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New local apps to help community of deaf persons

New local apps to help community of deaf persons | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — Grey Group Singapore and the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) have launched two new mobile applications that allow phone calls to be made to deaf people and also provide them with timely notifications of important warning sounds.
Say It With Signs is a mobile app that allows the user to make phone calls to a deaf person in situations such as when the caller is driving, where text messaging is prohibited. The app processes audio messages during a phone call into digital hand signs displayed on the receiver’s mobile phone. The receiver, who is a deaf person, can easily view this sign language on their mobile phone and reply to the caller via a text message through the app.
The second app, Hearing Aide, aims to inform users of important warning sounds, like the whistling of a boiling kettle and the sound of a fire alarm. Upon detecting the warning sound, the app will notify users of the impending dangers via a 20-second vibration and a visual message on the display. The app is pre-loaded with five standard alarms, and is capable of storing 10 more alarms customised by the user.
Mr James Ong Kay Chin, executive officer of the SADeaf, shared his near-death experience of almost getting knocked down by a fire engine as he could not hear the sirens, saying “just like how I almost got into an accident, I believe that the rest of the (deaf) community also face similar problems. With this app, it can really save their lives”.
Both applications will be free to download from the Google Play Store from April 25.
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Mr James Ong Kay Chin, executive officer of the SADeaf, shared his near-death experience of almost getting knocked down by a fire engine as he could not hear the sirens, saying “just like how I almost got into an accident, I believe that the rest of the (deaf) community also face similar problems. With this app, it can really save their lives”.


Both applications will be free to download from the Google Play Store from April 25.

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Trans Woman Releases Bathroom-Finder App Refuge Restrooms

Trans Woman Releases Bathroom-Finder App Refuge Restrooms | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
Meet transgender woman and coder Teagan Widmer, whose latest app, Refuge Restrooms, highlights the importance of providing safe public accommodations for trans people.
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Terrific interview with Refuge Restrooms founder, Teagan Widmer


Teagan Widmer: Refuge Restrooms is a web application that indexes and maps safe restrooms for transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming individuals. At its core, its goal is to be a place where you can go, type in an address and find the nearest refuge when you really need a place to use the bathroom. Already, the application has over 4000 bathroom listings all over the world (mostly thanks to the data provided by the now-defunct Safe2Pee site) and will only continue to grow as users add new safe bathroom listings.


Additionally, searches are able to be filtered by ADA accessability and unisex designations. That's part of the service, too, because some bathrooms may not be gender-neutral, but are still safe — i.e. at the local LGBT center.

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Lesbian Tech Entrepreneurs: Summit Demo Session Recap » Lesbians Who Tech - The Community of Queer Women In & Around Tech

Lesbian Tech Entrepreneurs: Summit Demo Session Recap » Lesbians Who Tech - The Community of Queer Women In & Around Tech | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
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Section II, YadaZing

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Spark America - Learn

Spark America - Learn | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
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Black Girls CODE team up with Latino Startup Alliance to bring more Latinas in tech - a bilingual one-day workship "build a webpapge in a day", May 2013


"Determined to “change the ratio” the San Francisco-based nonprofit, Black Girls CODE provides one-day workshops, 6-Week classes and hosts summer camps that introduce young girls to computer programming, robotics, electrical engineering and other areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in inner cities across the nation."

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Siembra Inc.

Siembra Inc. | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
Education for All
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Siembra's crowdfunder. From founder:

Why We Started This Company

My daughter Monica is Mexicana, her "comadre" Felicitas Rubalcava, a teacher on the border in Chula Vista, came to me with a simple question; "If Silicon Valley is so smart, why can't they come up with something to save our Latino students from dropping out of high school?" So we decided to build a tech company that solves the basic problem of scaling academic advising to reach today's tech savvy Latino students on their laptops and mobile devices using culturally relevant content.

What Sets Us Apart

Our company develops virtual counseling solutions for Latino students using culturally relevant content. Our management team lived the challenges of many Latino families; both working parents with limited college experience in the family, Siembra counselors connect and inspire students on terms that resonates with them, on a platform that provides a combination of case management, content delivery, academic circles, career pathways in a game-ified environment rewarding students to achieve.

