Adriana Aguilar

Helping shape and build women's dreams and small businesses through technology and financial education

Adriana Aguilar has over 20 years of experience in business management, data programming and education for teenagers, adults and people with special needs. Founder of Yuxtem in 2015, a tech start-up based in Guatemala developing and providing affordable easy-to-use digital support and online payment tools to women entrepreneurs and small businesses located in Latin-America.

2018 Fellow of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). An US Department of State sponsored Program, where leaders across Latin America networked and interact with US entrepreneurial ecosystems. Current member of the Alumni Advisory Board and head of their Alumni Mentoring Committee.

She has studies in business administration at Universidad Galileo and also provides training, coaching and mentoring in business development, technology, innovation and financial education.  From 2017 to 2019 participated as a financial education coach for The Inter-American Dialogue’s Opportunities for My Community project, focused on strengthening and preparing small businesses to gain access to financing in Guatemala.  Also, became a facilitator in 2019 for the  Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in Guatemala City, a program developed to support the White House-led Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative.

Her passion to help women facing limited opportunities to reach their full potential leads her to found Ladder Program in 2017, a program focused to increase women's income, especially for those vulnerable to violence. The program also focus to fight migration on irregular conditions by providing technology and financial education as well as facilitating networking and access to new markets. Program Ladder also creates awareness about other economic and personal challenges women face daily.

More recently, she participated as speaker in entrepreneurship, women and technology events in Guatemala, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Peru, Texas (USA) and Malaysia. In 2020 she became a mentor and advisory board member for wiseHer, a marketplace located in 22 countries, which provides on-demand expert advice for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

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