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Mayan innovation in the 21st century: creating a bridge between talent and opportunities

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Integral Strategy for the Promotion of Innovative Entrepreneurship for Decentralized Technological Institutes led by HEC y TecNM Felipe Carrillo Puerto Campus.

1. Mayan education, entrepreneurship and innovation in the 21st century.

Is it feasible to stand out as an educational institution in a higher-level national education system, consisting of 254 institutes and more than 600 thousand students? Is it feasible doing it when you are in a small municipality of approximately 100 thousand inhabitants, with almost 70% of mayan indigenous population? Stand out nationally when you are not located near a large city or have great infrastructure or technology, you are surrounded by rainforest and are a small Technological Institute, with an enrollment of just over 1100 students?

How about doing it all under these conditions in a consistent, systematic way?

It would seem impossible, or at least a very difficult endeavor to achieve.

However, the TecNM Felipe Carrillo Puerto campus, located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, makes the impossible possible: from a total of nine “National Student Technological Innovation Events” (ENEIT) of the National Technological Institute of Mexico (TecNM), which is the largest higher level education system in Latin America, Carrillo Puerto is a three-times recipient for the "Mitekua Innovation Award", which recognizes the Institute with better overall results in the event. The ENEIT is the most important event of TecNM, where the 254 technology institutes participate, including federal institutes with enrollment of more than 5,000 students, state concentrated institutes such as Jalisco and Research Centers; some are located in the main cities of the country, with greater infrastructure, access to technology and more favorable opportunities.

The Carrillo Puerto Campus does something special; is Education, Entrepreneurship and Mayan Innovation in the 21st century: imagine a culture week with public speaking competitions in Spanish, English and Maya; imagine advice between pairs on calculus, but in Maya; or you may wonder, how is it that young people studying there have to express themselves in a language that is not their native language?

The TecNM Felipe Carrillo Puerto Campus is a place where traditions and ancestral culture merge with an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and technological innovation; a space where the dreams of many young people who come from communities that live in real social marginalization are contextualized.

Carrillo Puerto represents the opportunity of a lifetime for its students to transcend professionally and the opportunity to achieve social mobility. Talent, ideas and projects that it generates require a more adequate bridge that connects them with the ideal opportunities, in such a way that academic success turns into innovative ventures, making a positive impact on society and the environment.

The awards are important, but it is even more important to facilitate genuine social mobility, so students can realize their ideas and projects.

2. A chasm between talent and ideas in early stages, and opportunities.

According to information from the National Association of Universities and Superior Academic Institutes (ANUIES), the Public Education Secretariat (SEP) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and our experience in the national entrepreneurial ecosystem, we can estimate that in Mexico approximately 95% of university students do not study in those universities and superior academic institutes where there are relevant programs, contacts and economic resources; those who can make your idea or project a reality. On the other hand, entrepreneurship and technological innovation promotion programs by municipal, state and federal governments are minimal or nonexistent (1).

The best opportunities are out of reach for a vast majority: geographically, by contacts, for being One-Shot (knocking on the door again and again, restarting an information validation process without a record), by timing, by economic and personal circumstances. This generates that ideas or projects that are not necessarily the best get support and are recognized, because they knew how to sell their idea or make good public relations; They are capable of achieving investment, even if the technology or the prototype does not work as expected. More and more cases arise similar to that of Theranos, although on a smaller scale. Meanwhile, talent, ideas and projects that do have greater potential remain stagnant.

Studies have already shown that social mobility is more a myth than a reality in Latin America (2).

Investment entities such as VCs and networks of Angels Investors in Latin America expect that you are in formal operations and growing, with potential being validated by actual success. They invest in those who they already know or being recommended to them; not necessarily in talent, technology or startups with greater potential. Their methods are more traditional than innovative; that is, they evaluate you as a traditional business, but with much greater growth potential, due to outstanding present financial results and future scalability.

Do you think that Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs could have received investment here in Mexico or Latin America? It would not be very likely, especially because the most creative technological developments and ideas arise from very early stages: before being commercial products, before having a fully defined business model, and long before being a resounding success, demonstrated by sales and profitability.

On the other hand, racism, classism and discrimination of all kinds are still present in our society, making the best opportunities accessible only to a very few (3).

