5. The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative Wants to Nourish Latino Businesses


Latinos are starting companies at a faster rate than any other ethnic group in America. That's why Marlene Orozco, lead research analyst for the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, is collecting and analyzing a growing database of close to 2 million Latino-owned companies in the U.S. and conducting an annual survey that includes about 5,000 entrepreneurs. The program, which already has 450 graduates, also has a six-week executive education course for promising Latino business owners from around the country. Cohort members work online, have access to mentors and each other, and spend 3 days at Stanford GSB, where they present a pitch deck to capital providers. Pa'lante!


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