Startup Accelerator Spotlight: Orion Startups

Orion Startups

The mindset of every entrepreneur is what keeps us going.   They are all full of energy and excitement.

Name of Accelerator: Orion StartupsOrion Startups

Location: Chihuahua, Mexico


Fund Manager: Antonio Rios, Ph.D

(Interview with Ilse Ornelas, Public Relationships)

This article is part of our Startup Accelerator Spotlight Series featuring accelerators from around the world. We hope these spotlights will assist the entrepreneur should they consider attending an accelerator program.

In two sentences or less, tell us about your accelerator and its objectives.

We accelerate 10 startups per year and take them to the next level of investment (100K-300K). We are located in the City of Chihuahua, in the northern part of Mexico, a perfect location to target both markets: USA and LATAM.

Why is your accelerator program unique? Please describe the benefits of participation in your program.

  • Seed Investment
  • Acceleration Program
  • Experienced Mentors
  • Infrastructure (Office Space, Based in Chihuahua’s Technological Park)
  • Great cost of living
  • Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  • Linkage with the best University in LATAM (Tecnologico de Monterrey)

What is the most difficult part of working with startups?

It’s always a challenge for us to make the entrepreneurs follow their daily strategic objectives and focus on the most important things to learn for their companies.

Are You Prepared for the Entrepreneurial Journey?

What do you enjoy the most; what do you find most appealing about working with entrepreneurial startups?

The mindset of every entrepreneur is what keeps us going. They are all full of energy and excitement. Our daily challenge is to make each startup successful; each company is very different and has different needs.

Tell us about your success stories; Which are the most interesting companies to have participated in your program?

No doubt, I would say FLIPD app. They are now in Boulder, Colorado seeking their next round of investment. Flipd allows you to limit the amount of time you spend sending emails, messages and talking to give yourself some downtime. They offer options especially designed for parents who want to regulate their children’s smartphone use, while still allowing them to make authorized calls – especially 911.

What are the three most important factors startup entrepreneurs should consider when contemplating attending an accelerator?

  1. Leave everything behind and focus 100% on your startup (our program lasts 5 months and participants have to move to Chihuahua).
  2. Have a great team!
  3. Set their goals.Orion Startups

What else would you like to share?

  • Orion Startups is powered by Tecnologico de Monterrey, the most important University in LATAM
  • We are a member of GAN (Global Accelerator Network)
  • Orion offers 1 on 1 follow to every startup
  • Alumni perks

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Pam Goforth

Pam Goforth is Research Manager for FundingSage, which provides valuable information, tools and resources to entrepreneurs seeking to start, grow and fund a business.