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The recently concluded RGV StartUp Week in Brownsville, Texas not only brought together entrepreneurs and experts in the field of artificial intelligence, but also created a platform for international businesses to foster connections and explore new opportunities.

Steve Perez, an international trade expert and panel moderator, seized the opportunity to introduce new businesses to the event. As an unofficial ambassador for the eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization, Perez played a crucial role in bridging the gap between international entrepreneurs and the vibrant startup ecosystem in Brownsville.

Among the entrepreneurs who benefited from this initiative were Katia Orozco of Pozole and Jet Lei of America Ship. Both entrepreneurs expressed their enthusiasm for the event and the potential it held for expanding their business networks in an exclusive video interview with the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.

RGV StartUp Week, co-hosted by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation and UTRGV Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center, was a comprehensive platform designed to promote and nurture entrepreneurship in the Rio Grande Valley. With 802 attendees, 126 speakers, 78 sessions and panels, and 154 hours of activities, the event served as a hub for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and inspiration.

The organizers recognized the importance of inclusivity and accessibility, streaming 13,500 minutes of video content to reach a wider audience beyond the physical event. This initiative ensured that the valuable insights and discussions from RGV StartUp Week could reach aspiring entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts around the world.

RGV StartUp Week not only showcased the potential of the Rio Grande Valley as a thriving entrepreneurial hub but also demonstrated the power of cross-border collaborations. By connecting international businesses with the local startup ecosystem, the event unlocked new avenues of growth and innovation, paving the way for a more interconnected global entrepreneurship landscape.