Laboratoria is an organization empowering women who dream of a better future to start and grow careers in technology. It seeks this through a 6-month totally remote bootcamp, focused on technical and life skills, aimed at women who haven´t been able to start their careers. After the bootcamp, they connect their graduates with quality jobs in the tech sector as web developers and user experience designers. Laboratoria also has a very powerful community of more than 3,000 women who are each playing a key role in a more diverse and competitive digital economy.

Formation2014; 9 years ago (2014)
PurposeTechnical and life-skills training for Latin American women to join the tech sector


Laboratoria was created to revert the disadvantages women face in accessing quality jobs in the growing digital economy. It began with a pilot training program for 15 women and rapidly expanded, with 3,000 graduates in over six countries in Latin America.

Since its foundation in Lima, Peru, in 2014, Laboratoria has expanded to Chile and México (2015), Brazil (2018), Colombia (2020) and Ecuador (2022). Today, due to it being a remote first company, it has been able to reach more countries in Latin America and beyond. Women from different cities and regions have been able to go through the bootcamp, thanks to the absence of geographic boundaries. It also has over 120 team members working daily to have a more profound social impact in the region.

Over 3,000 women have graduated as web developers and UX designers, with an average job placement rate of 87% (since 2020). Laboratoria is also a source of female tech talent for leading companies in a wide variety of industries. More than 1,100 companies have hired Laboratoria talent.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

  • Mariana Costa was chosen as one of the most influential, innovative and pioneering people in fintech, e-commerce, politics and digital infrastructure in the RoW100: Global Tech's Changemakers ranking (2022).[1]
  • McKinsey & Company recognizes Mariana Costa on its The Committed Innovator list, which highlights women in corporate, academic and entrepreneurial fields around the world who are creating groundbreaking breakthroughs in some of the most challenging issues on the planet. These women leaders are pioneering, expanding frontiers and building legacies in agriculture, banking, beauty, education, fashion, health and technology, 2021.[2]
  • Mariana Costa is recognized by as a "Leader to watch" in 2022. Google's philanthropic arm selected seven leaders in the world, including the Peruvian entrepreneur, the only representative from Latin America.[3]
  • Laboratoria was recognized as one of the 100 edtechs in Latin America in 2021 by HolonIQ, an intelligence platform that provides data and analysis of developments in the global market and annually publishes a ranking of the most promising startups in the region. The evaluation was made after a review of more than 2,000 edtechs.[4]
  • Mariana Costa was chosen by the Project Management Institute (PMI), an American organization with nearly 500,000 members in almost 100 countries, as one of the winners of the Future 50 in 2021, which features emerging leaders who are creating, building and transforming the world through remarkable projects, 2021.[5]
  • Bloomberg online presented a list of the 100 Innovators of 2021, in which they selected the Latinos who, during the pandemic, not only invented models, but also corrected their steps and even reinvented themselves to adapt to this new economic and social scenario.[6]
  • Mariana Costa Checa is part of the Wonderful Women of the World 2021 anthology, which – in comic format – shows the work of outstanding women around the world.[7]
  • Holon IQ 2020 Latam EdTech 100[8]
  • Transforming Lives Award A lquity, 2019[9]
  • Women Leading in Technology and Impact, Engineering for Change, 2018[10]
  • TEDxPlaceDeNations Speaker, 2018[11]
  • Equals in Tech Award – ITU, UN, Internet Society, 2018[12]
  • Change Agent Abie Award - – Grace Hopper Celebration, 2018[13]
  • Ashoka Fellow – Mariana Costa, as Cofounder and CEO, since 2017 to the present day[14]
  • World Summit Awards, 2017.[15]
  • MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge – Winner Matching Category, 2016[16]
  • BBC – 100 Most Influential Women, 2016[17]
  • DAI Innovation Into Action Challenge, 2016[18]
  • Google Rise Awards, 2015.[19]


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  2. ^ "Women innovators continuing to change the world | McKinsey". Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  3. ^ " announces Leaders to Watch". Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  4. ^ "2021 LATAM EdTech 100". HolonIQ. 22 September 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  5. ^ "PMI Future 50".
  6. ^ Línea, Bloomberg. "Los 100 Innovadores de 2021 en América Latina". Bloomberg Línea (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Wonderful Women of the World". DC. 8 March 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  8. ^ "HolonIQ LATAM EdTech 100". HolonIQ. 8 June 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  9. ^ "2019 Awards". Alquity. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  10. ^ "A Pause to Reflect and a Moment to Inspire at Impact.Engineered". Engineering For Change. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  11. ^ We live in a world designed by men | Mariana Costa Checa | TEDxPlaceDesNationsWomen, retrieved 10 June 2022
  12. ^ EQUALS (22 September 2018). "2018 EQUALS in Tech Award winners reimagine the digital future". equals. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Mariana Costa Checa: A Woman Technologist". Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Mariana Costa | Ashoka | Everyone a Changemaker". (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  15. ^ "Mariana Costa | WSA". Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Innovation for everyone". MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  17. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  18. ^ "Innovation into Action Challenge Winners Chosen · DAI: International Development". Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  19. ^ "Celebrating RISE Awards Winners Who Are Helping Increase Diversity in CS Education". Google. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2022.

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