September 2019

Jaime Santillán and Mario Torres prepared their thesis during the last year of university in Guayaquil-Ecuador and brainstorming on possible ideas identified a niche that linked Ecuadorian identity and innovation. Mario´s experience on tropical fruit and Jaime´s on mapping farming communities and their products were key to join forces. If we have the best natural ingredients and Ecuador has excellent commodities such as cocoa, bananas, coffee and we produce the best super foods such as quinoa, amaranth, Chocho (Lupino Andino), among others, why not mix them together? This is how WIPALA HEALTHY SNACKS was born. Jaime Santillán, co-founder tells us how they have become a successful Eurolatina startup.

Eduardo Lefort is part of a family with entrepreneurial tradition in Ecuador. The export of natural and preserved flowers, premium chocolate and the recent launch of an online marketplace of exclusive products, originating in Ecuador, make him know very well how to grow internationally and cross bridges between LATAM and Europe. Eduardo, general manager of Hoja Verde, share his experience as a successful Eurolatina company.

Kryptos helps companies automatically classify confidential information. Christian Torres and Alfonso Villalba worked in a technology startup incubator in Ecuador and knew firsthand the problems many companies faced with confidential information contained in thousands of uncategorized, tagged, stored, etc. documents. In 2016, they decided to found their first email encryption startup, seeing that cybersecurity issues were becoming more and more demanded and a growing trend in the market. In 2018 they took another step forward and found Krptos. Christian Torres, co-founder of Kryptos shares his experience as a technology startup growing internationally.

TURISMOI is a platform for the management and distribution of tours, activities and tourism experiences for suppliers and large tourist platforms. Among its clients are giants like TripAdvisor, Expedia etc. With more than 5,000 tours published it is already a reference for tour companies in Latin America and Spain and for global travelers. Diego Arbulu, co-founder and CEO of Turismoi shares his experience as a Euro-Latin startup working in both continents. It all started when Diego and his partner Horacio presented their project, a disruptive model in a very competitive sector such as tourism, at IE's Venture Day and won one of the awards. This award was a gateway to access to financing and the Spanish market because today their solution is used by more than 300 Spanish companies.