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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.
Silvia Valadares, Microsoft Ventures head
Silvia Valadares is the Microsoft executive leading the company's startup-focused programs Bizspark and Microsoft Innovation Center in Brazil. In her current role, former technology journalist Valadares helps budding Brazilian tech entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into commercially-viable products.
Marcela Kashiwagi and Ana Paula Lessa, founders, Cabe Na Mala
All of us who have traveled to other countries have received requests from friends and family to bring a list of goods back. Rio de Janeiro-based Brazilian entrepreneurs Marcela Kashiwagi and Ana Paula Lessa built on that well-known practice to launch Cabe na Mala, a marketplace that connects people who want products from abroad and travelers that can bring in exchange for money. The entrepreneurs are part of the companies picked by Minas Gerais government-backed acceleration program SEED, last year.