FnBox Partners with Tech Heavyweights to Launch Latin American Startup Challenge @ TechCrunch Disrupt SF

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Startups from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and other LATAM Countries Compete for $50,000 in Online Marketing; Exposure to 75+ Million Consumers; and Pitch Meetings with “Who’s Who” of LATAM Investors and Technology Experts; LATAM Startup Challenge to Take Place at TechCrunch Disrupt SF from Sept 10-12, 2012

Fnbox is a Latin American technology company focused on creating global and scalable Internet businesses.

To help LATAM startups gain the exposure they need to flourish, we’ve partnered with the ‘Who’s Who’ of technology investors and business leaders to launch the first annual Latin America Startup Challenge at Techcrunch Disrupt

FnBox, Inc. (http://www.Fnbox.com), the leading lead generation and ecommerce company in Latin America reaching over 75 million consumers, today announced that it has launched the first annual Latin America Startup Challenge in conjunction with the region’s leading startup investors and technology industry leaders.

The goal of the LATAM Startup Challenge is to find, nurture and promote early-stage startups in the fastest-growing technology market in the world: Latin America.

“Every country in Latin America is growing at more than double the rate of other major international markets and savvy investors and capital are moving into the region to finance, fuel, and capitalize on this amazing growth,” said Rodrigo Teijeiro, Founder and CEO of Fnbox. “To help LATAM startups gain the exposure they need to flourish, we’ve partnered with the ‘Who’s Who’ of technology investors and business leaders to launch the first annual Latin America Startup Challenge. This year, we’re kicking it off with hundreds of participants in the Latin American pavilions at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco—the winners will get unparalleled exposure and access to industry insiders that every entrepreneur dreams of pitching.”

The top 3 startups in the Latin America Startup Challenge will receive broad exposure for their companies and ideas, including $50,000 of online marketing across Fnbox’s network of 75+ million consumers and pitch meetings with Silicon Valley and LATAM tech heavyweights, including:

  •     Wences Casares, founder and CEO of Lemon.com;
  •     Dave McClure, founder of the 500 Startups incubator and seed fund and former Paypal executive;
  •     Martin Varsavsky, founder of Viatel , Ya.com, Jazztel, and Fon;
  •     Adriana Cisneros, Vice Chairman, Cisneros Group;
  •     Fabrice Grinda, SuperAngel & Co-founder of OLX;
  •     Javier Olivan, Head of Growth, Engagement and Mobile Adoption, Facebook;
  •     Bedy Yang, Partner 500 Startups, Founder of Brazil Innovators
  •     Anderson Thees, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Redpoint eVentures;
  •     Steven Schlenker, Managing Partner, DN Capital; and
  •     Rodrigo Teijeiro, founder and CEO of Fnbox.com
  •     Matias Molina, Associate at Allen & Co

The selection panel for the Latin America Startup Challenge is also comprised of individuals with extensive LATAM Knowhow and startup experience and includes:

  •     Anil Pereira, founder and CEO of Verious (TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist) and former EVP, VeriSign;
  •     Bedy Yang, Partner 500 Startups, Founder of Brazil Innovators
  •     Ariel Arrieta, Co-founder and CEO, NXTP Labs
  •     Alvaro Teijeiro, Co-founder and CTO at Fnbox; and
  •     Fedrico Lacerda, Co-founder of 21212

Latin American startups attending Techcrunch Disrupt from Sept 10-13, 2012 in San Francisco will be automatically considered for the Latin America Startup Challenge. More information can be found at http://www.fnbox.com/latamstartups/

About FnBox.com

FnBox.com is one of the fastest growing online players in Latin America. The company operates Sonico.com—the leading social network focused solely on Latin Americans, with +53 million users; Recarga.com— a mobile prepaid top-up company operating in Latin America, Spain and the U.S.; DATAM.com—a co-registration and lead generation platform which connects companies to over 75 million consumers in markets such as Brazil and mexico; and Cuponica.com—a group buying platform operating in Brazil, Mexico & Argentina connecting consumers to local merchants for high-quality daily deals. FnBox.com has consistently been chosen by Great Places to Work as one of the 50 best companies to work for in Argentina. For more information please visit http://www.fnbox.com or follow us @Fnbox

Copyright FnBox, Inc., 2012. Media inquiries may be directed to: pr(at)fnbox(dot)com

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