Sonorans Encouraged To Apply For Young Entrepreneurs Fellowship In The U.S.

By Kendal Blust
Published: Monday, September 2, 2019 - 9:16am
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2019 - 11:24am

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Sofia Preciado
Sofia Preciado
Sofia Preciado, from Hermosillo, Sonora, as a Young Leaders Of The Americas Initiative Fellow in 2018.

The U.S. Consul in Hermosillo is encouraging young entrepreneurs in Sonora, Mexico, to apply for a leadership program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Entrepreneurs ages 25-35 from Latin America, the Caribbean and now Canada can apply for the U.S. State Department’s Young Leaders in America Initiative. 

“It’s amazing," said Sofia Preciado, a 31-year-old from Hermosillo, Sonora who participated as a fellow in the program last year.

She worked with a business in Miami, and said it helped her improve her health-minded ice pop business, Mulata Paletas Artesanales. But more importantly she was able to connect with other entrepreneurs.

“The most valuable thing to me is the network," she said. "It's amazing to have a network of more than 230 entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean. But the network I use the most is the network from Mexico in my generation [of the fellowship]. We're talking everyday — and it's very helpful."

Fellows will meet in Tempe before being matched with U.S.-based business mentors. Then wrap up at a forum in Washington, D.C. And fellows will have all their travel and expenses paid during the program.

The Young Leaders in America Initiative is designed to give entrepreneurs with at least two years of experience, tools, training and resources to help grow their businesses.

Applications for the program are being accepted through Sept.18.

YLAI fellows from Mexico
Sofia Preciado
Sofia Preciado (top, third from left) and other Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative fellows from Mexico.

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