A recent article in Spain’s El Pais featured Endeavor Entrepreneurs Guibert Englebienne, Bento Koike, and Ricardo Villarreal as well as Endeavor President Fernando Fabre as they discussed economic growth, innovation and competitiveness in the Latin American region.
The article highlights entrepreneurship in Latin America and the challenges the market faces against a rising Asian economy, particularly in terms of manufacturing and production. Despite studies that claim that innovation in the region is lagging behind its global competitors, companies like Guibert’s Globant, Bento’s Tecsis and Ricardo’s Imagen Dental demonstrate that high-impact businesses are steadily attracting top talent and investing in products that are growing whole sectors of the region’s economy.
Based in Argentina, Globant is one of the fastest growing software product development companies in the country, aiming to provide clients with solutions that are both design-minded, scalable and efficient. The founders’ goal is to put Argentina on the radar of the global marketplace with an offshore IT services alternative, and to continue attracting top clients from around the world. Since Guibert’s selection in 2005, Globant has expanded rapidly and stands as an Endeavor success story, acquiring fellow Endeavor Entrepreneur company OpenWare and participating in programs like Endeavor Catalyst and the EY Vantage Program among other activities.
The Brazil-based Tecsis is a leading energy company specializing in the manufacturing of components for wind turbines and serves as one of the world’s largest producers of turbine blades. As a leading exporter in Brazil, Tecsis has seen rapid growth in the U.S. and Europe, and cites a number of global corporations as clients. Since Tecsis’ selection in 2002, Bento has received ongoing support from Endeavor’s services, including participation in the eMBA Program and G-Lab Program, and has also given back by serving as an Endeavor mentor.
In Mexico, Imagen Dental is transforming dental, vision and hearing care for middle-class Mexicans with specialized and affordable service options. In a country where public healthcare is undergoing much change, founders Ricardo and Patricio seek to provide quality and well-trained professionals who can offer Mexicans basic and necessary services. Since their selection in 2006, the entrepreneurs have participated in Endeavor services like the eMBA Program as well as numerous Immersion Tours and an Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit.
Read the entire El Pais article in Spanish for more views on innovation in Latin America and how the region is competing globally.