Organization Name: Laboratoria

Focus Area: Adult Learners
Region: Latin America
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2017
Laboratoria is a social startup that prepares the women and organizations that will shape a more diverse, inclusive and competitive digital economy in Latin America. Their passion is finding hidden talent through Laboratoria for Women and Laboratoria for Business. Laboratoria for Women is a bootcamp for women who want to develop careers in tech that will change their future. Laboratoria for Business partners with companies to provide diverse tech talent from their bootcamp and by upskill their teams to help them embrace the challenges of digital transformation. They have a presence in Lima, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile.

Why We Invested

More than 22 million young people in Latin America neither work nor study. What is not surprising, but still disappointing, is that three of every four of these “idle” young people are women. Meanwhile, software development will be the fastest growing career in the next decade in Latin America, requiring over 1.2 million developers by 2025 and is a sector desperately in need of women. Laboratoria has trained more than 1,000 women and placed over 75 percent of them in jobs across 450 companies, pioneering innovative project-based, blended learning methodologies.

What We've Learned

Although 22 million young people in Latin America do not work or study, Laboratoria has taken it on not as a problem, but as an opportunity and responsibility to become a strong voice in Latin America. Laboratoria is spurring the conversation on the critical role of women and diversity in tech and their graduates have become role models for others to follow their lead.

Imagine a Latin America where women, ethnic minorities, and underserved youth are part of designing the products and services we use daily. In the most unequal region in the world, bringing their skills and views in to shape the digital economy is a chance to start building societies that can respond to the needs of all.
Mariana Costa Checa, Co-Founder and CEO, Laboratoria