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Mx Challenge

Mx Challenge

Geekdom a collaborative coworking space in San Antonio, TX is pleased to announce the Mx Challenge, a competition that will award $500,000 USD to the competitor who leads 10 qualified Mexican startups to open an office using Geekdom’s platform in San Antonio in 18 months.

Each startup that the competitor brings to San Antonio must meet the following requirements:

  • The startup team must have at least three team members working on the startup and living in San Antonio from the moment the startup is established at Geekdom.
  • Each team member at the startup must have legally appropriate business visas (TN, E2, L1 or HB1).
  • The startup must be focused in technology.
  • The startup must have a validated and working product, with annual revenue more than $60,000 USD, or $5,000 monthly, or having received an early stage investment larger than $20,000 USD.
  • The startup must establish a US business legal entity incorporation.
  • The startup must provide proof of residency for each team member in San Antonio.

Points to consider:

  • Competitors must assume all costs and activities related to leading startups to establish themselves in San Antonio and at Geekdom.
  • Minimum eligibility for the prize requires proof of leading at least 10 tech startups from Mexico to establish themselves in San Antonio and at Geekdom during the 18 months of the Mx Challenge. Competitors who cannot provide proof of meeting this minimum threshold will not be considered for the prize.
  • The Mexican tech startups:
    • must prove that they were not in San Antonio before the Mx Challenge
    • show proof of residence at San Antonio and establishment at Geekdom
  • Valid cases of Mexican tech startups include:
    • a new startup starting from scratch at Geekdom
    • a developed tech startup expanding and opening an US branch at Geekdom
    • an undeveloped startup coming to San Antonio for acceleration or funding at Geekdom.


Challenge Calendar:

Registration and Progress Report Submission Deadline      March 2016
Challenge Deadline   Sept 2016


Judging Criteria:

The winner of the challenge will be determined by the following criteria, in order:

  1. Number of Qualifying Startups, beyond the minimum of 10 required for the competition
  2. Number of Employees, beyond the minimum of 3 per startup required for the competition
  3. Annual Revenue, beyond the $60,000 annual revenue required for the competition

The competitor with the most number of qualifying startups will win the competition. A qualifying startup meets all of the requirements outlined in the challenge guidelines.

In the event of a tie:

  1. If two or more competitors have the same number of qualifying startups, the competitor with the most number of total employees, across all qualifying startups, will win.
  2. If two or more competitors have the same number of qualifying startups and the same number of total employees, the competitor with the highest total annual revenue, across all qualifying startups, will win.


Submission Requirements:

  • Team must demonstrate proof of LLC registration in the US to include any “company” as part of their portfolio in this Challenge.
  • Team must demonstrate proof of visa for all companies in their portfolio in this Challenge. All visas must allow company employees to work and earn income in the United States. Proof may include, but is not limited to:
    • Copy of visa application for each company included in Team portfolio
    • Postmark of visa application to appropriate agency for each company included in Team portfolio
    • Receipt of visa application from appropriate agency for each company included in Team portfolio
    • Copy of obtained visa and relevant terms for all companies in Team portfolio that have secured a visa
  • Funded companies must be submitted with the following:
    • All requirements for those companies with Business Plan only
    • Term sheet for each investor
    • Deposit slips for each investor
  • Companies generating $60,000 annual revenue or more must submit the following:
    • Financial statements demonstrating $60,000 or more in revenue
    • No more than 3 pages detailing business activities
    • Bios for employees
    • Additional potential funding/investment
    • Plan to set up operations in San Antonio

If a competitor needs assistance on understanding the rules or meeting another contestants they can always send an email to Jesus Salas at


You can register now to establish contact with the Mx Challenge team today. Here is the link - 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

Yes. You may reach the Geekdom team at any time by emailing 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 - 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

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

Get in Touch with the Mx Challenge Team!

March 26, 2015, 2:23 p.m. PDT by Jesus Salas

Hello Innovator,

How are you doing with the Mx Challenge? Hope you are already helping startups expand into San Antonio, just remember about the $500,000 USD prize. Also, I want to encourage you to not be shy and speak up if you have any questions related to the new language. Jesus Salas is always going to be there to guide you through and even he can also connect you with other people that are participating as well. 

Please reach out to him with any questions or request for support at

Viva Mx Challenge!




Mx Challenge Follow-Up and Update

March 19, 2015, 9:46 a.m. PDT by Jesus Salas

Hey Mx Challenge innovators and contestants,

I write you to update you on what has been going on but mostly to check out on how you are doing, and if you had any questions for me... So, first I want to share with you that we changed the guidelines, so we got a new set of challenge guidelines, they are super easy and straighforward, you can check them out. Also, the second new is that we extended the Challenge's deadline to September 2016, so that gives you more time to help Mexican tech startups expand to San Antonio.

Hope you are doing great and let me know if you have any question.


Jesus Salas

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. 


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!



  • 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
  • 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 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: Please also be sure to register for the Challenge by clicking on "Register Now." We want to see what you accomplish!