Medellin’s Ruta N corporation, a Colombian public-private venture, and the Cambridge Innovation Center in collaboration with the University of Miami, announced this week that they have signed an agreement to exchange resources, knowledge, and experiences in order for entrepreneurs in both cities to expand and grow in both ecosystems.
Alejandro Franco, CEO of Ruta N, said on the company’s web site that this was a great opportunity for Medellin, and that this will reinforce the city’s image as a center of innovation in Latin America, and it that will attract more enterprises to Medellín while facilitating the establishment of Colombian startups in Miami.
The agreement also includes collaborative work with the University of Miami, in which both cities could work together on innovative activities based on e-science, big data, and intelligent cities.
Natalia Martínez-Kalínina, speaking on behalf of the Cambridge Center for Innovation, reiterated Franco’s enthusiasm for the agreement.
“For us, it is very important to establish tangible and bi-directional innovation bridges between the research centers in the region. Miami can offer a real value to LatAm entrepreneurs as a connection with the United States. On the other hand, Medellín has also stood out as a role model, not just in Colombia, but in Latin America, because of the efforts to implement, facilitate and train entrepreneurial talent.”