MARCO VALLEDARES

Tech Accelerator

What were you doing before you joined the Uprise program?

Before the program I was specialised in a field where there was no room for growth. I was stuck in a routine, doing the same thing every day. There was no encouragement for growth, or care about my development.

How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?

So now I'm on another training program, helping me to become a business developer for Tech Startups in Silicon Valley. This role is very far out of my comfort zone. However, because I did the Uprise program because this is a role I felt like I could do. By going on the program I realised that I can set a way higher standard for myself.

What surprised you the most about Uprise Academy?

The most surprising thing for me was finding similarities with strangers from all over the world, I thought that was really cool. Just vibing with them and learning about other cultures. Besides that, the program really opened my eyes about what is available and what direction I could take my professional life.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the program?

I would say don't hesitate. It's going to be uncomfortable, you are going to be in a different country, different environment. But you'll learn so much about dealing with this and the local people you'll meet are so sweet that you will get through it. It opened my eyes and helped me find my direction which is in Tech and Startups.