Our Team

Meet the amazing individuals behind Startup Unidos


Meet the amazing individuals behind Startup Unidos

  • Stephanie Bermudez

    Founder & Principal

    She is an Ambos Nogales native, latinx innovator and entrepreneur, who displays unwavering commitment to make an impact and is passionate about taking her experiences and shaping binational business opportunities with Mexico and the United States. She is actively working with startups and aspiring youth across the Arizona-Sonora by developing and implementing Startup Unidos entrepreneurial and workforce education, capacity building and youth programs. Her expertise in entrepreneurial learning will drive these programs forward. She brings a robust set of skills that include lean startup methodology, how to scale, pitch & develop business plans. Bermudez also bring years of experience that allows her to change, adapt, and face new challenges. 

  • Alejandra Cañedo

    Project Manager & Designer

    She is an Industrial Designer & Storyteller from Hermosillo, Sonora who grew up with a bicultural education and an insatiable curiosity for learning. She thrives in process-focused storytelling, human-centered design, communication sciences, multimedia edition, empathetic graphic design, and sustainability. She spends most of her time learning new ways to bring value to projects, either by training in a new technology or building more effective workflows. The use of innovation tools such as Design thinking & Lean Service Creation has led to amazing collaborations with product design companies (Apoco Worskshop, CRIT Sonora, Oficentro) and other startup enthusiasts.

  • Robert Johnson

    EdTech Expert

    He is an Educational Technology researcher at the University of Arizona, an award-winning designer, Advisor for technology-intensive firms. He implements solutions to help transform learning around the Tucson, AZ  community focused on providing opportunities to code, design and startup ideas to marginalized communities. Robert’s experience in deploying, scaling and managing LMS and other related platforms ensures the foundation of everything Startup Unidos will operate on is used to its fullest. Robert also offers his ability to develop any solution needed specifically for Startup Unidos. - Robert serves as an instructor and supporter of continuing and professional education in partnership with the University of Arizona. 

  • Sergio Astorga

    Project Coordinator & Small Business Outreach

    He is currently supporting the Digital Capacity for Santa Cruz County Retail and Service project in Southern Arizona. Founder of Central Observation & Response Division and Co-Founder of Ozono.world, specializing in legal and business consultation. Skilled in Digital Storytelling, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, and Management. Project -focused and goal-oriented always looking to collaborate in high concept, interesting, and meaningful projects and business ventures.

Collaborators, Mentors, Supporters, and more.

With every milestone, we collaborate and build the community we are proud to call our network!

  • Samantha Mata


    Samantha Mata Robles is a Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Arizona, she is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, where she has lived all her life. She is a passionate leader with a social vision. Throughout her life she has been involved in the leadership departments of her schools with the purpose to develop tools and skills that will help her become a better person and leader. 

    Sam had the opportunity to work in the Admissions Department of the Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Sonora Norte as an Ambassador. At the University of Arizona, she is currently working in the Department of Women in Science and Engineering developing empowerment projects for women in STEM in the Arizona and Sonora area.


  • Omar Gutierrez

    EAY Associate Founder & Mentor 


  • Alexis Sanchez

    Startup Weekend Host


  • Alberto Poblete