MIAMI, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- eMerge Americas, the leading B2B technology conference connecting companies with business and government leaders from North America, Latin America and Europe, announced more than 100 finalists selected to participate in this year's Startup Showcase. For the first time, the program will be presented by Grupo Arcano, an international private equity and venture capital firm, founded in 2001, with offices in Santiago, Miami, London and Sydney, and recognized for investing in innovation businesses including Uber, Snapchat, Square, Open English, among others. Forming a key part of the eMerge Americas 2016 event, the Startup Showcase will take place on April 18 and 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
"The finalists in the 2016 Startup Showcase truly exemplify what the program is all about - uncovering world-class university, early and later stage companies that are bringing to market innovative and disruptive technologies," said Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas. "For the first time, we are thrilled to partner with Grupo Arcano as the Presenting Sponsor for the eMerge Americas Startup Showcase. Their global reputation and proven ability for identifying and supporting the best and brightest tech talent is sure to take this year's Startup Showcase to another level."
The distinguished group of finalists hails from 15 different countries, and will benefit from the unique opportunity of connecting with key investors and business leaders. The Startup Showcase will culminate with the top companies pitching to a qualified judges panel on eMerge's Center Stage for the chance to walk away with up to a total of $175,000 in cash and prizes.
This select group will also gain valuable insight from mentors in the lead-up to eMerge Americas through an innovative boot camp that will take place at Venture Hive, the Miami-based incubator and accelerator.
"Grupo Arcano participated as a judge in last year's Startup Showcase and we were impressed with the quality and diversity of the startup companies that participated from around the world. We are very excited to be a part of the eMerge Americas 2016 Startup Showcase, a true launchpad for innovation," said Alberto Chang-Rajii, President & Founder of Grupo Arcano. "At Grupo Arcano, we are committed to empower entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas that have launched great companies, and this partnership is a testament to our passion for business and innovation on a global scale."
The selection process was led by the competition's advisory board, including Nico Berardi of Accelerated Growth Partners, Ivan Rapin-Smith of Watsco Ventures, Yuda Saydun of Genventure Corporation, and Adam Smith of Medina Capital.
For the full list of finalists visit http://emergeamericas.org/startups/.
About eMerge Americas
eMerge Americas serves as the the leading B2B technology conference connecting companies with business and government leaders from North America, Latin America and Europe. By connecting global industry leaders and investors with the Americas' top business executives and innovative entrepreneurs, new partnerships will be forged that will spur visionary innovation and technological advancements in the Americas for the betterment of business and society.
About Grupo Arcano
Grupo Arcano is an international private equity and venture capital firm. It is recognized for investing in innovation businesses and earning high returns on new companies, operating in areas such as: technology, energy, natural resources, consumer products, real estate and financial services.
The holding was incorporated in Santiago, Chile in 2001 as a business hub for Latin America. Since then, it has invested in more than 20 companies which have been guided through their start-up, maturity, expansion and exit, earning outstanding returns.
In 2011, Grupo Arcano began its international growth by opening offices in Miami, developing new businesses in North America and the Caribbean; in 2012 in London, serving multiple markets in Europe, Africa and Middle East; and in 2014 in Sydney, attending fast growing economies in South East Asia.
For more information about Grupo Arcano, please visit: www.grupoarcano.com
SOURCE eMerge Americas