Parallel18 is a program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust, a private non-profit organization created with the goal of maximizing Puerto Rico’s participation and creation of jobs in the global knowledge economy by promoting investment and financing of science and technology research development. The organization manages and hosts over a dozen initiatives that range from grants and technical support to meetups and educational resources for researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers, investors, and other groups.

At parallel18, we are changing the narrative of Puerto Rico’s economy by promoting a diverse business community. We believe in creating opportunities for entrepreneurs of underrepresented groups in the innovation ecosystem and support their goals of building a high-impact business that can reach the world.

The Team

Héctor Jirau

Executive Director

Natasha Martínez

Program Manager

Adriana Pérez

Investment Manager

Menchu Agüeros

Outreach Manager

Lissa Barreras

Marketing Manager

Alexandra Espinal Fernández

Business Development Manager

Sylmarie Startup Executive at parallel18
Sylmarie Díaz

Operations Manager (Xpand)

Noé E. Crespo

Program Director (BioLeap)

Yessica Fontánez

Startup Executive

Daliana Colón Arroyo

Startup Executive

Mineiry Ramos Reyes

Operations Coordinator

Allison N. Martínez Martínez

Communications Specialist

Augusto Suárez Vincenty

Lead Creative Designer

Gabriela Alicea

Office Coordinator

Alexandra C. Albino


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