NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned global entrepreneurship and innovation professor, Antonio Davila, hosted a one-day seminar on the challenges in managing startup growth for the finalists of the 501(c)3 accelerator, AccessLatina.
The AccessLatina finalists comprise an eclectic and diverse group of Latina entrepreneurs in the high-growth industries of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), social innovation and agriculture.
The finalists feature entrepreneurs that together have generated more than $1.2 million in revenue during the last two years.
- Ix Style - [ New York ] Francesca Kennedy's artisan sandals donate clean drinking water to children in Guatemala for every purchase made. Her sandals have been worn by A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Seyfried, and Rachel Roy, among others, and has collaborated with top brands such as GAP, Anthropology, and J Crew.
- Lux Beauty Club - [ Miami ] Victoria Flores, a former Morgan Stanley executive, and Leslie Namad launched the first ever affordable, luxury hair extension and beauty product subscription box. Flores is on-set for the 2016 Housewives of New York.
- Puerto Rico Disena - [ New York ] Michelle Perez Kenderish's e-commerce platform feature independent designers, makers, collectives and local brands. She's also the founder of ChicaPReneurs.
- ConCalma - [ Puerto Rico ] Matilsha Marxuach's marketplace for fair-trade, environmentally responsible, and local artisanal tote bags has a mission of practicing sustainability. Marxuach is a designer and entrepreneur whose inspiration comes from local culture as well as from traditional lifestyles and knowledge.
- Flamenca Films - [ New York ] Trina Bardusco's digital branded content company specializing in women. She's also the creator of the documentary series, Wanderlust.
- Novel Research - [ New York ] Catherine Lajara's clinical and pharmaceutical research company aims to reduce disparities in clinical trials and runs trials for pharmaceutical companies looking to develop new treatments.
- Agropek - [ Puerto Rico ] Cindy Cruz' agricultural business to export exotic and natural goods grown locally in Puerto Rico.
- Institute for Spanish Learning Acquisition - [ Puerto Rico ] Sacha Delgado's full immersion and cultural language school that gives back to the community.
As part of AccessLatina's alliance with Puerto Rico's entrepreneurship show hit3001.com, AccessLatina has awarded an Advanced Education Module spot for Decennia Vega's Semila, LLC - a company dedicated to the wholesale of clones of cocoa trees.
"It is very interesting to work with people like these female entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about building companies and organizations that are helpful to society," said Professor Davila. "It has been a pleasure to be a part of a 501(c)3 helping women achieve their goals, added Davila.
AccessLatina is the first multi-market accelerator program designed to help Latina business owners in various sectors reach their economic potential through capital and resource investment.
"We are enthusiastic to work with the varied group of entrepreneurs the judges selected as finalists; their businesses are diverse, full of growth potential, and making a difference in their communities," said co-founder Lucienne Gigante.
"Latina-owned businesses have increased nearly 200% over the past decade and we want to help them grow through access to capital, mentorship, networks and opportunities," added co-founder Marta Michelle Colon.
AccessLatina is composed of a group of dedicated social and business entrepreneurs and is supported by Georgetown University's McDonough Graduate School of Business, Kiva Zip, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Golden Seeds, Guayacan, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Oriental Bank and the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative.
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