Alicia Castillo Holley is an international expert in creating wealth. Funny, Witty, and Passionate about prosperity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She also has one of the coolest activities: angel investing.
Castillo Holley’s career started as a young scientist and professor on Agronomy before becoming involved in product development for a Bayer-Shell joint venture and eventually turning into an entrepreneur and angel investor (See highlights below).
As an entrepreneur, she has started nine companies -successfully exiting from five of them- and two non-for-profit. She played an pivotal role in the Development for the Entrepreneurial Curriculum and the Venture Capital Industry in Chile, where she lived between 1996 and 2002. She has also consulted, mentored, or coached hundreds of entrepreneurs worldwide, is a prolific author and speaker, and pushes academic institutions to reinvent business education.
As an Angel Investor, she has supported over a dozen companies, mostly in Silicon Valley – see highlights below.
Castillo Holley has served as a panel member of several international business plan competitions, including WRI, Endeavor, Babson College, and Western Australia’s Inventor of the Year. She is also a reviewer for several academic conferences on entrepreneurship. And, she has studied A LOT: Agronomy Engineer – Valedictorian, Magister Scientiarum- Magna Cum Laude, Universidad Central de Venezuela; Master on Business Administration – A Travieso Fellowship, Babson College; PhD in Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Western Australia. Graduate, Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Philanthropically, she supports organizations that foster education, social entrepreneurship and prevent and turn domestic violence into harmony. A global trotter, she has visited over 100 countries, and has lived in Venezuela, Chile, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the US (Chautauqua, Wellesley, Houston, Menlo Park).
As a speaker, she has been invited to prestigious institutions worldwide such as Babson College (USA), Rice University (USA), Stanford University (USA), Santa Clara University (USA), Tec de Monterrey (Mexico), Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (Saudi Arabia), Effat University (Saudi Arabia), Arabian Gulf University (Bahrain), Induexpo (Latin America) Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile), Universidad Central de Venezuela (Venezuela), Universidad Federico Santa Maria (Chile), Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala) as well as many private companies, and forums, which, given her age, would take too long to list.