Founder and CEO of Jogo de Damas
Based on her needs to connect and to develop her own career, Deborah Xavier created a web-based network called “Jogo de Damas” that is focused on providing smart content and events for women interested in business, entrepreneurship and career growth. Now a very popular vehicle for linking women nationwide through a variety of events and activities, Jogo de Damas has made Deborah Xavier a much sought after media commentator and columnist.
Founder and CEO of Bliive
Named as one of Brazil’s Top Ten Innovators by MIT’s Technology Review, Scarpioni developed a collaborative network that trades time and skills instead of money. Now valued at US$3.5 million, the company has received venture funding from Brazilian and international investors to grow even more. Social entrepreneur Scarpioni views the trading of time and skills as maximizing individuals’ talents nationally and globally.
Founder and CEO of Gema Ventures
Luisa Ribeiro is Co-Founder and CEO of GEMA Ventures, which provides support to global start-ups. Earlier, in 2012, she founded and directed Papaya Ventures, one of the first Brazilian startup accelerators. Previously, she worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, focusing on innovation policies for Latin America. She has also worked as a consultant for Accenture Brazil and at Cantillon Capital Management, a hedge fund in London. In 2013, she was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.