Being one of the biggest cities in Mexico, representing a big part of Mexican culture, Guadalajara is now going above and beyond when it comes to the IT industry. Oftentimes, the city is even referred to as Mexico’s “Silicon Valley.”
And it’s true. Guadalajara is becoming more and more attractive, especially for American companies who are interested in expanding their business. Why? Because Guadalajara has the talent; it is in close proximity to the US; and it has the important ecosystem IT companies need.
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Abundance of Talent
Guadalajara is growing at a fast rate, not only in terms of industry but also in terms of education. It is the only state in Mexico with a Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology supporting the quadruple helix initiative and where government, industry, academy and society are working closely together to speed up the process. Because of the support of the state government and integration of society, Guadalajara’s graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills that today’s flourishing IT industry requires.
Guadalajara is just a stone’s throw away from the US, and because it is in the Central Standard Time Zone, US companies have the opportunity to have daily meetings with their extended teams during business hours. And if there is a need for face-to-face time, there is an abundance of direct flights to Guadalajara from all major US cities.
Without a doubt, a very important benefit for US businesses when working with companies in Guadalajara is the
city’s outstanding ecosystem. Besides having some major IT companies established in the city, Guadalajara is the home of the Software Center—a cluster of more than 30 IT companies that employ more than 800 people. This cluster is attracting not only Mexican talent but talent from around the world. Many companies have engineers from India, Eastern Europe and Asia.
It is in the state's government agenda to keep supporting the city in being a leader of innovation.
Guadalajara recently hosted the most important event of the high-tech industry. Over 3000 delegates from 60 countries attended the World Congress on Information Technology. For this event, Mexican companies went through a process of internationalization with an American Marketing Consultant. This way the companies were ready to do business with the world, particularly, with the United States. The Congress was the forum for IJALT (Jalisco´s Institute of Information Technology) to present “Jalisco´s Digital Strategy,” which seeks to guide the state towards a digital economy, information society and digital government. This strategy further strengthens not only Guadalajara’s growth of talent but also the specialization and internationalization of all of its professionals. To further support this strategy, there are different upcoming projects, such as the high-tech cluster "Internet of Things."
So, when you are looking for partnerships abroad, Guadalajara is more than ready to keep growing its business with the US and the rest of the world.
About the author:
Anahí Félix. Currently working as Training Coordinator at iTexico, with experience in Public Relations and Institutional Affairs in IT industry.