Auditorium – Technological startups are on the rise in every innovation ecosystem in the world. Entrepreneurial universities play a key role in promoting, nurturing and supporting entrepreneurs to create breakthrough solutions and companies with a global impact. In this panel, two top universities in North America will explore the opportunities and challenges of technology startups and how universities fit within the broader ecosystem.


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Marco Bravo
Project Director, IC2 Institute
Global Startup Program Portugal

Marco Bravo is a Project Director at the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. His expertise focuses on entrepreneurial wealth creation, international innovation, and global technology commercialization. He is an Engineer with diverse international experience and education, as well as significant leadership and managerial experience in multinational business, consulting, academia, government, and startups with extensive cross-cultural literacy.

Marco has co-founded three companies, one had a successful exit. He managed a seed fund in Portugal, and actively mentored 120+ technology startups and entrepreneurs from multiple countries. Before coming to Texas, Marco has been an adjunct faculty member at the Universities of Minho and Porto. In industry, he served as Production Department Manager at Continental AG in Germany and in Portugal. Marco Bravo has also been Advisor and Chief of Staff of the State Secretary for Science, Technology and Higher Education where he implemented policies for the development of the Portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Arely Fontecha
International Business Development, Latin America

Arely Fontecha is the Project Director of International Business Development for Latin America at The University of Texas at Austin at the IC2 Institute, leading the development of new research and education initiatives focusing on Mexican Institutions and Spanish Speaking countries of international ventures in Latin America. During the past 9 years, Arely has helped Small and Medium Mexican Enterprises with entry into the US Market, and now is taking that experience to do so, expanding into Latin America countries.

Arely is Ellas² Ambassador to Austin, Tx – Ellas² is an organization and platform, founded in 2009, that aims to support and increase the number of technology-based ventures launched by women in the Hispanic world. Ellas² connects female entrepreneurs and helps them with resources to succeed in their businesses.
Arely has achieved a Masters Degree of Science in Technology Commercialization from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a BS in Electronic and Communications Engineering from the University of the Americas. Additional training includes Advanced Marketing Program, Database Marketing, Strategic Marketing and Advertising Strategy from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.