Hardware Health Startups Mentors

The first Village Capital Health: Mexico program, held in partnership with Autodesk Foundation will bring together 12 of the most innovative health ventures for tailored engagements with investors, experienced entrepreneurs, and industry experts. At the end of the program, the two top companies as assessed by their peers will receive $75,000 dollars from VilCap Investments and Pomona Impact.

The healthcare challenges in Mexico can have devastating effects on the people, not merely health-wise, but can also have an adverse effect on the economic growth of the country. We seek entrepreneurs that are able to solve challenges in access to affordable healthcare in the country. Some examples include, but are not limited to, ventures that:

  • Leverage affordable technology, devices, and services to detect, diagnose, and treat  individuals’ unique health conditions, especially for those in remote and low-income communities;
  • Educate and inform Mexicans on how to prevent, detect, and address health conditions early, and help health professionals to better communicate with their patients;
  • Collect data and facilitate communication and collaboration between actors in the health system to enable greater efficiency and better health outcomes for patients; and
  • Address financial access to health through savings, credit, and insurance products that decrease excessive out-of-pocket expenditures.

We are looking for mentors who would like to get to know these startups and share their advice. As a mentor, you provide informal feedback to a number of the cohort companies, during a session on the area of your expertise. The commitment is for as little as two hours, although mentors are welcome to stay in touch with the companies beyond the program. The workshops are all held in Mexico City and take place:

  • Workshop 1: January 18th – 20th
  • Workshop 2: March 1st – 3rd
  • Workshop 3: March 28th – 30th

By being a Village Capital mentor, you will not only get personal face time with the founders of leading health ventures, but you’ll also get to network with other mentors, investors, and community leaders who care about building up these businesses and a stronger entrepreneurial community in Mexico.

Since the workshops are still a few months away, I would love to hear if you’re in Mexico City during any of the dates above, and if you are interested in participating as a mentor.

Please send an email including your resume or LinkedIn profile and indicating “I’m in” and what dates you think you’d be available to start. Then, I will follow up in the coming weeks with more info on the best session(s) for your skill set and availability. Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you at the workshop!

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