Mariana Costa Checa, co-founder of Laboratoria, a tech social enterprise dedicated to helping young women from low-income households be successful through the use of technology. In 2015 she was named one of the most innovative Peruvians under 35 by the MIT, and this year she continues to shine as the seventh edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Silicon Valley rolled in..
She, along with three other special guests, took to the stage to talk about how technology ties into their new start-up companies and the social impact it is having. She was praised by Barack Obama, the moderator of the discussion, for her work in empowering women and for having a 70% employment rate within her company.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, joined them onstage as well and was quick to express his admiration for the work she is doing. “For me it is about changing things, not creating companies,” Zuckerberg said. “The most successful entrepreneurs I’ve met are concerned about their mission and trying to create change.”
Mariana talked about her company and the work they do. “We focus on young people who have not had access to or have not completed their education. We train them in the field of technology, we teach them various programming languages.”
So far, 200 women have graduated from the program and are now able to provide a better source of income for themselves and for their families.
For more information about Laboratoria you can visit their website here: