Chilean Fund Raising US$50m for Permanent Crops in Colombia

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(Agri Investor) A Chilean agri­focused private equity firm, Sembrador, plans to raise US$20m to US$50m for permanent crop farms in rural Colombia. The group is courting the Colombian government, the Inter­American Development Bank and family offices for commitments for the fund, which is expected to close by year­ end 2016, according to a Sembrador executive. Read more

Velum Ventures Invests in Argentina’s Colppy (en español)

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(Pulso Social) Wayra Argentina participant and startup Colppy, which allows independent business store and register its sales, accounting and inventory and banking via cloud, received an investment from Colombia-based Velum Ventures. Read more

US$1.18m Raised by Private Equity Funds in Colombia (en español)

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(El Economista) The private equity industry has reached its 10 year mark in Colombia due to the support of 63 firms that have used private equity capital to fuel expansion, according to ColCapital and ProColombia. Read more

Rakuten Backs Spanish And Latin American Taxi App Cabify

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(TechCrunch) Cabify, a taxi app which operates in Latin America and Spain, has raised US$12m from Rakuten FinTech Fund, Seaya Ventures and others. Read more

Village Capital Launches Education Fund in Colombia (en español)

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(Pulso Social) The accelerator and investment fund global Village Capital made its debut in the Colombian market for the first time with the launch of its education initiative program in Latin America: Education Forum. At the forum, Village Capital education fund issued prizes to education startups and investment firm Gray Matter Capital invested in Lorapp. Read more

Linzor Capital Partners Acquires Onest Colombia

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(Press Release) Linzor Capital Partners ( has bought a majority stake in Onest Colombia, partnering with the Company’s management team. Onest Colombia is a leading specialty credit company focused on payroll loans to public sector employees and financing of public vehicles. Linzor’s resources were used to buy a secondary stake in the business and strengthen the capital base of the Company with an equity contribution of approximately US$40 million. Read more

Chile’s Sembrador Capital Targets US$50m (en español)

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(Dinero) Chile’s Sembrador Capital is targeting US$50m in commitments for Victus, a Colombia-focused agribusiness PE fund. Read more

Velum Ventures Increased Their Portfolio to 13 Businesses

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(Press Release) Colombian investment firm, Velum Ventures, announced the initiation of two initial investments that led to a total of an addition of 13 businesses to their portfolio after only 13 months of operation. Read more

Colombia Infrastructure Debt Fund Targets US$500 First Close

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(PEI Infrastructure Investor) FCP 4G, in which IFC is considering investing up to US$100m, will provide senior debt financing to toll road projects in the country. Read more

SEAF to Launch US$100m India Fund, Halfway to Colombia Target

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(Press Release) The Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF), the impact investment fund manager, is gearing up to launch a new US$100m India­ focused agri fund, and is on track to close its first dedicated agribusiness fund for Colombia on US$60 million. Read more