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YLAI 2024
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November 27, 2023

We are excited to announce this year’s Argentina entrepreneurs participating in the YLAI Fellowship Program! A huge congratulations to all twelve traveling to the United States in March!

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program is an annual exchange program for young entrepreneurs from across Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada who are matched with businesses and organizations across the United States to collaborate and promote a prosperous Western hemisphere.  YLAI empowers innovative entrepreneurs to expand their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

 

Agustin Parraquini

Agustin works in the business services sector as the Founder and CEO of VICI. For Latin American small- and medium-sized restaurants that offer delivery and takeout, VICI is an AI-powered virtual assistant that streamlines and revolutionizes order management, offering a seamless and efficient solution to a prevalent operational challenge and transforming traditional challenges into growth opportunities. Agustin’s short-term goal is to reach 5,000 active monthly users. Their long-term vision is to grow to 50,000 active monthly customers. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Agustin’s top business challenge is Scaling & Expansion. More specifically, they want to establish strong relationships with investors and partners in the United States to bring them into the Latin American market. During the Fellowship Placement, Agustin hopes to gain exposure, invaluable insights, networking opportunities, and strategic partnerships.

 

Alvaro Galdeano Nadal

Alvaro works in the food and beverage sector as the CEO and Founder of Malba Insumos. For companies in Mexico, the United States, Canada, and Central America that are seeking B2B and B2C solutions in beer-making, Malba Insumos is a fermented beverages company that offers a step-by-step process and clear instructions for home brewers with prompt service, timely delivery, quality products, and expert support and advice for factories. In the short term, Alvaro aims to expand their operations to other beverages such as wine, coffee, and vermouth. Ultimately, they want to expand to more countries, achieve global scale, build highly focused teams, and establish processes that ensure the business is profitable and sustainable. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Alvaro’s top business challenge is Scaling and Expansion. More specifically, they aim to attain the mindset and tools necessary to manage a company on a global scale effectively, work toward their objectives, and plan for the future. During the Fellowship Placement, Alvaro hopes to learn how to deliver real value to the company, put their knowledge into practice, and achieve synergy within the company.

 

Andrés Melero Solana

Andres works in the business services sector as the CEO and Founder of Arch Group. For medium-sized tech companies seeking international growth, Arch Group is a consultancy provider that offers a comprehensive program and perspective covering sales, marketing, finance, tax, and operations. Andres’s short-term goal is to scale the company from 2.5 million pesos in revenue to ten million pesos in the next three years. Their long-term goal is to enable the company to consolidate its position as a market leader in internationalization for service-based companies. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Andres’s top business challenge Strategy, more specifically, implementing a growth strategy in the US market. During the Fellowship Placement, Andres hopes to gain knowledge about the dynamics, culture, norms, and decision-making process of a US company.

 

Maria Cristina Soraires Santacruz

Maria Cristina works in the health sector as the CEO and co-founder of PLAMIC. For healthcare clients worldwide, PLAMIC is an advanced healthcare startup that uses innovative microfluidic technology that is reproducible, scalable, and cost-effective to revolutionize nanomedicine production by enhancing existing medications, making them safer, more effective, and with fewer side effects to improve patient care. Maria Cristina’s short-term goal is to implement concrete strategies that accelerate the company’s business growth and foster key collaborations. Their long-term goal is to establish PLAMIC as a global leader in nanomedicine technology, creating a lasting positive impact on healthcare. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Maria Cristina’s top business challenge is Strategy.

 

Federico Leandro Barros Vito

Federico works in the electronics and technology sector as the CPO of Pago TIC. For sports and social clubs, government departments, educational institutes, NGOs, and utilities companies that want to simplify their financial transactions, Pago TIC is a fintech company that helps clients that have been left out of the mainstream payments market due to reliance on old technology or a lack of business finesse by offering a way to obtain market interest by centralizing and connecting with other businesses. Federico’s short-term goal is to digitize the institutional market to align it with the retail market. Their long-term goal is to advance the process of payment processing becoming a commodity so the company can offer payment solutions to all its customers. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Federico’s top business challenge is Law & Policy. More specifically, they would like to resolve tax and regulation issues. During the Fellowship Placement, Federico hopes to gain knowledge and insight into the US market and possibly initiate a joint venture.

Francisco Gil Garbagnoli

Francisco works in the food and beverage sector as the COO and Co-Founder of Food4You. For plant-based food producers, Food4You is a producer and supplier of starter cultures that uses fermentation and software to improve texture, flavor, and the nutritional profile of their final products. Francisco aims to scale their operations and commercialize their first product in the short term and ultimately give people access to a wider range of nutritious and robust plant-based food products. As they come into the YLAI Fellowship, Francisco’s top business challenge is Strategy. More specifically, they are finishing their first product to begin sales and are struggling to define a clear business strategy, raise funds, expand, and develop a go-to-market strategy as a B2B company. During the Fellowship Placement, Francisco hopes to gain exposure to new points of view, experiences, and ways to think and act on their business so it will grow better and faster. They hope to connect and network with people of the industry in the US ecosystem.

