With less than 1% of venture-backed startups founded by Latinos, there is a huge opportunity to develop this community and accelerate the growth of startups through this untapped entrepreneurial talent.
On December 7 and 8th, TecnoLatinx, our media and tech literacy initiative, attended the 2017 Manos Tech Venture Summit at Google Launchpad in San Francisco.
The Manos Accelerator program is one of the leading tech accelerator programs in the Americas, seeking to inspire, fund and grow Latinx-founded companies across the tech ecosystem. Manos CEO Sylvia Flores has made it her mission to create a mentor-driven program that provides hands-on education, business resources, infrastructure and guidance for promising startup companies led by Latinx. Hence, the 2-day Summit was full of valuable life lessons from top tech talent that want to see Latinos succeed. #Manos #BestSummitEver #LatinxFounders
The Summit featured talks and panels by Pascal Finette (VP, Singularity University), Michael Seibel (CEO, Y Combinator), Nuria Santamaria (CEO, Encantos Media), Juan Campos (VP of Tech, Manos), Christie Pitts ( Partner, Backstage Capital), John F. Rizzo (COO, Deem Inc.), Jose Lopez (Senior Counsel, Samsung NEXT), and Beatrice Acevedo (President/Founder, Mitú Network). The topics discussed ranged from how to start your company, what landmines to avoid, how to cultivate persistence, leveraging your network, growing your product, how to attract investors and much much more. The last portion of the Summit focused on Startup Pitches, allowing for more than 20 Latino founders to pitch their company to a room full of angels, VCs and other tech giants.