Mexico’s naranya*LABS has selected the startups for its second acceleration process. The Monterrey-based organization has picked a total of nine companies to participate, hailing from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Guatemala.
Mobile is the name of the game for the accelerator, as its parent entity is mobile commerce giant Naranya. In an interview with PulsoSocial earlier this year, naranya*LABS founder and CEO Arturo Galván outlined the reasoning behind the vertical-specific program:
I think that in the industry, specialization is where the market is headed. Going into an accelerator specializing in mobile means that you get expert mentors in the mobile sector, a network of relationships tied to the industry, given that we’re a business that has been dedicated to the mobile world for 11 years. If mobile is your core, you should at least prefer an accelerator with that specialty.
naranya*LABS launched this most recent call for startups late last year and in February invited a group of 34 finalists to its selection panel in Monterrey. This marks the first time the accelerator has looked outside of Mexico for projects.
So who made the cut? See the full list below:
- All Shoppings: A Buenos Aires-based mobile app that collects information about brands, shops and malls and offers information, promotions, and exclusive deals.
- Ayalo: Founded in Guatemala, this mobile classifieds service helps mobile users market their goods and find jobs and products efficiently from their smart and not-so-smart phones.
- BúsquedaFácil: A Chilean mobile app that helps consumers to book reliable and pre-approved service professionals.
- Espiral: A Mexican company focused on converting smartphones and tablets into payment terminals in Latin America.
- MeroArte: Out of Argentina, MeroArte is an art marketplace designed for buying and selling original and affordable artwork in Latin America.
- Moneypool: Crowdfunding simplified. This Mexican startup offers an easy way to raise money from friends.
- Roupologia: A Brazil-based on-demand professional stylist marketplace in which users can share their looks with well-known stylists and receive instant feedback, personal shopping help and more.
- TicketHoy: Based in Argentina and Chile, TicketHoy provides a way to buy music, events and theater tickets, complete with last-minute discounts.
- Woo-Hoo: A Mexico-based education company that creates interactive learning experiences to foster productive entertainment and encourage creativity for the child in everyone.
“We are confident that the startups we have chosen will surely make their mark on the global mobile landscape,” remarked Galván in an official announcement. The selected companies will soon embark on the four-month naranya*LABS acceleration program.