By invitation of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Mexico City I was introduced to a new world of opportunities. The trip was initiated by Deputy Ambassador Jaap Veerman, the former Deputy Consul General of the Dutch Consulate in San Francisco.
Day one, in Mexico City, we paid a visit to Popcorn Brain. They produce games, virals and videos, and amongst others work for one of the largest department stores in Mexico; ‘Liverpool’. One of the political parties used them in a last effort to win the Presidential election. Even though female contender Josefina Vázquez Mota didn’t make it, Popcorn Brain’s viral product made a huge impression. Within two weeks they had more than 500,000 active users, with an average time on site of almost 5 minutes. Popcorn Brain’s Co-Founder and Creative Director, Diego Molina, was born in Chili, but grew up in the Netherlands and graduated from the HKU in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After a short business stint in Costa Rica, Diego and partner Francis Brunette Pastor found the wealth of business opportunities Mexico City has to offer.
Now, pay attention Dutch game makers and visual effects companies; they outsource much of their work to …. the Netherlands. Let’s think in reverse, what about translating, English aside, your Dutch work to Spanish. This opens a vast world of Latin countries to your disposal. Mexico is the biggest exporter of games in Latin American Countries. But wait, there is more, how about Texas and California with their huge population of Hispanics?! Talking about possibilities! And the folks of Popcorn Brain can also be your conduit to the right translators, etc.
The afternoon session was at the Dutch Embassy in Santa Fe, Mexico City. The presentations were aimed at best opportunities for Dutch companies to collaborate with Mexican partners in the following fields:
- e-Health, having a close relationship with serious games
- Infrastructure and logistics
- Energy (renewable)
- Water and sustainability
For more information regarding these topics, contact Deputy Ambassador Jaap Veerman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday the 24th, we travelled to Villahermosa, the capital of the State of Tabasco, one of the richest oil states of Mexico. However, they must focus on an economy without oil given the privatization of oil giant PEMEX.
We had conversations with Carlos Reyes Abreu, Director General for Energy, regarding the El Macayo Dam that doesn’t really produce energy and needs a lot of work to have it function properly. Other areas of renewable energy were discussed and we will inform and introduce the right parties to the Energy department. Opportunities! The next meeting was with an extended panel, moderated by Carlos Fernando Mayo Gonzalez, Deputy Secretary for the Promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. We had a very lively discussion with representatives of the oil industry and folks with a high tech background or business. Of course there are discrepancies, but everybody knows that change is inevitable. One of the companies, truly looking for collaboration, approached us immediately after the extended meeting. The folks of Integra IT are in the field of oil, specifically process optimization, but are also an IT integration company: www.integrait.com.mx
Wednesday the 25th, we were invited to the Centre for Development and Exchange of Innovation and Technology Knowledge. The following business gathering dealt more in depth with the topic ‘An economy without oil’. Probably better stated as an economy next to oil. Topics and focus areas discussed:
- Agro culture
- Tourism (think also chocolate because of the cacao industry)
- Renewable energy
- Logistics and transportation
- Regulation to make it all happen
To underline the importance of collaboration with parties from the Netherlands, we were invited by the governor of Tabasco for a formal luncheon. All participants, some 20 people, had their say and we were honored to be such a big part of conversation.
It was quite the week, but the opportunities in Mexico, with very willing government parties, are overwhelming. Now it is up to the private parties to come to the table and make it happen. Laanen the Brand is ready to guide you into a world of opportunities. Contact Peter Laanen: email@example.com