Exponential Changemarkers Program (ECM) is our annual global open innovation program which seeks to find solutions that contribute to the quantitative and qualitative housing deficit in the region.

ECM 2022 Edition

We are looking for 10 high-impact startups worldwide focused on digital solutions for construction to improve living conditions.
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How can we make the construction industry more efficient and sustainable through disruptive materials, solutions, and technologies?


The fourth edition of Progreso X’s open innovation program Exponential Changemakers, along with the business units of Progreso will focus on challenges that defy the way we approach construction processes addressing the areas of digitalized design, construction systems, and operational management. 

The rapid urbanization process in Guatemala has generated opportunities to rethink how our spaces can adapt in a fair, orderly and sustainable way to fulfil the needs of the citizens and the conditions of the region. According to the Guatemala's Urban Agenda projections, the country will have a predominantly urban population by 2032 (75%). In Guatemala City, this migratory flow from rural areas is reflected even more, with an annual growth rate close to 2%. As a result of this phenomenon, the demand for housing and urban services will increase exponentially.

Likewise, the housing deficit is estimated at 2.2 million, 20% of which is due to a lack of housing - quantitative deficit -, while the remaining 80% is due to a lack of access to basic services - qualitative deficit (Anacovi, 2021). Tackling this situation is one of the main challenges in the short term, especially because of the shortage of economic resources of the population to address it.

Therefore, this year’s Exponential Changemakers program will be addressing the challenges of constructive solutions that enable the development of buildings and cities according to the potential of each territory, as well as contributing to the reduction of the housing deficit and increasing the capacity of related services (e.g. water, energy efficiency and solid waste).

Are you ready to become an exponential changemaker? Apply with your startup! Show us your experience, knowledge, skills, and passion for this initiative. Be part of the transformation of a region with many opportunities. 


Propose alternative construction systems that integrate new technologies and solutions.

Optimize workflows in the construction process.

Adapt our cities by incorporating more sustainable solutions.

Collaborate with strategic partners to co-create technological solutions and synergies that address our challenges.


Identify design processes from the conceptualization of a real estate project to the construction plans that allow a more agile, sustainable, and efficient construction to increase the productive capacity.

  • BIM (Building Information Modeling).

  • Automated design platforms: serving as design repositories to increase productivity and promote efficiency. 


Seek new construction systems, with a focus on efficiency, sustainability, and flexibility, that challenge the way we are building and increase our productive capacity.

  • Prefabricated and modular off-site construction.

  • New advanced construction materials with applied technology such as 3D printing and alternative materials.

  • Robotics and machine-assisted applications


Incorporate data-driven solutions that optimize the operational management of the supply chain and the on-site procurement to improve the communication, delivery time, reducing costs and mitigating risks.

  • Cloud, Big Data, predictive analytics, and real-time collaboration to improve the on-site procurement process, fleet tracking and inventory management.

  • Methodologies to increase productivity and promote efficiency.

Who is eligible?

The requirements for participation in Exponential Changemakers are specified in the Terms and Conditions of the Exponential Changemakers program. Go to terms and conditions.

Should my startup specialize in an area or theme to participate?

The Exponential Changemakers program 2022 is open for startups related to the challenges of this year: How can we make the construction industry more efficient and sustainable through disruptive materials, solutions, and technologies?

What stage should my startup have reached to be eligible?

You must have exceeded orbe near to your break-even point, and/or have already expanded operations in your country and/or region.

Can I present a solution for more than one challenge?

No, as a startup you can only present one application.

Can I present a solution regarding the established challenges? (solution oriented)

If you conceive that your solution has a direct relation or is a needed step in the road to solve the challenge, of course you can apply. You need to specify the input in the application.

How to apply?

The startups interested in participation in the initiative must register, fill and submit your application via the Progreso X website. In order to participate, you must create your user account and complete the required fields in the application form, attaching any necessary materials and documents. All the information submitted by the participants must be real and correct. In addition, the solutions proposed must be exclusive intellectual property of the startup participating in the initiative and, therefore, protected by the respective intellectual property legal rights. Apply Now

In what language should I submit my application?

The applications to the program must be submitted in English.

I don't live in Guatemala, can I participate?

