When Cynthia Vega arrived in Britain in 2006, she didn’t immediately gravitate to the local Mexican community.
“When I came, I did not know any Mexicans for about five years,” says Cynthia who moved to London to study for a master’s degree.
An unusual start for a woman would go on to co-found BritMex, and serve as president of the UK Mexican Talent Network.
Both these new organisations connect Mexican professionals in Britain with would-be entrepreneurs in their homeland.
The startup culture in Mexico is still new. So is entrepreneurship.
For people like Miss Vega and her co-founder, Laura Vanessa Muñoz, this is the ideal opportunity to use their experiences in the UK to help their native land.
“We have very good quality professionals, they are innovative and just maybe need support,” says Miss Muñoz, who, just like Miss Vega, first came to Britain for postgraduate study.
“Also to change mentality, see how things are done here in the UK, why they are working,” she says.