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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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Bel Pesce, founder, FazINOVA
Bel Pesce is an MIT graduate who worked at Microsoft, Google and Deutsche Bank and either created or advised a vast array of digital money and community-based startups in the United States even before hitting age 30. Now back in her native Sao Paulo, Pesce is the driving force behind FazINOVA, an innovation and entrepreneurship school. She is also a prolific book author and one of her earlier works, "The Girl From Silicon Valley: how entrepreneurship can change lives," was downloaded over a million times in less than three months.