Hundreds of entrepreneurs to gather Friday at Boricua Entrepreneur Fest
Conference will feature about 30 lectures, workshops
SAN JUAN – Colmena 66, a specialized nonprofit network that connects entrepreneurs with resources that was launched by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT), is holding the first edition of the Boricua Emprende Fest (BE Fest), or Boricua Entrepreneur Fest, to educate about growth at all levels and continue to “foster an inclusive and collaborative business community” on the island.
Themed “Come To Connect, Stay To Grow,” the conference takes place Friday, March 22, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Intended for all audiences, including the Puerto Ricans abroad, the academic community, the public sector, financial institutions, investors and business support organizations, its objective is to boost entrepreneurship and educate businesspeople about how to identify the specific resources available to grow depending on the type of business and stage of development, using the “Tu Camino Empresarial,” or “Your Business Path” guide.
“After Hurricane María we have seen a large increase in hundreds of entrepreneurs who decided to undertake opening or developing businesses, but we have noticed that many need guidance and tools and call us at Colmena66 to design a unique plan through the map Tu Camino Empresarial,” Denisse Rodríguez Colón, the executive director of Colmena66 and BE Fest project director, said in the event’s announcing release.
Lucy Crespo, the research trust’s CEO, added that the conference “will be an opportunity for all those who wish to venture to benefit from all the specific guides and benefits that allow them to boost their business concept or grow their established business “
The event will be attended by about 70 business support organizations, with which entrepreneurs can connect during a section dubbed “El Panal,” or “The Hive.” In addition, participants can register to receive mentoring from local and foreign entrepreneurs, as part of a collaboration with Animus, which holds a yearly summit dedicated toward the personal and professional development of women, and startup accelerator Parallel18, another research trust program operated in collaboration with the island’s economic development department
The event will also feature a market where microentrepreneurs and farmers can showcase their products through a collaboration with Brands of Puerto Rico, Santurce Pop, AgroInnova and Agricultural Recovery.
The numerous lectures and workshops will delve into legal issues, exporting, communications, marketing, brand growth, sales, product development, finance, product design, prototyping, business models, brand development, idea validation, strategy planning, capital and budgeting, among others.