 

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Siembra

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Academic Counseling Applications for the Latino Market
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Timothy De La Ossa, Felicitas Rayray, Derick Needhal, Monica Cole. 

Siembra (from Spanish, meaning “to plant and to harvest”) is an organization whose mission is to build Latino participation in technical professions. While the western region is experiencing a shortage of college graduates with technical skills, Latino youth are underrepresented in their participation in college preparation and STEM technical training. Siembra provides a web-based platform that connects Latino youth and their families in culturally intelligent ways to their school’s counseling services and to a national network of mentors. The counselor’s time with students can be optimized by creating a culturally intelligent tool that students use to complete the guidance curriculum in an engaging, relevant and "game-ified" environment. The counselor is then able to easily access a student's achievement analytics, facilitating their curricular tasks that scales with the overwhelming demand for counseling services, reducing the 800:1 ratio while relieving schools of cost. 

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New York City geeks worried about low black representation in the startup tech scene

New York City geeks worried about low black representation in the startup tech scene | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
New York City’s tech industry is booming, but even as the scene becomes increasingly crowded there are relatively few high-profile black entrepreneurs and geeks.
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“Black VCs are far and few between. Period. That is a fact. It’s not that there are none – there are just very few,” Ron Williams said.

 He thinks diversity in the VC world is crucial. “Having that diversity increases the odds that you’ll look at someone who comes to the table with some brilliant idea or technology and say I want to back that person – not because you’re somehow overtly racist or prejudiced but just because people tend to more easily see merit in people who are like them, that’s a natural human trait – so having diversity helps offset that,” he said.

 
Chipps agrees. “I think that there’s a mindset of who gets funded and what kind of person that is. And the person who comes to mind doesn’t tend to be black or female -- or a black female,” she said.
 
Startups are risky investments - according to Harvard Business School, 70-80% of all startups fail to achieve their projected return on investment. Ron Williams doesn’t think VCs are explicitly making decisions not to fund black people, but wonders if some VCs may have a tendency to choose to invest in people who look like people who have been successful before.

“People are pattern recognizers,” Ron Williams suggested. “Whenever they can take risk off the table, they will. Just because we have similarities doesn’t mean I’ll get your money – but if we have enough differences I almost definitely won’t get your money.”
 
But, Ron Williams added, “You can’t just blame race when black tech companies don’t get funded. That’s not how it is to raise money. Whether you are black, white, or other, it’s really hard to raise money."
 
Hank Williams is concerned, as the tech industry continues to grow, about what will happen if more blacks don’t enter the industry. “For those people that are not sufficiently engaged in the technology economy I fear the world is like a giant game of musical chairs. When the music stops, the people that have not secured a piece of the tech economy pie will be left without a chair to sit in, leading to a growing, permanent underclass."



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/black-history-making-new-york-city-startup-stars-code-success-article-1.1028479#ixzz34qGjVCBb

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9 Must-Watch Women of Color Who are Rocking the Tech Startup Scene - Women 2.0

9 Must-Watch Women of Color Who are Rocking the Tech Startup Scene - Women 2.0 | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
Check out innovative women of color founders in tech. By Vanessa Mason (Contributing Writer, Women 2.) With Google releasing their employment data revealing a lack of diversity in their workforce, you might think we haven’t made much progress with diversity in tech. This list identifies a few of the many rising great women of color. …
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TANGENTIAL JACKPOT. 

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Nominees Bios for 40Under40 Latinos2Watch

Nominees Bios for 40Under40 Latinos2Watch | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
To vote in our online survey please copy and paste the link below onto a NEW tab.   http://conta.cc/WBBi5c Art & Culture 1-    Manuel Romer
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Alicia Morga: Alicia Morga is the Founder and CEO of No. 8 Media, Inc.  Formerly, she was the founder and CEO of Consorte Media, Inc., a digital media and marketing company backed by The Mayfield Fund and Sutter Hill Ventures.  Prior to founding Consorte, Alicia was an investment professional for The Carlyle Group and Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a corporate attorney for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Recently, Alicia was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company.  In addition, she created the popular iPhone app, gottaFeeling, published two popular ebooks, and writes an expert blog on leadership for Fast Company.com.  You can find her on her personal website Alicia Morga.com or @AliciaMorga.


