Mexico is one of the 10 most populated countries in the world and one of the 15 with the largest economies in the world according to data from the International Monetary Fund. How many of its cities have all the technological infrastructure necessary for the country's economy to continue growing?
Mexico City, the most industrialized city in the country
Nearly 10% of Latin America's growth in the coming years will come from Mexico City, which could become the most important creative node in the region. UNAM (the University with the most patents in Latin America) is based in Mexico City. One-third of the researchers of the National System of Researchers (SNI) is in the City of Mexico City. Furthermore, 41% of patents granted to Mexicans are to residents of Mexico City. In 2018, 61% of Fintech Startups were initiated in the Mexican capital, so innovation will be the engine of the City's development in the coming years.
Guadalajara, the Mexican Silicon Valley
Guadalajara is known as Mexico's version of Silicon Valley. IBM, HP, Intel, and all the major U.S. technology players were major players in the development of the region's technology sector. Guadalajara is a geek city with hundreds of technology start-ups and growing. Many software companies operate out of Guadalajara. Intel's only Latin American research lab is in Guadalajara. In 2012, IBM opened Mexico's first smart data centers in Guadalajara. State and municipal governments have developed favorable conditions for the development of new technology companies. The city invested in technology poles, data centers, and the development of a Smart City to place itself at the forefront of the digital revolution in Mexico.
Monterrey, Mexico's most American city
The capital of Nuevo León is home to more than 100 industrial parks. The city is home to major subcontractors. The city has an Innovation Lab at the Monterrey Digital Center to drive the city's digital transformation. Monterrey is home to major Mexican corporations such as Cemex, Femsa, Banorte and BanRegio, Soriana, Farmacia Benavides, and many more with the means to invest and conquer markets quickly.
Tijuana, the closest city to the U.S.A.
Tijuana is only a 20-minute drive from the U.S. border. The San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area is economically attractive. Combined, its GDP is comparable to that of Ireland.) Technology manufacturer Busta Corp is headquartered in Tijuana and 3DRobotics chose Tijuana to grow out of Berkeley. The city opened its digital hub that now houses more than 60 technology companies. In 2014, the city opened a binational coworking space, HUBSTN (Hub Station), where the former Mexicoach bus station used to be.
Querétaro, the NAFTA Highway
Located just over 3 hours by car (250 km) north of Mexico City, Querétaro is in the center of the country. The region is economically driven by the "NAFTA highway" and centralizes many of the nationwide activities that fall under this agreement. This led to the development of aerospace activities in the area, making Querétaro a new hub for the aerospace industry in Mexico.
Chinese technology manufacturer, Huawei, announced an investment plan to build 4 ICT facilities in Queretaro. Daewoo followed with an investment to build a new platform in the metropolitan area. Deloitte chose Querétaro in Mexico to establish its fourth regional technology services center worldwide. Ericsson of Sweden and Safran of France began operations in Querétaro.