Supporting Entities

connect

Connect Bogota Region is a non-profit organization that aims to connect companies, universities, entrepreneurs and the state to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the Region. Today it is consolidated as the largest innovation network in the country with the active participation of nearly 60 members, including universities, private companies and organizations, all committed to jointly and collectively lead the transformation of Bogotá-Region.  

In the last 8 years, it has accelerated almost 100 scientific and technological-based ventures with the Springboard methodology. This organization has also supported more than 1,000 entrepreneurs in different processes. Its commitment is to connect large companies with entrepreneurs, and is done through the new platform called 100 Open Startups, which to date has connected more than 2,000 Colombian entrepreneurs with more than 200 companies and has generated more than 50 collaboration contracts.

Type of Entity:

Non-profit corporation, which promotes science, technology and innovation. In theentrepreneurship field, they have acceleration programs for companies based on science and/or technology.

Why contact them?

Scientifically or technologically based entrepreneurs who have a validated product in the market, will find in Connect Bogotá Region the companionship to accelerate their businesses; and high-value connections that will allow them to expand their market through relationships with large companies and investors (www.openstartups .net).


What is their strength when supporting an entrepreneur?

They provide comprehensive support to entrepreneurs, with a support methodology that adapts to the needs of each entrepreneur and leverages them with their collective knowledge (a network of more than 180 very high-level mentors) to provide advice and connections that allow them to guide entrepreneurs to the next level. 


Contact: evela@connectbogota.org
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Bictia

BICTIA is a non-profit entity funded by the Norwegian Government. Its allied partners are ProBogotá, Oslo International Hub, International Development Norway and NORAD. They base their work on three pillars:

  • Acceleration for Colombian technology-based startups.
  • Risk investment through its network of angel investors, BICTIA Angels.
  • Training in programming languages.

Type of Entity:

Accelerator and angel investor.

Why contact them?

They offer different options for entrepreneurs to scale their companies through their investment, acceleration and support programs.
On the other hand, they know the importance of strengthening digital skills in young people to face the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

What is their strength when supporting an entrepreneur?

They seek to provide trust, offering the support and tools necessary for people to grow as entrepreneurs and as companies. They provide all their experience and knowledge as a guide to structure their short and long-term goals.

Contact: info@bictia.com
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Andi del futuro

ANDI of the Future is the ANDI’s entrepreneurship network where sustainable, diverse, dynamic and innovative companies converge to generate value to society. It is made up of more than 320 companies located in seven regions of the country (Antioquia, Bogotá- Cundinamarca-Boyacá, Caldas, Norte de Santander, Santander, Valle del Cauca and Bolívar) and which generate more than 6,000 jobs. 

Type of Entity:

As an association, they promote favorable environments so that entrepreneurship can be an engine of economic development in a sustainable way. Also, they group and represent the entrepreneurs of the network and the country. Their purpose is to work to offer the country better and more conditions in entrepreneurship so it becomes an engine of development. 

Why contact them?

For 18 years, the ANDI of the Future has worked to consolidate successful ideas, which has resulted in companies with high impact, innovation and high differentiating value.

What is their strength when supporting an entrepreneur?

They support 4 lines of action: 

  • Connection: they develop programs that foster relationships with other entrepreneurs and business owners contributing to market access. 
  • Visibility: through different communication tools, they provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to be recognized and visible in the business market. 
  • Growth: they develop training programs, training workshops, access to knowledge and business strengthening programs for both entrepreneurs and their work teams. 
  • Representation and voice: they promote favorable environments so that entrepreneurship can be an engine of economic and social development.  

Contact: emprendimiento@andi.com.co 
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endeavor

Endeavor drives the local economy by selecting, advising and empowering ventures so they become high-impact companies, generating opportunities that promote the country's development.

Type of Entity:

High impact entrepreneurship network.

Why contact them?

It is a global community present in more than 35 countries made up of entrepreneurs, mentors and allies, which allows them to promote high impact entrepreneurship of Endeavor Companies by giving them access to talent, markets and capital. In addition to the support they give to the entrepreneurs of their Network, they have acceleration programs, virtual events and Endeavor Campus, a free content platform for entrepreneurs at all stages. 

What is their strength when supporting an entrepreneur?

Endeavor has a unique methodology that allows them to select entrepreneurs with the greatest growth potential and support them in their conversion of becoming high impact companies. Once selected, Endeavor entrepreneurs have access to a dedicated team that identifies the main challenges of the company and through a panel of expert mentors on different topics, they support them in their growth process. 

Contact: info@endeavor.org.co
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Wayra

Wayra is a branch of Movistar, in charge of investment, open innovation and supporting entrepreneurship. They connect technological startups with the operator so they can offer their solutions at a global level.   

Type of Entity:

Corporate Venture Capital 

Why contact them?

They are the innovation hub that give startups, investors, and others of the ecosystem a technological and global vision about the entrepreneurship trends.  

What is their strength when supporting an entrepreneur?

They support technological entrepreneurs and help them in the process of scaling up and generating business with Movistar.

Contact: presswayraco@wayra.org
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HubBog

HubBOG supports entrepreneurs and business owners to transform innovative ideas with a purpose, that can solve problems of society, using exponential technologies and positively impacting millions of Latin Americans. 

Type of Entity:

It is a private entity created in 2010, under the dynamic growth environment of ICT ventures in Colombia, created through a methodology for the production and scaling viable and attractive projects. They support entrepreneurs to transform innovative ideas into online sales, and exponential investment sales. 

Why contact them?

HubBOG is a entrepreneurship and innovation community that for 10 years has supported tech entrepreneurs in more than 26 countries. They customize 100% of the acceleration programs, with mentors, advisors, investors, workshops, and events for companies. 
The entrepreneurs can start their programs on any day of the year, in more than 200 networking events that take place during the year, where they can generate strategic connections to strengthen equipment, develop businesses, alliances and investment. 

What is their strength when supporting an entrepreneur?

HubBOG has a network of more than 120 mentors and a methodology validated for 10 years with more than 320 accelerated companies, using new technologies to create exponential business models, thus building a new generation of entrepreneurs passionate about solving problems of society.

Contact: info@hubbog.com
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Rockstart

Rockstart is an international company that supports and trains the best startups on their way to success in four domains: Energy, Health, Agro-Food and Emerging Technologies. This accelerator gives startups access to capital, market, community and expertise by connecting them with partners, investors, mentors and their extensive network of contacts.

Type of Entity:

Global accelerator of tech startups 

Why contact them?

Rockstart has successfully accelerated 30 startups in the region through its global and regional validated methodology. It has a network of +100 mentors, +300 investors (domestic and international), and a program with a high level of customization (they always choose 10 startups). 76% of Rockstart startups raise capital after finishing the program; it provides access to the community, expert knowledge, networks, pre-approved credits, and supports soft landing in other countries of the region. It also counts with a total of 1000 support days for startups, and after the program, which lasts 6 months, they continue to receive support through the Alumni program. 

What is their strength when supporting an entrepreneur?

Rockstart's most valuable asset is its community, the accelerator has managed to integrate all aspects of the ecosystem, from investors, mentors, founders of success stories, students, support entities, companies, and creating a community of and for entrepreneurs, that deliver knowledge, capital and support to the startups of the program.
 

Contact: daniela@rockstart.com
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