Panel of Judges Announced For Soy Empresaria Business Plan Competition

Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez and Father Greg Boyle among judges to recognize three Latina business-owners in California

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Latino Startup Alliance, announced the panel of judges for Soy Empresaria, a program in partnership with Square, and Xoom (Nasdaq: XOOM) are currently taking entries for Soy Empresaria, a program that will give Latina entrepreneurs in California the opportunity to win $10,000 in financial support and mentorship. The panel includes:

  • Father Gregory "Greg" Joseph Boyle, an American Jesuit priest; founder and Director of Homeboy Industries; and former pastor of Dolores Mission Church.
  • Nely Galán, independent producer and former President of Entertainment for Telemundo
  • Laura Gomez, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Vyv
  • Kevin Hartz, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Eventbrite, Inc; Co-Founder and former CEO of Xoom Corporation.
  • Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and President, Eventbrite
  • Linda T. Sánchez, U.S. Representative for California's 38th congressional district.

These judges will select three leading Latina business-owners in California whose business plans and supporting videos demonstrate how they plan to grow and make a difference in their community. Winners will be recognized at an event at Xoom's headquarters, where each will be awarded a $10,000 prize and coaching from notable executives from Square, Xoom, and the Latino Startup Alliance.

"At Latino Startup Alliance, our goal is to help Latino tech entrepreneurs gain access to the resources, capital, and networks they need to succeed. That is why we are excited about Soy Empresaria, in partnership with Square and Xoom. Together, we want to celebrate and support the growth of Latina-owned small businesses in California," said Deldelp Medina, president of the Latino Startup Alliance.

Business plan submissions must be made by 11:59 PM on December 30, 2014 to qualify. For more information on how to submit a business plan for Soy Empresaria, and for rules and regulations, visit Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #SoyEmpresaria.


Media Contacts:
Latino Startup Alliance:
Deldelp Medina
Johnny Brackett
Robin Carr

Source:Xoom Corporation