Google Incubator Hopes to Inspire Latinos
While many urged him to reconsider, calling it a lost cause—Edward Avila is determined to help Latinos break into startups.
“Out of hundreds of entrepreneurs, I felt like I was the only Latino in the room,” said Avila, a Silicon Valley tech veteran.
Statistics show that Avila is correct as CB Insights show that less than one percent of venture-backed startups have Latino co-founders, where the census shows one fourth of the population is, in deed, Hispanic.
Avila had a new plan—to make a tech incubator to help Latinos break into startups, and Google is already onboard with backing this plan, as well as other big names.
With David Lopez, J Lo’s dad, on his team, Avila plans to get the 12-week Manos program underway. It will include a trip to Los Angeles where the new entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to Latino celebrities Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria, and more.