A special livestream discussion:
Venture Capital and Startup Trends in Latin America
Never before have the startup opportunities been so extraordinary all across Latin America. The past ten years have seen an explosion in venture capital investments in the region, driven by success stories such as Rappi, founded by three guys from Colombia who participated in Y-Combinator in Silicon Valley, then returned to Bogotá and raised $1 billion in venture capital from SoftBank.
As we sit here at the mid-point in 2021, what are the current LatAm trends? Where are the next big opportunities? How are the Latin American capital markets different from the US? We had a fascinating discussion with an exceptional panel of experts from across the region.
Daniel Porras Reyes
Dalus Capital, Colombia
Dalus Capital is an international venture capital firm supporting high-growth companies that operate in Latin America or are strongly connected to Latin America.
Catarina Capital, Brazil
Formerly a Partner at SP Ventures, a leader Venture Capital firm for Agtech startups in LATAM. He is now Founder and CEO of Catarina Capital, a leading venture capital firm headquartered in Florianópolis, Brazil. Thiago holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, and has an MBA from the same institution.
Attorney, Foley & Lardner
André is a Silicon Valley attorney focused on US and cross border corporate transactions, including venture capital investments, merger and acquisitions, emerging growth, venture financing and general corporate and business counseling. He is admitted to practice in California, New York, and Brazil.
Attorney, Mexico City
Fernando Camarena represents startups to Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and other global and brand name corporations in the energy, manufacturing, insurance and other industries. Fernando is frequently sought after by clients for his broad understanding of tax laws and financial systems around the world.
Cristian Pinto Marinho
Invisto Venture Capital, Brazil
Cristian is with Invisto, one of the leading venture capital firms in Florianópolis, often called the “Silicon Valley of Brazil”. While he is from a country famously passionate about soccer (futebol), he went on to play and coach American Football before returning to his home in Southern Brazil. His focus is now helping entrepreneurs throughout the region.
Bret Waters has been immersed in the world of startups his entire career as an entrepreneur, CEO, investor, and academic. Today he teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University, does a little angel investing, and runs the 4thly Startup Accelerator. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.