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AccessLatina Business Accelerator Announces Finalists

By on January 20, 2016

AccessLatinaSAN JUAN – Global entrepreneurship and innovation Prof. Antonio Dávila hosted a one-day seminar on the challenges in managing startup growth for the finalists of AccessLatina, an accelerator program to help Latina business owners through capital and resource investment.

The AccessLatina finalists comprise a group of Latina entrepreneurs in the high-growth industries of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), social innovation and agriculture.

The finalists feature entrepreneurs who have generated a combined revenue of more than $1.2 million during the past 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 Diseña – [ New York ] Michelle Pérez Kenderish’s e-commerce platform features 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’s 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, 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.

“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 supported by Georgetown University’s McDonough Graduate School of Business, Kiva Zip, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Golden Seeds, Grupo Guayacán, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Oriental Bank and the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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