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Mx Challenge

(Encuentra Abajo Contenido en Español)

Our vision is to develop San Antonio into the “International City of Innovation”. We are working to rapidly expand our technology and entrepreneur ecosystem that nurtures the next 1 billion dollar technology company. San Antonio has a special relationship with Mexico. For these reasons the “Mx Challenge” was created, an 18-month contest with a single prize of $500,000 USD.

The Mx Challenge is a contest to create activities, programs and events to build a bridge/network of tech-entrepreneurs between Mexico and San Antonio. Both countries have certain assets and advantages that complement each other. By working as one community without borders, the desired outcome is an acceleration of technology ideas to a global marketplace.

A technology revolution is underway in Mexico. Universities are producing more engineers per capita then the United States and Canada combined. Mexican government funding has established technology incubators in every major city and underwrites hundreds of startups. The Mexican technology venture capital market is just beginning to develop.

Concurrently, the United States has a long standing venture capital market actively pursuing innovation. Combine Mexican startups and entrepreneurs searching for capital and access to a global market, plus San Antonio’s desire to be the International City of Innovation and you have the Mx Challenge.

The Mx Challenge is sponsored by Geekdom, one of the largest tech-entrepreneurial co-working space in the United States, located in San Antonio. Geekdom owns an eight-story building of 100,000 square feet (9,000+ square meters) and boasts over 850 entrepreneurs with 200 business ideas and startups. Contestants leverage the resources of Geekdom to build a bridge between Mexico and American investors, entrepreneurs and markets.

Descripción General

Nuestra visión es desarrollar San Antonio como la "Ciudad Internacional de la Innovación". Estamos trabajando para expandir nuestro ecosistema  tecnológico y emprendedor que desarrolle a la siguiente compañía de tecnología billonaria. San Antonio tiene una relación especial con México. Por estas razones, se creó el reto "Mx Challenge", un concurso de 18 meses con un premio de $ 500,000 USD.

El reto Mx Challenge es un concurso buscando desarrollar actividades, programas y eventos que conecten a emprendedores de tecnología entre México y San Antonio. Ambos países tienen ciertas fortalezas y ventajas que se complementan entre sí. Al trabajar como una comunidad sin fronteras, el resultado deseado es una aceleración de ideas tecnológicas en un mercado global.

Actualmente,  está sucediendo una revolución tecnológica en México. Las universidades están produciendo más ingenieros per cápita que Estados Unidos y Canadá juntos.  Las inversiones del gobierno de México han apoyado a las incubadoras a  establecerse en las principales ciudades y acelerar a cientos de nuevas empresas. El ecosistema de capital de riesgo está empezando a desarrollarse en México.

Al mismo tiempo, los Estados Unidos tiene un mercado de capital de riesgo con bastante experiencia trabajando activamente buscando innovación. Junte a emprendedores mexicanos buscando expansion y acceso a capital de riesgo y la voluntad de la Ciudad de San Antonio para ser la Ciudad Internacional de Innovación y tienes el reto Mx Challenge.

El reto Mx Challenge es patrocinado por Geekdom SA, uno de los espacios colaborativos de trabajo tecnológico más grandes de Estados Unidos, con sede en San Antonio. Geekdom SA cuenta con un edificio de ocho pisos de 9,000+ metros cuadrados y una comunidad de 850+ geeks con 200 proyectos  y  más de 35+ empresas tecnológicas. Los concursantes podran aprovechar de los recursos que Geekdom SA tiene para apoyarse en construir su modelo que conecte a emprendedores en México con inversionistas, mentores y geeks en Estados Unidos.

You can register now to establish contact with the Mx Challenge team today. Here is the link - www.herox.com/mxchallenge. We suggest you be registered prior to the Summit happening October 16-17, 2014. But the final deadline to register is December 31, 2014.

Challenge registration is open now until December 31, 2014. 

The Team Leader must be at least 21 years old. 

Yes, anybody from anywhere in the world can compete for the Mx Challenge prize. However, the tech startups and entrepreneurs that are going to be part of the contestant’s model they have to be from Mexico.

The only requirements we ask for the entrepreneurs and startups that are being part of the contestant’s model are: They have to be Mexican and Technology-focused (website, app, software, etc.). They can be in any industry, but technology needs to be a driving force for their startup.

