The Women Get Funded program has been developed by Dr. Alicia Castillo Holley, an international expert in creating wealth. Funny, witty, and passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital, she inspires individuals to be actors and not spectators of their lives. She also has one of the coolest activities: Angel Investing!
Castillo Holley’s career started as a young scientist and professor on Agronomy before becoming involved in product development for a Bayer-Shell joint venture and eventually turning into an entrepreneur and angel investor.
As an entrepreneur, she has started nine companies -successfully exiting from five of them- and two non-for-profit. She played an pivotal role in the Development for the Entrepreneurial Curriculum and the Venture Capital Industry in Chile, where she lived between 1996 and 2002, and started Chile’s first Center for Entrepreneurship at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, and later Chile’s first Seed Capital Fund: Capital Semilla. She has also consulted, mentored, or coached hundreds of entrepreneurs worldwide, is a prolific author and speaker, and pushes academic institutions to reinvent business education.
Castillo Holley has served as a panel member of several international business plan competitions, including WRI,Endeavor, Babson College, and Western Australia’s Inventor of the Year. She is also a reviewer for several academic conferences on entrepreneurship. And, she has studied A LOT: Agronomy Engineer – Valedictorian, Magister Scientiarum– Magna Cum Laude, Universidad Central de Venezuela; Master on Business Administration – A Travieso Fellowship, Babson College; PhD in Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Western Australia. Board Training Graduate, Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Philanthropically, she supports organizations that foster education, social entrepreneurship and prevent and turn domestic violence into harmony. A global trotter, she has visited over 100 countries, and lived in Venezuela, Chile, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the US (Chautauqua-NY, Wellesley-MA, Houston-TX, Menlo Park-CA).
As a speaker, she has been invited to prestigious institutions worldwide such as Babson College (USA), Rice University (USA), Santa Clara University (USA), Stanford University (USA), Tec de Monterrey (Mexico),Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (Saudi Arabia), Effat University (Saudi Arabia), Arabian Gulf University (Bahrain), Induexpo (Latin America), Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile), Universidad Central de Venezuela (Venezuela), Universidad Federico Santa Maria (Chile), Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala) as well as many private companies, and forums, which, given her age, would take too long to list.
Funding is one of her many passions.