In Latin America — and globally — women are underrepresented among investors in early-stage tech startups, starving firms of talent, vision and opportunities.
If there really is a diversity dividend impact investing is poised to reap it. The Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association lists 43 women venture capitalists in the region, and a tally shows that nearly a quarter of them are impact investors.
Eliza Erikson, a venture partner at Omidyar Network, manages a portfolio of Latin America education and fintech investments. Kim Machlup is a partner at MOV Investimentos, an impact investor based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Montse Mora manages Spectron, an early-stage social-venture fund in Mexico (she is also the CEO of fintech firm Frogtek). Johanna Posada is a co-founder and managing partner at Elevar Equity, which invests in businesses targeting low-income customers in Latin America and India. Julia Profeta Johansson is a partner at Vox Capital, the early-stage Brazilian impact investor now with a second fund.
Others include Christine Kenna from Mexico’s IGNIA, Debbie Jaffe of Endeavor Peru, Monica Brand of inclusive-fintech investor Quona Capital, Maya Chorengel of both Elevar and The Rise Fund, and Susana Garcia-Robles of the Multilateral Investment Fund/FOMIN.
FOMIN is hosting WeXchange 2017 on Dec. 4 and 5 in Santiago, Chile to connect women entrepreneurs in Latin America with investors and mentors.