MUSEIC hears from border entrepreneurs

— Stories of successful business innovators in the cross-border region helped set the stage for Friday’s meeting in Tijuana of the Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, or MUSEIC.

The San Diego-Tijuana region “is a clear demonstration of how young people are becoming more creative than previous generations as they stress economic, cultural and social integration over themes of migration, walls and xenophobic speeches,” Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán said during the start of the day-long event.

The gathering at Tijuana’s Business Innovation and Technology Center marked the fifth MUSEIC meeting since the group was created in 2013 under the auspices of the High Level Economic Dialogue between the United States and Mexico.

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BBVA selects 56 startups to compete in Open Talent innovation contest

08/08/2016 Finextra

startupsThe finalists of the 8th edition of the BBVA Open Talent contest were announced today. They will compete in three separate finals in Mexico, London and New York in September.

Startup Musoni and its microfinance solution won the BBVA Open Talent 2016 special Financial Award. Musoni has developed a system that leverages technology to help financial institutions optimize their microfinance services, boost efficiency, improve cost-effectiveness and broaden their reach in rural areas where most of the population remains unbanked.

Young Developers Code Their Way To Prizes In Mexico

07/20/2016 Forbes

globalizationFive young developers from Mexico won a $10,000 grand prize last month in Cancun after competing against 36 other teams to develop applications that address social, economic, and environmental challenges. Team Nisi Vitae modeled an app that enables users to quickly and automatically provide medical information to emergency response personnel when calling for an ambulance.

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, the team won $2,500 for coming in first in one of four categories, plus four months of mentorship from a Mexico City-based venture capital firm to help bring the app to fruition.

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Economic Prosperity – Trade and Competitiveness

06/29/2016 Primer Minister Justin Trudeau

north america worldToday, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, discussed ways to advance trade and competitiveness, because an efficient North American economy is vital for creating good-paying, middle class jobs for our citizens.

Canada, the United States, and Mexico are natural partners in North America – one of the most successful economic regions in the world. We will build upon this strong trilateral economic relationship, and further facilitate trade among our three countries, and improve the networks that allow us to produce products and services together.

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Meeting the policy challenges of tomorrow’s digital economy

06/23/2016 OECD

Icons11The digital economy permeates the world economy. Information is flowing within and across borders with unprecedented pace and volume with significant impact on innovation, trade, global value chains and society as a whole. Few aspects of our lives remain untouched by digitalisation.

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OECD’s conference on digital economy to be held in Mexico

06/20/2016 Xinhua

digital economyRepresentatives from over 30 economies will attend the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Digital Economy 2016 Ministerial Meeting to be held in the Mexican seaside resort of Cancun between June 21 and 23, informed official sources on Sunday.

In this OECD meeting, jointly organized by Mexico’s government, the theme of the conference will be “Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity.” Economy, Telecommunications, Science and Technology ministers from the invited countries will participate as well as representatives from international industry and civil organizations, said Mexico’s Economy Ministry in a press release.

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EVENT TOMORROW | Innovation in Colonias on the Texas-Mexico Border: Building on Border Assets

man_w_social_media_0WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 27, 9:00-11:00am

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

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The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory and Mexico Institute, along with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, are pleased to invite you to the event, Innovation in Colonias on the Texas-Mexico Border: Building on Border Assets.” While public discussion often focuses on the challenges facing low-income communities living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the region’s assets can be leveraged to advance local economic development. A panel of experts will discuss opportunities to promote  development, entrepreneurship and job creation for the colonia populations living along the border. Panelists will discuss how policies for affordable housing, infrastructure, education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and health can be integrated with efforts to build an inclusive economy and strong community networks and cooperation. On-the-ground innovation in the border region and in the colonias offers important new models for development in underserved communities.

A recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, “Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border”, provides context for the discussion. Texas colonias, home to an estimated 500,000 people, represent one of the largest concentrations of poverty in the U.S. This report offers a comprehensive profile of Texas border colonias, assessing the opportunities, successes, and challenges facing these communities.

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