According to research conducted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Latinos are starting businesses more frequently than the overall population, however these businesses are smaller and making less money than their non-Latino counterparts. In fact, Latino businesses could have generated an additional $1.4 trillion in 2012 if they had been of equal average size to non-Latino businesses. Only about 1% of all Latino-owned businesses created between 2007 and 2012 in the U.S. received venture capital or angel investments.
*This is why Dreamers Ventures was created as an alliance of leading experts, investors and mentors to fill the gap in access and opportunity for Latino entrepreneurs.*
With a focus on product innovation, this accelerator was co-founded by award-winning entrepreneur Lili Gil Valletta, entrepreneur, investor and digital expert Enrique Arbelaez, supported by industry leaders like the legendary “TV’s Billion Dollar Man” and author of the best selling book “Life is a Pitch”, Bob Circosta among other experts. Signature programs launched and managed by Dreamers Ventures include HSN’s Project American Dreams, a business competition that discovers, mentors, and fast tracks Latino entrepreneurs to launch their products live on HSN. The Dreamers Ventures team includes the support of private investors and organizations like Prospanica, Access Latina, The Stanford University Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, among others.
Under the leadership of Lili and with the support of HSN, Project American Dreams was created to bridge the gap in business opportunity and wealth among Latinos. Lili is an immigrant from Colombia, award-winning entrepreneur, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and creator of Dreamers Ventures – an alliance of investors, mentors and resources to accelerate the launch of Latino entrepreneurs. Drawing from her experience as a former corporate executive, co-founder and President/ CEO of XL Alliance- Lili will ensure the candidates gain the market exposure, business strategy and resources needed for a successful launch. She is also a recognized independent TV contributor to CNN en Español, Fox News, Fox News Latino, among others, delivering analysis on the role minorities and women play in today’s economic and political landscape.
The Billion Dollar Man" Bob Circosta is TV's ORIGINAL Home Shopping host and helped create the multi-billion dollar TV home shopping industry. Over the past 30 years, Bob has logged over 25,000 hours of LIVE selling on television... made over 75,000 separate product presentations... and has, individually, sold over ONE BILLION DOLLARS in merchandise. Recently, Bob received the first-ever "HSN LEGEND AWARD" for his contributions and lifetime achievements in the electronic retailing industry. Bob's breakthrough strategies have been proven in the real world and featured on NBC's Dateline, ABC's Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. As a partner in Dreamers Ventures, finalists will receive personalized coaching from Bob as part of the bootcamp that will prepare them to go live and deliver a winning pitch.
HSN is a leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to approximately 94 million households in the US 24/7 and its website - hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 39 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI). For more information, please visit www.HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $428 billion in assets as of June 30, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,122 banking offices in 25 states and 4,923 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com. As a national leader in providing innovative programs and financial services to Hispanics, U.S. Bank supports Project American Dreams as a partner to educate, empower and offer access to capital for Hispanic business owners.
Prospanica, is the non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Hispanics to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential. Prospanica’s national conference and career expo is a 4-day event that brings together thousands of recruiters and hiring managers from Fortune 500 companies to build connections between Hispanic talent and recruiting opportunities. Students, graduates and professionals are able to explore top-choice job opportunities and can even get hired on the spot.
AccessLatina is the first multi-market platform designed to help Latina business owners reach their economic potential through capital and resource investment. The platform focuses on entrepreneurs in the high-growth space of STEAM, agriculture and social innovation. AccessLatina is led by award-winning entrepreneurs Lucienne Gigante and Marta Michelle Colón, supported by a dedicated group of innovators and business entrepreneurs that share their expertise, mentorship and their network to accelerate the startup's growth. Empowering Latina women to get to the next level: empowerment in their businesses.