Contestants are responsible for their own operating costs during the challenge. You are responsible for any expenses related to compiling all data and information required for submission at the end of the challenge. Contestants are responsible for obtaining any required Visas and for paying travel expenses to the Mx Summit. Please discuss this with the Mx Challenge Team to learn some possible ways to get funding.

Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge website often to review any updates.

Final submissions are due on April 15, 2016.

Submissions should be in English. If you need help with this, please let the Mx Challenge Team know and we can help connect you with a translator.

Registered competitors are invited to participate in the Mx Challenge Summit on October 16-17 of 2014. Entrepreneurs and innovators from across Mexico and San Antonio will come together to showcase the city of San Antonio and Geekdom. The event will feature high-profile keynote speakers and smaller breakout sessions where competitors can tackle challenges with invited experts and mentors. It is an opportunity for competitors to join up with other competitors to form stronger teams.

Both the Mx Challenge Summit and the Judging Panel will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Teams must adhere to all laws and regulations regarding travel to San Antonio.

The Judging Panel will held April 13-14, 2016 at the Pitch Day and Winner Announcement Day in San Antonio, Texas. Teams must adhere to all laws and regulations regarding travel to San Antonio.

Teams will be judged and scored in three key areas: 1) Market Validation = 75% of total score and 2) Innovation and Sustainability of the model = 20% of total score and 3) Promotion Factor = 5% of total score.. Winning Criteria and all judging guidelines are included in the Challenge Guidelines.

By registering to compete in this Challenge you are agreeing that the judging process will be binding and incontestable. The Judging Panel decisions are final.

Geekdom will announce the winner of this Challenge after Pitch Day on May 2016.

Only one payment will be made to the Team Leader. The Team Leader is responsible for distributing the winning amount to your team.

Prizes are distributed within 30 days of the announcement of the winner.

You can withdraw from the Challenge at any time and for whatever reason. But you will not be considered for the prize at the end of the MX Challenge.

You may reach the Geekdom team at any time by emailing MxChallenge@geekdom.com.

Yes. You may reach the Geekdom team at any time by emailing MxChallenge@geekdom.com and someone can connect with you in Spanish.

Usted puede registrarse ahora para estar en contacto con el equipo del reto Mx Challenge. Aquí está el enlace - www.herox.com/mxchallenge. Le sugerimos registrarse antes de la Cumbre, del 16-17 de octubre del 2014. Recuerda que la fecha límite para inscribirse es el 31 de diciembre de 2014.

Puedes registrarte desde hoy hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2014.

El líder del equipo debe tener al menos 21 años de edad.

Sí, cualquier persona puede competir por el premio Mx Challenge. Sin embargo, los startups y emprendedores tienen que ser provenientes de México.

Los únicos requisitos que pedimos a los emprendedores y startups que están siendo parte del modelo del competidor son: Ser mexicano y estar relacionado a tecnología (sitio web, aplicación, software, etc.).

Los concursantes son responsables de sus propios costes de funcionamiento durante el reto. Los concursantes son responsables de cubrir el los gastos de viaje a la Cumbre Mx Challenge. Cualquier duda puedes consultar con el equipo Mx Challenge para formas alternas de obtener financiación.

Las reglas del reto Mx Challenge están sujetos a cambios. Competidores registrados recibirán una notificación cuando se hagan cambios, sin embargo, recomendamos a los concursantes a visitar el sitio web de Desafío para revisar las actualizaciones.

El último día para entregar el reporte es el 15 de abril del 2016.

Las propuestas deben estar en inglés. Si usted necesita ayuda con esto, por favor, contacte al equipo Mx Challenge y ellos lo ayudaran a conectarse con un traductor.

La Cumbre Mx Challenge sucediendo del 16 al 17 octubre del 2014 invita a las personas participantes del reto MX Challenge a asistir al evento. Los empresarios e innovadores de todo México y San Antonio se reunirán para crear nuevas conexiones y aprender más sobre la ciudad de San Antonio y Geekdom. El evento contará con conferencias magistrales y paneles donde los participantes podran aprender de los expertos. Es una oportunidad para que los competidores se unen a otros competidores para formar equipos más fuertes.

