By Belen Alvarez Toledo and David Rousseau
“Each time someone falls prey to the mistaken assertion that you can’t become an entrepreneur in Argentina, a multitude of opportunities are lost.”
Such were the words delivered by Andy Freire, board director of Endeavor Argentina, at the “Endeavor Experience” event in Buenos Aires. This year’s edition counted over 1,300 attendees.
The two-day event (June 14-15) attracted prominent figures of the entrepreneurial world, including locally famous Mauricio Macri and María Eugenia Estenssoro. Entrepreneurs from across the country enjoyed numerous networking opportunities and had the opportunity to pick the brains of “the best in the business.”
This year, for the first time, a diverse group of investors were also present to interact with entrepreneurs seeking financing, and offer face-to-face consulting and advice.
Furthermore, talks were given byEndeavor Entrepreneurs Marcos Galperin, Co-founder and CEO of MercadoLibre; Susana Balbo, Founder of Dominio del Plata; and Nelson Dubosq, Co-founder de HSM. Other inspirational speakers included Josh Silverman, President of American Express Consumer Services in the U.S (ex CEO of Skype); Mike Cassidy, Director of Search Product Management at Google; Alex Pryor, Co-founder de Guyaky Sustainable Ranforest Products; Emerson Andrade, Founder of Pez Urbano; and Martín Frascaroli, Founder of Aivo.
“Successful entrepreneurs aren’t those who’ve faced less obstacles than others. Rather, they are those who’ve held a clearer vision of their ideas and objectives” affirmed Andy Freire, at the closing of the event.