3. The need to create a bridge between talent and ideas in early stages, and suitable opportunities.

To better understand "The path of the entrepreneur" (4) and the process required to achieve social mobility, there is no better way than to study them by experience: to live the entire process; with the conditions and circumstances of the cultural, social, economic, political, access to infrastructure and technology that prevails in Mexico and Latin American countries.

It is very easy to believe and affirm that “there are many opportunities” when you are part of the small percentage of the population that has access to them, when you are in the social circle that has contacts and capital, when your family and social reality drives you to much more than to survive, or when you are not the main character in the path of the entrepreneur.

The challenge is then even greater: if your project is in early stages, without having the conditions in your favor (contacts, capital, infrastructure, technology, know-how, family and social environment), and you want someone to invest in your project (which is rather an idea that requires a prototype built, tested, improved, and also have been launched with commercial success already validated)... how will you go from having your school or academic prototype, to have a properly validated product in the market and with proven commercial success, such that it is in the interest of those who only understand about cases of success already consummated and growing (winning products, work teams, reliable partners, highly scalable business models, validated financial indicators and legal matters in order)?

HEC (5) is a Mexican education, software and Internet company that emerged from scratch and continues to live the path of the entrepreneur; a company that understands the reality of innovative entrepreneurs, and the need to create that bridge that connects talent and ideas in early stages with the right opportunities to help them take a next step. Its founder is originally from a small municipality in the state of Guanajuato, and in 2004 together with his wife were the first incubated entrepreneurs in Guanajuato. They started offering certain services aimed at business productivity, and since 2008 they focused on designing and implementing educational content, tools and training methodologies for entrepreneurs, with a focus on technological innovation. They became important allies for their home state, and as of 2014 for the federal government, also collaborating with the largest and most important educational systems in Mexico. They created their own online educational platform EmprendHEC.

After continuing to study and understanding of the innovative entrepreneur and his environment for more than 15 years, currently its approach is to integrate all his knowledge, experience, tools, contacts and technology to help early talent and ideas to be able to make the next step, while acquiring key attitudes, skills and competencies; making the link with the right opportunities so their ideas and projects become more and better success stories, from a sustainable perspective.

4. Integral Strategy for the Promotion of Innovative Entrepreneurship for Decentralized Technological Institutes led by HEC and TecNM Felipe Carrillo Puerto Campus.

ENEIT 2019 served as an important and unexpected catalyst, due to the convergence of circumstances that allowed identifying a great opportunity: For the first time a decentralized technological institute hosted the event, the Fresnillo Higher Technology Institute, led by its Director General, M. Mario Arturo Dévora Méndez; Carrillo Puerto, which is also decentralized, received the Mitekua Award for the second consecutive time and third overall, led by its General Director, M. Diego Ramón Briceño Domínguez; both in the presidium and during the event, actively participated the Director of Decentralized Technological Institutes of TecNM, M. Manuel Chávez Sáenz; In addition, an interesting and proactive group of external jurors was reinforced, among which, as from 2012, was the Director ("Anti-CEO") and Founder of HEC, Paulo César Ramírez Silva.

Since 2011 HEC has collaborated with TecNM and since 2012 as an external jury of the ENEIT. In its record of projects carried out, the best experiences have been with Decentralized Institutes.

HEC had already collaborated with Carrillo Puerto in 2014, with a training program for its students, through support of the National Institute of the Entrepreneur.

The timing was perfect: HEC proposed the creation of a "Cooperation Agreement for Integral Strategy to Promote Innovative Entrepreneurship for Decentralized Technological Institutes", which has as its ultimate purpose the creation of the bridge that connects talent and ideas in the early stages with the most suitable opportunities to make the next step, and as particular objectives are the following:

1. Professional training and certification program for students (for all enrollment). Online, considering the following contents, each consisting of 40 hours of professional training with a focus on innovative entrepreneurship and leadership (studying two per year):

  • Step by step: turn your idea into a Winning Product.

  • Be the entrepreneur for your own life: Decide NOW!

  • Create and Innovate, to differentiate yourself and win!

  • Alignment and synchrony: key aspects for entrepreneurial success.

