IDB Hosts First Miami-Latin America and Caribbean Digital Entrepreneurship Forum

The Inter-American Development Bank will host Miami-LAC 2021 , the first business forum to strengthen connections between Miami, the private sector, and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), on June 22-24, 2021. The forum will promote digital trade and investment opportunities between South Florida and the IDB’s 26 borrowing member countries.

Miami-LAC 2021 serves to promote Vision 2025 , the IDB’s roadmap for a sustainable recovery that includes the important role of the private sector.

Miami-LAC 2021 will also offer one-on-one business matchmaking opportunities for companies in Miami and Latin America and the Caribbean seeking to invest, acquire or supply digital services. On June 22, IDB Invest, the Bank’s private-sector arm, will host a seminar on how technology can be leveraged to promote new tourism opportunities.

The forum will feature panel discussions and presentations that explore success stories in high-value-added groups from entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders from Miami and the LAC region. The hybrid event, to be held at The LAB Miami, will feature a limited in-person audience of prominent local executives and more than 2,000 virtual participants from 68 countries.

Topics will include financing the region’s private sector, empowering the LAC digital trade ecosystem, digital transformation for women entrepreneurs, technology and tourism, financial inclusion through digital services, e-commerce for small and medium enterprises, the role of higher education in the digital economy, tourism, and the growth of augmented reality and virtual reality.

Members of the media are invited to a virtual Roundtable conversation about the forum with IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone on June 22 at 11:30am ET. Reporters can register for the meeting by clicking on this link .

Miami-LAC 2021 speakers include:  Adrienne Arsht, founder, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council; Manuel “Manny” Medina, founder and managing partner of Medina Capital; María Paula Arregui, COO of MercadoPago; Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich, CEO of LAB Miami Ventures; Mariana Castro, vice president, sales, marketing and operations, of Microsoft Latin America; and Sylvia Constaín, vice president, government relations, of Visa Latin America, among many others. From the IDB: Mauricio Claver-Carone, president; Jessica Bedoya, chief of staff; James Scriven, CEO of IDB Invest; and Irene Arias Hofman, CEO of IDB Lab, among others.

Miami-LAC 2021 also serves as a special tenth-anniversary edition of the IDB’s flagship event for the global digital services sector, Outsource2LAC, which has facilitated more than 12,000 B2B meetings resulting in more than $310 million in projected business deals.

Media can register to cover the virtual sessions at .

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Members of the media are invited to a Roundtable conversation with IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone on June 22 at 11:30am ET

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