Back in my younger years, I never emphasized on cultivating connections. Growing up alone, most of the times, I can pretty much do everything by myself.
“What is the point of working with other people? It usually means more work because they have to agree with my ideas.”
However, that all changed when I went to high school at Spanaway Lake High School in Spanaway, Washington. I was exposed to so many people with different backgrounds that I gradually realized that differing and conflicting opinions are significant to form an innovative idea.
As an aspiring entrepreneur and investor, forming connections is very crucial to consolidate my network. I can still remember when I traveled to Tijuana, Mexico where I encountered so many students and professionals with brilliant ideas that can change the world, (yes, I am not kidding!) but does not have the resources to do so. They don’t even know the definition of venture capitals, let alone angel investors.
Thus, it came to my attention that there are many Latinx networking events where entrepreneurs, business owners, and innovators come together to learn from each other. It is a huge networking event that everyone should take advantage of. More importantly, if you are a student, they usually have HUGE discounts just for you! So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and apply! Below are just some of them:
(P.S.) If you have any recommendations that I should include, please don’t hesitate to send me a message! I will be more than happy to collaborate with you.
Location: June 8–9
Dates: Miami, Florida
Through a morning of bespoke workshops and pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings, an afternoon of open conference sessions and a fun evening, PortadaLat will provide attendees an ideal platform to gain new business and entrepreneurial intelligence. It’s a two-day annual gathering of key brand marketing, advertising, media and content leaders from all over the Americas.
2. Latina Think Big Innovation Summit
Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: October 6
This one day event showcases the innovative ideas and talents of Latina, in a series of short talks. These talks bring successful leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and cultivators together in an environment that fosters connection and education.
3. Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALFPA Convention)
Location: Nashville, TN
Dates: August 3 — August 6
Prices: $1,550 or $250 for students (LOTS OF SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!)
The ALPFA National Convention is a truly special experience for students and professionals alike. Thousands of purpose-driven Latinos will gather for a week of learning, networking, and professional growth. Our corporate partners are waiting to meet talented individuals like you! This is a great event that I have personally seen, and it is highly recommended by all of my peers.
4. Forbes Under 30
Dates: October 25- 28
Prices: $400 (You can find a lot of discounts online! It can be as low as $35 for students)
I am sure you have heard of Forbes!! It’s a very well known event that encompasses networking, trade shows, top playlists, innovation, healthcare, and successful entrepreneurs! It is more than an immersive experience than a static conference: a private music festival, A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a legendary pub crawl, a world-famous food festival and a powerful day of community service.
Please do note that the location, dates, and prices varies. These data are gathered from the year 2019