Startup Weekend Fashion Santa Cruz 2016 (#swfashionscz), held on December 2–4, 2016 on Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia at the Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) and the Fundación Trabajo Empresa (FTE).

26 participants, who presented 23 ideas, formed 6 teams: Fashow, Coco, Imagoguru, Bijoumaker, Makipage, Manilla SOS.

This event is part of the Global Fashion Battle 2017 (, a global competition and incubation program for the fashion and technology sector, where 11 cities worldwide participate this year. Startup Weekend Fashion Santa Cruz 2016 was the local event here in Bolivia that seeks the startup team to participate in the GFB2017 (#gfb2017) Final to be held in New York in April 2017.

These teams worked for 54 hours this weekend, and supported by mentors and coaches, developed business models, validated with the market and created technological products. On Sunday they made their final appearances before a select group of juries, who declared as winners the following teams:


First Place:

Manilla SOS– GPS alert device and help order sending, in the form of a design wristwatch.

Team members:

Liz Rodríguez — Fashion Design Student

Noelia Mendoza Salvatierra — Entrepreneur and psychology graduate

Eduardo Callisaya Valdivia — Electronic Engineer

Cristian Soto — Project Management Specialist

Alejandra Emilia Ulunque Espinoza — Fashion Design Student

In picture from left to right: Eduardo Callisaya Valdivia, Alejandra Emilia Ulunque Espinoza, Liz Rodríguez, Noelia Mendoza Salvatierra, Cristian Soto

Second Place:

Makipage — Application for mobile devices that through geolocalization, shows available designers that are registered with the app, which go to the customers location to provide various aesthetic services.

Team members:

Yovana Galvez Rodriguez — Member of Women Techmakers, Systems Engineering Student

Diana Gardene Aramayo Poquiviqui — Member of Women Techmakers, Systems Engineering Student

Nayana Paton Amonzabel — student of Fashion Design

Laura Viscarra Andrade — student of Fashion Design

Kevin Leonardo Araúz Cardona

In picture (from left to right): Lizzete Paz Soldan (Judge), Diana Gardene Aramayo Poquiviqui, Yovana Galvez Rodriguez, , Laura Viscarra Andrade, Nayana Paton Amonzabel

Third Place:

BijouMaker — Digital platform for jewelry design that the client creates by choosing the materials and layout on the web, ordering and receiving the piece in the home.

Team members:

Melissa Carolina Greau Terrazas — Business, Marketing

Hugo Sebastian Antelo Rivero — Business

Esdrey Vaca Galeb — Programmer

Maximiliano Dominguez — Graphic Design

In picture, from left to right: Ingrid Rivero (Judge), Hugo Sebastian Antelo Rivero, Melissa Carolina Greau Terrazas, Esdrey Vaca Galeb, Maximiliano Dominguez


In this event, we had the visit of our facilitator, Monica Tatiana Ricardo (@monicaricand), from Cali, Colombia, by the organization of Startup Weekend Global (, a program run by Techstars (

In picture, from left to right: Maria Laura La Fuente, Natalia Chávez, Maria Fernanda Chávez, Sofía Chavez, Carlos Calle, Monica Tatiana Ricardo (Startup Weekend Global Facilitator), Jesús Miguel Hidalgo, Alejandro Farías, Mario Cesar Señoranis.

The Mentors supported the work of the teams during the weekend were

Maria Laura La Fuente, Sofia Chavez, María Fernanda Chávez, Mario Cesar Señoranis, Alejandro Farías, Luis Fernando Moreno Vargas, Marcelo Yañez, Enrique Guardia, Carlos Calle, Lauren Weber, Pablo Figueroa, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Carmen Santander, Mabel Becerra, Walter Mendez.

The select panel of Judges consisted of Marcos Nakada (Mitsuba), Ingrid Rivero (Duty Radio), Amelia Solórzano (Patra), Lizzette Paz Soldán (Lizzette Paz Soldán Accessories), Alexandro Bravo (Consulting)

SWSantaCruz Organizers (from left to right) Henry Saucedo, Fernando Chávez, René Salomón, Jesús Miguel Hidalgo, Natalia Chávez, Rosario Morales y Paola Tapia.

The organizers of Startup Weekend Fashion Santa Cruz 2016 were

René Salomon Vargas — Fundación Trabajo Empresa (

Fernando Chávez Gomes da Silva — ZOFTCO (@fchgds)

Rosario Morales Rodríguez — Fundación Trabajo Empresa (

Henry Saucedo Vaca — ZOFTCO (

Jesus Miguel Hidalgo (@bolirut)

Natalia Chávez Gomes da Silva — UPSA (@NataChavezGomes)

Paola Tapia

Raquel Clouzet — UPSA

We are grateful to the sponsors who supported the event:


Fundación Trabajo Empresa (FTE) (

Zoftcoapps Software SRL (Zoftco) (

Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) (


Banco Nacional de Bolivia (National Bank of Bolivia) (BNB) (

Patra (

El Molino (

Factorydeas (

Navurk (

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