We will be a self-sustained solution that allows a diverse group of people to prepare and polish their innovations for funding submission.
We will bring funding education solutions to women and minorities.
We will create opportunities for professionals to contribute to other people’s success while receiving compensation.
Calendaring innovators’ presentations to the angel investor panel.
Providing free access to the VC LATINX conference, where experts will present highlights of their topics.
Provide training – our basic cycle is a set of 4-hour courses designed to cover the basics.
Provide consulting – our course instructors are available to present innovation on behalf of innovators.
Create a networking event to help participants connect with each other.
There are four layers of services in this business model – layers are contingent upon the level of preparedness innovators have. We envision four categories of participants based on their readiness levels, and they are:
Level 1: Those who are ready to pitch their projects. They are prepared and can move straight to calendaring their presentation.
Level 2: Those who need a little bit of guidance & support. They need a little bit of coaching and a skills’ refresh before they feel confident enough to schedule their presentation. Once these people attend the free conference, they are ready to calendar their presentation.
Level 3: Those who feel they need some support. They will be granted access to the 4-hour blocks of preparation courses. After they complete their courses, they receive an attendance certificate issued by SMB Digital Education, and they are ready to schedule their presentation.
Level 4: Those who feel they need full-service individualized support. In this case they will hire the course instructors to present their idea to the angel investor panel.
As we worked with professionals from varied walks of life - we initially learned women receive disproportionally smaller funding - than men do. The more we questioned the figures, the more we realized we needed to do something about it - with concrete actions, and not just talk.
As we explored this topic - low proportion of funding for women, we were confronted with a harsher reality - other minorities - Latinos, LGBTQ, Asian, Black, and Brown communities faced the exact same problem; and worse - those in double minority situations received even fewer opportunities.
This is exactly how VC LATINX came to be - our desire to bring together professionals who are committed to dedicating time and effort to ensure women and minorities receive the same opportunities others do.
We are all about extending opportunities to others - and particularly to those who were overlooked in the funding process - to ensure their innovations come to fruition.
To those who are ready to fly, we will work to present their projects to a few Chicago-based Angel Investors. For those who need a refresher - the free conference is for them: Several presentations delivered by top-notch professionals who look like you. For those who need more assistance, then we offer several 4-hour courses designed with practical applications in mind. Finally, for those who, besides all of these training opportunities, decide they want personalized attention and an individual consultant to manage their project, we are here to help.
Our goal is to leave no stone unturned - if you have an innovation you want to see reality - we will be your working partners, and we will ensure your ideas, concepts, and products will be displayed in the best possible light.
We are an American conference - the USA is our guiding start - we pay particular attention to Latin America, from Mexico to Patagonia, and everywhere in between - we got you covered.
We adopted the mnemonic LATINX to show inclusivity - all genders are included - those who identify with birth gender, and those who identify with other options - the "X" is for that.
We were concerned the "Latinx" would be viewed as excluding the Europeans, so we made space for them in the logo, again to show all are welcome.
We used four different people - of different colors - and in a heart shape - because we believe in acceptance, all are equally valued/cherished.
The people in the logo are intertwined - because face it - so are we. One cannot be happy if our brothers & sisters are not - and so our promise is to work hard to ensure the same quality of service is extended to all, irrespective of demographic.
Check out our video intro!
Rom Gayoso is the conference producer and leads our efforts. He is the Program Director for our media partners: Futures Television, Radio Futures, and IMCI Magazine.
Deb Dietz is the conference co-producer. She is the founder and CEO of SMB Value Partners. Deb is also the talk show host of Ask Deb About Business.
Prof. Javier Vitale from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCUYO) - Centro de Estudios Prospectivos - leads the Argentina chapter.
Lilian Otaguro é especialista em Inteligência de mercado, desenvolvimento de plataforma de produtos e implantação de ambientes de inovação. É fundadora do Maratona de Inovação, um programa que leva empreendedorismo, inovação & arte para escolas e também é co-fundadora da Bluevibe Comunidade, uma comunidade de inovação e tecnologia da cidade de Rio Claro (SP) e região.
Prof. Alethia Montero Baena is a Psicofutuartista, Director at Teach the Future - Mexico, and keynote speaker. She teaches at UNAM, and leads our efforts in Mexico.
The Canadians are coming!
BIG thanks to Dr. Jonathan Calof - UNESCO Co-Chair for Anticipatory Systems, Innovation & New Ventures, Rob Tyrie from Coherent.Global and Sean Moffitt from the Grey Swan Guild.
We are working hard to welcome our Northern neighbors into the conference - Welcome Canada!
Our Facebook community is the place to meet the speakers, voice your opinions, network and be the first one to learn about any changes to the program.