About Us

Where does magic come from? For some it doesn’t exist. For us, we know that it exists in the power the founders we back have to build amazing things. For that, we have to run, learn, correct and grow since day one… And we are still getting better each time.

Our story

2014

Orion Startups was born from the coordinated efforts of Dr. Antonio Ríos and Ing. Luis Almanza; visionaries driven to help Chihuahua's tech sector.

2015

Our first-ever acceleration batch was run with 5 startups which received our very first program and 150+ K USD.

2016

An EdTech special acceleration batch was run in conjunction with Tec Labs, cementing an even stronger relationship with Tec de Monterrey.

Today

25 Startups have been accelerated and are now part of our portfolio.

Our team

Antonio Ríos

Founder & General Partner

“Truth - more precisely, an accurate understanding of reality - is the essential foundation for producing good outcomes.”

―Ray Dalio

Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute at Tec de Monterrey, Northern Region

Luis Almanza

Founder & Fund Manager

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."

—Ayn Rand

Support / invest startups & entrepreneurs at @TecdeMonterrey @OrionStartups & @StartupWeekend to leave my mark.

Sebastián Hernández

Accelerator Director

"If I quit now, I'll soon be back to where I started. And when I started I was desperately wishing to be where I am now."

—Unknown.

I'm a visionary, always looking for new ways of creating things with high impact of and great value-add. I like people who are willing to go further everytime and very happy when they make it. I was once in a point of no return and discovered that it was up to me to build wings mid-flight.

Dana Gómez

Project Manager

"We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth, and we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust."

—Niel de Grasse Tyson.

I'm a passionate being for the arts and science. I like keeping things in orden and love the fact that in life there’s always something new to learn and share with others.

Itzel Becerril

Portfolio Manager

"Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

—A. A. Milne

I'm a highly detail-oriented person, who loves sharing knowledge and experiences to others. I'm an entrepreneur who works in an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Passion driven, always looking forward to make an impact in people I get to know. Small in height but big in heart.

Felipe Acosta

Head of Digital Transformation

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp; or what's a heaven for?"

—Robert Browning

I have always been curious, eager to learn, self-conscious and self-demanding. I can't but be entrepreneurial and carve my own path. Uncertainty is my best friend and I love solving human problems through software. AI is a great friend, too.

Luz Holguín

Program and Operations Manager

"The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is not to try."

—Debbi Fields

Bachelor in Law with Internationl Corporate Law Concentration, interested in New Tech and Intelectual Property. I enjoy cooking and to learn languages in my free time.

Lorena Chávez

Program Manager @ SLP

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

— Milton Berle

Over ten years of experience in the manufacturing industry on leadership positions. I enjoy teaching continuous improvement tools and providing management coaching. Outside of the office, I enjoy watching sports such as F1 and football, spend some time with family and friends.

Alfredo Pérez

Operations Manager @ SLP

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

— Mark Twain

With Masters in Family Businesses and Entrepreneurship from UPC & EAE in Barcelona, I have been in the Entrepreneurship Industry for a while now and plan to keep it that way.

Rodrigo Santiago

Mentor Relations at Hacker Mafia Acceleration Program

“If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing your limits, and if you’re not pushing your limits, you’re not maximizing your potential.”

—Ray Dalio

I am constantly looking on ways to help others, because it is the fastest way to live in a better, plus helping someone to succeed is one of the most fulfilling things in live. I love to solve problems, and computers are one of our latest tool that help us to rethink how we solve our lives, so software development became my passion.

Our Amazing Interns

Ilian Murillo

Operations Associate

I'm always willing to try new things, different and new doesn't scare me. People say opportunities never come twice, so why waste them?

Elias Castro

Marketing & Sales at VCRC

I've always thought that if your only constant is change, some really magical things can happen.

Víctor Puga

Junior Developer at CarnetE

Student @ Tecnológico de Monterrey. Fullstack developer and guitarist.

Our partners

Tec de Monterrey - Academic partner

Mexico's Best

Tec de Monterrey is Mexico's best private university according to the QS World Rankings.
Our HQ's are located inside Tec's Chihuahua Campus' Technology Park.
By virtue of this, our entrepreneurs have access to lots academic and wellbeing infrastructure: amazing people and great spaces.

GAN - Accelerator network

Any perk you can imagine

We are part of the Global Accelerator Network, which is a curated list of accelerators from all over the World who share best practices, perks, mentors and many more to help you navigate the startup building industry.