Meet the founder.

Founded by Ambos Nogales-native Stephanie Bermudez (a latinx innovator), Startup Unidos has invested years understanding the local culture, building relationships and earning the respect and loyalty of people and organizations at all layers of society.

Stephanie Bermudez

Tucson, AZ

Photographer: Robert johnson

Meet the Founder

It all began with a dream

Stephanie is a gifted community builder, understanding the nuances of human behavior and how to encourage positive interactions. Her innovative ideas create cross-border communities and environments that expand on binational relationships to encourage collaboration and co-inspiration. She focuses on building up entrepreneurial communities and networks; including events, training, consulting and research.   

Stephanie is passionate about taking her experiences and shaping binational business opportunities with Mexico and the United States. In April 2018, she was recognized and certified by Harvard University, the Secretary of Economy for the State of Sonora, University of Sonora and sonora:lab for her business project, Startup Unidos and for her contributions in Strengthening The Innovation Ecosystem In The State Of Sonora. Stephanie is actively working with startups across the Arizona-Sonora by implementing Startup Unidos Youth; Waste Not: Borderlands Innovations in Food Waste Management in Nogales, AZ, Pascua Yaqui Youth Entrepreneurship, Techstars Latinx In Tech Startup Weekend, the 1st-Ever Youth Summit; Your Future Workforce, Now at TENWEST, Impulse: Coloring Technology For Humanity and Collide! pop-up coworking in Tucson, AZ. 


Stephanie is an honored community leader and has been recognized extensively throughout her career, most recent awards include; February 2020, Top 20 Woman of Impact by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine; March 2019 Minority Business Owner of the Year, Inside Tucson Business Women of Impact; October 2018 TENWEST Idea Funding, Larry Hecker and Sherry Hoskinson Bright Futures Award; December 2016 Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as 40 under 40 Woman of the Year.


Harvard University Certification in Innovation & Sustainability. University of Arizona; B.S. Environmental Science.


“Reinforcing and building entrepreneurial communities.” - Stephanie Bermudez, Startup Unidos Founder



The launch of the Startup Unidos has given Stephanie a platform to transform hundreds of lives—through entreprenuership, educational, bi-national awareness and other initiatives—but the objective remains as simple as it is ambitious. Be kind. Be good. Be generous. Grow our borders