The XVIII Edition of the MIT Latin American Conference was held on March 7, 2015 at MIT’s iconic Stata Center. The conference addressed a broad range of issues including entrepreneurship and innovation the region´s energy prospects, economic growth and politics. 

We would like to thank our sponsors AB InBev, B2W Digital, Bain, Hubspot, and PayPal for supporting us in the achievement of our goals: promoting greater involvement of the international community in the development of Latin America; increasing the awareness of the opportunities the region presents; and showcasing the work of the Latin American talent.

Additionally, we thank our speakers and judges of the Startup Competition for sharing their valuable insights. Their candid speeches and conversations on stage are what make this event special, and most importantly they provide us with inspiration to keep working for a brighter future for Latin America.

Last, we thank MIT and the Ray and Maria Stata Center for hosting this event. 

We hope you enjoyed The XVIII Edition of the MIT Latin American Conference and we look forward to seeing you our next edition.


The conference is brought to you by the MIT Sloan Latin Business Club.




The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences is built on the site of MIT's legendary Building 20, a "temporary" timber-framed building constructed during World War II that served as a breeding ground for many of the great ideas that were born at MIT. Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, the Stata Center is meant to carry on Building 20's innovative and serendipitous spirit, and to foster interaction and collaboration across many disciplines.

The building is home to the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. Its striking design—featuring tilting towers, many-angled walls and whimsical shapes—challenges much of the conventional wisdom of laboratory and campus building.

When the building opened in 2004, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Robert Campbell wrote in the Boston Globe that the building is "a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention."

Source: MIT Facilities Website

Want to learn more about Stata? Check: WeFoundCollective: The MIT's Futuristic City 


BY TAXI — Taxi fare from the airport is about $25-$35. During non-rush hours, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes.

BY SUBWAY (“The T”) — From any terminal at Logan airport, take the Silver Line. At South Station, transfer to the Red Line towards Alewife. Get off at Kendall/MIT Station. The ride will take about 45 minutes. More details

BY CAR — Leaving the airport, take the Sumner Tunnel to 93 North. Exit right off of 93 at the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit. When the ramp splits, bear right following signs to Storrow Drive. Exit left at the Kendall Square exit. At the traffic light, go right onto the Longfellow Bridge. Follow Main Street (Main flows into Broadway) and take a left at the second set of lights (Ames Street). Take another left at Amherst Street. The Tang Center will be on your right. More details


SUBWAY (“The T”) — By train, take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT Station. At the Kendall/MIT stop, you will surface on Main Street in Kendall Square. Landmarks include the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop. Facing Main Street, with the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop to your back, proceed forward. Amherst street is parallel to Main Street. More details

BUS — The CT2 (Cross Town) stops at the Kendall Square T Station. The #1 or Dudley/Harvard Station bus stops at the main MIT entrance on Massachusetts Avenue and provides transportation to Central Square and Harvard Square. More details




The MIT Latin American Conference (MITLAC) is the oldest Latin American Conference among U.S. business schools. Led by MIT Sloan students, the conference aims to promote greater involvement of the international community in the development of Latin America, to increase the awareness of investment opportunities in the region, and to inspire future leaders to become ethical, innovative change makers.

Each year, over 300 students, business leaders, politicians, and academics from across the globe attend the conference to discuss the Latin American perspective on entrepreneurship, finance, sustainability, technology, politics, and investment. 

Recent conferences have explored the region’s notable growth with distinguished speakers such as Alvaro Uribe, Carlos Brito, Roberto Setúbal, and Nicholas Negroponte.

The conference is brought to you by the MIT Sloan Latin Business Club.




Daniel Bento

Daniel is a Brazilian executive, expert in e-commerce/e-business, online travel, and information distribution services and platforms.

After launching new businesses in Latin America, such as Viaja Brasil, the first Brazilian online travel agency, and starting in Brazil, Daniel headed the e-business area of the largest middle market bank in the country. He was also CEO of Braspag, the largest payment gateway in Latin America.  Most recently, he has become shareholder of R2TECH Systems, an online financial service company, and Chairman at the Board of W7BZ, a private equity fund focused on e-businesses. He has also founded ABCOMM - Brazilian Association of Electronic Commerce.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys gemology and ocean fishing.

