2nd SFIWEF Gran Canaria Summit 2016 mayo 9, 2019 – Publicado en: summits

The 2nd SFIWEF Summit took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on May 26th and 27th, 2016. The aim of this event was to gather a group of women leaders and entrepreneurs from the United States, Latin America, Africa and Europe. The program included meetings, roundtables and workshops. The organizer of the conference was Maica Gil, she shared with all the participants her vision of the Forum and introduced them HEROIKKA, an online platform that connects women entrepreneurs all over the world to make their business ideas possible.

All of the speakers were talented women who shared their business projects, initiatives and personal stories. The topics of this event included investment for entrepreneurs, diversity and inclusion, gender equality, e-commerce, among others. The most attended conference was the entrepreneurship boot camp and code basics lesson. At the end of the event, the audience received an excellent advice and mentorship through different tools and connections for their projects.


This Summit promoted Gran Canaria as a great entrepreneurship hub, with the collaboration and networking in all the workshops and roundtables, the participants could notice the available opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs in the city.



  • Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst
  • Almaz Negash, Founder, Africa Diaspora Network and Managing Director, Step Up Silicon Valley
  • Maica Gil, San Francisco International Women Entrepreneurs Forum (SFIWEF), Heroikka
  • Constanza Nieto, CEO of GaussSoft and Co-Founder Global Tech Bridge
  • Karla Chaman Ruiz, Senior Communications Officer, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank
  • Topyster Muga, Head of Airtel Money, Airtel Kenya
  • Maria Jose Perez, Director, MET Community Spain
  • Victoria Vera Gonzalez, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Personalized Services, ICEX
  • Karen Floyd, Intrahouse
  • Beatriz Barrera, President of the Consortium of the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC)
  • Nacho Rodriguez, CoWorking Canarias
  • Gonzalo Piernavieja, Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC)
  • Pino Kyri, Consensus Advokat, Institutional Liaison at SFIWEF
  • Irene Bello, Alliance for Solidarity
  • Raul Garcia, SPEGC
  • Gaute Hagerup, Innovation Norway
  • Virginia Santana Trujillo, Director, Paradise Hotels & Resorts
  • Isabel Planells, Liaison at SFIWEF, Canary Islands
  • Noelia Perez, B & M Sport Marketing
  • Mercedes Sanagustin, YUZZ Program
  • Nayra Quesada, Bicompatible
  • Andr é Eidskrem, Intrahouse
  • Berta Lazaro, TeamLabs
  • Rahfeal Gordon
  • Carmen Sanchez, Training People
  • Diana Bordon, Facial Yoga Plan
  • Alicia Sanchez, Upper
  • Rosana Alvarez, elittoral SLNE
  • Ida Vega, Somoson
  • Nayra Iglesias, InOut Studio
  • Esther Perez Verdu, Canary Islands 7
  • Martin Mielke, IGT
  • Nadejda Georgieva Bozukova, Country Manager at Kentech SLU
  • Ramses Hair, UI / UX Dev Designer
  • Nestor Rodriguez, Scaale Inc.
  • Jimena Delgado-Taramona, Councilor, City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Kellye Rogers, Head of Product at Heroikka

Date & Location

May 26th – 09:30 to 19:00

@ Casa Africa – Calle Alfonso XIII, 5, 35003 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
09:30 to15: 00

@ IncubeGC, GC Technology Park – Canary Islands Trade Fair Center, Av. De la Feria, num.1, (INFECAR) 35012 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
16:00 to 19:00

May 27th – 09:00 to 19:00

@ IncubeGC, GC Technology Park – Canary Islands Exhibition Center, Av.
De  la Feria, num. 1, (INFECAR) 35012 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain


Thursday, May 26th, 2016

@ Casa Africa
09:30 Registration
09:45 Welcome (Casa Africa) Luis Padrón
09:55 Welcome – Maica Gil, SFIWEF

Solo talks: Supporting an innovation ecosystem
10:05 ZEC – Beatriz Barrera
10:15 ICEX – Victoria Vera
10:25 ITC (Gonzalo Piernavieja)
10:35 Almudena Moreno (Alliance for Solidarity)
10:45 SPEGC
10:55 Chamber of Commerce of Las Palmas – Paloma Bretones
11:05 Nadejda Georgieva Bozukova

11:10 Topyster Muga
11:20 Andr é  Eidskrem, Intrahouse
11:30 Coffe break – Networking
12:00 Almaz Negash
12:20 Jimena Delgado-Taramona
12:30 Maica Gil 12:40 Panel- How can institutions support entrepreneurship: Almaz Negash , Beatriz Barrera, Melinda Epler. Moderated by Karla Chaman (International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank) 13:10 Maria Jose Perez – MET Community Spain 13:20 Melinda Epler
13:30 Constanza Nieto

@ SPEGC / IncubeGC

Workshops / Workshops
16:00 Internationalization vs. Localization – Constanza Nieto
16:30 Electronic Markets – Victoria Vera Gonzalez, ICEX
17:00 Entrepreneurs bootcamp Part 1 – Melinda Epler
18:00 Business and Human Rights – Irene Bello

Friday, May 27th, 2016

@ SPEGC / IncubeGC
Workshops / Workshops
09:00 Entrepreneurs bootcamp Part 2 – Melinda Epler
09:00 High performance teams – Berta Lazaro
09:30 Registration and welcome  
09:45 Keynote Speaker – Karla Chaman, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank
10: 00 Panel – Increasing access to capital: Karla Chaman, Maica Gil, Melinda Epler, Constanza Nieto
10:30 Fire Chat: Myths about Entrepreneurship – Almaz Negash & Maica Gil
11:00 Break

My story: Life as an entrepreneur, professional, innovator …
11:15 Isabel Planells, SFIWEF liaison
11:30 Karen Floyd, Intrahouse
11:45 Being freelance after presbyopia – Mercedes Sanagustin, program YUZZ
12:00 Nayra Quesada, Bicompatible
12: 15 Nayra Iglesias, InOut Studio
12:30 Fire Chat: Coworking spaces – Octavio Suarez, Nacho Rodriguez, Esther Perez Verdu
13:00 Noelia Pérez – B & M Sport Marketing

Workshop / Workshop
13: 00-14: 00 Code Basics – Isabel Planells, Liaison at SFIWEF

13:15 Innovation Norway (Gaute Hagerup)   13:30 Rahfeal Gordon (via skype) 13:45 Rosana Alvarez, elite SLNE 14:00 Lunch break15:00 Panel – Entrepreneurship ecosystems across the globe – Almaz Negash, Melinda Epler, Maica Gil , Topyster Muga. 15:30 Kellye Rogers, Heroikka 15:45 Diana Bordon,  Facial Yoga Plan 16:00 Berta Lázaro, Teamlabs 16:15 Alicia Sánchez, Upper 16:30 Alicia Castillo Holley (via Skype) 4:45 Break 17:00 Virginia Santana Trujillo , Paradise Hotels & Resorts
17:10 Ramses Hair

17:20 Nestor Rodriguez
17:30 Fire Chat: Cybercrime, protect your data – Pino Kyri (CONSENSUS Advokat), & Martin Mielke
(IT Consultant & Systems Architect at rsysadmin.com).
18:00 Panel – Women in Technology: Opportunities and trends – Karen Floyd, Ida Vega, Topyster Muga. Moderated by Esther Pérez Verdú (Canary Islands 7).