Myleus, incubated at Habitat, is in the list of 50 outstanding startups in Latin America.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) selected 50 outstanding startups from Latin America, and Brazil is highlighted with 31 companies. One of them, Myleus Biotechnology, is a technology-based company that operates in two main business units: Food Safety and DNA Facility. Myleus is incubated at Habitat, a business incubator managed by Biominas. Click here to know more about Myleus and here to know more about the Habitat Incubator.

See below the post published by IFC or click here to read it in Spanish, published by WEF.

50 Latin American Start-ups Will Join the World Economic Forum in Brazil in New Initiative by IFC and WEF

São Paulo, Brazil, February 26, 2018 — The World Economic Forum and the International Finance Corporation selected 50 outstanding start-ups from Latin America to be part of a special program during the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual regional meeting in Brazil. There they will have the opportunity to tap into a vast network of global investors, corporate leaders, and the region’s leading policymakers.

Their participation during the Forum will help explore how to strengthen technology-driven start-ups in Latin America and what steps can be taken to overcome some common obstacles faced by entrepreneurs in the region, such as securing funding and expanding across borders to scale up their businesses.

The companies were selected by IFC, WEF, and a committee of leading experts on the start-up ecosystem in Latin America based on factors that included revenue generation, funding sources, scalability and the strength of technology-driven entrepreneurship in their home countries. The selected start-ups will have a tailored program at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America that will take place in São Paulo on March 13-15, 2018. 

“Start-ups in Latin America and the Caribbean are using creative solutions to address not just local, but regional and global problems.  Innovators selected in our first list are entrepreneurs with scalable problem-solving vision who require an adequate ecosystem to thrive. We have identified more than 50 individuals who are ready to reshape Latin America’s narrative through innovation and technology and look forward to welcoming them at this year’s Forum on Latin America.” said Marisol Argueta de Barillas, the World Economic Forum’s head Head of Regional Strategies – Latin America. 

Start-ups are slated to play a critical role in helping Latin America’s private sector be more innovative. A recent study by the World Bank showed that companies in the region were 20 percent less likely to introduce a new product than in countries with similar incomes in Europe and Central Asia.

The purpose is to help accelerate the development of the region’s digital economy, promoting inclusiveness, access to better services, from retail to financial services, education, healthcare, and employment.

“Start-ups can play a critical role in promoting innovative solutions to some of Latin America and the Caribbean’s most pressing development challenges,” said Georgina Baker, IFC Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  “In the last five years, IFC has invested more than $170 million to support the region and this initiative with the World Economic Forum is part of our efforts to step up our work with startups in Latin America and the Caribbean,” she said.

The entrepreneurs behind these start-ups will be able to meet the World Economic Forum’s members that could potentially partner with them in ventures in Latin America and will also spur a discussion about how policymakers and investors can help these companies thrive and deploy innovative, tech-driven solutions. This new initiative for Latin America from the World Economic Forum and IFC follows a similar effort launched in the Middle East and North Africa in 2017.

The selected firms will also join the Forum’s UpLink initiative, which consists of a dedicated network and digital platform where startups can interact with investors, global peers, multinationals, governments and universities. 

Start-ups from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay were selected.

Athon EnergiaBrazil
Clinicas del AzucarMexico
Digital HouseArgentina
EBES Sistemas de Energia SolarBrazil
Entrega Creativa (Chazki)Peru
Hola EdtechMexico
Já Entendi TecnologiaBrazil
Kingo EnergyGuatemala
Liv UpBrazil
Mandae Technologies Inc.Brazil
Myleus Análises GenéticasBrazil
Nagro Credito AgroBrazil
Pago RuralUruguay
Pecuaria Sustentavel da AmazoniaBrazil
Quero EducaçãoBrazil
Quero QuitarBrazil
S4 HoldingsArgentina
Stattus4 Cidades Inteligentes e SustentabilidadeBrazil
TecZelt – FazGameBrazil
The Biz NationColombia
Tienda NubeArgentina
Tienda PagoMexico
Zolvers IncArgentina

WEF, IFC, and the Selection Committee decided to select a few additional startups in order to ensure a more diverse representation of countries and industries in Latin America, enrich the discussion during the program at WEF and foster a productive conversation about the startup ecosystem in the region. Of the selected startups, half of them were selected from countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and the other half were specifically from Brazil. 


Fonte: IFC