Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Queremos/WeDemand

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Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Queremos/WeDemand

LAVCA spoke with Tiago Compagnoni, founder of Queremos/WeDemand, who discussed how his desire to bring top talent to Rio de Janeiro drove him to “crowdsource” concerts, creating a unique business model that is now expanding across Latin America.  Read more

Private equity is taking off in Latin American education

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Private equity is taking off in Latin American education

by Gabriel Sanchez Zinny - Co-founder, Kuepa

Private equity is growing fast in Latin America, bringing capital, professionalization and consolidation to a number of markets. These sectors include traditional areas such as retail, banking and infrastructure development – but perhaps more surprisingly, private equity funding is getting actively involved in the education sector as well. Read more

Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Solapa4

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Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Solapa4

LAVCA spoke with Santiago Gonzalez Venzano, Rodrigo Ramírez, and Tomás Peña, co-founders of Solapa4, who discussed how their company is building a cloud-based platform to help farmers aggregate and make smarter decisions from the large amounts of data collected in the agricultural production process. Read more

The lure of Chilecon Valley

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(The Economist) October 13, 2012 – One by one they came to the stage and pitched their ideas to the crowd. There was the founder of Kwelia.com, which makes software that helps landlords mint more money from their properties. There was the co-founder of Chef Surfing, an online service for people looking to hire chefs, and for culinary wizards keen to tout their skills. Read more

Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Deborah Dana, Kiwilimon

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Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Deborah Dana, Kiwilimon

Deborah Dana, the founder of Kiwilimon, gave LAVCA details about Kiwilimon’s strategy to tailor the burgeoning online food and drink space for Spanish-speaking gourmands. Read more

Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Mauricio Bejarano & Alejandro Gonzalez, Brainz

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Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Mauricio Bejarano & Alejandro Gonzalez, Brainz

Colombian entrepreneurs Mauricio Bejarano, Chief Strategy Officer and Alejandro Gonzalez, CEO & Studio Director of Brainz, recently sat down with LAVCA to discuss the evolution of one start-up and the spinning off of another. Read more

Growth Capitalism: How Accelerators Are Transforming the Start-Up Environment in Latin America

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Growth Capitalism: How Accelerators Are Transforming the Start-Up Environment in Latin America

By Patrick J. McGinnis

In markets where capital is scarce, regulatory conditions are adverse, and the entrepreneurial environment remains challenging, entrepreneurs must be resilient, creative, and unrelenting to succeed. Of course, they must also have good business plans. Read more

Video: Seeking Smart Capital

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Video: Seeking Smart Capital

In this video, hear from Andy Kleinman, Investor/Entrepreneur, Raimundo Cerda of Aurus, Jon Karlen of Flybridge Capital Partners and Hernán Fernandez of Angel Ventures Mexico about what entrepreneurs should think about before seeking capital from investors. Read more

Latin America Start-up Challenge Announced

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Latin America Start-up Challenge Announced

A consortium of investors and technology companies launched an early stage financing competition aimed at identifying the most promising technology entrepreneurs in Latin America, supporting the local technology ecosystem and creating networking opportunities between Silicon Valley and Latin America.

The competition is being organized by Riverwood Capital, a global technology private equity fund, in collaboration with Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment group of Qualcomm Incorporated, Bill Tai, a partner at Charles River Ventures and serial entrepreneur, Veronica Serra, a partner at Pacific Investimentos, and Silicon Valley Bank. Additional supporters of the Latin America Start-up Challenge include the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), Endeavor Global, Mandic, ALOG, Globant, Startupi, Webholic, AndesBeat and others.

The competition will accept applications from entrepreneurs in all Latin American countries seeking to create technology companies targeting the mobile, web, cloud or big data space. Applications will be evaluated based on innovation, business viability, market potential, and application development progress. Entries will be accepted from May 30, 2012 through August 17, 2012.

On October 4, 2012, five finalists will be announced and invited to present at PuntaTech, which will be held in January 2013 at Punta del Este, Uruguay and where a final winner will be named. The winner will receive US$100,000 in angel investor funding as well as a variety of other corporate sponsor prizes.

In addition, Qualcomm Ventures will select one winner of the QPrize Latin America competition who will receive US$100,000 in convertible note funding from Qualcomm. This winner may be a different winner from the one selected at PunaTech and also will be eligible to compete against winners from other regions in the QPrize Grand Finals competition for an additional US$150,000 in convertible note funding.

Additional details on the Latin America Start-up Challenge, the application form and general guidelines are available at www.latamstartupchallenge.com.

Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Rafael Atijas, The Loog Guitar

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Entrepreneur Profile: An Interview with Rafael Atijas, The Loog Guitar

LAVCA recently spoke with Rafael Atijas, Founder and CEO of The Loog Guitar about how a lot of passion and a little crowdfunding helped him launch a global business. Read more