Keywords: agritech, innovation, social entrepreneurship, summit, EGADE Business School
“We are very pleased with the event. It’s a whole ecosystem, from the entrepreneurs, who are evidently the key players, to those who have the money, the money that unites and can catapult these great players. There are also consultants and, of course, academics,” said Luis Márquez, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of EGADE Business School in Mexico City, who acted as master of ceremonies for the Forum on Agritech, Energy & Social Entrepreneurship.
EGADE Business School and the Capitalization and Investment Fund for the Rural Sector (FOCIR) organized the first Forum on Agritech, Energy & Social Entrepreneurship, which brought together specialists, entrepreneurs and investors from these key sectors for the country’s development.
The day began with a welcome message by the FOCIR Director, Luis Alberto Ibarra, and the Mexico City Regional Dean of the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Business, Gabriel Morelos. This was followed by the panel “What will the next major disruption in Agritech be and what opportunities will it create?”, with the participation of FOCIR Director, Luis Alberto Ibarra Pardo, the Innovation Director of EUNO Capital, Catalina Garza de la Fuente, and the National Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of EGADE Business School, Félix Cárdenas, moderated by Óscar Franco of the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Business.
It was then the turn of Gabriel Vidal, CEO of CEICKOR, and Enrique Peña, CEO of Enerall, who shared their experiences in the field of innovation through "Stories about Innovators", a showcase moderated by José Antonio Quesada, Director of EGADE Business School in Mexico City.
The day’s second panel focused on renewable energy, under the title “Alternatives that really work or just trends?”. Ángel Mejía Santiago, CEO of Inventive Power, Francisco Bonilla Sevilla, CEO of Synergy Agua y Energía, and Jorge Aguirre Torres, CFO of GreenMomentum, participated in the debate that was moderated by Luli Pesqueira, professor at EGADE Business School and Coordinator for Climate and Energy in the World Wildlife Fund.
The first block of the day’s agenda ended with the keynote address “The Art of Telling Stories”, by Luis Aguirre Torres, CEO of GreenMomentum, and the panel “Myths and Realities about the Democratization of Services”, with the participation of Carlos Michel, CEO of The Pale Blue Dot, A.C., Octavio Montúfar, regional manager of Shared Risk Trust (FIRCO), and Juan Eduardo García, president of KIIN Energy. Isaac Lucatero, regional director of the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute, served as moderator.
After lunch, the second block, “Meet the Investors”, started with the participation of Alejandro Diez Barroso, managing partner of DILA Capital, who talked about whether or not there is sufficient project pipeline in Mexico or there is no money to fund start-ups.
For the fourth panel, Laura Ortiz Montemayor, CEO of SVX, and Héctor Martínez, founder and CEO of Grupo Paisano, took the stage with the topic “Impact Investing: What Is Success?”.
The day came to an end with a showcase by Hernán Fernández, managing partner of Angel Ventures Capital, who shared the lessons he has learned along the way, a closing message by Luis Márquez, and, finally, a networking cocktail event.
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