2021 Fintech Innovation Challenge's Female Founder Award Jury

Carmen Busquets

Co-Founder & Founding Investor, Net-a-Porter

A philanthropist, entrepreneur, strategic investor and zero-waste fashion advocate, Carmen Busquets’ career in the luxury industry spans over three decades. In addition to fashion and technology she is passionate about mind and body discipline and empowering small artisans and business owners around the world.  

Carmen begun her career at 23 years old with her own luxury fashion boutique, Cabus, in Venezuela, the first of its kind to be opened in Latin America. Following a number of wellness ventures in the early 90s, including one she co-founded together with Deepak Chopra and her family, Carmen made history in the e-commerce fashion space when she became the co-founder investor and largest individual private shareholder of Net-a-Porter. 

Carmen started to focus on sustainable luxury with CoutureLab, a vehicle for disruptive ideas. It was a concept store to support and showcase a global network of entrepreneurs, artists and artisans working across fashion, lifestyle and different cultures.  

Ms. Busquets has been involved in a great number of luxury fashion and lifestyle success stories, including Farfetch, Cult Beauty, Lyst and the Business of Fashion. She has supported and been a seed investor in a range of funds such as Imaginary Ventures, Susa Ventures and Felix Capital. Carmen also cofounded disruptive technology companies such as Tagwalk, PSYKHE and The Floorr together with women who she respects intellectually and creatively 

As an advocate of zero-waste, Carmen devotes her time and efforts to create awareness, foster aid, and educate on the importance of the conservation of our planet. She is involved with innovative brands such as House of Fluff – which has created the most sustainable and earth-friendly, animal-free fur – and the ethical fashion retailer Maison de Mode. Supporting women and artisan communities, Carmen serves on Nest’s Board of Trustees and has taken on the role of Nest’s International Brand & Fashion Deputy to spearhead initiatives that promote equal opportunities in the handmade economy, whilst preserving centuries old craftsmanship techniques across the globe. In 2018, Carmen joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Glasswing International and helped fund the launch of its NYC-based program for migrant youth.