When most people hear “immigrants in Silicon Valley,” they most likely think of Indian or Chinese engineers or entrepreneurs at big tech companies and startups across the region. Seldom do they think of Latinos as being a significant force in the technology world.
Edward Avila, co-founder and CEO of Manos Accelerator, is looking to change that perception. Avila created Manos Accelerator to be the first organization of its kind to appeal to Latin American entrepreneurs who are focusing on technology startups.
On Tuesday, Manos held its inaugural Demo Day event at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, supported by the Google for Entrepreneurs team. Seven startups from across the Valley — five of them with female co-founders — pitched their ideas to a panel of judges including VCs and other prominent Latin American entrepreneurs and business leaders.