I co-founded ‘Nutriendo El Futuro’ (NEF), an organization that, for the past two and a half years, has fed and provided education companionship to 100 children on weekdays and empowered female members of the community. NEF has received recognition from the Pan-American Health Organization, Resolution Project Fellowship and the Clinton Global Initiative, and was voted as the second-best project of the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University.
I hold a BA in liberal studies, with minors in international relations and analysis and political strategy. I have worked as a cooperation analyst in the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System and as a strategic analyst and content developer of the National Assembly ‘Plan Pais’ Commission in the area of education, which entailed designing a new education system to be implemented by a transitional government. After the MPP, I hope to establish a consulting firm on corporate social responsibility and then transition to the public sector.
What is your background? What made you decide to get involved in supporting entrepreneurs?
Because it was one of the ways to help my country to face the Humanitarian Emergency that is undergoing.
What is your definition of entrepreneurship?
The ability to see an opportunity while others see problems, be able to find hope and courage where others see despair and hopelessness
How and when did you know your idea was good enough to develop it?
I believe that your idea is never going to be ready or good enough to develop because it is always going to be ever-evolving and you tend to be harsher with yourself. But being a social entrepreneur, I knew it was a good moment to start because: We had money to run the organization for 6 months, I had a multidimensional team, and the community already engaged and committed to the project.
What would you say are the top 3 skills that needed to be a successful entrepreneur? Why?
Resilience/Adaptability, because 99% of the time things will not go according to plan.
Team builder, you need to surround yourself with people who complement you. That potentiates your strength and cover your weaknesses, also it is important that you all share the same goal, but that you all think differently and bring different abilities to the table.
Not create dependency on you and learning how to delegate, what matters the most is the organization, not you. So if an institution becomes dependent on a person is doomed to fail.
What is your favourite part of being an entrepreneur?
Been able to make a difference in peoples lie and see at first hand the impact we are achieving.
What individual, company or organization inspires you most? Why?
All the NGOs, companies, and organizations that are currently thriving and working in Venezuela, that despite all the hardships they continue to rise to the occasion and keep on changing lives.
If you had 5 minutes with the above individual/ company/organization, what would you want to ask or discuss?
There is not one that comes to mind, but I would definitely talk to them on how to effectively measure our impact and how to communicate it properly. Furthermore, I would like to talk about the intersection between the public and private sectors.
What has been your most satisfying or successful moment in business?
Experience and see how lives are changed due to the work our organization does.
What would you say have been some of your mistakes, failures or lessons learned as an entrepreneur?
Not knowing when and how to say no, you do not need to accept all the help that is offered to the organization.
Be pragmatic with your team, be open to critics, and do not take them personally, the critic is towards your job in the role not to you as a person. Furthermore, be keen on giving feedback, the timing and wording you use is key for its effectiveness if you don’t take those two things into considerations it can go terribly wrong.
How have you funded your ideas?
Through grants, awards, fundraising activities and donations.
Are there any sector-specific awards/grants/competitions that have helped you?
Resolution Project Fellowship obtained at Harvard National Model United Nations 2018
Clinton Global Initiative University Class 2018, Nutriendo El Futuro.
Second most voted Project “Nutriendo El Futuro” in the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program 2020 Cohort at Georgetown University
Pan American Health Organization September 2019 Globe Recepients, Nutriendo El Futuro
UnivCongres 2019 Best Social Entrepeneurship Project, Nutriendo El Futuro
What is good about being an entrepreneur in Oxfordshire? Bad?
The networking and how much people are eager to help you
If a new entrepreneur or startup came to you looking for entrepreneurship resources, where would you send them?
Blavatnik School of Government
Said Business School
Have you faced any challenges as a woman entrepreneur? If so, how have you overcome them?
What resources would you recommend for other women?
How could institutions such as the University of Oxford better support women entrepreneurs?
Do you have any advice specifically for other women who want to be entrepreneurs?
Any last words of advice?
Be yourself, don’t get discourage and take a leap of faith.