Led by an International Team of Former Facebook, Google, eBay and IBM Executives, New Venture Brings Transparency, Diversity and Fairness to the Industry
MIAMI, FL – June 9, 2017 – Facebook’s former Director of International Business Development and Mobile Partnerships, Laura González-Estéfani, together with Co-founder Clara Bullrich, today announced the launch of TheVentureCity, an accelerator for the tech ecosystem. International-first, the accelerator introduces a unique, full-stage solution that creates cross-functional bridges between key regions to scale startups on a global level. With headquarters strategically located in Miami, FL, TheVentureCity serves as a bridge between the West Coast, USA, Latin America and Europe.
Inspired by the need for more transparency, diversity and fairness in the industry, TheVentureCity’s full-stage solution offers entrepreneurs access to the resources they need to be successful, as well as support with the development of an executional plan expected to yield scalable growth. TheVentureCity’s network of disruptive growth hubs currently stretches from Miami, FL to Silicon Valley, CA and Madrid, Spain, with plans to expand into a number of cities worldwide by 2020.
González-Estéfani, in partnership with 20-year private banking and asset management veteran, Bullrich, are female trailblazers launching TheVentureCity to challenge the status quo. By combining González-Estéfani’s tech expertise with Bullrich’s financial management mastery, the Hispanic female duo embody two key skillsets demanded in the tech sphere. The Venture “City” is designed to be international first, transparent, diverse and fair advising companies on the how to grow their business, not just on the what they need to do.
“The startup market has expressed a need for something different – something more streamlined and comprehensive such that all their needs can be met in one place allowing for consistent support,” said González-Estéfani. “While others provide entrepreneurs with the initial tools to get them started, TheVentureCity is our response to the need for a solution that offers startups everything from engineering and product optimization to data analysis, guiding them throughout the entire process.”
Setting TheVentureCity apart from industry competitors is its refusal to take equity in advance and its dedicated focus on long-term growth. All of which are provided by a core team of former executives of hyper growth companies like Facebook, Google, eBay, Vodafone and Tigo, including:
- Santiago Canalejo, COO; formerly Booz Allen, Pagnifique
- Victor Servin, CTO; formerly Tigo Millicom
- Patricia de Loro, CPO; formerly Vodafone, eBay
- Borja Zamácola, VP Studio; formerly Entrepreneur, Neck & Neck
- Jimena Zubiria, VP University of Americas; formerly Google, Wildfire
- Carlos Montes, VP University EMEA; formerly IBM, Siemens
- Juan Ramiro, VP Engineering; formerly Engineer consulting
- Guillermo Cortina, VP Bank; formerly ABS, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch
- Elisa Rodriguez-Vila, Campus Director Miami, formerly Fusión, Co-founder LAB Miami
“Many of these entrepreneurs bring great ideas and great models to the table, yet are inhibited by their lack of knowledge on the finance side,” said Co-Founder Bullrich. “What we offer at TheVentureCity is not only strategic support on the tech side, but we help set them up for long-term financial success, ensuring their vision becomes reality.”
Further distinguishing the ecosystem accelerator is its data-driven selection criteria. To be considered for either their 36-month incubator or 18-month accelerator program, startups must demonstrate at least a six-month track record and solid numbers on growth and engagement metrics that show strides they’re making to merit collaboration. Together with their founders, TheVentureCity builds on that foundation of solid data to help them make the best business decisions to achieve long-term growth.
TheVentureCity is already working closely with the following bold startups; Stayfilm, Seemba, Boatsetter, Playground, Soundtrack Your Brand, Above & Beyond, Emprego Ligado, Returnly, The Fastmind, RecargaPay, Woom Fertility, Hogaru, Miora, Pixlee and 1Doc3.
Extending their mission beyond the boardroom, TheVentureCity boasts strong partnerships with key entities including Miami Dade College, The Beacon Council, Venture Café, Radical Partners, Startup Bootcamp, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), Greenberg Traurig LLP and Facebook on the local level as well as Universidad Politecnica Madrid, Perez-Llorca Law, Sentry, Segment, Comunidad de Madrid-Spain and Gunderson Dettemer in an effort to accelerate tech adoption and startup support in every layer of the community.
To learn more about TheVentureCity, visit www.theventure.city. TheVentureCity will also participate in the 2017 eMerge Americas conference where they will host a special workshop next Tuesday, June 13th at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL.