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SXSW Interactive 2016

The Latino Factor: Defining Moments of US Startups

The economic future of the U.S. depends on Latino startups. Although Latinos comprise 17% of the US population, only 8% of all startups are Latino-owned and less than 1% of venture-backed firms are founded by Latinos. This session identifies the Top 3 challenges facing Latino startups and presents 3 strategies that startups, investors, and accelerators can take to accelerate Latino startups across the USA. How can accelerators and investors cross the chasm to meet the capital and social capital (network, skills, etc.) needs of high-potential Latino startups? How can Latino entrepreneurs tap into the best startup ecosystems to transition from survival to success?

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  1. How much does the economic future of the U.S. depend on the success and acceleration of Latino Startups?
  2. What are the Top 3 challenges that Latino entrepreneurs face in launching and growing their startups?
  3. What are the Top 3 strategies that accelerators, investors and partners can take to meet the capital and social capital needs of Latino startups?



Ed Valde, Chief Strategy Officer, Ecotech Ventures

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