Rebeca Hwang W@F spotlight

W@F Spotlight: Rebeca Hwang

Rebeca Hwang:
Female Game-Changer and Global Connector


 NameRebeca Hwang

Power Word: Global Connector

Descriptive Words: Entrepreneur | Engineer

Country: Korea + Argentina + USA

Industry: Social Initiatives + Technology + Engineering

Company: You NoodleRivet Ventures

Impact: A serial entrepreneur, Rebeca Hwang co-founded YouNoodle, Rivet Ventures, Cleantech Open and Startup Malaysia. Today, she is Managing Partner at Rivet Ventures, an early stage venture fund whose products and services cater to a female demographic. Prior to Rivet Ventures, Rebeca was Co-Founder and CEO of YouNoodle, a San Francisco-based launch pad for startups and building platform for entrepreneurship competitions around the world.

Work hard for the future but never at the expense of the present.Rebeca Hwang

Rebeca Hwang is proving she’s an outlier in the world of tech startups. In an industry where women represent 3% of all tech founders, she is the Co-Founder of multiple ventures. Today, she is Managing Partner at Rivet Ventures and Co-founder of the San Francisco-based startup, YouNoodle, a technology platform that has powered entrepreneurship initiatives by the governments of Chile, Malaysia and Korea, as well as NASA and 7 out of the top 10 universities in the world. YouNoodle is also working with companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Intel to help them engage with entrepreneurs and strengthen communities.

Bio: Born in Korea and raised in Argentina, Rebeca attended undergraduate and graduate school at MIT, majoring in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. As an inventor, her work has garnered three US patents and seven patents with pending applications. Rebeca’s early projects, which focused on clean water initiatives, received many accolades, including the MIT Ideas Prize, the Lemelson award and recognition as a finalist in MIT 100K.

Following MIT, Rebeca pursued a Ph.D. on Social Network Theory at Stanford University. During this time, she co-founded the Cleantech Open (CTO), now the largest cleantech competition in the US. Then, in 2007, Rebeca took a leave of absence from her Ph.D. program to co-found YouNoodle.

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Rebeca Hwang with W@F in Peru

Rebeca initially used her research to help design YouNoodle’s Startup Predictor, which studied the elements of a company’s founding team and how that influenced future performance and valuation. She also leads YouNoodle’s entrepreneurship programming, establishing a pre-accelerator program that mentored 30 international entrepreneurs in the summer of 2011. In 4 weeks, five companies developed with three of them raising funding and proceeding forward.

Rebeca was named one of Forbes 20 inspiring young female founders to follow on Twitter and in MIT Technology Review’s prestigious ’35 Innovators under 35.’ Recognized by the World Economic Forum, she also received the Young Global Leaders award.  Rebeca now serves as a Board Member of BASES and the Imagine H2O water start-up competition. Additionally, she is a member of the mentorship team that

Rebeca was named one of Forbes 20 inspiring young female founders to follow on Twitter and in MIT Technology Review’s prestigious ’35 Innovators under 35.’
advises the top Israeli startups selected by the UpWest Labs incubation program in Silicon Valley and is the co-founder of TIM’s Garage, an accelerator for MIT startups in Silicon Valley. Rebeca is an international speaker and lecturer on “Technology Entrepreneurship” and the “Entrepreneurial Thoughts Leaders Program” at Stanford University.

If you want to learn more about this inspiring Global Connector, find her on Women@TheFrontier’s  Five Fierce Women We Follow on Twitter- Entrepreneur Edition or our Global Gatherings page.

Photo 1 courtesy of Rebeca Hwang. Photo 2 courtesy of Women@TheFrontier.

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