Mexico
News

Young population, middle class to push Mexico innovation hub

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Young population, middle class to push Mexico innovation hub

Mexico's young population and growing middle class, including an increasing number of new business owners, will likely push the country to become a regional innovation hub in the coming years, a report by business consultancy Frost and Sullivan said.

The financial technology sector, which has seen growth recently after the approval of a trailblazing fintech law in 2017, could double in size between 2017 and 2022 to reach US$68bn in valuation, the report added, as Mexico has also seen high rates of broadband and smartphone adoption.

"This fast growth not only reflects the success of Mexico's innovation culture, but will also make Mexico the financial capital of Latin America," the report says. "Mexican fintech companies aim to capture approximately 30% of the banking market by 2025."

The middle class, measured in the study as a household of four with annual income of between US$14,600 and US$146,000, is expected to grow at an annual compound rate of 4.4% until 2030, by which time Mexico's 90mn-strong middle class will account for around 2% of global segment consumption, in 8th place above economic powerhouses such as Brazil and the UK.

By 2025, it added, over 45% of the country's population will belong to the Gen Y and X generations currently between 25 and 54 years of age, it said. "These are the young that grew in the digital world of mobile technologies, which no doubt will push forward new generations of innovators," the report added. People of working age will reach a peak of 68% by 2033.

Venture capital transactions reached US$3.6bn in the country in 2018, after growing from US$639mn in 2010 and over 70 new VC funds, key to the early stages of startups, were created in Mexico between 2009 and 2017.

Also, in the six years to 2017, the country showed a yearly growth rate for new businesses owned by people between 18 and 64 years of 13.3%, more than double that of Brazil (5.7%) and Chile (0.3%). It also more than doubled similar rates in innovation-driven economies such as Switzerland, Sweden and Luxembourg.

More established sectors such as manufacturing will also benefit heavily from the development of industrial internet of things solutions, the report said. "For 2020, over 80% of Mexican exports will come from the advanced manufacturing sector."

To continue reading, subscribe to BNamericas to get all the information in this article and access to related news items and reports.

Subscribe to BNamericas and gain access to thousands of project profiles, key contacts and news.

Other projects

Get key information on thousands of projects in Latin America, from current stage, to capex, related companies, key contacts and more.

Other companies

Get key information on thousands of companies in Latin America, from projects, to contacts, shareholders, related news and more.

  • Company: Alumbrado Público Barranquilla  (Apbaq)
  • The description contained in this profile was taken directly from an official source and has not been edited or modified by BNamericas researchers, but may have been automatical...
  • Company: Grupo TorreSur
  • The description contained in this profile was taken directly from an official source and has not been edited or modified by BNamericas researchers, but may have been automatical...
  • Company: Greenwood Energy I LLC  (Greenwood Energy)
  • *This is an archived company in the BNamericas database. If you need an update on this company and its operations, please Ask Us.* New York-based Greenwood Energy is a renewable...