5 Successful Women Entrepreneurs From Latin America

Women have become empowered to the point that they are ready to take over the world with renewed spirit and vigor, demonstrating female leadership in the business ecosystem.

The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou

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The women entrepreneurs that we have selected this time in The Woman Post have a common factor: they are passionate about what they do and their vision has no limits. They all put their ideas into practice and now run successful companies and brands recognized around the world.

1. Carolina Herrera

Listed as the best dressed woman of all time by Vanity Fair, Herrera is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Latin America. Born in Venezuela, the daughter of a politician grew up surrounded by elegance. She looked like a fashion designer long before she became one. She started her business when she was 42 years old. With her husband and four daughters, they moved from Caracas to New York City and began working on their first collection, which debuted the following year. Critics loved what they saw and her career quickly rose to the top. In 1981 she became the director of her own fashion house. Herrera has a net worth of $ 130 million. The most prominent markets for your brand positioning are in South Asia and the Middle East.

2. Lupina Iturriaga

Lupina is the CO-CEO and founder of Fintonic. Her application was launched at the end of 2012 for users, and was born from the passion she had for providing an ideal financial service where her company always had customer satisfaction as its center, providing them with the best recommendations so that they could obtain the best management of their money. Fintonic helps users solve their financial needs. In addition, the application allows its users to define their credit profile. Her business has more than 700,000 registered accounts in Spain, Chile and Mexico. Lupina's success has been so significant that her company received a Google Award for Mobile Innovation in Finance in 2015.

3. Nely Galán

Galán became the first Latina president of a television network in the United States: Telemundo. She was also an executive producer on the Fox reality series The Swan, which averaged 10 million viewers per show. Additionally, Galán owns a real estate investment company called Santa Clara. This Cuban-born executive has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is the author of a book titled "Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliable, and Rich in all way." She also owns "Galán Entertainment", a production company founded in 1995.

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4. Linda Franco

Linda is the CO-founder and CEO of "Machina", a Mexican startup that designs smart clothing to enhance human capabilities. What makes this company so unique is that they create everything from the technology to the garment to the integration process. Linda's company also allows advertisers to use her technology. "Machina" integrates technology into clothing in a practical way. For example, their most successful product, MIDI Jacket, allows you to create music using sensors that capture body movements. Linda is one of the winners of the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Latin America 2017 list.

5. Jimena Flórez

Colombian Jimena Flórez is one of the most recognized entrepreneurs in Latin America. Jimena is the founder and director of Chaak Healthy Snacks, a company that exports healthy foods to the United States. With her effort, Flórez is transforming the eating habits of 90,000 American children a month while supporting Colombian producers to practice sustainable agriculture.

These five female entrepreneurs teach us that inspiration can come from any direction. But how do you transform a new concept and become a reality? The secret is to take the first step. The most successful businesses come from innovative thinking. Embrace the difference and inspire other women to achieve their dreams.

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