Innovation has been a gateway of opportunities for us, giving us the tools to reach more people
Juan Pablo & Ana Lopez
What were the key driving forces to bringing yourself into the AlcoBev industry?
I am from a small town in Jalisco, Mexico, Atenguillo. Agave Maximiliana grows in 16 municipalities in the State of Jalisco, and the Denomination of Origin Raicilla was authorized in 2019. Atenguillo is one of these 16 municipalities, where Agave Maximiliana grows naturally and raicilla is made with. When I was in college, in the University reunions I used to bring a bottle of raicilla instead of beers or tequila, because it was the drink I knew, and in on of those parties I met Juan Pablo and gave him Raicilla to try. He proposed me 2 months after, so Raicilla is love to me! Together we started sharing with our friends this magical agave spirit, made 100% artisanal. Now we export to 12 countries and this path has been a beautiful challenge to understand dreams can be possible.
How did you come up with the name for your brand?
Tequila is in the state of Jalisco, and also Raicilla, so we said, in the land where Tequila is the King, Raicilla is the Queen (La Reina). Silvia is the master raicillera ; the queen in the Sierra who always shares love, food and raicillas she is our inspiration ! And the Agave Maximiliana is a big agave, it looks like a crown , the queen of agaves, we call Raicilla : The Champagne of the Agave.
What are the secrets to your success?
Never stop. I am following my passion, Juan Pablo is following his… and the motor that is inside us, is to share and grow in community, I have found a Master Key to connect people from different industries but with the same vision of life, La Reina project has create a family with those magical drops of raicilla in one bottle.
How did you raise funding for your venture?
Sharing the dream with people that believes we can do a better world if we work together, doing the things right, creating a 5 years business plan, dreams with actions!
What are your biggest successes and failures?
My biggest success is my family, my daughter Sara and my husband Juan Pablo. They are 2 masters that have been making me a great person and thanks to the rush of being a mom and entrepreneur my creative is always full, on rush and I love it! and my failures, I don't think people have failures just lessons, I am very lucky to keep learning everyday. Every decisions is an actions well plan and the key is to be patient! I am thankful for being open and learn from each experience in order to keep growing.
How did you persevere through the tough times?
Meditation, family and nature... Life is life! and the God Times always are perfect. I have learned to work as much as I can and when I finish I let time make the things by the own. I have learn to enjoy every step of my life and my company.
What do you want to achieve next?
We are funding in Series A to raise 1 M dollars, our goal is to be the #1 Raicilla in the World, with sustainable methods and community values. We have the capacity, the creativity and the passion to make it possible!
What are some of the challenges you faced or are facing regarding catalyzing innovation?
Innovation has been a gate of opportunity for us, has giving us the tool to reach more people and share La Reina around the world with the right communication in our specific market.
What are your tips for growing a company?
Trust in yourself, surround yourself with people who share your same values, and sees to the same direction… be patience and have in your decisions, again trust in yourself and work work work!
What do you have to say to the future aspiring women entrepreneurs?
Being a women is a blessed, we shine, we are beautiful, we are strong, we are smart, we are Queens, let's do the things right because the world need us!