Women Entrepreneurs Day at the Americas Summit

Join us at the Women Entrepreneurs Day, the last event of the Americas Summit, is taking place on Friday, September 23 at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park. This is special day to unite, inspire and provide visibility to women entrepreneurs across the Americas and the world.


This event will include keynote presentations by industry leaders, panel discussions, and talks designed to provide women entrepreneurs with the tools to develop their ideas and find success in business.

Register here.


This year, the Americas Summit concept became a reality as we garnered the support of the Americas community along with our great tech partners in the Bay Area. We wanted to leverage an anchor event and we are partnering with TechCrunch SF Disrupt in order attract a larger number of attendees. 


The SF International Women Entrepreneurs Forum is working together with the Latino Startup Alliance and Iberus, two solid organizations that are doing great work in San Francisco, to establish cross collaboration and partnerships between SF/Silicon Valley and the Americas.


OUR MISSION: ​To create economic prosperity for the Americas, our entrepreneurs and all innovators. 

OUR GOAL: ​To implement a long term strategy where we all build the foundation for the Americas in Silicon Valley. 

OUR OBJECTIVES:​ They are three­fold: 


1. To unite the Americas. 

2. To foster collaboration among the Americas. 3. To develop key partnerships and engage with the SF/SV Tech ecosystem.

2nd Annual SF International Women Entrepreneurs Forum

Gran Canaria Summit 2016

This tricontinental summit is a unique event that brings together entrepreneurs from the Americas, Europe and Africa, creating the first ecosystem of empowerment that gives visibility to all the projects, businesses and start-ups directed to or launched by women coming from any industry.

This two-day event will include keynote presentations by industry leaders, panel discussions, example pitch workshop, and hands-on breakout sessions designed to provide entrepreneurs with the tools to develop their ideas and find success in business.

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  • Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst
  • Almaz Negash, Founder, Africa Diaspora Network and Managing Director, Step Up Silicon Valley
  • Maica Gil, San Francisco International Women Entrepreneurs Forum (SFIWEF), Heroikka
  • Constanza Nieto, CEO of GaussSoft and Co-Founder Global Tech Bridge
  • Karla Chaman Ruiz, Senior Communications Officer, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank
  • Topyster Muga, Head of Airtel Money, Airtel Kenya
  • Maria Jose Perez, Director, MET Community Spain
  • Victoria Vera Gonzalez, Directora Adjunta del Departamento de Informacion y Servicios Personalizados, ICEX
  • Karen Floyd, Intrahouse
  • Beatriz Barrera, Presidenta del Consorcio de la Zona Especial Canaria (ZEC)
  • Nacho Rodriguez, CoWorking Canarias
  • Gonzalo Piernavieja, Instituto Tecnologico de Canarias (ITC)
  • Pino Kyri, Consensus Advokat, Institutional Liaison at SFIWEF
  • Irene Bello, Alianza por la Solidaridad
  • Raul Garcia, SPEGC
  • Gaute Hagerup, Innovation Norway
  • Virginia Santana Trujillo, Directora, Paradise Hotels & Resorts
  • Isabel Planells, Liaison at SFIWEF, Canary Islands
  • Noelia Perez, B&M Sport Marketing
  • Mercedes Sanagustin, Programa YUZZ
  • Nayra Quesada, Bicompatible
  • André Eidskrem, Intrahouse
  • Berta Lazaro, TeamLabs
  • Rahfeal Gordon 
  • Carmen Sanchez, Training People 
  • Diana Bordon, Facial Yoga Plan
  • Alicia Sanchez, Upper
  • Rosana Alvarez, elittoral S.L.N.E.
  • Ida Vega, Estamoson
  • Nayra Iglesias, InOut Studio
  • Esther Perez Verdu, Canarias 7
  • Martin Mielke, IGT
  • Nadejda Georgieva Bozukova, Country Manager at Kentech S.L.U
  • Ramses Cabello, UI/UX Dev Designer
  • Nestor Rodriguez, Scaale Inc.
  • Jimena Delgado-Taramona, Concejala, Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Kellye Rogers, Head of Product at Heroikka

Date & Location

May 26th - 09:30 to 19:00

@ Casa Africa - Calle Alfonso XIII, 5, 35003 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
09:30 to15:00