2. Training for teachers, administrators and managers (for all). Online and some activities in person.

  • The contents of the previous point online, plus technical and specialized topics in entrepreneurship, technological innovation and integral leadership, in person.

3. Provide an option to perform professional internships for students.

4. Generate linkage and research projects for teachers.

5. Implement a comprehensive strategy to promote innovative entrepreneurship.

6. Build and implement a marketing and positioning campaign.

The program is flexible and independent of academic calendars, provides additional benefits such as having an ally for relations who is agile, tailored and always available; a linkage strategy with tutors for talent and ideas with high potential, the providing of Speakers (6) in different areas of expertise for special events and follow up of the agreement, and the priority approach with different opportunities. The program is customized for each institute, based on a general basis and methodology, since HEC knows perfectly well that generic recipes do not work.

For the success of the agreement, HEC provides its technology (EmprendHEC platform), tools, experience, contacts and know-how at cost, where each institute covers only 50% of the elementary operating costs. HEC is committed to get the other 50% with different instances. This agreement helps, regardless of the final purpose for which it was created, for the Technological Institutes to make a better use of their limited budget, since the benefits it provides improve the standard cost of obtaining them through other strategies, and which are activities already being part of their annual performance indicators.

The agreement is designed for those leading and visionary institutes and management team, that seek to transcend and go beyond current academic success, with a medium- and long-term vision. Therefore, M. Manuel Chávez, General Director of Decentralized Institutes invited the first candidates, to whom this agreement was presented in December 2019.

M. Diego Briceño, director of Tec de Carrillo Puerto was the first to confirm his participation, having everything ready to begin since early January 2020.

For any person, institution or instance that firmly believes that it does not have the best conditions and circumstances to highlight, lead and transcend, in southeastern Mexico, in the Mayan area of Quintana Roo they have a message for them: Yes you can! and it is time to build the future as an inclusive academic, student and entrepreneurial community, with national and global vision.

This is Mayan innovation in the 21st century: creating a bridge between talent, ideas and the most suitable opportunities.

5. Would you like more information and how to participate?

This agreement establishes an innovative mechanism for collaboration between the Private Initiative and the Academy, without requiring government support, with the purpose of facilitating social mobility with a productive and sustainable approach. It is not for anyone; the quota is limited and there are restrictions to participate. It is independent of academic calendar, so each month a maximum of 2 institutes can be added during this 2020. By 2021 more institutions can be integrated, as well as other educational systems, in Mexico and Latin America.

When opportunities arise, people generally act in 4 ways: 1. They decide to participate, 2. Wait a bit to see what happens, 3. Stay observing what others do, or 4. Nothing is done.

Now, if you belong to a company with a Social Responsibility Program related to this, to an NGO or Foundation interested in supporting related projects; if you are a philanthropist, or if you are simply someone who already understood that all the material success and accumulated money cannot be taken beyond this life and want to know about very attractive options to transcend, contact us! We not only want to invite you as a sponsor of one of the technology institutes, but also to know them: both they and the final beneficiaries (students, teachers) and why not?, if you dare, we will invite you to be a mentor to an innovative entrepreneur with great potential.

We invite you to take action!

Do you want more information?, contact us at contacto@he-consulting.com!


1. “Una comunidad virtual de emprendedores hispanohablantes”, Revista Digital Bilateral Magazine, 2019: https://bilateralmagazine.com/una-comunidad-virtual-de-emprendedores-hispanohablantes/

2. “El mito de la movilidad social”, BBC Mundo, 2019: https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-47901139.

3. “Clasismo y racismo, sinsentido de la democracia”, Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación (CONAPRED): https://www.conapred.org.mx/index.php?contenido=noticias&id=1814&id_opcion=108&op=214

4. “La ruta del emprendedor”, HEC, 2005: https://www.he-consulting.com/single-post/la-ruta-del-emprendedor

5. HEC es el nombre comercial de EmprendHEC Educación en Innovación y Desarrollo Tecnológico, SAPI de CV. Sitio web: www.he-consulting.com/hec, Plataforma EmprendHEC: www.emprendhec.com

6. Speaker HEC: https://www.he-consulting.com/speakerhec


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