Absolutely, Progreso X seeks to collaborate with startups from around the world, as long as you propose relevant solutions to the challenge.

How will the selection be carried out?

The selection process is conducted by managers from Progreso (business innovation coaches) and external consultants with experience in the challenge’s themes.

How many startups will be selected?

Ten out of the total of participants, will be selected to come to Guatemala and participate in the Demo Day & Boot Camp.

Does everyone who participate in the Demo Day must stay to participate in the Boot camp?

Yes, the ten startups selected must participate on both to be eligible for the innovation loops.

Does the program include the travel costs?

Yes, ProgresoX will provide a round trip ticket to Guatemala.* Depending on local regulations regarding COVID-19.

What is the Demo Day and when it occurs?

Is the first pitch that the startups are going to present. And is going to take place during the first day of the program Oct 10th, 2022.

How many startups are going to be selected for the innovation loops?

* One-three startups

Which is the difference between the Demo Day pitch and the Bootcamp pitch?

The first pitch is for you to present the business model of the solution and the last pitch would be the adapted version, after discovering the Guatemala’s and Progreso’s context through your business coaching sessions.

How long is the Boot Camp?

It is a four-day event, includes coaching and workshops.

What does the bootcamp consist of and when does it take place?

The startups will have three to four coaching sessions with Progreso’s managers and external experienced consultants related to the challenges. And two/three workshops that will be helpful for the adaptation of your pitch. Oct 11th, 12th  13th and 14th 2022.

There is more than one pitch?

Yes, on October 14th you must present the last pitch, it will help the judges to select the winners.

In what language is developed the program?

The Kickoff and Closing Event presentations will be in English and the everyday activities will be in Spanish. If you want to apply but the language is a barrier for your team, please contact us at deepdive@progreso-x.com.

How long is an innovation loop?

About three to four months.

Who will be the team?

A member of your team in representation of the startup, a Project Leader from Progreso X and a Progreso’s Business Unit Champion.

When does the innovation loop start?

In January 2023 with the planification.

Are you ready to take off?

How could we reconsider the way we live, challenging the current design of our cities, and the way we use our natural resources?

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The stages of the program

We are committed to create, design and bring to reality disruptive ideas for the benefit of the world through collaborative innovation between corporations, startups and it's ecosystem.

Phase 1

Definition of the challenge.

Phase 2

Launch, scouting and online judging.

Phase 3

Competition and selection, Demo day, Bootcamp and Final pitch.

Phase 4

Due-diligence and Innovation Loops

The stages of the program

Take note of important dates! 

1. Open Applications

Start and complete the application form

Jun 21st, 2022

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2. Application Closing

Aug 14th, 2022

3. Online Judging

A panel of online judges will review your application and select the 10 high-impact start-ups.

Sep 19th – 23rd, 2022

4. Demo Day

Make your pitch! We want to know your product or service and how to solve these challenges.

We will cover the ticket to travel to Guatemala for one representative of your team, taking into consideration the global travel protocols.  

Oct 10th, 2022

5. Boot Camp

For three days, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the challenges and specific pain points in sessions with business coaches who will help you adapt your solution to 1-3 selected start-ups.

Oct 11 th, 12 th  13 th and 14th 2022

6. Due Dilligence

The best start-ups will be chosen to co-develop an Innovation Loop (pilot) with Progreso X and the business unit of Progreso. The pilot starts with the planning and alignment to scope and list the objectives, KPIs and the work plan.

Oct - Dec, 2022

7. Innovation Loop

Jan, 2023

The benefits of participating


  • Mentoring sessions with business innovation coaches to strengthen the business model and adapt it to the need.

  • Pilot project through an Innovation Loop focused on satisfying user needs by using technology.

  • Results-oriented collaboration with Progreso X and the business unit of Progreso through an open innovation model.


  • Establish a solid long-term business relationship with Progreso.

  • Based on the results of the first Innovation Loop, the possible next steps are:

    • Joint Development Agreement (JDA)

    • Joint Venture (JV)

    • Equity investment


  • Access to Progreso's corporate infrastructure: facilities, the largest retail chain in Guatemala, market data, user and consumer information and access to new markets.

Are you ready to take off?

Become the next exponential changemaker!

Apply Now!

Previous ECM Programs


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WaterTech and Smart Cities