Lazarillo is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as one of the 10 participating companies in the EndeavorLAB cohort for Latinx Founders in Miami, powered by VensureHR. EndeavorLAB is a cohort-based initiative designed to support underrepresented founders in Florida in building a foundation for scale.
“EndeavorLAB’s Latinx Founders Cohort is an incredible opportunity for Latinx entrepreneurs in Florida to gain support and access to tools and resources they need to grow their businesses,” says Claudia Duran, Managing Director of Endeavor Miami. “We’re proud to partner with VensureHR to make this cohort a reality, and we’re excited to see the impact that the founders of these ten companies will make in their industries.”
Founders selected for the cohort will take part in preparatory activities in the upcoming weeks to acquaint them with the Endeavor model and to enable an environment of authentic exchanges and learning. Founders will then undergo five weeks of group modules and individual mentorship sessions focused on gearing up for scale. The initiative culminates with a pitch to the Endeavor community for feedback, as well as exposure and opportunities for growth through Endeavor’s multiplier effect.
We can’t wait to see what this cohort will accomplish over the course of the program.
Read more here.
University of Colorado Smart Futures Lab
Lazarillo has also been selected to participate in the inaugural 2023 Smart Futures Lab incubator and accelerator programs by The University of Colorado Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing (CU Denver CEDC), in partnership with Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and Innosphere Ventures, which will begin on March 7.
The 12 companies selected out of a total of 42 applicants are led by people from underrepresented communities, which includes founders that are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women and People with disabilities.
All of these companies, including Lazarillo, are building technology solutions to issues confronting quality of life in communities across Colorado, including transportation safety, mobility for people with disabilities, climate change, water, and urban planning.
Cohort participants will have access to a new physical coworking and prototyping space at 14th and Larimer featuring a private 5G network for research and development of Internet of Things technologies that will be operational in early May 2023. As part of the program, they will engage with a custom education curriculum, and extensive partnership networks, among other additional benefits. The Smart Futures Lab is the result of a $2 million grant from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support startups and entrepreneurs in the civic innovation space.
“The initial Smart Futures Lab cohorts represent a variety of companies at various stages of growth who are interested in the civic innovation space,” said Dan Griner, Director of Design, Innovation and Strategy for CU Denver’s College of Engineering Design and Computing and Director of Smart Futures Lab. “The interest in the program demonstrates the need for opportunities like this and we’re proud of the diversity represented in the founders and leadership teams of the companies that have been selected.”
This cohort is going to change the world for the better, and Lazarillo couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!
Last but certainly not least, Lazarillo recently participated in the Biban 2023 event in Riyadh Saudi Arabia as a part of the Entrepreneur World Cup!
Sponsored and supported by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Lazarillo was chosen among the top 100 startups to pitch in this two-day event on the Asian continent.
“The amount of new innovations and technology is so impressive, and it has been amazing to have the chance to converse with the Saudi people and get to know more about their culture and the steps that they are taking to improve the world,” said Lazarillo CEO René Espinoza.
Whether here in the US or abroad, here at Lazarillo we are constantly looking for new opportunities to revolutionize accessibility and navigation for everyone! Stay tuned for more updates as 2023 continues to bring new adventures.