 

Hector Manuel Natera Couso

Hector works in the environment sector as the Founder of Susplify. For private customers and companies in Latin America who want to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by generating renewable energy, Susplify is a green renewable energy company that develops customized solar energy and energy-efficient solutions using renewable resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and operating costs. Hector’s short-term goal is to develop an efficient regional expansion strategy that will be sustainable and can grow with the business. Their long-term goal is to position Susplify as one of the leading businesses in the renewable energy sector for self-consumption in Argentina and South America. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Hector’s top business challenge is Scaling & Expansion. More specifically, they want to meet people who can help the company grow in the renewable energy business. During the Fellowship Placement, Hector hopes to learn from people with experience in scaling organizations.

 

Ignacio Ghiorzi

Ignacio works in the data analysis and IT sector as the CEO of Samply. For small and medium consumer goods companies (specifically food and beverage distributors and wholesalers) in Latin America and the US that lack sales know-how, Samply is a software development company that provides world-class sales processes to increase B2B sales. Ignacio aims to bridge the gap between small and big players in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry in the short term and ultimately use automation to simplify the sales processes of small and medium enterprises to increase their revenue. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Ignacio’s top business challenge is Marketing and Sales. More specifically, they are struggling to onboard customers fast enough, delaying revenue growth. During the Fellowship Placement, Ignacio hopes to gain knowledge of how business is conducted in the United States as well as how to grow a business more rapidly.

 

Ivan Andres Tabachnik

Ivan works in the business services sector as the Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Novaz. For small and medium businesses in Latin America and the US that need assistance in boosting their revenue, Novaz is a business consulting service that provides strategic and operational support in marketing, sales, and customer success to help organizations truly understand their potential and achieve success. Novaz works with a variety of businesses, including consulting companies, marketing agencies, software creators, web development companies, and technology implementers. Ivan’s short-term goal is to develop sustainable acquisition processes in Latin America and the US. The long-term goal is to build operational processes that allow the company to empower businesses and people throughout the region. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Ivan’s top business challenge is Marketing and Sales. More specifically, they want to leverage marketing and sales to expand their brand commercially across Latin America and the US. During their fellowship placement, Ivan hopes to gain exposure to resources that would solve their business’s issues, meet new people, learn more about US culture, and contribute new knowledge that would empower their organization.

 

Kevin Alejandro Alcalde

Kevin works in the agriculture and animal care sector as the CEO of Biolixiv. For people in Mendoza looking for nutrient-rich products for their crops, Biolixiv is an agricultural inputs company that provides biostimulants to enhance plant growth and health and plans to develop a hydroponics product to increase crop yields and sustainability. Kevin aims to launch and establish biostimulant products in the agricultural market to improve crop yields and plant health in the short term. Ultimately, the long-term vision encompasses becoming a leading provider of biostimulants and hydroponic solutions, revolutionizing sustainable agriculture practices while enhancing global food production. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Kevin’s top business challenge is Scaling and Expansion. More specifically, driven by a global impact and decentralized production vision, this fellow aims to engage in entrepreneurial ecosystems actively, learn from success stories, and explore new opportunities to utilize diverse strategies and connections, fostering industry growth and innovation. During the Fellowship Placement, Kevin Alejandro hopes to gain experience, cultivate strong leadership skills, and contribute meaningfully to impactful solutions on a larger scale, aligning with their goal of personal and professional growth.

 

Maria Paz Alvarez

Maria Paz works in the agriculture and animal care sector as the CEO and Co-Founder of Zavia Bio. For American agricultural producers and large international agricultural-input companies seeking to address climate-related issues in food production, Zava Bio is a biotechnology company that offers novel biological inputs for agriculture that can increase crop yields in the context of global warming, fight weeds in a sustainable way, extend the shelf life of vegetables, and reduce crop losses due to pathogens. Maria Paz aims to conduct field trials in the United States to obtain regulatory approval in the US market in the short term and ultimately to replace all phytosanitary products with biological inputs that are equally effective and inexpensive but also environmentally friendly and sustainable. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Maria Paz’s top business challenge is Finance. More specifically, they wish to learn how to achieve Zavia Bio’s short-, medium-, and long-term objectives. During the Fellowship Placement, Maria Paz hopes to gain knowledge of ways to tackle the challenges the company is facing and establish relevant partnerships.

 

Bautista Garzon

Bautista works in the energy and environment sector as the Co-Founder and CEO of CIRCCLO. For fast-moving consumer goods brands looking to reduce reliance on single-use disposables, CIRCCLO is a technology-based company that collaborates with brands to facilitate circular system design through digitizing returnables and helping keep reusable packaging in circulation, thus improving the brand’s finances, operations, and connection with the end customer. Bautista aims to raise capital for the company’s seed round in the short term and ultimately aims to maximize the lifespan of reusable packaging while offering accessibility and convenience. Coming into the YLAI Fellowship, Bautista’s top business challenge is Finance. More specifically, they wish to raise capital to continue building the company’s technology and teams and generating impact on more brands and users in Latin America. During the Fellowship Placement, Bautista hopes to gain knowledge, mentoring, and advice and looks forward to meeting like-minded people who seek to make the world a better place.