28  Laura I. Gomez: Laura is a lover of startups. She is currently the founder & CEO of Digital Playbook, a multi-faceted startup focused on innovative product strategies for Spanish-speaking clients. Prior to founding Digital Playbook, she spent 8 years in Silicon Valley leading international and ad operations efforts at Google, SearchRev and most recently, Twitter. Laura was the first Latina at Twitter where she joined as head of Twitter en Espanol and then led the product localization into nearly 50 languages focusing on translation, international user experience and global content. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications as Harpers Bazaar Spain, Gente Mexico, La Nacion Argentina, El Mercurio Chile, El Universal Mexico, El Pais and the book Lost in Translation. In 2012, she was named by GQ Mexico as “The Social Pioneer” in their Ten People of the Year issue. She was also recognized by the Department of State and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for her participation in the TechWoman Program.

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A new co-working space for women in Singapore, inspired by...

A new co-working space for women in Singapore, inspired by... | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
Michaela Anchan’s all-female co-working space, Woolf Works, will be the first of its kind in Singapore.
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Michaela Anchan's Woolf Works is a coworking space in Singapore for women who write. See: Hera Hub and In Good Company.

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Deaf News: Communication and safety apps for deaf people launched for mobile phones

Deaf News:  Communication and safety apps for deaf people launched for mobile phones | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
Two potentially valuable mobile apps aimed at helping deaf people communicate have been designed by teams in Singapore. Advertising corporation Grey Group Singapore and Singapore Association for th...
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Advertising corporation Grey Group Singapore and Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) will soon realease the apps, for use on Android operating systems. They will be free to download from the Google Play Store from 25 April 2014 onwards.


The first is named “Say It With Signs”, and aims to allow telephone communication between hearing and deaf people, when text messaging is not available (e.g. when driving). By using voice recognition technology, the phone can convert audio into digital hand signs which will be displayed on the receiving mobile phone screen. The deaf person can then reply through text message, which will be converted into an audio clip.


“Say It With Signs” currently has a library of 500 words, but the team hope to upgrade this to 4,000 before the end of June.

The second is named “Hearing Aide”. This app focuses on safety; upon hearing a pre-programmed warning sound, the phone alerts users to the danger through 20 second vibrations and a message. There are five standard alarms already set, such as fire alarms, crying babies and boiling kettles, but the app can also store further custom alarms.


An executive officer of the SADeaf, who nearly got hit by a fire engine after failing to hear the sirens, said:


“Just like how I almost got into an accident, I believe that the rest of the (deaf) community also face similar problems. With this app, it can really save their lives.”


The apps will be available in English, and iOS versions should be released by the end of June. Data charges will be apply to use of “Say It With Signs”.

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REFUGE Restrooms: New Website Helps You Find Gender-Safe Public Restrooms

REFUGE Restrooms: New Website Helps You Find Gender-Safe Public Restrooms | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
We talked with Teagan Widmer about her new site for transgender, intersex, and gender noncomforming folks, and how YOU can help develop the app even further.
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Refuge Restrooms already has awesome coverage on Autostraddle.


"Bathroom usage is an important topic for transgender individuals because we often have fear surrounding entereing such gendered facilities. We have good reason to be afraid, too. I was reading an article this past week about a student from California State University, Long Beach who was attacked in a bathroom and had the word “it” carved onto their chest. Because of stories like this many trans people “hold it” until they can find a safe restroom, instead of using the bathroom immediately. This can do all kind of physical damage to the body and cause UTIs. Trans people need safe access to bathrooms, and my dream is that REFUGE can be a place that positively impacts the lives of transgender individuals."


