On the first week of June, we had the pleasure of receiving a group of participants from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, who were involved in the PLEI project to learn about the innovation in the Valley.
It was a one day program with various speakers, including Professor Naeem Zafar and visits to companies such as Intel and Draper University. The participants were involved in interactive exercises, such as “How to Pitch for an Investment”, based on the original presentation that AirBnB gave for their initial investment. They were also given insights on disruptive projects that the companies, such as Intel, are working on.
The purpose of the program was to expose the students to the dynamics of the Silicon Valley environment and connect them with the restless network in the area. Many of the participants involved are going to complete a stage in their professional lives and left wanting to create startups. They were able to see first-hand the world of innovation and learn from players who could help them in their journey.
We would like to thank all the students and the authorities from the Tec de Monterrey that came, and the speakers involved for showing us a little bit of their work in Silicon Valley. The more minds we can influence and motivate to innovate, the stronger the connection we will have between the two worlds: that of emerging countries and the Innovation Capital of the World.
Comments that the students had to say at the end of the day:
“I enjoyed the diversity in the speakers and their themes. I think we were able to see a very good snapshot of Silicon Valley.”
“I learned a lot. I wouldn’t be able to get this exposure so easily in Mexico.”
“I want to go back home and take all this information to do something different there.”
“This program came at such a good timing in my life, and I feel very energized to act on the ideas and projects I have in mind.”
“The program made me want to go to Mexico and try to change the mentality of innovation.”
“It’s hard to see what is happening here and then have to go back to the reality back home. It makes me want to want be a part of a change that can potentially happen.”