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Bruna Bittencourt, founder, Emotion.me
Marketing whizz Bruna Bittencourt built on the enjoyment of her own wedding preparations - which started out by being proposed on Twitter with a hashtag that ended up on Brazil's trending topics - to focus on projects that support other people planning their own big day. Her Rio de Janeiro-based company Emotion.me is a "one stop shop for weddings" that literally marries up a user base of over 50,000 couples who can use the platform to support the entire wedding planning process with some 3,000 wedding vendors.
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Lucia Freitas, journalist and founder, LuluzinhaCamp
Veteran journalist Lucia Freitas created the country's first women-only portal, LuluzinhaCamp, in 2007. Several hundred women - many of them in technology-related careers across Brazil - now form the network, which has served as a launchpad for spin-off groups such as Bruxas da TI, a group of tech female professionals who meet in Sao Paulo to discuss relevant themes to the profession, as well as several initiatives geared at driving social impact.
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Bedy Yang, founder, Brazil Innovators
It is hard to find any Brazilian tech entrepreneur worth his or her salt who is not in Bedy Yang's radar. The Brazilian-Chinese networking extraordinaire, who has one foot in Brazil and another in Silicon Valley, fosters the Brazilian technology startup scene through her project BR Innovators, a network of over 3,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders. She is also a venture partner at early-stage seed fund and incubator program 500 Startups.
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