Higher Circle, a new Palo Alto-based peer-to-peer lending platform that supports entrepreneurs in emerging markets,  is teaming up with ProMexico to kick-off their Mexico 2015 investment initiative with an event on Wednesday, August 5, 6:00pm at Galvanize (44 Tehama Street in San Francisco).

The event will feature venture capitalists Lynne Bairstow (managing partner at MITA Ventures) and Fernando Lelo De Larrea (managing partner at ALL Venture Partners) who will talk about the next wave of Mexican and Latin American startups. The three winners of the Mexico 2015 investment competition will be announced, and the founders of Fábrica Social will be on hand to discuss their entrepreneurial experience.

“Higher Circle connects lenders to emerging market entrepreneurs. What we needed was a proven partner with deep knowledge of Mexico and who recognizes the role that small and medium sized enterprises play in widespread job creation and long-term economic growth,” said Higher Circle CEO Billy Silva.

“Mexico is regarded as one of the top places for talented entrepreneurs today. We are so pleased that Higher Circle has opened its peer-lending platform to great businesses across Mexico,” said Azul Ogazon Gomez, ProMexico deputy trade and investment commissioner. “We believe foreign investment in these businesses will create jobs, empower entrepreneurs, and inspire innovation.”

Higher Circle and ProMexico invited Mexican entrepreneurs to pitch their small to medium-sized businesses to the Mexico 2015 initiative for an opportunity to secure initial loans ranging from $2,500-$50,000; win trips to participate in Higher Circle Live events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York; and network with funders, mentors, and fellow entrepreneurs from across Mexico.

Mexico 2015 will support companies in the technology and creative sectors, including women-led businesses, social enterprises, and more. For more information, see HigherCircle.com.   Admission is free, but advance registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Email info@highercircle.com for reservations.

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