Laís de Oliveira, On Deck Community Builders Fellowship - Program Director
An entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in community building, Laís de Oliveira has participated in the development of entrepreneurial communities around the world. 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. Driven by building ecosystems to empower entrepreneurship and creativity, she built some of the fastest growing communities in Malaysia, working for the Malaysian government and also independently. Originally from a small town in Brazil, she lived in Mauritius, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco and Lisbon, travelled to over 35 countries and learned five languages (fluent Portuguese, English and Spanish, basic French and Indonesian). While home is wherever her laptop is, she is currently living in the countryside in Brazil and co-creating a digital, yet rural lifestyle with a group of friends around what they call a “roça-office” (translates to farm-office).