WeXchange organizes an annual forum, which in only four years has brought together more than 1000 entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and experts from 24 countries.
WeXchange offers women entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean the opportunity to expand their networks, connect with mentors and investors, and participate in the Pitch Competition, a business competition that gives an award to the most dynamic and innovative entrepreneur in the region.
This fifth edition of WeXchange will be focused on women entrepreneurs in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).
The forum will be held at IF Italia (Avenida Italia, 850, Providencia) in Santiago de Chile on December 4th and 5th, and it will be one of the satellite events of Gender Summit 12 in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Latin America.
In 2012, the Multilateral Investment Fund decided to apply a new outlook on gender to all of its operations. Implementing this new perspective, the MIF Early Stage Equity Team ecided to take an entrepreneurial approach to the future.
After countless phone calls to entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and other members of the industry, a clear focus for the intervention emerged: women entrepreneurs needed to strengthen their networks.
Armed with over 17 years in the venture capital industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, the MIF Early Stage Equity Team had the international contacts necessary to make these goals a reality.
Partnering with NXTP Labs and Ellas2, the team developed the concept of WeXchange. Its first edition was held in Miami in 2013.
NXTP Labs has developed and implemented an innovative acceleration program, providing young women entrepreneurs with seed funding, infrastructure, training, interactive marketing services, plus access to a network of mentors in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. NXTP Labs is an investment fund that focuses on technology startups that are pursuing regional or international opportunities in Latin America.