The Rising Entrepreneurs Program is an exciting opportunity to help innovate businesses in early to mid-stages get their products to market or scale sales.

What we look for in the founding team

  • TECHNICAL EXPERTISE or ability to recruit and work with technical talent to execute.
  • BORN IN PUERTO RICO or have strong Puerto Rican heritage.
  • A BILINGUAL CORE TEAM of a minimum of two full-time founders.
  • COMMITTED TO THE MAYAGÜEZ AREA, West Coast area and to Puerto Rico.
  • A GROWTH-ORIENTED MINDSET with a goal to start exploring ways to scale revenue and grow their business in Puerto Rico and in external markets.
  • DEVOTED TO GIVING BACK to the community and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • PURPOSE-DRIVEN to address a common problem.

What we look for in the business

  • An innovative product or service.
  • Have validated a market for the product or service through customer discovery and developed a Minimum Viable Product.
  • Preference towards innovation-driven companies, such as software-based business, Software as a Service, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, E-commerce, Developer Tools, Virtual Reality, Cybersecurity, FinTech, InsureTech, EdTech, Cryptocurrency & Blockchain, among others.
  • Practical applicability of the business with a proven product-market-fit.
  • Has a social impact component embedded in its culture and operations.
  • Management’s ability to execute and build a business to launch or scale sales.
  • Already in market or expect to launch to market in 6 months or less.

You have developed an expertise that has led to a successful product or service you are currently ready to take to market or scale sales.

You are a self-motivated individual who works well in collaboration with others.

You have some solid business skills, or you and other team members are committed to learning how to run a successful business.


Applications for REP are now closed!

Thanks to all the amazing entrepreneurs that applied.

We will contact you if you are one of the winners for our program.