Country: Puerto Rico
Alondra is a healthy lifestyle and social justice advocate whose focus is reducing inequality affecting disadvantages communities. Her social activism led to the creation of an application that enables communication between health professionals and the hearing impaired. Alondra’s goal is to create more access to health services for deaf and hard-of-hearing communities globally.
Company: Giving A Hand
Enzo Romero was born without a right hand. Living with a disability motivated and inspired him to think about designing a solution for other congenital amputees. His inspiration led to the development of a robotic prosthetic hand, which helped him with everyday interactions. Currently, Enzo is a research assistant at the Biomechanics & Applied Robotics Lab at Pontifical Catholic University in Peru. He is majoring in mechatronics engineering. Now the co-founder of Giving a Hand, he is the first student to establish a company in Peru. His goal: to develop a low-cost personalized hand prosthesis for low-income families and individuals. Giving a Hand’s vision is to meet the need and improve access to prosthetics in Latin America.
Kelvin witnessed how relatives and neighbors lost their lives because an interpreter who spoke Spanish did not arrive on time. Inspired to change the outcome for others, he founded the Guna dictionary mobile app (indigenous language of Panamá) to help doctors understand their patients.
Our vision is to reduce the communication gap for indigenous peoples, increasing their access to basic health services, and decreasing the number of deaths resulting from the inability to communicate symptoms and discomfort to the attending physician.
Company: Strap Technologies
His passion for innovation began when he discovered robotics at 7 years old. Three years later, Diego, 10, began teaching robotics. Driven to help the visually impaired, he founded Strap Technologies and developed a wearable device designed to detect any obstacle and notify the user of possible collisions through a vibrating alert system. In nine years, Diego turned his passion into a company whose goal is to help the visually impaired achieve complete autonomy.
Company: Utopia Premium Tea
Alberto started Utopia Premium Tea after identifying a void in the marketplace: the lack of quality tea in Central America. In the journey to find the best product, he discovered the Coban region in Guatemala produced exquisite tea. Alberto’s commitment to exposing the world to Coban tea has strengthened the brand as Utopia continues to flourish.
Today, Utopia Premium Tea is known for using 100 percent local ingredients, establishing itself as the first tea blending company in Guatemala. Utopia’s vision for the future is to continue producing high- quality tea provider while expanding its client base locally and internationally.
Country: El Salvador
Ruth Herrera started MOCA as a project to contribute to the El Salvadorian economy. Her entrepreneurial journey began with encouraging not only women but families and individuals to wear the styles and colors that make them feel comfortable. Herrera’s hoping to expand across the globe, helping others recover the confidence and self-esteem through MOCA swimwear. A champion for body positivity, she’s remarked, “Every body is a bikini body.”
Johanna’s company, Moshal, applies the circular economy model with fair trade best practices to improve the lives of Ecuadorian farmers and their families. She is also motivated to use the cocoa residue from her products as biomass for renewable energy, setting an example for other business owners that corporate social responsibility is a vital component for healthy company. Johanna envisions becoming a global reference for others in the food and beverage industry.
Country: Dominican Republic
Company: AGRO360 – ADOSOFT
Eddy started AGRO360 with a focus on helping farmers reduce hunger worldwide. He developed an app which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect diseased crops, identify the stage of the disease, and provide recommendations for its treatment. Eddy hopes AGRO360 reaches regional markets and impacts the rest of the world. Eddy’s goal is to dramatically reduce the percentage of crops loses globally, which is estimated to between twenty-five to forty percent by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Country: Costa Rica
In 2018, Jose launched BambuPallet, a company which is pioneering pallets made from bamboo. His goal is to stop at least three million hectares of deforestation and erosion in the pallet industry. In doing so, Jose’s objective is to manage climate change by maximizing Co2 fixation and increase water conservancy by a hectare of bamboo harvested. He believes in a triple bottom approach to business where companies generating value and impact in the economic, social and environmental sectors.
Jorge is microscopIA founder and team leader. A Colombian startup designing biomedical solutions for low-income and rural communities, microscopIA is working to develop an automated microscope power by artificial intelligence to tackle the misdiagnosis of tropical diseases. Currently, Jorge is planning to conclude the diagnostic trials with human subjects in five years, and present the results to the Pan American Health Organization. If the technology is validated, microscopIA intends to take the microscope to the most affected areas in Africa, Asia, and Latin America where tropical diseases are emerging public health issue.