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Demand Solutions brings together the most creative minds in the world of health, water and sanitation, women entrepreneurs in STEM. Additionally, there will be a Venture Night to discuss and share innovative solutions to the challenges of Latin America and the Caribbean.



We will start with Wexchange connecting female entrepreneurs with mentors and venture capitalists. During two full days, we will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, where inspiring speakers, entrepreneurs and innovators will share products and solutions that improve lives. The event will finish with a Venture Night where the most innovative and disruptive startups in Latin America and the Caribbean will showcase their solutions on health, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Topics will include:

  • Women Entrepreneurs in STEM
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Wearable Technology
  • Chronic and Transmittable Diseases
  • Future Trends in Nutrition
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Medicine in the Cloud

November 15

Women #STEMpreneurs
November 15, 2016
Buenos Aires, Argentina

8:00 AM Registration
9:00 - 9:10 Welcoming Remarks

Susana García-Robles
Principal Specialist
Multilateral Investment Fund

9:10 - 10:00 Setting the table: Inspiration from #WomenSTEMpreneurs

Viviana Bernath - Argentina
Founder & CEO, Genda

Speaker 2
Q&A with Keynote Speakers
10:00 - 10:30 Are investors looking for #womenSTEMpreneurs? Fireside chat between investors

Pedro Arnt
CFO, Mercado Libre

Consuelo Valverde
Managing Partner, SV LATAM Fund

Miriam Rivera
Managing Partner, Ulu Ventures

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break – Networking
11:00 - 11:30 Science for all: bringing down the myth in STEM industries

Geraldine Mlynarz – Chile
Founder, ActivaQ

Gabriela León – Mexico
Founder, Gresmex
Panelist TBC

In a conversation with

Ignacio Peña
Founder, Surfing Tsunamis
11:15 - 2:30 Lunch - Networking
2:30 - 4:30 Parallel Sessions

Session A. For entrepreneurs only: mentoring session

Session B. How to foster an ecosystem for #womenSTEMpreneurs?
4:30 - 4:45 Coffee - Regrouping
4:45 - 5:45 Following the WeXchange Community: Where are they now?
5:45 - 7:30 Cocktail – Pitch Competition Award Ceremony

November 16

IDEAS TO IMPROVE LIVES 2016, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ministerio de Producción, Presidencia de la Nación, La Secretaría de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa y Desarrollo Regional (SEPYME) del Ministerio de Industria de la Nación Argentina
Inter-American Development Bank

November 16, 2016
8:00 AM Registration
9:10- 9 30 Opening Remarks

Luis A. Moreno
Inter-American Development

9:30-10:10 Conversation: The Transformative Power of Creativity Alfonso Prat-Gay
Finance Minister

10:10 - 10:30 The design revolution of prosthetics Gino Tubaro
Founder, of Atomic Lab
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee – Networking
11:00 - 11:15 A balloon that saves lives
Dr. Thomas Burke
Professor at Harvard, Chief of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
11:15 - 11:30

Porto pants for midwives
Dr. Dilys Walker
Professor at the University Of California, Executive Director of Pronto International
11:30 - 11:45 Q&A with
Dr. Thomas Burke and Dr. Dilys Walker
11:45 - 12:00 The future of molecular diagnosis
Jorge Soto
Cofounder of Miroculus
12:00 - 12:20 Do you know what you eat? You would be surprised
Isabel Hoffmann
CEO of Tellspec

Q & A
12:20 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 2:15 Airbnb for patients with dialysis
Javier Artigas-Herrera
Executive Director, Connectus Medical
2:15 - 2:30 Disposable wearables for babies
Gini Morgan
Impact Director, BempuHealth
2:30 - 3:00 A tire that attracts mosquitos
Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri
Professor, Laurentian University
Inventor of Ovillantas

Followed by a conversation on:
Mosquitos, vaccines and innovations in public health management

Dra. Silvia Gold
President, Mundo Sano
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee
3:30 - 3:50 The Feminine Towel Revolution
Diana Sierra
Founder and CEO, BeGirl

Q & A
3:50 - 4:05 Drinking from a book
Dr. Teresa Dankovich
Co-founder and Scientific Chief, Folia Water
4:05 - 4:20 Conversation with Dr. Dankovich and Alfredo Zolezzi
4:20 - 4:40 A caravan of healthcare Roberto Kikawa
President and Founder, Cies