@ IncubeGC, Parque Tecnológico GC - Recinto Ferial de Canarias, Av. de la Feria, num.1, (INFECAR) 35012 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
16:00 to 19:00

May 27th - 09:00 to 19:00 

@ IncubeGC, Parque Tecnológico GC - Recinto Ferial de Canarias, Av. de la Feria,
num. 1, (INFECAR) 35012 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain



Thursday, May 26th, 2016

@ Casa Africa
09:30   Registro
09:45   Bienvenida (Casa Africa) Luis Padrón
09:55   Welcome - Maica Gil, SFIWEF

Solo talks: Supporting an innovation ecosystem
10:05   ZEC - Beatriz Barrera
10:15   ICEX – Victoria Vera
10:25   ITC (Gonzalo Piernavieja)
10:35   Almudena Moreno (Alianza por la Solidaridad)
10:45   SPEGC
10:55   Cámara de Comercio de  Las Palmas - Paloma Bretones
11:05   Nadejda Georgieva Bozukova

11:10   Topyster Muga
11:20   André Eidskrem, Intrahouse       
11:30  Coffe break - Networking   
12:00   Almaz Negash
12:20   Jimena Delgado-Taramona
12:30   Maica Gil 
12:40   Panel- How institutions can support entrepreneurship: Almaz Negash, Beatriz Barrera, Melinda Epler. Moderado por Karla Chaman (International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank)
13:10   Maria Jose Perez - MET Community Spain
13:20   Melinda Epler

13:30   Constanza Nieto

@ SPEGC / IncubeGC

16:00   Internacionalization vs. Localization - Constanza Nieto
16:30   Mercados Electronicos - Victoria Vera Gonzalez, ICEX
17:00   Entrepreneurs bootcamp Part 1 - Melinda Epler  
18:00   Empresas y Derechos Humanos - Irene Bello

Friday, May 27th, 2016

@ SPEGC / IncubeGC
Talleres/ Workshops
09:00   Entrepreneurs bootcamp Part 2 - Melinda Epler  
09:00   High performance teams - Berta Lázaro
09:30   Registro y bienvenida            
09:45   Keynote Speaker - Karla Chaman, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank
10:00   Panel - Increasing access to capital: Karla Chaman, Maica Gil, Melinda Epler, Constanza Nieto
10:30   Fire Chat: Myths about Entrepreneurship – Almaz Negash & Maica Gil
11:00   Break

My story: Life as an entrepreneur, professional, innovator…                 
11:15   Isabel Planells, SFIWEF liaison                    
11:30   Karen Floyd, Intrahouse 
11:45   Ser freelance despues de presbicia - Mercedes Sanagustin, programa YUZZ
12:00   Nayra Quesada, Bicompatible
12:15   Nayra Iglesias, InOut Studio
12:30   Fire Chat: Coworking  spaces - Octavio Suarez, Nacho Rodriguez, Esther Perez Verdu
13:00   Noelia Pérez - B&M Sport Marketing

Taller/ Workshop
13:00-14:00   Code Basics – Isabel Planells, Liaison at SFIWEF

13:15   Innovation Norway (Gaute Hagerup)   
13:30   Rahfeal Gordon (via skype)
13:45   Rosana Alvarez, elittoral S.L.N.E.
14:00   Lunch break 
15:00   Panel - Entrepreneurship ecosystems across the globe - Almaz Negash, Melinda Epler, Maica Gil, Topyster Muga.
15:30   Kellye Rogers, Heroikka
15:45   Diana Bordon, Facial Yoga Plan
16:00   Berta Lázaro, Teamlabs
16:15   Alicia Sánchez, Upper
16:30   Alicia Castillo Holley (via Skype)
16:45   Break
17:00   Virginia Santana Trujillo, Paradise Hotels & Resorts

17:10   Ramses Cabello

17:20   Nestor Rodriguez
17:30   Fire Chat: Cybercrime, protect your data - Pino Kyri (CONSENSUS Advokat), & Martin Mielke
(IT Consultant & Systems Architect at
18:00   Panel - Women in Technology: Opportunities and trends - Karen Floyd, Ida Vega, Topyster Muga. Moderado por Esther Pérez Verdú ( Canarias 7).



Casa Africa 
Cabildo de Gran Canaria - SPEGC - Incube
Consensus Advokat

KenTech - SportPesa