Latin America is one of the hottest emerging regions that can offer a tremendous opportunity for startups across industries. As we have recently started discovering local FinTech ecosystems, it became clear that mobile has made a significant impact across industries and that FinTech companies looking to enter the market should think mobile-first.
There is another important hallmark of the market in Latin America that opens endless opportunities for newcomers. According to the Center of Financial Inclusion estimations, 70% of people in Latin America do not have a bank account. Hence, it is an especially hot market for mobile-focused challenger banks to make an impact on the lives of a vast majority of the population. Mobile can become a gateway to the large market of the underbanked. It’s become such a powerful tool that it has changed the behavioral patterns across industries and has a great potential to become a primary channel for all kinds of interaction.
However, any venture requires a substantial support and connections in order to enter and successfully expand in the new market. Investors, private equity firms, VC firms, labs and variations of collaborations of professionals exist to help innovators with their first and further steps. Latin America is one of the most attractive markets across industries and there is an array of supporters waiting for the next big thing and next disruptor to transform the market.
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are the most badass family of founders, investors and mentors, and they love LATAM. The 500 Startups Accelerator experiments with early-stage startup formulas for explosive growth with a mixture of up to $250K in funding, superhuman mentors & designers in residence, platform-specific strategies for customer acquisition, a creative workspace and lots more.
Actis is a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America, with US$6.3bn funds under management today. The firm employs over 200 people including a team of c.100 investment professionals working across 12 offices globally. Actis' investors’ capital is at work in c.70 companies around the world, employing over 114,000 people.
Actis has invested approximately US$7.8bn and realised US$8.7bn from over 130 full and partial exits. Funds managed by Actis have made over 200 investments across its chosen sectors: consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials and real estate.
Adobe Capital is an impact investment fund focused on triple bottom line businesses that drive social and environmental impact with innovative, profitable and scalable models. Adobe Capital provides financing and strategic support for the development of success cases.
Advent International Corporation
Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity firms. With offices on four continents, the firm has established a globally integrated team of over 170 investment professionals, focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in five core sectors. Since initiating its private equity strategy in 1989, Advent International has invested $30 billion in over 310 transactions across 40 countries, and as of December 31, 2015, managed $29 billion in assets. Today, as it has done more than 30 years ago, Advent International seeks to invest in well-positioned companies and partner with management teams to create value through sustained revenue and earnings growth.
Alta Ventures takes an active approach to investing in areas where the Alta team and network has domain experience. These areas include Internet, SaaS computing, mobile computing, consumer, security, communications and health care. The firm's investments range from as little as $50,000 to as much as $5 or $10 million. Typically, Alta invests $2 to $3 million initially and expects to invest $5 to $10 million over the life of a company. Alta Ventures are long-term partners looking for innovative entrepreneurs with the same view.
Alta Ventures Mexico is an early-stage venture capital fund helping passionate entrepreneurs grow innovative companies in Mexico. Based in Monterrey, Alta Ventures Mexico provides seed, venture and growth capital to companies targeting high-growth markets. The Alta team has directly founded several startups and as investors helped launch more than 80 companies. The firm knows that it takes more than money to launch a successful company and together with our national and international network of partners we are ready to put our experience to work for entrepreneurs. Through this network, entrepreneurs gain access to customer introductions, recruiting key management team members as well as guidance on risk mitigation, growth strategies or strategic partnerships.
is a venture capital firm that seeks to link great ideas with capital.
AVM’s main objective is to provide intelligent capital. The firm adds add value to every investment it makes by promoting its development through continuous monitoring, connecting entrepreneurs to our network of investors and providing a range of services to entrepreneurs including mentorship.
Atomico invests in innovative technology companies that are on their way to becoming category leaders.</p>
Atomico manages a Co-Investment Fund of $20 million and invests between $100,000 and $2 million in companies in a variety of industries including technology, health, base of pyramid, finance, agro-business and retail.
Atomico manages a Club of Angel Investors (AV Network), the Latin America's largest angel investor network that gathers over 250 members. We strategically circulate projects to our group of investors in order to create a link of capital and value to the entrepreneur.</td>
Axon Partners Group Investment (Axon Investment) is a growth capital firm that manages millions of dollars in funds throughout the southern geographies, specialising in the digital economy sector. Axon identifies synergies for growth and expansion across its many areas of expertise. Axon’s on-the-ground investment teams can identify opportunities early and its proven research-driven approach ensures that the strongest investments are pinpointed.
BainCapital Private Equity
Bain Capital Private Equity pioneered the value-added investment approach. The firm partners with its management teams to provide the strategic and analytic resources needed to build and grow great companies. Bain Capital's success is built on a collaborative approach that harnesses the power of great teams to generate the best ideas and strategies. Since 1984, Bain Capital has made over 270 investments that have generated industry leading returns while building a global network of highly trained team members that are committed to the success of its portfolio companies. Bain Capital is proud that its professionals in aggregate are the largest investor in every fund it raises. This commitment highlights Bain Capital's core principle of alignment with its investors and management teams.
The Digital e.Bricks was created in October 2012 to work on business development in the digital sector in Brazil. The e.Bricks invests in companies that are in rapid growth stage, with entrepreneurs of excellence and working in high growth potential markets. At the center of the strategy are technology and business scalability.</p>
Contributing to the growth of companies with capital, strategic planning, governance best practices and access to the best talent in the market, e.Bricks thus enables growth speed and ability to scale in a sustainable way. </td>
Capital Indigo is a private equity firm based in Mexico City focused primarily on growth-equity and mezzanine investments in Mexican mid-sized companies.
