  21. Nicolas Maiztegui
  22. Ricardo Vaca Narvaja
  23. Sebastien Yanni

2. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development  

  1. Academia BA Emprende
  2. Buenos Aires Ciudad
  3. Invertir en Buenos Aires
  4. Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovacion Productiva
  5. Ministerio de la Produccion, Ciencia y Tecnologia

3. Talent

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

  • Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. IAE Universidad Austral
    2. Instituto Tecnologico Buenos Aires
    3. Universidad Argentina de la Empresa
    4. Universidad de Buenos Aires
    5. Universidad Catolica Argentina
    6. Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
    7. Universidad de Palermo
    8. Universidad Tecnologica Nacional
    9. Universidad de San Andrés
  • Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices)
    1. Cisco
    2. Dell
    3. Globant
    4. Google
    5. HP
    6. IBM
    7. Intel
    8. MercadoLibre
    9. Microsoft
    10. Nokia
    11. Oracle
    12. Pixart
    13. Telefonica Argentina

Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Buenos Aires Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a DRAFT, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in Buenos Aires? Then apply to the Buenos Aires Founder Institute today

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