This year, incMTY, the entrepreneurship festival promoted by the Tecnológico de Monterrey, successfully concluded its tenth anniversary. In this edition, the ecosystem of Mexico and Latin America interacted and developed opportunities through the in-person attendance of more than five thousand people and another 5,000 more who attended the event virtually, reaching 10 thousand people.
incMTY has become the most important economic vehicle in Latin America for the generation of business opportunities. Proof of this was that this year the festival broke its own record by presenting and announcing more than 300 million dollars in venture capital investment. Likewise, new projects were presented by the Government of Nuevo León, the private sector and renowned international companies, with more than 2.6 billion dollars in direct foreign investment.
More than 300 national and international speakers; 50 venture capital and corporate venture capital firms participated in the ‘Founders & Investors Summit and Corporate Innovation and Venturing Forum’; key players from more than 20 countries representing the ‘quintuple helix’ (entrepreneurs, investors, academia, governments and IP) with 406 activities; and on demand content hosted on the Whova App (available until December 9).
Rogelio de los Santos, president of Tec’s Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute, commented that “there is much to build and contribute to the world, but incMTY today is already a powerful platform where opportunities and innovation multiply”.
Presentation and investment announcements at incMTY 2022:
- Government of the State of Nuevo León and Invest Monterrey: US$2.6 billion. Samuel García Sepúlveda announced this figure as part of the impact of foreign investment. Likewise, through the Ministry of Labor and the Directorate of the State Employment Service, he earmarked 1 million pesos for companies located in Nuevo León, with the aim of promoting responsible entrepreneurship with a focus on generating new jobs.
- Daikin Industries: 300 million dollars. The number 1 Japanese air conditioning company in the world recently announced this amount of investment in Mexico. In addition, starting in 2022 Daikin, along with INCmty, work for innovation in the HVAC industry (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, for its acronym in English). Through the entrepreneurship challenge ‘incMTY Disruptair Challenge’, 70 disruptive projects participated and these are the three winning teams: SolarX (first place), Flair (second place) and Bono (third place).
- Proeza Ventures: US$50 million. The Proeza group’s capital fund announced that it will invest in 15 startups related to mobility issues. Its mission is to discover visionary entrepreneurs and build startups that transform the mobility industry to create a more sustainable world.
- German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ): US$15 million for the Catalyst – Climate Fund.
Nekko Capital: US$10 million, a venture capital fund based in Barcelona, Spain aimed at early-stage companies, announced its ‘Seed Capital Fund’.
- 99 Startups: $1.1 million. This venture capital fund that seeks to finance pre-seed and seed stage startups, announced its participation in an investment round in Cuéntame, a platform with artificial intelligence that provides the appropriate wellness resource for each person and three family members, according to their stress level and time of life; with this they will seek to consolidate their presence in Mexico, Colombia and Chile.
- Alaya Capital: US$1 million. The venture capital fund of entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs located in Chile, is about to raise its third fund and expects to reach US$80 million to invest approximately US$1 million in at least 25 startups that are in the regional scaling stage. It has funded companies such as Betterfly, Lemon and SixClovers.
- Municipality of Monterrey: 5 million pesos. Luis Donaldo Colosio Riojas, Municipal President of Monterrey, launched the first Municipal Fund for Technology-Based Entrepreneurship.
- During the festival, a collaboration signing and launch of the Kuikmatch-Alianza del Pacífico platform took place, for 100 thousand dollars equity-free, destined to promote the science and technology-based ventures winners of its call for proposals.
incMTY’s most impressive capital raises:
- Betterfly, considered the first Latin American “social” unicorn, exhibited at incMTY how it raised $125 million in a Series C investment round.
- During the Founder & Investor Summit, emphasis was placed on the $100 million investment in SparkCognition, where Dalus Capital participated as a partner of March Capital for the growth of this company, a world leader in artificial intelligence for industrial applications.
- Yaydoo, the ‘B2B paytech’, announced its $20.4 million capital raise and merger with PayStand to serve all SMBs in the Americas. As of today, its valuation exceeds $2 million.
- Mercado Libre Fund, which invests in technology companies, typically in Series A and B rounds, announced during incMTY $20 million in the Elenas platform.
- Autolab, an auto parts and repair platform, announced raising $6.5 million in a Seed+ round of equity and debt led by Bullpen Capital, with participation from Proeza Ventures.
- Orchata, a Mexican startup led by its founder, Luis Mario García, offers the promise of “we deliver your groceries to your door in 15 minutes” and to begin its expansion it raised US$4 million in an initial round in which Y Combinator, JAM Fund, FJ Labs, Venture Friends, Ivesto and Foundation Capital stood out as investors.
- Nowports, a Regia-based company and the first LogiTech unicorn in Latin America, detailed during incMTY about its valuation with its Series C milestone led by SoftBank Latin America Fund.
Calii, the Mexican startup that connects fruit and vegetable producers directly with homes, restaurants and retailers, mentioned raising $22.5 million in capital.