DroneMapp Receives Seed Investment from Curitiba Angels (em português)

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(Press Release) Curitiba Angels has made an undisclosed investment in DroneMapp, a Brazilian drone precision mapping startup. Read more

MIF and NXTP Labs to Hold WeXchange Forum and Pitch Competition for High-Impact Women Entrepreneurs

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(Press Release) The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB), will hold the third annual WeXchange, the leading Latin American forum dedicated to connecting and supporting the growth of women entrepreneurs in the region. This year, WeXchange will take place on the 19th and the 20th of November in Monterrey, Mexico during the INCmty Festival, one of the biggest entrepreneurial events in Latin America. Read more

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