Q & A


Barbara Silva Executive Director
BeST innovation & Singularity University Chile
November 15
Helena Estrada Head of Center for Women Economic Development, Secretary of Entrepreneurs & SME
November 15
Carolyn Rodz CEO
Circular Board
November 15
Sofia Giraudo COO & Founder
November 15
Andre Monteiro CEO and Partner
November 15
Geraldine Mlynarz Founder, ActivaQ
November 15
Ignacio Peña Founder, Surfing Tsunamis
November 15
Marta Cruz Co-Founder & Managing Partner, NXTP Labs
November 15
Consuelo Valverde Managing Partner, SV LATAM Fund
November 15
Miriam Rivera Managing Partner, Ulu Ventures
November 15
Pedro Arnt CFO, Mercado Libre
November 15
Viviana Bernath Founder & CEO, Genda
November 15
Susana García Robles Principal Specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund
November 15
Martina Rua Journalist, La Nación
November 16
Gabriela León Founder, Gresmex
November 15
Cristina Pérez Journalist and News Anchor Telefe
November 16
Alfredo Zolezzi Founder, Advanced Innovation Center - AIC Rotoplas
November 16
Silvia Gold President
Mundo Sano Foundation
November 16
Theresa Dankovich Chairwoman, Folia Water
November 16
Facundo Manes Founder, Neurological Cognitive Institute
November 16
Jorge Soto Co-Founder, Miroculus
November 16
Roberto Kikawa Founder, CIES Global
November 16
Diego Golombek Professor, National University of Quilmes
November 16
Gini Morgan Public health specialist BempuHealth
November 16
Diana Sierra Founder and CEO Be Girl
November 16
Dilys Walker Co-Founder, PRONTO International
November 16
Pablo Larguía Founder & CEO of Re Innova
November 16
Isabel Hoffmann CEO and Founder of Tellspec
November 16
Javier Artigas-Herrera CEO and Co-Founder Medical Connectus
November 16
Thomas F. Burke Chief of Global Health & Human Rights at MGH
November 16
Luis Alberto Moreno IDB President
November 16
Gerard Ulibarri Professor Emeritus at Laurentian University
November 16
Gino Tubaro Inventor Atomic Lab
November 16

Bárbara seeks to catalyze innovation ecosystems. She is passionate about technology with global impact, and is founder of platforms to create collaborative businesses and organizational innovations. Bárbara helps companies and governments introduce innovations in their organizations.

From the Center for Women Economic Development, Helena promotes the economic empowerment of women as well as gender equality and the greater participation of women in the economy. Previously, Helena worked for more than 10 years in the financial sector, within the private sector.

Carolyn was selected as 1 of 5 of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Women to Watch for 2016. As CEO of Circular Board, a virtual accelerator for women entrepreneurs with scalable business models, she advises and serves on the boards of women led startups. Prior to founding Circular Board, she created a luxury retail line that sold in over 400 stores worldwide, including Bloomingdales, Harrod’s and Neiman Marcus, and later launched a global marketing firm supporting product launches within Fortune 500 enterprises and startups positioning themselves for industry leadership.

Sofia is a commercial engineer and founder of, a recruiting platform that connects students and recent graduates with the best companies in Latin America. Her company has more than 130,000 users and currently operates in Chile, Colombia and Argentina. Sofía participated in the 2014 edition of WeXchange Pitch Competition and is currently an Ambassador of One Young World

Andre is an entrepreneur, CEO and Partner of INNOVATORS -global innovators network based in Brazil and Silicon Valley with 20k members and 5k startups. Andre is also Founder of Innovators Summit. He is also mentor of Stanford Ignite, and has helped many startups raise funding.

Geraldine is founder of Diagnostic and ActivaQ, biotech companies specialized in the diagnosis and control of infectious diseases found in animals, employing advanced technology to perform early screening for the IPVN virus — a common virus afflicting salmon worldwide. Since 2014, ActivaQ is part of Ictio Biotechnologies, the Aquaculture Health Tecnology Consortium, financed by Innova-CORFO. Generaldine is Endeavor Entrepreneur.

