Latinas Think Big, a global society of progressive Latinas, and a social innovation platform created to catalyze the careers and ventures of Latinas, is announcing the launch of the first startup communities designed for Latinas.
Through vibrant entrepreneurial gatherings and supportive ecosystems across the country and globally, Latinas Think Big is helping entrepreneurial and professional Latinas launch and scale their startups and careers. These gatherings are complemented by the Latinas Think Big online platform, which offers access to a virtual accelerator and an interactive member directory.
"Today, more than ever, an entrepreneurial mindset is critical to achieve professional and business success," said Angelica Perez-Litwin, PhD – Founder and CEO of Latinas Think Big.
These bimonthly gatherings feature dynamic conversations with successful entrepreneurs and professionals. Presentations by local entrepreneurs receive feedback from peers, advisors, mentors and investors. Networking time is a vital part of these events.
The Latinas Think Big community in San Francisco launched October 6, 2015, at Twitter. The New York City community launches November 13th, 2015 at New York Institute of Technology. Five new communities led by local entrepreneurs and professionals will launch in 2016, including Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.
The Latinas Think Big communities welcome all women and men, and focus on both entrepreneurs and career professionals. Many professional Latinas are aspiring entrepreneurs and are creating businesses on the side. This inclusive community will be of benefit to them, as well as entrepreneurs who need the support of other professionals.
Latina-owned companies rose 87 percent from 2007 and 2012, compared to 28%, the overall number for women-owned businesses, according to the Census Bureau. However, the average revenue of Latina-owned companies is $68,806, compared to $188,124 for non-minority women (American Express OPEN, 2014). The Latinas Think Big communities address this significant gap through education, engagement, mentorship, and access to influential networks and resources.