A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Puerto Rico facilitating the “Startup Weekend San Juan” by three days. To be my first time, I was fascinated not only with the beautiful “Isla del Encanto“, but by the people and their startup ecosystem.
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities. SW San Juan is the 2nd event at San Juan where different kinds of professionals attend to get involved in the entrepreneur life on 54 hours.
After many hours of travelling, I was there, in the middle of USA and Latin America mindsets with a lot of expectatives in my luggage.
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and the most crowded municipality in Puerto Rico, with a population of 3,667,084. The city was founded in 1508, by Juan Ponce de León. It is also Puerto Rico’s main port of entry and has one of the best harbors in the Caribbean.
The weather is tropical marine. Spanish and English are the official languages.
After 3 awesome days there, these are my toughs:
- The place & environment around the ecosystem is simply awesome!
- There are a lot of Institutions and people interested in the Startup ecosystem development (EDP University, Puerto Rico Ventures and betabeers).
- The talent is there; I met really good developers and UX/UI designers.
- The big IT companies help to develop the ecosystem.
- Talented people are going to USA to work in their projects.
- The energy of people will make things happen very quickly. The warming people inspire and let everyone wanting to be involved in whatever they are doing.
- There is a great opportunity for startups being part of USA (legal, market, finance, capital access) and having Latin blood.
- In 3 days they built great startups (Jolly Ride, Ride Surfing, Factúralo, Concierge, Probono).
- But, they need to learn how to work together; I saw people with radical and different ideology around the ecosystem. They require to be in the same channel.
- In conclusion: The future is bright. Really, they have it all!
BONUS: The food is great!
What is your bad/good perspective about Puerto Rico Startup Ecosystem now?