Ignacio is founder of Surfing Tsunamis, a think-and-do-thank dedicated to catalizing abundance, inclusion and regeneration through ideas, projects and high-impact startups. Ignacio has been working for several years to develop the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Latin America. He also worked for over 15 years as top management consultant, working in over 100 projects for leading corporations, governments and associations in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Argentina.

Twitter: @IgnacioPena123

Marta promotes equal opportunities, leading the initiative for the creation of Day of the Woman Entrepreneur in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to NXTP Labs Marta founded Nextperience, a digital performance agency and lead Regional Sales for MRM in Latin America.

Twitter: @marta_cruz

Consuelo is an entrepreneur turned VC with a strong focus on high impact companies. At SV LATAM Fund, a VC fund with a Latin American focus, she and the team share a passion for technology, entrepreneurs and success. Consuelo is also Co-founder of Zfunction University LLC in Silicon Valley, training, mentoring and advising entrepreneurs in biotechnology, diagnostics and health services, financial services, e-commerce, robotics, energy, education and software.

Twitter: @chvalverdep

Miriam co-founded Ulu Ventures, an early stage angel fund focused on IT investments and has made 30 investments in the last three years. She is also the co-founder and co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an "open source network" of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. Miriam is a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and she is also a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital.

Pedro Arnt has been the CFO of Mercado Libre since 2011. Pedro has served in various capacities since joing the company in 1999, including Vice President for Strategic Planning, Treasury and Investor Relations, as well as Vice President for Business Development and Marketing. Previously, he was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Viviana is PhD. in biological sciences and a specialist in molecular genetics. She founded one of the first genetic testing and forensic genetics laboratory in Argentina, Genda, which today continues to grow. In recent years she created Zoigen, a company dedicated to personalized genomic medicine, a new way to predict and prevent disease through DNA analysis. Viviana is also a scientific communicator and author of several books.

Susana is convinced of the impact of business and innovation ecosystems and the venture capital industry on development. For this reason, since 1999, she has worked on its creation in Latin America and the Caribbean. A co-founder of WeXchange, she firmly believes in the advantages of supporting women-led businesses.

Twitter: @RoblesSusanaro

Martina Rua is a journalist who specializes on innovation and productivity issues. She is a writer for the Diario La Nación newspaper, columnist of La Nación’s Sunday magazine and a collaborator in the new LaNación+ channel. Martina is a team member of the No Somos Nadie in Radio Metro together with Juan Pablo Varsky. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Accenture Award for Innovation.

Twitter: @marturua

Gabriela is a biochemical engineer and founder Gresmex, a company at the forefront of the nanotechnology research and development. Gabriela developed a nano bio-molecule called NBELYAX, able to completely inactivate any viruses, bacteria, fungi, spores, trypanosomes and mycobacteria, generating biosecure spaces. Gabriela was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer in 2015.

Twitter: @galeongt

Cristina Pérez is a journalist with extensive experience in Argentine media. She is the news anchor of Telefe News, on Channel 11. She also conducts Confessions on Radio Mitre, the highest-rated radio station in Argentina. She has collaborated with BBC World, and has written opinion columns in The Nation Magazine News and Last year she published her first novel, “El Jardin de los Delatores” she also wrote the book “Cuentos Inesperados”.

Twitter: @Cris_noticias

Alfredo Zolezzi is a Chilean industrial designer and an expert in applied technological innovations. He has created an Integrated Objectives model®which allows him to improve technological innovation and create greater social, emotional and developmental impact. He is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the Advanced Innovation Center – AIC Rotoplas and President of the Alfredo Zolezzi Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes innovation for good and the creation of models that promote the adaptation of new technologies. Alfredo have developed various disruptive technologies, among them a Plasma Water Sanitation System which kills bacteria and is being implemented in vulnerable communities, where it has "improved health, dignity and quality of life in an instant.

