Last month, over 50 experts gathered at the TechXperience UP event, organized by EmprendeUP, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of the Pacific. Over three days, the event brought together prominent leaders in the field of technological innovation in Peru, exploring key trends in entrepreneurship such as EdTech, JobTech, Fintech, ClimaTech, and other relevant sectors.
Entrepreneurial Boom in Peru: Revealing Data
The event unfolds in a context of significant growth for startups in Peru. A study by the Peruvian Association of Seed and Entrepreneurial Capital (PECAP) revealed a 153% increase in entrepreneurial capital investments during the first half of 2022, reaching USD 45.5 million. Highlighting both local and international attention, foreign investments accounted for 78%, injecting over USD 35.8 million, while local investments contributed 22%, totaling USD 10.1 million.
With the aim of catalyzing progress for startups across various industries, EmprendeUP spearheaded the TechXperience UP. This three-day event served as a platform for over 50 experts, both national and international, to share their expertise and key insights in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Key Sessions for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Day One: Vision and Welcome
The event kicked off with words from Norberto Hosaka, director of Emprende UP, emphasizing the ambition to establish TechXperience UP as the epicenter of the startup world in Peru. The day featured presentations from experts representing notable companies such as Buk, Ed Machina, and Universidad Corporativa Intercorp – UCIC, delving into the pivotal role of technology in shaping the future of work and education.
Day Two: Lima Fintech Forum
The second day stood out with the Lima Fintech Forum, now in its seventh edition. The event provided a forum for discussions on the Fintech landscape in Peru and Latin America, with the participation of startups from various countries. The corporate world's adaptation to the growing influence of Fintechs was debated, featuring key players such as the digital credit card iO from Credicorp and BCP Xplore, the new digital banking player.
Day Three: Ecommerce and Sustainability
The final day examined trends and challenges in e-commerce, with a special focus on digital solutions for climate change. Leaders from companies like Agora Shop, Falabella.com, Rappi, and Amazon Web Services shared valuable insights. A highlighted panel, "The Future of Ecommerce," addressed key points, including the sophistication of the buyer, user omnichannelity, and the growing importance of sustainability.
Martha Zúñiga, deputy director of Emprende UP, concluded the event by highlighting not only the exchange of knowledge but also the valuable connections established. She emphasized the inspiration derived from innovative and technological ideas, concluding that the seeds planted at TechXperience UP will grow into transformative startups of tomorrow. Emprende UP pledged to support the ongoing development of these ventures.
TechXperience 2023 emerged as a beacon for entrepreneurship in Peru, where innovation and the exchange of ideas aim to chart the course toward a vibrant entrepreneurial and technological future.