MIAMI, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Latin Trade Group announces the release of the first ever ranking on Latin America's top young entrepreneurs. From a group of school friends who decided to start a company, to individuals spotting gaps in the market, Latin Trade's new Top 25 Young Latin American Entrepreneurs ranking includes a diverse set of businesspeople who have pioneered and innovated ways of doing business in the region.
In some cases, only a couple hundred of dollars was all it took to create what are now multimillion enterprises with worldwide presence, but in all cases, it took their ability to innovate and turn challenges into opportunities.
One example is Andres Barreto, who created music streaming site Grooveshark before others like Deezer or Spotify existed. Now at the age of 28, he has founded eight companies and is known as the Latin American Mark Zuckerberg for his vision and entrepreneurship.
From Guatemala, IT expert Luis Von Ahn created Captcha, a web security system used by websites around the world that uses distorted letters or images to determine whether or not the user of a computer is human. He is currently professor of Computer Science at the Carnegie Mellon University and also founder of language learning and crowdsourced text translator Duolingo.
Also in the list is Paraguayan Christian Chena, the Spanish language internet domain king. In 2007 he reached the highest number of recorded sales in Spanish domain history, as well as having owned some 100 domains considered to be the most valuable in the Spanish market.
While technology dominates most of our list, there are entrepreneurs from other sectors.
Peruvian coffee farmer Wilson Sucaticona began as a small craft coffee grower, and now his Arabica beans are ranked among the best in the world and his quintals (bags of 45kg each) have reached the $1,000 mark.
Latin Trade's list also includes Bel Pesce, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who has been named one of the most influential women in Brazil. She is the founder of online school FazINOVA, which aims to transform the education system in her home country.
Latin Trade selected these entrepreneurs based on their ability to overcome all manner of obstacles, whether it was lack of initial capital, difficulty to access financing or challenging economic and political climates in their home countries, and the impact and expansion their ventures have reached.
To view the full list of 25 Top Young Entrepreneurs, visit: http://latintrade.com/top-25-young-entrepreneurs/
About Latin Trade Group
Latin Trade Group is a leading provider of information and business services to companies operating in Latin America. It publishes award-winning content in Spanish and English for distribution throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States through print, online media and events. Latin Trade Group publishes Latin Trade magazine, Latin Trade Business Intelligence, and is the organizer of the Latin Trade Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards, the LT CFO Series for financial executives of multinational corporations and the Sino Americas Summit.
Contact: David Buchanan, Deputy Editor, Latin Trade Group, 4478-0138-8900, [email protected]
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