The renowned edtech platform, Platzi, has launched a call for Latin American startups in their seed stage. This initiative, called Platzi Startups Latam 2023, aims to accelerate the growth of the region’s most promising emerging companies and support them in their investment search process.

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The Platzi Startups 2023 program will offer a 7-week acceleration experience, which will include workshops, mentorship, live classes, and intense accompaniment. During this period, selected startups will have the opportunity to prepare a business pitch to more than 100 investors.

Startups highlighted in the program will have the opportunity to participate in the Demoday, the grand finale, where they will present their projects to a select group of experts and investors. These experts, coming from leading startups, will also act as mentors and share successful tactics and strategies for business growth.

Platzi, founded in 2015, became the first Latin American company to be accepted into Y Combinator, the prestigious global startup accelerator. In addition to the acceleration program, Platzi Startups Latam 2023 includes online classes and workshops taught by specialists, access to all Platzi courses, and the possibility of presenting the final pitch to national and international investors, with the opportunity to win a trip to San Francisco.

Moreover, Platzi will offer participating startups more than US$ 200,000 in technological tools, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Notion, Stripe Atlas, Hubspot, Carta, Miro, and many others.

The program will feature prominent experts in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including Rafael Obando, Head of Partnerships & Startups at Hubspot; Freddy Vega, Co-founder & CEO of Platzi; Santiago Zavala, Managing Partner at 500 Startups; Tuto Assad, Co-founder & CEO of Vitau; Fabián Gómez, CEO of Frubana; Manuela Sánchez, CEO of Laika; and Santiago Gomez, Startups Manager at Platzi. They will all share their knowledge and experiences with the entrepreneurs selected during the program.

The call comes at a complex time, but not necessarily a bad one, for the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, as Latin American businesses garnered a mere US$ 406 million in the first quarter of 2023, according to the findings of the 2023 Venture Capital and Equitable Growth Ecosystem study. This period marks one of the lowest levels of activity for capital funds seen in the past five years.

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Why ithe program to Platzi s it relevant for seed stage startups?

  • The decline in capital investment during this period indicates a more difficult financing environment. Early-stage companies should be aware of this trend to plan their financing strategies accordingly. The program serves as a platform to ensure growth.
  • By participating in the program, startups will have the chance to interact with a diverse group of experts, investors, and other startups. This can lead to collaborations, partnerships, and connections that may be beneficial for the startup’s growth and could also open doors to investment opportunities.

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