Located in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, Leon is the 4th most populated city in Mexico with a whopping population of around 1,578,626 people. Known for its leather industry based in the Zona Piel district, this is a city where the shopaholics into leather shoes, bags, belts and jackets will become demons with credit card access. The town is a veritable playground with numerous hotels, restaurants and cafes overflowing with tourists. One of the most environmentally friendly cities in Mexico, its locals love to cycle the network of bike lines around the city. Leon has been awarded "City Water Champion" status due to its progress in sanitation, water reuse and energy consumption. History buffs can check out the neo-Gothic "Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Corazón de Jesús" church that has a crypt with catacombs, whilst museum lovers will be able to wander around the "Catedral Basílica" where there is the "Museo de Arte Sacro" that is a museum displaying religious paintings and sculpture. Coworking venues have appeared on Leon's historical streets catering to its innovative and tech savvy locals, as well as the lingering tourists who need to buy another set of luggage to hold all of their shopping.
Startup ecosystems are thriving in Mexico and its transition to an innovation economy may just turn out to be one of the world's biggest economies in the next decade, if the government maintains its support for entrepreneurship by continuing to develop new initiatives to boost its growth. Mexico is at the heart of Latin America's tech revolution and has been the entry point for many global tech companies such as Uber, Google and Facebook in Latin America. Mexico has a growing economy with widespread mobile coverage, low banking penetration and an underdeveloped lending system that is pushing Mexican fintech to success. About 40% of fintech startups in Mexico are involved in the niche markets of lending or remittances.
Coworking in Leon is a way of life for its inventive locals and for the globe trotting entrepreneurs; it's one of the most affordable countries to set up shop in.
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