Claro and Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play, Announce Partnership to Advance Innovation in Colombia

Claro Colombia

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley that has built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before. Successful Plug and Play investments include Rappi, Dropbox and PayPal, among others.

Claro Colombia became the first Latin American Telco company and the fourth in the world to make a strategic alliance with Plug and Play, one of the main innovation ecosystems located in Silicon Valley, which connects and accelerates startups and corporations from different industries.

Thanks to this joint collaboration, Claro will continue reaffirming its innovation strategy in the country, focused on identifying high-impact ventures that strengthen the consolidation of new technologies, solutions and business models.

Felipe Villa Murra, Director of Marketing and Digital Transformation of Claro, said that “innovation is part of the Claro culture, therefore, joining the Plug and Play ecosystem will help us continue working on the early identification of new opportunities and search of disruptive technologies to provide the best solutions for all our customers, from individual plans to residential users, to commercial customers. Claro will work hand in hand with the best global startups in Silicon Valley and the well-known talent of Colombian entrepreneurs.”

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“Claro is aligning its goals to those of the National Government for developing the ‘Orange Economy’ and the Fourth Industrial Revolution to support creativity and innovation. We want to adhere to those initiatives to help young entrepreneurs create new projects and develop better opportunities to foster Colombia’s ecosystem as one of the best startup hubs in LATAM,” added Villa.

“We are very thrilled to partner with Claro Colombia, one of the most powerful operators in Latin America, to spearhead the advancement of digital transformation and the collaboration between large conglomerates and startups to promote investment and boost the economy,” said Saeed Amidi, founder and CEO of Plug and Play.

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