Twitter: @AlfredoZolezzi

Doctor Gold is President of the “Mundo Sano” Foundation, an organization that promotes access to health of people exposed to neglected diseases. The foundation develops replicable, scalable and transferable management models through public-private partnerships and multidisciplinary scientific research. With 21 years of experience in Latin America, its programs have been expanded in Spain and more recently in Ethiopia. Gold holds a PhD in Biochemistry and directs the Consortium for Research, Development and Innovation for the development of innovative cancer therapies. She is a member of the Advisory Council of Foundations and Companies Group of Argentina, the Economic and Social Council of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, as well as member of the Social Sector Forum of Argentina and of the Board of the Foundation Reina Sofia Museum in Spain.

Twitter: @MundoSano_

Theresa Dankovich, PhD, invented and tested germ-killing silver-coated filters as part of her doctoral work at McGill University in Montreal. As part of her post-doctoral research at University of Virginia, she field tested the filters in South Africa, as well as inventing a new synthesis method using only non-toxic reagents. Since 2014 Dr. Dankovich has field tested her filters in Ghana, Honduras, Bangladesh, Kenya and Haiti, showing repeatedly that they can purify even the most polluted gray water. The next challenge was to educate potential customers and create culturally appropriate filter holders for international markets that would ensure correct and consistent use of the filters. Through non-profit partnerships, Dr. Dankovich began field testing different filter holders and collecting feedback from homemakers, those primarily responsible for household water purification and hygeine, in Bangladesh and Honduras. In 2016 her company, Folia Water, developed the Tasita™, a filter holder that fits with a variety of household water collection and storage container around the world, including two-liter bottles, jerry cans, Bangladeshi kolshis, 5-gallon buckets and Guatemalan tinajas.

Twitter: @teridank

Doctor Manes is a medical doctor from the University of Buenos Aires, and holds a PHD in Sciences from Cambridge University. He is the Dean and Professor at Favaloro University and Professor at the University of South Carolina, University of California San Francisco and the Macquarie University in Australia. He is the Founder and President of the Neurological Cognitive Institute (INECO). He is a Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and at the Australian Research Council (ARC). He leads the applied research group for aphasia, dementia and cognitive disorders of the World Federation of Neurology.

Twitter: @ManesF

Jorge is co-founder and CTO of Miroculus, a life science company that aims to push forward a new test for early cancer detection and other diseases based on circulating microRNAs. Prior to founding Miroculus, he co-founded CitiVox and later joined the office of the Presidency of Mexico as the deputy general director of innovation. Jorge is an Endeavor entrepreneur, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and MIT TR35.

Twitter: @Miroculus

Dr. Roberto Kikawa is a social entrepreneur and founder of CIES Global. He has a renowned gastroenterologist for over18 years, specializing in endoscopy.He has served in the public and private sector and directed the São Camilo Hospital in Sao Paolo. He is a researcher of medical engineering in Fleximedical/CIETEC-USP/FAPESP since 2001 where developed the “Health Wagon”. He has received numerous awards for the development of this innovation.

Diego Golombek is a biologist from the University of Buenos Aires. He is currently a professor at the National University of Quilmes, where he leads their Chronobiology Lab, and is a Principal Researcher at CONICET. He is the Coordinator of the National Program of the Popularization of Science at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT).

Twitter: @DiegoGolombek

Gini Morgan is a public health specialist passionate about empowering patients to take charge of their care through technology and education. She is the Director of Impact for BempuHealth, a medical device company based in Bangalore, India, focused on radically improving the health outcomes of mothers and children in low-resource settings. Prior to joining Bempu, Gini was awarded the Clinton Fellowship for Service in India and worked in rural Gujarat developing and implementing reproductive public health interventions for women. Before moving to India, Gini worked with the Louisiana Public Health Institute and Common Ground Health Clinic. Gini holds a B.S. in Public Health and degrees in International Development and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Tulane University.

Diana Sierra is the founder and CEO of Be Girl. She has worked as an industrial design consultant for more than 10 years in different multinational corporations and consultancy firms as Smart Design, Frog, Nike, Panasonic, Energizer, Tommy Hilfiger, Arnell Group, Curve ID, B. Robinson , y Playtex. She has received several awards in design such as the Oro IDEA 2014 in the area of design with a social impact from the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) and in 2012 she won the Core77 Design Awards with honors for developing the sustainable reusable sanitary pads. Diana Sierra is also an ambassador and consultant for design projects with social impact in her native country through the Socialab Colombia.

