Dalus Capital Fund II is live!

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I am very happy to announce that as of today, our Fund II is live with the issuing of a CKD, short for “Certificado de Capital de Desarrollo” – a security issued in the Mexican Stock Exchange through which Mexican Pension Funds can invest in Private Equity, Growth Equity and Venture Capital funds. Continue reading

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e-interview: Carlos López-Moctezuma, BBVA Bancomer

Carlos Lopez-Moctezuma, BBVA Bancomer Mexico

Twitter: @Lopezmoctezuma
LinkedIn: Carlos López Moctezuma 

What do you do currently?
I’m currently leading the New Digital Businesses and Financial Inclusion area at BBVA Bancomer.

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FinTech in Colombia

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I attended the Finnosummit conference in Bogota this week. This is the best FinTech conference in Colombia and complements the Mexican edition that happens later in the year. More than 300 people attended representing startups, investors, regulators and traditional financial institutions from México, Peru, Chile, the US and of course Colombia. The conference was sold out and it was a much more robust attendance than previous editions.

Another confirmation that FinTech is a hot sector in Colombia and in the Latin American startup scene. Plenty of startup activity (although most at pre-seed or seed stage) is trying to solve problems like the low financial inclusion in the region, the general lack of financial knowledge in the population, or the limited traditional scoring systems.

One of the interesting takeaways from the conference is that several traditional financial institutions in the region are developing their innovations strategies that in most cases involve working with startups and in some instances also investing in them. On the other hand many of the startups are targeting the banks as clients rather than competitors by developing new productos that banks can offer to their existing or emerging customers. Several are already running pilots with banks.

So much activity is great news because FinTech companies have the potential to significantly increase financial access in the Latin American region, improving the life of millions of people. I am sure this FinTech ecosystem will continue to develop and I hope it will deliver on its promises.

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e-interview: Aldo Aguirre, Techstars

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Twitter: @aldoaguirre
LinkedIn: Aldo Aguirre

What do you do currently?
I’m Director of Techstars‘ Startup Programs for the US, Canada and Latam. I work with and support our Regional Managers to serve our Community Leaders through-out the region, those who are building and growing their own local ecosystems through several initiatives and our programs like Startup Weekend, Startup Week and Startup Digest. I work with corporations and organizations, helping them understand how to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. Finally, I help the other divisions of Techstars, Techstars Ventures and Techstars Accelerator Programs, figure out the correct strategy and partners to work with within the Latam region.

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e-interview: Fernando Lelo de Larrea, ALLVP

Fernando Lelo de Larrea, managing partner of ALLVP Mexico

Twitter: @ferlelo
LinkedIn: Fernando Lelo de Larrea

What do you do currently?
I am Managing Director at ALLVP (Antoni Lelo de Larrea Venture Partners), a leading Mexico-based venture capital fund.

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Clip y Kubo en la revista Expansión

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Les comparto la portada de la revista de negocios Expansión que trae cuatro emprendedores fintech de México. Estoy muy orgulloso que dos de los cuatro – Adolfo Babatz de Clip y Vicente Fenoll de Kubo Financiero – están creando empresas en las que hemos invertido, donde participo en el consejo de administración y tengo el placer de trabajar con ellos prácticamente todas las semanas. Los dos grandes emprendedores con grandes visiones buscando cambiar industrias.

La portada y el artículo que la acompaña son un gran reconocimiento al movimiento fintech en México y a cuatro de sus emprendedores líderes por la principal revista de negocios. Otra indicación del reconocimiento de fintech como un sector emergente crítico para el desarrollo del país.

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e-interview: Ariana Gomez, Fiinlab

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Twitter: @ariangomezf
LinkedIn: Ariana Gómez Flores

What do you do currently?
I am Chief Innovation Officer of Fiinlab, Gentera‘s Innovation Lab. Together with my fantastic team, I’m in charge of designing the future bank by disrupting our current business model and achieve our mission: reaching full financial inclusion in Mexico and LatAm. We do so by collaborating with the main entrepreneurial ecosystems both in Mexico and abroad, investing in financial inclusion/BoP focused startups, promoting a culture of innovation within our organization and creating new digital financial services through our intrapreneurship program.

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e-interview: Andres Fontao, Finnovista

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Twitter: @afontao
Linkedin: Andrés Fontao

What do you do currently?
I am co-founder of Finnovista, an organization that empowers Fintech ecosystems through collaborative activities and networks. We also design and execute Fintech startup acceleration programs. Our mission is to accelerate Fintech entrepreneurship, building bridges between startups and financial institutions and facilitating the transformation of advanced financial services and the eradication of financial exclusion.

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e-interview: Jonathan Nelson, Hackers/Founders

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Twitter: @iamelgringo
Linkedin: Jonathan Nelson

What do you do currently?
I’m the CEO and founder of Hackers / Founders.

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Lanzamiento de ShelterTech Mexico 2017

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Village Capital, en asociación con el Centro Terwilliger para la Innovación en la Vivienda de Hábitat para la Humanidad, esta lanzando su programa ShelterTech Mexico 2017 que busca encontrar, capacitar y apoyar a los emprendedores más prometedores para resolver los retos de vivienda, agua y energía sostenible para las poblaciones marginadas de México. Esta es una gran iniciativa para startups que se enfocan en estos grandes problemas. El programa de preparación para inversión durará 12 días y brindará a las startups tutorías individuales con líderes del sector y sesiones personalizadas con socios estratégicos e inversionistas.

Las dos empresas seleccionadas por sus contrapartes recibirán una inversión de US$50.000 por parte del Centro Terwilliger de Innovación en Vivienda.

¡Aplica aquí antes del 3 de marzo de 2017!

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Podcast “El valle de los tercos”

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Les recomiendo el podcast El valle de los tercos del periodista y amigo Diego Graglia, que cubre historias de latinos en Silicon Valley. Buenas entrevistas, en español, de emprendedores interesantes que están operando en SV.

Es muy buena opción cuando van manejando o en transporte o haciendo ejercicio. ¡No se lo pierdan!

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