Are you a small startup or larger business in the El Paso or in the Juarez area?
Do you have experience selling parts or services to large companies or maquiladoras?

Technology Hub in Juarez and The Hub of Human Innovation in El Paso, with major support from Microsoft Techspark, Transtelco, Bosch and SIDE (the Department of Innovation and the Economy of the State of Chihuahua), invite you to apply to:

The Bridge Accelerator

The Bridge Accelerator is a highly specialized program for businesses in El Paso and Juarez. Its goal is to expand participation of local companies as suppliers of large manufacturers and maquiladoras in the Paso del Norte region. According to data from SIDE and COPARMEX, only 2% of suppliers within the region are part of this $39 Billion manufacturing supply chain.

To participate, your company must:

  • Have operations in the Paso del Norte region.
  • Have been incorporated in Mexico and/or or the U.S. for at least two years.
  • Have a track record of doing business with large manufacturing companies or maquiladoras.
  • Have personnel able to move back and forth across the border to attend program sessions.

Program

12 week-rigorous training.
Weekly sessions with experts.
Offsite meetings.
Speaker series.
Pitch training.
Demo Day is realized to showcase the value propositions.

Throughout the program, participants will:

  • Understand the unique requirements of the manufacturing industry and binational business culture.
  • Identify different types of innovation and how it applies to the manufacturing supply chain.
  • Understand models of intellectual property protection.
  • Articulate a value proposition and define competitive advantages and new go-to market strategies.
  • Develop financial models and identify types and sources of funding.

Content and methods include:

  • Business model canvas applied to manufacturing suppliers.
  • Specialized workshops, lectures.
  • Networking events, working groups and panels.

Cost

Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, we are able to offer The Bridge Accelerator at the heavily discounted fee of $2,500 USD

Making it possible - Sponsors

The Bridge Accelerator is possible due to major financial support from Microsoft. Additional support for the program comes from Transtelco, a binational provider of internet infrastructure and digital communications; BOSCH, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive components with major presence in the Paso del Norte region; and the Department of Innovation and Economic Development of the state of Chihuahua.

Speakers 2019

Andree Marquis

Innovation Director for HP, Bosch and Caterpillar Executive director of the Lester center for entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley. Helped Bosch win an Innovation Leader award for its Agile Business Model Innovation work with Hypershift Systems.

Héctor González

Former Chief Technologist and director of Business Ideation at Ricoh Innovations Corporation.

Óscar Ortega

Former Regional Technology for Social Impact Coordinator for Microsoft Philanthropies Latin America and Corporate Citizenship Growth hacker and Innovation Manager.

Ernesto Salgado

Data network virtualization specialist Former service engineer and current Cloud Solutions Manager of MTNet

Adys Dávila

Consulting & Market Intelligence Director and Project Manager/ Business Development/Market Intelligence Fellow at Victoria147 – one of the Women Entrepreneurship Centers in Mexico.

Sergio Alanis

Senior Consultant World Bank Group Board Member at Enture Capital, consulting firm endorsed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Instructor at Fundación Premio Nacional de Tecnología, A. C.

Results
The First cohort: May – July 2019

10 participating businesses in the first generation: 5 from Ciudad Juárez, Mex. and 5 from El Paso, Tx.
$1.5 million USD generated in purchase orders.
The creation of 33 new jobs.
$25,000 USD given as seed funding.

Technology HUB

Get to know us

Technology HUB is the largest binational ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. This business incubator is built to stimulate regional innovation, entrepreneurship and industry; with the core purpose is to empower collaborative growth and build a community of innovation leaders. Connecting minds is their mission by launching a platform for innovation and smart manufacturing projects focused on education and collaboration, contributing to the economic development of the region. Becoming the detonator of a binational ecosystem that develops innovation leaders and positions the region of Ciudad Juarez, El Paso and New Mexico as the center of gravity of North America.

The Hub of Human Innovation

The Hub of Human Innovation is a business incubator and Hub for the region’s innovation and entrepreneurship community. They have created programs designed to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurs and innovative startups. Providing with the space, technology, connections, and resources for entrepreneurs to succeed.

Their goals are to: enhance the regions entrepreneurial climate, grow the regions innovation economy, provide entrepreneurs with the skills to create profitable companies, increase the number of high wage jobs in El Paso del Norte region

These Hubs are more than just an incubator – they provide a wide range of high quality programs as well as workshops, seminars, pitch contests and demo days, and networking events.

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As a sponsor

Benefits

Strengthening supply chain.

Closer product distribution.

Higher efficiency and productivity.

Access to regional vendors.

As a participant

Benefits

Talent development

Industry connections

Access to capital

New business opportunities

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

The program creators and its main financial backers are both in Juarez and in El Paso. Taken together, Juarez and El Paso constitute one of the largest concentrations of manufacturing in North America. This regional marketplace creates big business opportunities for SMEs and businesses capable of supplying goods and services for manufacturers in the region.

Furthermore, we believe that by increasing the technical skills, business expertise, and innovation capabilities of business ventures in all sizes, we will create new opportunities for our region while generating the necessary momentum for these companies to take part in the global marketplace. We sustain that many of these opportunities build on the fact that we are a border region, not in spite of it.

The program is for executives and staff of SMEs and larger companies with operations in El Paso and Juarez. It is designed for companies with some familiarity providing parts or services to large manufacturing companies in the Paso del Norte region.

Yes, the cost is $2,500. We are able to offer the program at this rate due to the generous support from our sponsors.

Throughout the program, participants will:

  • Understand the unique requirements and challenges the manufacturing industry and binational business culture present to suppliers.
  • Identify different types of innovation and how it applies to the manufacturing supply chain.
  • Understand models of intellectual property protection.
  • Articulate a value proposition and define competitive advantages and new go-to market strategies.
  • Develop financial models and identify types and sources of funding.

Content and methods include:

  • Business model canvas applied to manufacturing suppliers.
  • Specialized workshops, lectures.
  • Networking events, working groups and panels.

Participating companies will compete for a prize of $25,000 to grow the business.

We differentiate ourselves from other programs for many reasons. First, our program it is very specialized. It is designed for companies with high-growth potential and proven capabilities to become suppliers of manufacturing companies in the region. Second, leading manufacturers in the region have been part of the program design and are eager to build business relationships with suppliers that complete the program. Finally, it is truly binational. We expect half of participating companies to be based in El Paso, and the other half based in Juarez.

The program will last for 12 weeks. If selected, your company must commit 1-2 staff participants to attend The Bridge sessions every week on Tuesdays afternoons from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. and Wednesdays from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. (SUBJECT to CHANGE)

Sessions will take place in both Juarez and El Paso. In Juarez, they will be held at Technology Hub, located at Ave. Lopez Mateos 924. In El Paso, sessions will take place at The Hub of Human Innovation located at 500 W. Overland Suite 230.

Yes, passports are a must. Sessions will take place in both Juarez and El Paso, therefore, participants from your company need to be able to cross the border back and forth between Mexico and the United States.

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