Twitter: @BeGirlOrg

Dilys Walker is an Obstetrician Gynecologist at the University of California San Francisco, and co-founder of PRONTO International ( ), a nonprofit organization that aims to optimize care during birth. PRONTO is an emergency obstetric and neonatal training program that is grounded in highly realistic simulation and team training.. We develop and implement innovative low-cost training strategies that act as a catalyst for health care providers to make individual, team, and systems changes. In PRONTO scenarios, provider teams must manage both maternal and neonatal complications in the critical five minutes during and immediately after birth, when their action can make a life-saving difference. PRONTO International partners with local organizations to train provider teams in Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya, and India.

Twitter: @PRONTO_Intl

Pablo is the Founder & CEO of Red Innova, the community of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, where Latin America shares their experiences, ideas and projects with the world. Pablo participated in the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University at NASA Campus in Mountain View, California. Pablo is the co-founder of Bumeran, the leading employment and human resources portal in Latin America.

Twitter: @pablolarguia

Isabel Hoffmann is an entrepreneur who has successfully founded eight companies over the last 26 years in the fields of preventative medicine, health care, technology, mobile health and education. As CEO and Founder of Tellspec, the company behind the world’s first food scanner for consumers, she leads a team of computational biologists, food scientists, mathematicians, software developers, and data analysts towards their mission to build a healthier world by empowering people to make informed choices about what they eat.

Twitter: @IsabelHoffmann_

Javier Artigas-Herrera created the first global search and coordination platform for hemodialysis treatments. Connectus Medical has received numerous awards, including the MIT Technology Review award for the best innovation in health by 2015 for Rio de la Plata and an honorary mention of WSIS 2015, granted to business leaders whose actions and commitment are an exceptional contribution to the world granted by the UN. Javier Artigas-Herrera has formed the first association for kidney patients who presides over Uruguay, (APRU).

Thomas F. Burke, MD, FACEP, FRSM is Chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a practicing emergency physician, and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H Chan school of Public Health. Dr. Burke has an extensive experience in the global health arena developing award winning entrepreneurial solutions for intractable health challenges. Dr. Burke is widely recognized as an expert on disruptive innovations for the poor and as such, he is principal investigator on 11 major innovation’s grants including leading MGH’s 2013 Saving Lives at Birth Transition to Scale winning-team for its “scaling up uterine balloon tamponade”.

Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2005. As President of the IDB, Moreno also chairs the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), both institutions of the IDB Group.Before joining the Bank, Moreno served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. In his country, he served as Minister of Economic Development and President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial. In the private sector, he served as advisor to major Colombian and foreign investors and was executive producer of a leading television news program.Moreno has received numerous distinctions awarded by governments and private entities, including the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service.Moreno holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also pursued specialized studies at Harvard University under a Neiman Fellowship.

Twitter: @MorenoBID

Gerard Ulibarri is a Professor Emeritus at Laurentian University. His areas of research are related to Medicinal Chemistry and EcoHealth, where he developed methods for reduction of mosquitoes to avoid viral transmissions in endemic areas. He developed the ovillantas, a device that helps destroy the larvae of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus as well as the dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.Previously, he was the Chief of the Laboratory of the Institute Henri Beaufour (IHB) in Paris where his work consisted on designing synthesis of natural products with anticancer activity and/or neuroprotective properties.

Gino Tubaro is in his early 20s, and already boasts a long list of inventions. Amongst them, a device capable of recognizing the letters within written text and translating them into braille in real time stands outAt the age of 13, he received an award from the World Intellectual Property Organization for developing a security device for electrical outlets that detects whether an object is an electrical gadget or a person´s fingers, and in the case of the latter, it will interrupt the electrical current to avoid electrocution.In 2013, he began to explore the possibilities of 3D printing techniques in order to manufacture artificial hand prostheses at low cost. He founded #manoxmano (hand over hand in Spanish) that manufactures several prostheses free of charge for disabled people. Committed to taking this initiative further, Tubaro launched the LIMBS project through his innovation platform AtomicLab.

Twitter: @ginotubaro

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Meet the most disruptive startups from Latin America and the Caribbean innovating in health and WASH as they pitch their solutions for improving lives at Demand Solutions Venture Night Argentina. The participating startups were selected through a competition and evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Don´t miss this special evening




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