For Immediate Release - March 22, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK MEETS WITH COLOMBIAN START-UPS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO FURTHER MASSACHUSETTS-COLOMBIA PARTNERSHIPS

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Governor Patrick meets with several Colombian start-up companies and representatives from iNNpulsa Colombia in the Governor's Office to discuss Massachusetts-Colombia partnership opportunities. (Photo credit: Juan Cooper / iNNpulsa Colombia)
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BOSTON – Friday, March 22, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today met with several representatives from Colombian start-up companies, a follow-up to the Governor’s February trade mission to Colombia where he met with Catalina Ortiz, President of iNNpulsa Colombia, to discuss ways in which Massachusetts and Colombia can partner in the innovation economy sectors.

Following their tour of the Cambridge Innovation Center, Beatriz Daza, General Manager of iNNpulsa Colombia and representatives from 10 start-up companies in Colombia sat down with the Governor to further the growing relationship between these two countries and reinforce the Governor’s commitment to working with iNNpulsa moving forward.

As part of the Massachusetts-Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Patrick and President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize collaboration between Massachusetts and Colombia in the areas of science, technology and innovation, including in the life sciences, digital technology and clean energy industries. Last year, the United States signed a free trade agreement with Colombia, opening up an estimated $1.1 billion market for U.S. exports.

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