At the FASSST Summit on entrepreneurship held at the Foreign Ministry on Friday, May 12, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard presented a plan consisting of 42 actions to transform Mexico’s startups.
At the event, business executives, entrepreneurs, investment funds and government officials discussed and promoted innovative solutions to Mexico’s social and economic challenges.
Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, said:
“There are 42 proposals, some are immediate, others are going to take us a little more time, and some are going to take a lot more time. What is our time horizon? A decade, we don’t have more than that.”
“So I think that, one: yes we can achieve this; two: yes we want to achieve this; and three: yes, we know what we have to do.”
This comes from you, these 42 actions are the work of a year, added the Foreign Secretary in his remarks.
“How can we not do this? The startups, the companies, the institutions, are all here. Our country is immense. I believe that it is destined for greatness; we just need to do what we are doing today,”
He further stated.
Modeling the event on forums such as the G20, the attendees discussed the role of startups and innovative companies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The roundtables addressed topics such as ending poverty, sustainable cities, health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, economic growth, and peace and security.
In addition, Secretary Ebrard led the discussion on how new technologies will contribute to an economic development model that benefits the most vulnerable, and he presented the 42 actions to transform the startup sector.
The list aims to start a discussion of strategies that will trigger the growth of the ecosystem and to compile proposals for regulatory improvement.
To conclude, the Foreign Secretary said,
“The probability that people from such different sectors will come together is normally very low. Normally, we stay in our comfort zone. This type of forum allows us to meet with those who have other ideas, experiences and disruptive proposals.”
Lastly, awards were given to the winners of the Pitch Contest for the Internationalization of Mexican Startups and the FASSST University Essay Contest, organized by the Foreign Ministry.
Only through the joint work of startups, companies, academia, civil society and the government will we be able to build a fairer, more equal Mexico with more opportunities.
The Startups Accelerator, Tech Sector and Government Forum (FASSST) seeks to promote diversity and trigger the growth of Mexico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
It pays special attention to projects that address the country’s social and economic challenges, and provides tools to make capital and experience available to everyone.
Sources: THX News & Gobierno de Mexico.