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Laura Gonzalez Estefani
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Laura González-Estéfani – The Angel Investor

Laura González-Estéfani is a trailblazer who has excelled in numerous roles, including angel investor, mentor, and active equal rights advocate. Laura has been an inspiration to young women everywhere with her tireless efforts to ensure gender parity and inclusiveness within the venture capital and tech start-up industries. Laura’s impact on the global start-up scene has been immense – from sharing knowledge and mentoring founders through her venture platform to investing in female-led start-ups, and advocating for equal access to funding for women entrepreneurs.

Laura speaks globally on these topics, providing further motivation for people across all walks of life to embrace inclusion so that everyone can work together to create innovative solutions for the world. Laura is truly an example of how championing change can make a lasting difference – something we should all aspire to achieve.

TheVentureCity

Laura González-Estéfani is the CEO and founder of TheVentureCity, a group of operators-turned-investors that help start-ups with their initial funding. TheVentureCity invests in companies whose foundation is strategic growth around technology products and data, impacting areas across the globe in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Laura began her career as a Sales Manager in 1996 at the marketing company Ogilvy. Her first online endeavor was the portal esplaya.com, which specialized in providing tourists with beach information. Thanks to this expertise, she was hired by Siemens as the Group Digital Manager and later joined eBay as the Internet Marketing Manager in 2005. Every step of her career was in a more prominent role, dealing with more responsibility and more money.

The First Employee At Facebook Spain

Laura González-Estéfani was the first employee for Facebook in Spain, and she spent almost 9 years supporting the platform’s growth in Silicon Valley, Miami, Spain, and Portugal. As the first executive of Facebook’s international growth team in Europe, she also led Facebook’s development in Spain and Portugal, then took charge as the Director of Growth, Mobile & Partnerships.

With this background, Laura’s main aspiration became to assist entrepreneurs through TheVentureCity – an accelerator of developing ecosystems focused on expansion and globalization. Through a distinct network, TheVentureCity redefines the acceleration concept by establishing ecosystems in various cities so they can be properly established on the technological map. With offices in Silicon Valley, Miami, Madrid, and Sydney, their team is composed of former employees of Google, IBM, and eBay.

Since founding TheVentureCity, Laura has also become a member of The European Council (which has a €3 billion budget and seeks to fund inventions in Europe) and also joined the Payments and Consumer Board of Caixabank.

Women Entrepreneurs

Laura González-Estéfani is an inspiring figure that has left a remarkable mark on her industry despite the fact that it is dominated by men. From Spain, Laura used her passion and knowledge of the trade to succeed in an environment where women have historically been underrepresented.

Her accomplishments are a source of inspiration for many aspiring female professionals around the world, as she has proven that with hard work and dedication, you can break glass ceilings regardless of your background or gender. Laura González-Estéfani stands as a testament to what can be achieved when we’re determined to create our own opportunities.

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Hannah

Hannah

Founder, Smart Girl, Survivor, Champion of womens rights and kids rights

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