Washington, D.C. July 30, 2015

Today at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, Ambassador Alejandro Estivill, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, along with Scott Nathan of the U.S. State Department and Fernando Sepúlveda, CEO of Impulsa, presided over a ceremony to mark the close of TrepCamp 2015.

The three-week summer program trained 300 Mexican university students from 10 different Mexican states to become high-impact entrepreneurs. The program was launched in 2014 and focuses on energy, biotechnology, security as well as other industries that can boost economic and social development in the region.

Students attend training sessions and seminars, interact with startups, receive advice from mentors, and participate in site visits that let them connect with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The students were hosted in six different high-impact entrepreneurial zones across the US—Berkeley, San Jose, San Diego, New York, DC, and the San Antonio/Austin corridor.

Funding for the program comes from the US State Department, the Mexican Institute for Entrepreneurship (INADEM) and Santander Bank.

Next year the program is expected to grow to 1,000 students in 10 host ecosystems across the United States which would represent a 1000% increase in just two years.

TrepCamp is part of an innovative cooperative model between the United States and Mexico under the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and the Proyecta 100k program of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), initiatives developed by the two governments and working in partnership with top universities in both countries to bolster entrepreneurship and substantially increase academic mobility.

The Government of Mexico will continue to explore innovative avenues of collaboration with the public and private sectors in the United States to benefit Mexican citizens and ensure our two countries develop a 21st century workforce that consolidates North America as the most competitive region in the world.