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UTSA hosts Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) Meeting April 23-25

UTSA hosts Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) Meeting April 23-25

(April 16, 2014) The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will host the first Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) meeting in the United States April 23-25.

Established in 2013, MUSEIC was created as a part of the High-Level Economic Dialogue announced by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña-Nieto to promote bi-national approaches to advance North American competitiveness, trade, and innovation in the entrepreneurial sector. San Antonio was selected as the Council’s first U.S. meeting location to showcase the city’s assets for bi-national entrepreneurship and as an ideal venue to address new development policies and initiatives.

“San Antonio is a leading city connecting education, research, innovation and business opportunities between Mexico and the U.S.,” said Ricardo Romo, UTSA President. “It also offers the perfect venue to host this prestigious event.”

The Council is comprised of 24 entrepreneurship experts, 12 from each country. The members coordinate efforts to promote and develop bi-national entrepreneurship focusing on high-growth small and medium-sized businesses, which are engines of economic development, job creation and a source of innovation for both countries.

Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development, was appointed as Co-chair of the Council’s committee to link programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration with its Mexican counterpart, the National Entrepreneurship Institute, led by President Enrique Jacob Rocha.

“Our goal is to kick-start deal flow to new levels between Mexican and U.S. entrepreneurs, building global competitiveness for both countries as we increasingly share innovations, market access, capital access, technologies, trade and sustainable best business practices together,” commented McKinley. “Last year alone our Institute’s small business clients generated $439 million in trade which created over 1,000 jobs. This growth trend will expand through collaborations with the Mexican government and institutional partners.”

An MOU formalizing this collaboration between the U.S. and Mexican governments will be signed during a community reception hosted by the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, Consulado General de México and UTSA at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the Pearl Stable. Displays by exemplary Mexico-connected entrepreneurs and partners such as AEM, Geekdom, UTSA, the Hispanic Chamber and City of San Antonio will showcase San Antonio’s bi-national assets during the event.

Officials of Mexico’s National Entrepreneurship Institute, Secretary of Foreign Relations, the State Department, Small Business Administration, and Department of Transportation will convene with Council entrepreneurship experts in a closed session Wednesday evening and all day Thursday to develop policy recommendations and initiatives, at the UTSA downtown campus. MUSEIC members include:

MUSEIC Council Members

Last year Presidents Obama and Peña-Nieto recast the U.S-Mexico relationship to emphasize components of economic growth, education and infrastructure in addition to security and migration.

“MUSEIC moves us into the implementation phase by energizing the small business engines and connections for both our countries,” said Heidi Gomez, science counselor and MUSEIC coordinator for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

About MUSEIC

Over the last 20 years, the United States, Mexico and Canada have established one of the most competitive and successful economic platforms in the world. We have created a dynamic economic environment that engenders openness, innovation, and cooperation. This partnership has established the foundation that allows our countries to be market leaders in an increasingly competitive global economy and ensure our mutual prosperity. The power of geography is helping the U.S. and Mexico shorten our supply chains, reduce risk in product design and production, and speed up the time it takes to bring a new product to market. This gives us, and North America as a whole, a critical advantage to out-compete other regions in an increasingly competitive global innovation economy. To maintain that competitive edge, the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) is working to promote and strengthen the cross-border design and innovation system to complement our cross-border production system.

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