I’m Mariana Costa Checa and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Laboratoria, where we are working to shape a more diverse, inclusive and competitive digital economy in Latin America that can create opportunities for every woman to develop her potential.
When I came back home to Peru in 2014, I was surprised to see how few women there were in the Peruvian tech ecosystem. Since then, I’ve made it my mission to empower women who dream of a better future to start and grow transformative careers in technology.
We provide an immersive six-month bootcamp in technical and life skills for women who have not been able to start a professional career yet. After the program, we connect our students with jobs to kick-start their careers and foster a strong community of alumnae who support each other’s growth as future leaders of the tech sector.
Our initiative has gained widespread recognition, receiving praise from Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama, among others.
Before launching Laboratoria, I worked in international development for many years.
During my spare time I love to spend time with my kids! I have three of them - 6, 3 and 7 months - so no spare time, really 😂. I love being their mom, and I’m passionate about finding ways to make ambitious careers compatible with family life. I also love to walk and run in Lima’s boardwalk. Although it's a bit gray in winter, I love living by the ocean.
Ask me anything about breaking into tech, LatAm’s tech talent, social entrepreneurship, the future of edtech, being a mom and an entrepreneur, or anything else!