YOU CAN FIND THE PROJECT ON GITHUB - IT'S OPEN SOURCE. http://www.github.com/tkwidmer/refugerestrooms

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Meet Kalki Subramaniam, a transgender entrepreneur from Auroville - ZoomPondy

Meet Kalki Subramaniam, a transgender entrepreneur from Auroville - ZoomPondy | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
Kalki Subramaniam is an entrepreneur, a social activist, actor and a writer who has many firsts to her name. She holds two Master’s degrees - in Journalism a
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Interview with Kalki Subramaniam, founder of the Centre for Third Gender in Kottakarai, Auroville (launched in December 2013).


It is a first-of-its-kind center that aims to portray the talents of the third gender whose talents have long been away from the eyes of the mainstream audience. It is a resource center for the alternative gender that aims to bring out their innate talents in fields like arts, literature, photography, filmaking, etc. In short, anything that is creative.


She has broken the status quo for transgenders and has created a revolution of sorts for the benefit of transgenders throughout the world by starting an organization for the transgenders called Sahodari which aims for the social, economic and political upliftment of transgenders. A transgender herself, she has had to fight for respect and acceptance from the people around her and now she makes it a point to help other transgenders gain approval from the society by providing them with entrepreneurship training programs.


She is the first transsexual foreign national to be a special invitee of the United States government.

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Startup Accelerator Supports Minorities and Women in Tech

Startup Accelerator Supports Minorities and Women in Tech | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
NewME startup accelerator guides and mentors minorities and women, two groups under-represented in the tech industry.
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Excellent interview with NewME founder Angela Benton:

"NewME's 12-week immersion programs nurture startup founders' ideas, foster discussion, encourage co-working and offer mentorship from some of the industry's most prominent leaders. Each program concludes with a "demo day," during which NewME participants present their ideas and products to influential tech attendees.


Today's tech industry is comprised of only 25% women, and a paltry 1.5% African-Americans make up Silicon Valley's tech workforce.


San Francisco-based startup NewME wasn't having it. Before launching its immersive accelerator program, the company successfully fostered a dialogue about minority participation in the tech space with events and conferences. The 2010 NewME Washington D.C. conference brought together experts, venture capitalists and minority entrepreneurs themselves to discuss the industry's high barrier to entry, specifically when it comes to African-Americans, Latinos and women.


As both a woman and an African-American, NewME founder Angela Benton has managed to surpass the overwhelming odds. "Even if I think back to earlier on in my career, when I was a designer or an engineer, I was still the only black woman in meetings, on the teams that I was on and even in the department that I was in," she says."

 

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Shobhana S Kumar: Meet a women entrepreneur who can’t think straight

Shobhana S Kumar: Meet a women entrepreneur who can’t think straight | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
What’s the big deal about a woman in India breaking an ankle, you may think. True, it is not. But, it is this broken ankle that eventually resulted in the setting up of India’s first online queer (LGBT) bookstore, Queer-ink.com.
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Setting up an online portal was a task in itself. Talking to book distributors proved to be another – first and foremost, they had to be convinced that LGBT literature wasn’t porn. For this, they had to be sensitised about LGBT issues and literature.

“These conversations were the hardest. Here I was a women talking to male distributors about LGBT issues, literature. I spoke to young men, old men, the moment they heard the word hijra, people used to close down. But, it was important to include the hijra community in the conversation. But that’s when sensitisation happened and a relationship was built,” Kumar says.

Setting the business from a legal point of view was the easy part. Kumar said in a self-reflective pose, as she spaced out for a moment of two, “I had to create a market, as I went along.”

She started by actually buying Rs 8 lakhs worth of books (Indian and international) from distributors and stored them in her second bed room at the couple’s suburban Mumbai flat. A mighty big risk, but then Kumar has always relied on her intuition and of course the solid research.

The website was launched in 2010, the first order came the same day the site was launched, she made a hand delivery, Kumar says with a warm smile. Within the first six months the website had started to get decent orders. By the third year, the site broke even. The Delhi high court judgement decriminalising Section 377 in 2009, sure did help pick up business. Today, the website has over 500 titles.

