HSN has teamed up with entrepreneur Liliana Gil Valletta to discover new inventors and innovators as part of its American Dreams entrepreneurship platform.
Gil Valletta is founder and CEO of CIEN+, an advocate for minority business owners and the creator of the accelerator program, Dreamers Ventures, a multi-city tour and business accelerator platform primarily empowering Latinos with access to tools, capital and resources for growth.
“HSN has been dedicated to finding and supporting innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs since we first opened our doors 40 years ago. Entrepreneurship is core to HSN’s DNA, and we are thrilled to have Lili Gil Valletta join us on our mission to provide these inventors with the tools they need to bring their products to life,” said Bill Brand, president, HSN. “As a business owner herself, Lili understands the critical role small businesses play in building communities and local economies. We are committed to helping rising entrepreneurs as they launch their products or start a business of their own.”
Through Dreamers Ventures and CIEN+, Gil Valletta will help identify and discover inventors and innovators with products that could one day be sold on HSN. She will also appear as the first Latina star entrepreneur host on HSN’s American Dreams program, joining her discovered inventors to sell their products on-air.
“I am honored to be working with HSN to help discover great inventions and continue the momentum of American Dreams,” said Gil Valletta. “As an entrepreneur and immigrant from Colombia, I have experienced firsthand the challenges we face as women and minority business owners and I am focused on helping make it easier for others to achieve their dreams.”