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.
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Alejandra Cañedo

Project Manager & Designer
She is a designer & storyteller from Hermosillo, Sonora who grew up with a bicultural education and an insatiable curiosity for learning. She thrives in process-focused storytelling, multimedia arts, human-centered research, graphic design, and sustainability. The use of innovation tools such as Design thinking & Lean Service Creation has led to collaborations in product design (Apoco Workshop, CRIT Sonora, Oficentro) and in developing ideas for other startup enthusiasts. She is currently brand designer @StartupUnidos, giving life and managing groundbreaking amazing projects such as Waste Binn and Borderoots.
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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.
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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.
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Collaborators, Mentors, Supporters, and more.

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

Alberto Poblete


Alexis Sanchez

SU Blog Collaborator

Vivan Probst

Intern (Active)

Omar Gutierrez

Emprende Amigo Youth Co-Founder

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.
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