Romulo NavarretePartnerships Manager LATAM, Seedstars
Originally from Peru, Romulo has developed an international career from very early on that has allowed him to be knowledgeable in market expansion, sales, operations, strategic planning, and management & recruitment of diverse global teams. He is also keen on the SDGs conversation in relation with the startups scene in emerging markets, particularly in the Edtech, Healthtech, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action sectors.
He studied Business Management at University of South Florida and started a career in Peru at the global leader company in international education, EF Education First. With proven sales experience in his home country, he then moved to Sao Paulo to expand the regional sales for the company in Brazil. Believing in the importance of continuous education and life experiences, he studied a Diploma in Sales Management in ESPM, pursued a Specialization in International Business in Rotterdam University and soon after, became an English teacher volunteer in a rural primary school in Thailand.
He joined Seedstars soon after going back to Peru and launched the Seedstars Latin America tour in 2016, looking for the most promising entrepreneurs in the region and organizing the Seedstars World competition that connected the startups with investors, mentors and the public/private sector. After a year of travelling to more than 17 ecosystems in Latin America & the Caribbean, he moved to South Africa to start Seedspace, a strategic network of coworking and coliving hubs that is now present in 15 cities. This allowed Seedstars to set a physical footprint in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America, and to actively promote the activities of the company. On his side, this got Romulo experience in launching a completely new business line across different parts of the world, keeping a global strategy adaptable to local markets