LATIN AMERICA • HR
MARCH 02, 2020
Ever since she can remember, Jessica has been walking the streets of Venezuela protesting with her family against various injustices Venezuelan people suffer. At 14, she had what we can call an “aha moment”. One day, when she was walking over a bridge during one manifestation, she realised that there are people who are experiencing even worse injustices than her. She vowed from that day on that she would support those in need, and has since been working for different non-profit initiatives around the world: from children with disabilities in Tibet, children with HIV in the Gambia, sexual workers in Curacao, to at-risk adolescents in Venezuela. A couple of years later, tired of constantly fundraising in the non-profit space, she decided to launch her own social business. After pivoting several times, Programa Valentina was born with a powerful business model that trains unemployed talent with basic skills and matches them with the needs of corporates. From failing to understand the problem, to being robbed at gunpoint, this mother of two is a true hero with an inspiring journey for all.
Listen to her story to learn more about why she won. You can also see more highlights from Jessica as part of our Entrepreneurial Education episode from the Online Seedstars Summit.
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LATIN AMERICA • TECH
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CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • TECH
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CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • OTHER
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OCEANIA • FINANCIAL SERVICES
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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • INVESTMENT
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AFRICA • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
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LATIN AMERICA • TECHNOLOGY
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CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
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AFRICA • TECHNOLOGY
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CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • FOOD & BEVERAGES
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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • CONSUMER SERVICES
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AFRICA • URBAN DEVELOPMENT
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AFRICA • TECHNOLOGY
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GLOBAL • TECHNOLOGY
7 Women-Led Startups That Impact People’s Lives in Emerging Markets
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AFRICA • ENTERPRISE
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GLOBAL • ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES
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GLOBAL • TECHNOLOGY
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GLOBAL • ADVERTISING & MARKETING
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LATIN AMERICA • ADVERTISING & MARKETING
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