MIAMI, FL – April 6, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – At Hispanicize 2017, the national Latino influencers and trendsetters event in Miami, Mundo Lanugo was announced the winner of the 2nd Annual “The Latino Perfect Pitch” small business competition sponsored by Wells Fargo. As the grand prize winner, Mundo Lanugo will receive $5,000 to help build and grow its business.

“It has been an honor to have been selected and given the opportunity to pitch my business plan in front of my peers at the Hispanicize 2017 conference,” said Carla Muriel, Founder and CEO of Mundo Lanugo and winner of this year’s “The Latino Perfect Pitch” small business competition. “This monetary award and recognition will allow us to expand our distribution and further the development of our properties.”

“The Latino Perfect Pitch” is a small business competition for entrepreneurs, digital influencers and bloggers seeking an opportunity to take their business to the next level. The competition was open to entrepreneurs who have been in business no more than five years and three finalists were selected to pitch their business to a panel of expert judges for a grand prize at Hispanicize 2017.

“This competition has quickly become one of the main events at Hispanicize due to its unprecedented opportunity for content creators, technologists and journalists attending Hispanicize to raise capital to take their innovative business to the next level. We’re thankful to join Wells Fargo on this initiative,” said Hispanicize CEO Manny Ruiz.

The three finalists who participated in the live competition, included:

Dvdendo – an easy to use, low cost, automated savings and investment platform with no account minimums. Dvdendo helps individuals save small amounts on a daily basis and
automatically invest money saved in a well-diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds. Dvdendo focuses on meeting the needs and speaking directly to U.S. Hispanics – one of the fastest growing but most underserved demographic groups in the country.

Mundo Lanugo – Mundo Lanugo™ is a socially responsible entertainment world that connects kids to Hispanic culture and promotes the use of Spanish language while building identity and self-esteem. Via fun animated videos, a culturally relevant app, and authentic live shows, each Lanugo character presents a facet of Latino culture, including music, crafts, traditional games, cooking and storytelling. Mundo Lanugo teaches culture to children and awakens their curiosity to learn more about themselves.

Visual Montessori is committed to helping parents, grandparents, and caretakers who wish to introduce preschool learning at home using a Montessori system that emphasizes independence; freedom within limits; and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

“We continue to be delighted and inspired with the participation of small business owners across the country and across a variety of fields in The Latino Perfect Pitch small business competition,” said Xochitl Leon, Hispanic Segment Strategy Leader at Wells Fargo. “As part of our commitment to help Latino businesses grow, we continue to evolve and expand our tools and resources, including the expansion of and the introduction of the new Business Credit Center to make financing clear and easy for small business owners.”

Hispanicize is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. This year’s conference took place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriot Mariquis, April 4-6, 2017.

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Presented by Prudential Financial, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( is sponsored by a growing list of sponsors. As of today, announced sponsors also include: P&G Orgullosa, Crest, Neutrogena, DishLATINO, Cine Latino, Toyota, SBS’ LaMusica, Dove, Wells Fargo, Walmart, State Farm, NASCAR, Best Western, JCPenney, Google, Yahoo, Nespresso, Go Rving, KOA, Israel Board of Tourism, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Comcast, MSNBC, NBC News, AARP, CNN, CNN Español, Cooper Tires, Publicis Groupe, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Princess House, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Ole Henriksen, Lansinoh, República, C-Com Group, WOW Factor Marketing, Synergy Workspaces,, APC Collective, BodenPR,, the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Visit Philly, Sensis, Vioss, ThinkNow Research,, Rebel Eleven, Octopus Advertising Group, saludmóvil, The Calvert Foundation, Dvdendo, Golazo, and Lingua Franca Translations.

Additional media partners include: PRWeek, Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse,, Popful, Hispanic Kitchen, 2BTube, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Media Moves, iBlog Magazine, Escuchamos FM, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).