PDXSW Latino Judges Profile: Deldelp Medina

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Deldelp Medina is revolutionizing Latino entrepreneurship and we are honored to have her as one of the judges for Portland’s Startup Weekend Latino.

Currently, she is the CEO & Co-Founder at Avión Ventures, perhaps America’s first tech accelerator “created by a Latino team for Latinas.” She leverages her extensive experience in a variety of fields (tech, arts, humanities, non-profit, and social justice) to help Latina entrepreneurs become the next tech superstars.

Conveniently, Avión is currently accepting applications for it’s next class! Be sure to head to her website for more information.

To meet Deldelp, and other inspiring judges and mentors, get your tickets to Startup Weekend Latino today. 

 

Check out her interview below to get even more inspiration about empowering diversity in entrepreneurship:

 

PERSONAL

 

Q. What are you passionate about?
A. Helping Latinos go from passive consumers to proactive creators of tech products and services.

 

Q. If you could give advice to your 10-year-old self today, what would you say?
A. Learn about finance and investment.

 


Q. What’s the best advice you ever received?
A. There is no best advice, if you are unwilling to listen.

 

Q. What is your personal mission statement?
A. Work should be fun.

 

REGARDING STARTUP WEEKEND LATINO 

 

Q. What compelled you to participate in Startup Weekend Latino as a Judge/Mentor?
A. I love to see the innovation, intelligence and ingenuity that we have. Also, I love Portland!

 

Q. What advice would you give to participants of Latino Startup Week?
A. Know who you are, and what you are worth.

 

REGARDING DIVERSITY

 

Q. What is your opinion of the current state of diversity in the entrepreneurial community?
A. There are regional differences; that should not be ignored or overlooked. Someone in the Southwest will have a different experience to someone in the Northeast. Having said that, with the economic landscape of  this country changing so quickly, sooner or later everybody will have to participate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our very stake in this country will hinge on the ability of everybody to contribute to creating wealth.

 

Q. What is the biggest factor limiting diversity in entrepreneurship?
A. Lack of capital and networks.

 

Q. What would you do to ensure increased diversity?
A. I work at this everyday. I find, advocate and train Latinas in tech. I believe that we need to make our own tools, platforms and apps to solve our own problems.

 

Q. What advice would you give someone interested in becoming an entrepreneur?
A. Save money, educate yourself about your customer and be patient.

 

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