This is an exciting opportunity to help innovative businesses in early stages get their products to market through a six-month program.

What we look for in applicants

  • Technical expertise or ability to recruit and work with technical talent
  • Born in Puerto Rico or have strong Puerto Rican heritage
  • Already have a core team and concept to take to market
  • Committed to the Mayagüez area and Puerto Rico
  • Preference towards software-based business such as Software as a Service, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, E-commerce, Developer Tools, Virtual Reality, Cybersecurity, FinTech, InsurTech, EdTech, Cryptocurrency & Blockchain.
  • Bilingual

The program might be a good fit for you if

  • 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 members of your team are committed to learning how to run a successful business

Interested teams should consider

  • Practical Applicability of the Business: Is your business ready to launch? Have you validated a market for your product or service through customer discovery? Have you proved Product-Market-Fit? Have you generated Sales? Does it have potential to scale revenue?
  • Program fit: Can the Rising Entrepreneurs Program add unique value to the team?
  • Impact on the community: How does the proposed project serve or impact the local community? Which communities will benefit?
  • Management’s ability to execute: Can the team build a business? What skills does it already have? What will the group need to launch or scale sales?
  • Commitment to the ecosystem: Is the team committed to giving back to the community after the program?

Do You Have What It Takes?

1Rising Entrepreneurs Program Applicant Info
2Your Business
3Submit Form
Describe your business in 7 words or less.
A minimum of 2 is required.
A minimum of 1 full-time founder is required. A full-time founder is defined as a person dedicated exclusively to the startup.