La Cumbre Mx Challenge se va a llevar a cabo en diferentes lugares clave del ecosistema tecnológico de San Antonio. Los equipos deben cumplir con todas las leyes y reglamentos relativos a los viajes a San Antonio.

Las presentaciones al jurado se llevaran a cabo en el evento de PitchDay en mayo del 2016 en San Antonio, Texas. Los equipos deben cumplir con todas las leyes y reglamentos relativos a los viajes a San Antonio.

Los equipos serán juzgados en tres áreas: 1) Mercado de validación = 75% de la puntuación total y 2) innovación y la sostenibilidad del modelo = 20% de la puntuación total y 3) Factor de Promoción = 5% de la puntuación total. Para más información dirigirse al set de reglas, en el área de puntuación.

Las decisiones del jurado son inapelables, ya que al registrarse para competir en el reto Mx Challenge usted está acordando que el proceso de evaluación será inapelable. 

Geekdom anunciará el ganador del reto Mx Challenge en mayo del 2016 en el evento de PitchDay.

Sólo un pago se realizará al encargado del equipo ganador. El líder del equipo es responsable de la distribución de la cantidad del cheque al resto del equipo.

Los premios se distribuyen dentro de los  próximos 30 días siguientes a la proclamación del ganador.

Usted puede retirarse del reto Mx Challenge en cualquier momento y por cualquier razón. Pero no será considerado para el premio al final del MX Challenge.

Puede comunicarse con el equipo Mx Challenge en cualquier momento enviando un correo electrónico MxChallenge@geekdom.com.

Sí, usted puede contactar al equipo de Geekdom o Mx Challenge en cualquier momento enviando un correo electrónico MxChallenge@geekdom.com y alguien lo contactara en español.

Parlevel Systems

June 17, 2014, 1:10 p.m. PDT by Jesus Salas
Another Geekdom-based startup founded by Mexican entrepreneurs is a company called ParLevel Systems. Founded only about a year and a half ago, ParLevel has a total of 20 employees - 8 full time and 12 part time. This success is indicative not only of the amazing hard work founder Walter Teele has poured into his company, but also of the flourishing startup tech scene in San Antonio.
 
Mexican entrepreneurs, take advantage of the MxChallenge prize - bring startups to San Antonio! Or, American entrepreneurs - check out the wealth of entrepreneurs in Mexico and help bring them to San Antonio. 

SMSGate

June 10, 2014, 10:33 a.m. PDT by Jesus Salas

There are numerous startups at Geekdom founded by Mexican entrepreneurs, all of which are becoming incredibly successful. SMSGate is one such startup that has recently filed a patent on a new technology that allows people to make international phone calls...for free. This exciting development was featured on Univision. Watch the video and like SMSGate's new company on Facebook!

 


Geekdom and San Antonio Mx Challenge visits Monterrey- The Entrepreneurial City Between Mountains

June 2, 2014, 10:53 a.m. PDT by Jesus Salas

During our last trips to Mexico, we found the need of visiting and learning more from the ecosystem in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, (the city of mountains).  For all the people that do not know, Monterrey is one of the biggest cities in Mexico and has the biggest and most important international and national companies in each industry. In a few words it is a pretty developed city amongst other Mexican cities. Something that is important to consider is its accessibility to the US market - it is just a 2.5 hour drive from the border.

Our agenda was planned with meetings with top organizations and leaders of the tech industry in Monterrey. All this was possible due to the huge support Casa San Antonio and the Cluster of Software offered to us.

So our first day started with a meeting at the Club Ejecutivo de Monterrey with the Cluster of Software of Monterrey and Casa San Antonio, where they introduced us to some facts and data about Monterrey’s IT industry.

After having an “excelente” and lovely Mexican breakfast we went straight to meetings with universities such as UDEM, Tecnologico de Monterrey and U-Erre (Universidad Regiomontana).

We talked with these universities about ways to connect their students with universities and students from San Antonio. An idea came up about having an internship program where Mexican students can come to Geekdom to work as interns in their startups for two months.

One university is actually starting to develop a co-working space in Monterrey based on other co-working places located in different parts of the world.