Capital Indigo's team shares nearly 70 years of key investment, operational and financial experience. The firm plays an active role in each of its investments and work alongside talented management teams in a wide array of value-added initiatives across business functions and company stages.
invests in Latin-American startups all over the digital economy including: consumer internet, B2C and B2B, marketplaces, digital media, media networks, Internet gaming, mobile applications, social networks, software and SAAS. The firm invests in digital economy as it believes that it is the sector with more growth potential and Latin America, is the market in which there are the best opportunities in coming years.
searches to invest in technology startups which imply a high growth opportunity in its specific niche in the industry, which are innovative and have high potential of impact in the market. Projects must have geographical reach and be scalable, must be born as regional projects in Latin America or at least be scalable to fast regionalization.
is a global venture capital firm backing Internet & Software founders. It partners with entrepreneurs building companies across all stages – investing $500K to $30M.
EMX Capital looks to invest in talented managers and seeks to invest in leading firms to capture unique growth opportunities.
EMX invests much more than financial resources, it invests its commitment to develop and expand its portfolio companies. From new clients to new sourcing alternatives. From compensation committees to independent board members. From contacts with entrepreneurs and business owners to ultimately potential acquirers. EMX is confident that they can jointly transform a regional company into an international player.
General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector-specific expertise, long-term investment horizon, and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great management and build exceptional businesses worldwide.
Gerbera Capital Venture/Growth Equity is a management platform venture capital funds and private capital seeking to invest in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with high growth potential in sectors that are within a "megatrend." Gerbera works to alleviate the great need for financing and professionalism that exists in Mexico focusing primarily on companies that do not have sufficient scale and require advice on administrative, operational, tax, legal and financial to reach their full potential functions.
The firm seeks to invest in carefully selected companies where it can make an important contribution through the implementation of our business model. Its investment process and management discipline follows a proprietary methodology (Venture Equity®) that allows the firm to have greater alignment of incentives and develop a relationship close collaboration with entrepreneurs and portfolio companies.
The HarbourVest team has been investing in the private markets for over 30 years, gaining invaluable expertise and developing long-term relationships with sought-after partners. Our approach is characterized by consistency and continuity while also adapting to meet client needs. Over the years, HarbourVest has continually identified opportunities to provide early access to the evolving private equity landscape – secondary investing (since 1986), Europe market (since 1984), Asia market (since 1984) – and expanded our local teams around the globe.
Initial Capital is an investor in seed and early-stage technology companies with a focus on games, consumer services and technology enablers. Initial Capital is not a traditional VC fund: it is a group of serial entrepreneurs who invest their own money and actively partner with world-class teams to build global category winners.
is a seed capital fund based in San Francisco and Mexico City. The firm helps startups find top programmers or start their international expansion in the Latam region. Investomex
also provides seed capital and other strategic advice throughout its partnership with the startups.
Jaguar Ventures partners have over 20 years of Internet experience in Latin America. Having been part of the founding teams of some of the region's most successful Internet startups, the firm knows the challenges entrepreneurs face in building their companies and adapting them to the unique opportunities of each country in the region.
Jaguar Ventures make investing a personal effort into which its teams puts its minds, its hearts and its capital. The firm works hand in hand with our entrepreneurs in helping them tackle each new challenge as they grow their companies. Jaguar Ventures knows both the excitement that getting things right can bring, and the disappointment a setback can inflict. Jaguar Ventures wants to celebrate its entrepreneurs' triumphs and lend a shoulder when things don't go as planned. It gives transparent and candid feedback and it expects the same.
is a venture capital firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build lasting, high-impact technology-based companies whose main initial focus is Latin America. In addition to capital, the firm supplies first-hand expertise and insights in strategy, operational execution, team-building, growth, technology, product, and more. As a team, it loves rolling up its sleeves, and work alongside with the entrepreneurs to help them maximize their chances of success.
KKR is a global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit strategies and hedge funds.
As investors with an industrialist vision, it aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined approach, employing high-quality people, pursuing the highest standards of excellence, and aligning our interests with those of all its investment partners.
Latam Founders Network
Latam Founders Network is a unique, members-only network for CEOs, partners and founders focused on the investment and technology space in Latin America. With a membership of more than 550 vetted leaders, LFN offers an unprecedented opportunity to build and strengthen your personal and professional relationships.
LFN offers a wide-range of resources, opportunities and activities including its private interactive platform, the Executive Dinner Series, Discussion Breakfasts, Awards Gala and more.
LIV Capital is a fund manager focused on growth equity and venture capital investments in Mexico. Since 2000, LIV Capital has partnered with visionary entrepreneurs to build and scale high-growth businesses. Formerly known as Latin Idea Ventures, the firm recently rebranded to LIV Capital to reflect its evolution from an idea-stage incubator to a multi-fund platform focused on expansion stage and early stage investments.
Linzor Capital Partners
Linzor Capital Partners is a leading pan-regional private equity firm focused on the middle market in Latin America, operating out of four offices in Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; and Bogotá, Colombia. With the closing of its third fund, LCP III, in May 2015 totaling $621 million, Linzor has raised over $1.2 billion of capital commitments since its founding in 2006.
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