Min Chen

She founded her first company Alcenit Corporation in 2006 to provide IT advisory services to the leading companies and most influential government institutions in Panama after getting the Master of Software Engineering degree at Carnegie Mellon University funded by a Fulbright and BARSA scholarship. She also holds an Innovation Management degree from the University of California at Berkeley - Haas School of Business funded by a SENACYT scholarship. 

Her second entrepreneurial experience happened within IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Panama. As the chair of WIE Panama 2014-2016, she ran the affinity group as a company and structured STAR as a social business to create a sustainable program that will grow consistently throughout the years. The STAR program addresses the concern that girls are discouraged from pursuing math, science, and engineering at a young age. WIE Panama and STAR have won multiple awards such as the 2016 Best Achievement Award for Latin America, Fulbright Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund 2016, 2015 MGA Achievement worldwide award, and 2014 Women in Engineering Affinity Group of the Year worldwide award. STAR gained global exposure in the first year of execution. The Vice-President of Dominican Republic, Dr. Margarita de Fernandez, invited Min to present about STAR at the National Palace in 2016.

After 10 years of entrepreneurial experience, she approached entrepreneurship from an engineering perspective. Within her first company, she created an innovation factory called REDOXIGEN to produce tech startups. REDOXIGEN was a semifinalist at the GIST TECH-I global entrepreneurship competition where over 1000 startups from 104 countries participated in 2016 and is the winner of Seedstar as the best startup in Panama. REDOXIGEN represented Panama in the global Seedstar competition in Switzerland in April 2017 and won the US Market Entry award as the startup with most potential to expand in the United States and the Americas. In November 2017, REDOXIGEN started operations in Silicon Valley.

At REDOXIGEN, her team created an augmented reality platform - named Interfase - to crowdsource data in the real world. It encompasses a portfolio of gamified apps that drive user behavior to collect information in a wide range of industries, such as retail, entertainment, and infrastructure.

Min is fluent in English, Spanish and Chinese-Cantonese. She has given over 100 presentations about IT Management, software engineering, and entrepreneurship. She has written and been interviewed for articles published by The Economist, Financial Capital, La Estrella de Panama, and La Prensa. She is also an IEEE Senior Member and the only woman at the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) for the Latin American region from 2011 to 2016.

On a personal level, Min enjoys learning and experiencing new things. Besides being a photography enthusiast and a foodie, she also enjoys exercising, doing outdoor activities and traveling the world.