We also met with organizations such as Softek Innoventures and talked about how the San Antonio Mx Challenge could help their Innoventures startups to globalize in a friendly and riskless environment such as San Antonio along with help from government organizations such as I2T2, Instituto de Inovacion y Transferencia Tecnologica de Nuevo Leon. We learned that they currently have 48 startups under acceleration with seed funds of up to $200,000 USD. We also learned that they even have dedicated funds for US entrepreneurs wanting to expand into Mexico (Monterrey). I think that there are many people not aware of these programs, so we decided to exchange information so our entrepreneurs can become more aware of programs happening “on the other side of the border”.

We were impressed about how cool the places of Naranya and the Monterrey IT Park are. We held our meeting in there and it was hard to focus on the meeting because of being in such cool and sophisticated places. It is amazing how everybody is working on something - on one side we have Naranya working on their own challenges gathering entrepreneurs and turning those entrepreneurs into startups, and on the other side we have the Monterrey IT Park, creating their own incubator and gathering its own seed fund.

At the end of the trip we found that Monterrey is a land of opportunities and people there are serial entrepreneurs looking for creative ways to succeed. At some of our meetings we had the opportunity to meet some young entrepreneurs that are working on super cool technology and when we talked about all the technology deals that are happening in San Antonio, they were excited to go and visit Geekdom as a first step for a future expansion. We are excited to come back to several events that we got invited to with different organizations, so see you soon, Monterrey entrepreneurs!

 

 


Immigrants More Likely to Be Entrepreneurs

May 13, 2014, 2:19 p.m. PDT by Jesus Salas

A study released by the University of Texas shows that Hispanic immigrants are the most likely Americans to be entrepreneurs. This should come as no surprise to those residing in San Antonio, and is just one of the reasons why we're so excited about the MXChallenge bridging entrepreneurs in Mexico and San Antonio. Check out the study here and Geekdom Director Lorenzo Gomez's comments here!


Article in Empresarios AEM

May 8, 2014, 10:58 a.m. PDT by Jesus Salas

The April/May issue of Empresarios features an article on the San Antonio MX Challenge and an interview with Project Manager Jesús Salas. Click here to read the article - both in Spanish and English, and learn more about the details of the challenge and why San Antonio is such a unique city for entrepreneurs.


  • Cuauhtemoc Acevedo Sept. 25, 2014, 7:08 p.m. PDT
    In Queretaro we have a large community of startups that provide great ideas for business development with San Antonio
  • Salvador Parra Rosas July 26, 2014, 4:03 p.m. PDT
    Hi. We are organized and we are producing a collaborative, well-formed preliminar document about a complete ecosystem. Please join us to talk about the concepts of our proposal and start working as a strong team. :) Skype for contact: salvador_pr
  • Jesus Salas July 17, 2014, 1:28 p.m. PDT
    We are organizing a virtual meeting so all registrants can meet each other and start forming teams. I will let you know the dates in the coming days!
  • Miles Lilly July 15, 2014, 10:51 p.m. PDT
    @Jose Alfredo Garcia
    Sure, I would be interested in getting together to brainstorm.
  • Miles Lilly July 15, 2014, 10:50 p.m. PDT
    How is everyone preparing for this challenge? And has anyone started to develop teams yet?
  • Jesus Salas July 7, 2014, 10:35 a.m. PDT
    San Antonio Ranks Third on Forbes List of the Nation’s Tech Hot Spots - for more info go to http://www.forbes.com/pictures/edgl45eldd/methodology-11/
  • Jesus Salas June 17, 2014, 10:16 a.m. PDT
    Hey participants- whenever you have a question please send me an inbox or an email to mxchallenge@geekdom.com. Good luck!
  • Enrique Sanchez June 10, 2014, 3:53 p.m. PDT
    @Jose Alfredo Garcia I am interested
  • Enrique Sanchez June 10, 2014, 3:52 p.m. PDT
    Hi I am a Sr PHP Developer I would like to support some project, Regards
  • Nidhi Chaudhary May 6, 2014, 10:33 a.m. PDT
    @robert orozco Wonderful! You can also send Jose a direct message from via his profile: https://herox.com/heroes/josealfredogarcia-212/. Please also be sure to register for the Challenge by clicking on "Register Now." We want to see what you accomplish!