Changing Puerto Rico One Woman at a Time

Here in Raleigh, NC the entrepreneurial community is ready to support Puerto Rican innovators to create high impact, long-lasting solutions.

We're excited to help out our friends at HQ Raleigh raise money to bring female innovator's over from Puerto Rico to the Triangle! These selected women will work 1-on-1 with an international team of female innovators on rebuilding projects for Puerto Rico. Learn more about this project and help us help others!

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Puerto Ricans are struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Here in Raleigh, NC the entrepreneurial community is ready to support Puerto Rican innovators to create high impact, long-lasting solutions!  Do you want to join us? 

Here’s how: PR 2 NC brings female entrepreneurs from Puerto Rico to Raleigh, North Carolina for four weeks in January 2018 to work with an international team of female innovators on rebuilding projects for Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Entrepreneurs will return to Puerto Rico to implement the projects and create a new PR 2 NC sister city collaboration between San Juan and Raleigh to cultivate additional projects. The innovators are provided with:

  • The Basics: Housing, reliable technology, workspace at HQ Raleigh, and living stipend
  • Essential Kăt’ l īz’ ers: Training/skill building, mentoring, and advising
  • Womenpower: Project support from advisors and student team from US, China, Argentina, Australia & Mexico in Leadership exCHANGE’s Women & Innovation (Kăt’ l īz’ er)
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Establishment of PR 2 NC partnership between HQ Raleigh and San Juan’s co-working space Parallel18 to establish on-going platform for additional partnerships

End result: This project galvanizes female innovators from multiple countries to help rebuild Puerto Rico One Woman at a Time!  AND, the female innovators will be ready to compete in April forParallel18’s  Pre-18 Accelerator that provides 20k in grant funds with an opportunity to go on to compete for another 40k in grants. Let’s catalyze these women! 

Funding Provides ($3365/ per innovator)

  • Airfare for 4 Female Innovators from Puerto Rico
  • Housing for Puerto Rican Innovators, Advisor, and international team of student project assistants
  • Programming/Training for innovators and student team
  • Living stipend for Puerto Rican Innovators
  • Membership and conference room space at HQ Raleigh for Puerto Rican Innovators, Advisor, and student project assistants
  • Could we exceed our initial funding request? The more funding, the more innovators and project team members we can bring!!!! 

WHY? A COMMUNITY IN NEED!   On September 16, 2017 the Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, affecting 3.4 US Citizens.

  • Fatalities nearing 500 people
  • 50% of the island still without power
  • There’s not enough water or food on the island
  • Most hospitals are running on generators with limited fuel
  • Alternative energy solutions, access to drinking water, food supplies logistics, agriculture, connectivity  are in need of significant improvement on the island