Dina Buchbinder

Dina is a social entrepreneur that has introduced an innovative, action-oriented education model called Deportes para Compartir/Sports for Sharing to education systems that have long struggled with passivity and rigidity. Sports for Sharing empowers teachers from a variety of school settings to foster social and environmental awareness while also teaching values, such as empathy, teamwork, and fair play.

Since its inception in 2007, Sports for Sharing has reached more than 400,000 children, teachers, and families in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, and Argentina. Dina is an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the board of directors of the International Youth Foundation. She is a Vital Voices Lead Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Currently she is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in Urban Planning at MIT.

Dina loves ice cream and surfing.

Jorge Nazer

Jorge Nazer is founder and Chairman of Grupo ALTO, an award-winning Chilean company that provides theft and fraud prevention and asset loss mitigation services in retail and other industries, with operations in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Spain.

A renowned entrepreneur, Nazer has himself received numerous recognitions throughout his career, the most recent of which being the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014. He cofounded both the Chilean and the Latin American Associations of Entrepreneurs, which together encompass more than 50,000 members in the Region. He is also a member of Endeavor Chile’s Board of Directors.

In 2010, he was appointed as National Director of Public Safety by the Chilean government, leading the development of the National Crime Prevention Plan based on its success in reducing crime rates in the retail sector through ALTO.




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2015 Winners

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Congratulations to Smile and Learn for taking the first place in the 3rd MIT SLOAN LATIN AMERICAN STARTUP COMPETITION! Check them out! 

2016 Competition

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Don't miss this great opportunity to showcase and fund your Startup!  Apply now!

Startup Competition


The MIT Sloan Latin Startup Competition promotes entreprenuership in Latin America by providing a platform for entrepreneurs to present their ideas and early stage startups to top entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, and policy makers from the region.

The competition is held at the MIT Latin American Business Conference, and provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with top executives from Latin America, potential investors, MIT faculty, and students.

Why participate?

  • Present your ideas to successful and seasoned professionals and receive feedback
  • Network with world class entrepreneurs, investors and potential partners
  • Receive personalized feedback from the judges
  • Get media exposure for your Startup
  • Over $5,000 in cash prizes! 


Application Criteria

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The XIX Edition of the MIT Latin American Conference will be held on March 4-5, 2016 at MIT’s iconic Stata Center. As it is our tradition, we will address a broad range of issues including current business and political trends, innovation and entrepreneurship.

As members of the MIT family, we believe in the power of entrepreneurship and the application of science to improve the world; therefore, alongside the conference we will host the IV Annual MIT Sloan Latin American Startup competiton.   Applications are already open! 

If you would like to get involved with this event and help us shape the future of our region, do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!












Matias Grunwald

Matias is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Previous to Sloan, Matias worked during five years at a major local investment bank in Chile, doing M&As, IPOs and other financial transactions. Matias graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Chile with an Electrical Engineering degree and have a Master in Industrial Engineering.

Guillermo Marx

Guillermo is a second year MBA candidate for MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Guillermo had a frozen yogurt business in Argentina and worked with the Ministry of Economic Development for the CIty of Buenos Aires to improve legislation to encourage entrepreneurship. Previous work experience includes working in finance and information strategy consulting in Washington, DC and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Guillermo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and History.

Fernando Mora

Fernando is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Fernando worked in Private Equity and M&A advisory in Latin America as a Senior Analyst for Mesoamerica. His experience expands across a variety of industries including agribusiness, banking and consumer foodservice. He graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a BS in Economics.

Eduardo Rios Landa

Eduardo is a first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan with ample experience in financial services and data analytics. During his career at Citigroup in Mexico City, he successfully led several data analytics initiatives and developed financial models for the Consumer Banking business unit. He co-founded and currently serves as financial advisor for a non profit organization in Mexico City. He graduated from Anahuac University in Mexico City with a BS in Actuarial Sciences.

Felipe Tapia

Felipe is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Previous to Sloan, Felipe worked as a corporate financial analyst for a forestry company with presence in Latin America and the US. He also has experience working on commercial banking as a senior market risk analyst. Felipe graduated from Universidad Catolica de Chile with a Industrial Engineering degree.



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