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Just Getting Started: Jesse Martinez

Just Getting Started: Jesse Martinez | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
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Jesse Martinez, cofounder of Latino Startup Alliance, on founding Spark America


But Martinez’s work in tech and startup does not stop there. He is also very passionate about the future, thus founding Spark America a year ago. Spark is the bridge between tech and the younger wave of potential entrepreneurs. A year ago, Martinez taught Spark to two different after-school classes at Mission High School in San Francisco. The curriculum has garnered the attention of places as close as Oakland and as far as the Ukraine, Mexico and Canada just to name a few.

“We’re just not there yet,” Martinez said about expanding Spark. “We’re still learning and trying to understand what that curriculum should be. The other important piece is the teachers. How do we create a new set of teachers for this curriculum? It’s been a learning experience.”

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It's a Sweet Ride to the Top - Latin Business Today

It's a Sweet Ride to the Top - Latin Business Today | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
Maria Contreras-Sweet leading the way for Latinas breaking the glass ceiling. A Latina, and have the desire to help Latinos start and grow businesses
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Maria Contreras-Sweet - 

Thus was born the idea of both Fortius Holdings and Promerica Bank, two financial service companies designed specifically to meet the financial needs of Latino small and mid-size business owners, and to provide capital to spur entrepreneurship and growth among the Latino business sector. Both companies currently serve California and the greater Los Angeles area.

Fortius Holdings, of which Contreras-Sweet is the co-founder, president, and managing partner, is a private equity fund and commercial real estate development company specializing in providing California’s small businesses with quicker access to capital. With a Latino business focus, the fund’s investments range from $1 million to $10 million.

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DESMADRE

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Funny-or-Die meets Vice for a cross-cultural audience
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founded by Amy Lo, Samuel Tomsing Martinez, Jesus Beltran 


Hispanics are by far the top digital consumers in social and mobile video. A shortage of inventory exists to satisfy this huge demand, as well as enormous inefficiencies in content sourcing and delivery.

DESMADRE is a new media hub developing a highly focused mobile distribution system and next-level content for a cross-cultural audience. 
Competitive advantages: 
• Design & Brand: Unique point-of-view and tremendous cultural relevance drawing highly engaged following. 
• Tech Adaptability: Founder/CEO with engineering expertise for data-driven, mobile-centric approach. 
• Market Insight: Core demographic are earliest adopters in social/mobile, generating models that can be developed for wider market applications. 
• Production Value: Track record of quality content and valuable IP creation across multiple media platforms.

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Better Business: How Hispanic Entrepreneurs Are Beating Expectations and Bolstering the U.S. Economy - Partnership for a New American Economy

Better Business: How Hispanic Entrepreneurs Are Beating Expectations and Bolstering the U.S. Economy - Partnership for a New American Economy | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Latino Donor Collaborative’s new report, Better Business: How Hispanic Entrepreneurs Are Beating Expectations and Bolstering the U.S. Economy, shows how the number of Hispanic entrepreneurs in America has grown exponentially over the past two decades, powering the economy during the recent recession. Hispanic immigrants in particular are now more likely...
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Hispanicize Founder Manny Ruiz Honored by GMCVB with 2014 Miami Magnet Award

Hispanicize Founder Manny Ruiz Honored by GMCVB with 2014 Miami Magnet Award | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
MIAMI, FL - May 20, 2014 - (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - Manny Ruiz, chairman of the Hispanicize companies that includes the annual Hispanicize event, was honored with the Miami Magnet 2014 Award by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) this past Friday.

The annual award is presented
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How do Latino startups get funded?

How do Latino startups get funded? | Diversity in Startups | Scoop.it
By Sara Inés Calderón Más Wired Latino entrepreneurs aren't pitching to venture capitalists in large numbers, but that's only part of the story of how star
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INTERVIEW WITH REBECCA GONZALES, FOUNDER OF AVINDE (accelerator in Austin, TX). 


“Because the Latino community generally doesn’t have access to wealth, the first two rounds of traditional funding are hard to come by. This also extends to our friends and family, so that additional round of both funding and feedback is not available,” Gonzales said.

“So by the time we get in front on potential angel investors we are starting two steps behind our contemporaries that don’t face a lot of the same challenges Latino entrepreneurs have,” she added.

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