BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation is dubbing a recent trip to Monterrey, Mexico, “very successful.”

Nathan Burkhart, BCIC’s director of small business development, said trip was an eBridge Center cohort visit, consisting of three entities: BCIC, UTRGV Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center, and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center at UTRGV. 

They were there to promote their Global Soft Landing program, which will be incorporated within the highly anticipated eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization.

“The trip is part of a series eBridge Center cohort visits to Texas’ number one trading partner, Mexico, beginning with an INDEX Matamoros visit last September, and Ciudad Creativo in Guadalajara last December,” Burkhart told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.

“The point of this trip was to establish partnerships with key organizations and departments that focus on the proliferation of the import and export business, entrepreneurship, innovation, and student-led economic development.”

Among the organizations visited were: Secretaría de Economía del Estado de Nuevo LeónCOMCE NoresteAmerican Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREYUniversidad de MonterreyCintermexMicrosoft for Startups, and CANACO Monterrey.

Josh Mejia, BCIC’s executive director, said the visit resulted in the establishment of new partnerships with key organizations and departments that focus on the creation of export business, entrepreneurship, innovation, and student-led economic development.

“What an incredible conclusion to our visit in Monterrey, NuevoLeon in Mexico. Our visit culminated with a series of new partnerships with key organizations and departments that focus on the proliferation of export business, entrepreneurship, innovation, and student-led economic development,” Mejia said, in a posting on LinkedIn.

Mejia said he would like to thank all the organizations that made the trip happen.

Linda Ufland, director of innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship at UTRGV Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center in Brownsville, said: “We continue to build bridges for our entrepreneurs in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley to commercialize and scale in Latin America. Our Soft Landing designation at eBridge allows us to attract foreign direct investment to the region and promote export opportunities for our local businesses and entrepreneurs. This mission drives our vision to create opportunities in the area of research, innovation, commercialization, workforce development and entrepreneurship.” 

David Ortiz, regional director for Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center at UTRGV, said: “As supply chains are reconfigured for the future, more re-shoring is likely to happen and our cross-border relationships will only become more important as this begins to take shape. This also allows us to both bring and grow companies right here in Texas.”

BCIC’s Burkhart added on LinkedIn: “Successful eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization visit to Monterrey this past week as we continue to develop and expand our entrepreneurial ecosystem in Brownsville and the RGV. Excited for the resources and programming entrepreneurs in both Brownsville/RGV and Monterrey will be able to utilize as they enter foreign markets, commercialize and scale.”

Mejia added that more news is to follow as a result of the visit.


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