Success stories

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.

Devicare es una compañía de investigación y desarrollo de nuevos tratamientos médicos para enfermedades del tracto urinario. Con un novedoso tratamiento de la litiasis, Devicare es una startup fundada en Barcelona por Rosendo Garganta que comparte su experiencia como startup creciendo entre Europa y LATAM. Formo parte de una familia con tradición emprendedora en Barcelona. Mis padres y hermanos tienen pequeños negocios y en mi caso emprender surgió de manera natural. Recuerdo que durante mi MBA un profesor siempre decía que “la diferencia entre un emprendedor y un trabajador por cuenta ajena era que en casa del emprendedor siempre se hablaba de trabajo y de la empresa durante las comidas”. No sé si siempre es así, pero en mi caso concreto ¡qué razón tenía!

AmigoCloud is an online  geospatial mapping software that help businesses mapping  spatial data collection and analyze, visualize, and publish data. The municipality that has to document and map the land, the utility company that has to map its high voltage towers, the mining company that geolocates its exploration areas, all make use of AmigoCloud and its geographic and spatial information systems. It currently provides two solutions: AmigoCollect and AmigoPlatform. The first is a mobile and web application to facilitate teamwork when collecting, storing, enriching, visualizing and analyzing data, as well as creating and publishing maps. AmigoPlatform is a more advanced version intended for professional use in corporate environments for a more comprehensive and personalized analysis of georeferenced information. Ragi Yaser Burhum, co-founder of AmigoCloud, shares his experience as a successful entrepreneur growing between LATAM and Europe.  

Fitco is the management, retention and sales software & app for fitness boutique centers. Thanks to Fitco, fitness centers manage payments, class inventories, trainers management, etc. in an efficient and dynamic way. Fitco is born from a need. Andrea Baba had a fitness business and as it grew and diversified to scale she realized she needed a more sophisticated tool than her notebooks and Excel spreadsheets.   Thus was born the germ of FITCO already present throughout Latin America: Peru, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina. In 2018 Andrea and Alexander were part of the Startup Chile program and their time in Chile was a before and after life changing experience for them.  Andrea Baba, co-founder and CEO, explains her experience growing as a Eurolatina startup about to enter the Spanish market.

Loop produces and markets quality clothing and footwear to wear outdoors or to exercise. It imports raw materials and produces locally in Ecuador with local artisans under fair trade criteria. Javier Porta, co-founder of Looop, shares his experience as a Spanish entrepreneur based in Ecuador.

Gabriel was always clear that he wanted to do something that would benefit others. The idea of GETMIPULPA was born when his wife, after giving birth to her first child, had a bad time due to anemia. She needed a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and they wanted to stock their home without having to go to the supermarket or having their weekly grocery shopping spoiled by overbuying. Through a web subscription system, users select a plan of milkshakes, and they receive at home the box with the purchase and recipe to prepare the chosen milkshakes on a weekly basis. Gabriel Sarmiento, co-founder, shares his experience as a Colombian startup that takes the step to Europe starting with the French market.

Entrenarme is the largest marketplace of gyms and personal trainers worldwide with more than 22,000 trainers offering their services.  It was born in 2013 to help the trainer to reach his clients and the user to find the best trainer. Founded by Diego Moya and Sebastien Borreani, two PhD in Sports Sciences. It is the first startup of these "serial entrepreneurs" who have decided to go one step further and diversify their business with a new product called Spacefit. Diego Moya, co-founder and Managing Director, shares his experience as a successful entrepreneur of a Euro-Latin start with presence in Europe and Latin America.

It all started very naturally when Camille Paz y Mino lived in NY. Founder and CEO of Highland Farm Foods she shares her experience as a successful Euro-Latin entrepreneur.  I have always been a very athletic person, who takes care of her well-being, who likes to eat healthy, who always chooses healthy food without artificial ingredients and when I returned to Ecuador after living in the USA I realized that this option was not available in my country. There wasn't a tasty, appetizing snack that you could eat at any time. It was the boom of the quinoa as a super food and I said to myself, "Why not? That's how Quinoa Pops was born. I created a line of business from a personal need and as a millennial I knew that my generation is looking for what they like and is willing to pay for it. I realized there was a common need because every day there are many people who feel like eating a snack that is healthy and yummy and they cannot find it. We don't sell a nice package with a lot of marketing behind it, but a healthy product that matches the description of the label it bears. Our products are an honest proposal that sells what it really has inside. There is no trap advertising a healthy product that is then loaded with refine sugars as happens in many other snacks.