Entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in community building, Lais led the development of entrepreneurial communities across every continent. From leading 2000 volunteers across Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the president of a non-profit organization, to selecting and training community leaders across 3 continents (Latam, Africa, APAC) for Startup Grind and, finally, developing evidence-based ideas to accelerate economic growth through startup communities, working for governments and innovation agencies in 75+ ecosystems as part of Startup Genome’s executive team.
Before joining Startup Genome, she sold her first business (8spaces.co) to Flyspaces.com, Southeast Asia’s largest marketplace for workspace and spaces for professional activities, where she served as Malaysia Country Manager and Chief Community Officer. Driven by building ecosystems to empower entrepreneurship and creativity, she has built some of the fastest growing communities in Malaysia, working for the Malaysian government and also independently (MoreGirls, Startup Grind KL, TheList.KL).
Originally from a small town in Brazil, she lived in Mauritius, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco and Lisbon. She travelled to over 35 countries and speaks 5 languages (fluent portuguese, english and spanish, basic French and Indonesian. Although home is wherever her laptop is, she is currently back in the countryside in Brazil, co-creating a digital, yet rural lifestyle with a group of friends around what they call a “roça-office” (translates to farm-office).