LAUNCH Spotlight: Andrea Minnillo, The Girl Republic

Get to know Andrea Minnillo of The Girl Republic from our Summer 2021 LAUNCH Cohort!

What exactly is your business?   

The Girl Republic offers apparel and accessories for GIRLS who are passionate about breaking gender barriers.   

How did you come up with your business idea?  

I guess through life experiences. I was frustrated when my first daughter was born and all her clothing options depicted princesses and girls sitting around being pretty. I feel clothing speaks to children more than we know from birth, and I set out to start a business to participate in changing the status quo when it comes to girls clothing options.  

How did you find out about Aviatra?   

I met Nancy A. at a book club where during an ice breaker I shared I started my own small business. We spoke during and after the book club and instantly connected.    

What is your inspiration?  

My children for sure, but I am also inspired by my past and working towards a movement to not repeat and perpetuate what’s always been.   

What has been your biggest accomplishment with your business so far?   

Honestly, just starting it. I always wanted to start something on my own and have so many ideas, but was scared to do give anything a try.  I got to a point in my life where I was more comfortable taking a chance, and I did.     

What was the most valuable thing you gained from your experience with Aviatra? 

The network and meeting like-minded people, for sure.    

What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your business?  

Gaining momentum and constantly wanting to change things before they have had a chance to work. 

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?   

Sitting on a beach somewhere drinking wine while my business consistently operates in the black 😉 

Any advice for future Aviatras?   

Just join the program! So far, it’s been awesome and am so glad I signed up. 

To learn more about The Girl Republic, visit