For the first time, the main venture capital, corporate venture capital, and family offices (investing in startups in Latin America) gathered at the VC Latam Summit.
The meeting, held in Miami on October 27 and 28, had 250 attendees, including representatives from 70 LPs, 120 Gps, and 60 entrepreneurs.
During the two days, there were different spaces to talk about the investment opportunities in Latin America, the connection’s possibilities with Miami, and to know several startups.
The networking and investment meeting brought together the members of the Chilean Association of Venture Capital (ACVC), the Brazilian Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital (ABVCAP), the Mexican Association of Private Capital (AMEXCAP), the Argentine Association of Private Capital, Entrepreneurs and Semilla (ARCAP), Colombian Association of Private Capital (ColCapital), Peruvian Association of Seed and Entrepreneur Capital (PECAP) and Uruguay XXI.
The first event was a lunch that brought together the unprecedented figure of 70 LPs, from all over the world, interested in learning more about investment opportunities in Latin America.
Eduardo Cortina, president of Amexcap, Andrés Durán, Uruguayan ambassador to the United States, Diego Gonzalez Bravo, vice president of ARCAP, Francisco Guzmán, president of ACVC, Patricia Saenz, president of ColCapital, Meghan S., president of PECAP, and Daniel Signorelli, advisory board member of ABVCAP, spoke about the great moment the region is experiencing, and the several opportunities that are being generated.
Later, the participants participated in a cocktail where they could continue strengthening ties at LATAM Night.
The Miami Latam Connection, led by Microsoft for Startups, opened the second day’s activities. On this occasion, different specialists sought to create a space for connection between the ecosystem of Latin America and Miami.
Between the specialists were Jose Ortiz Masllorens, head of corporate development Hispanics at Mercado Libre, Bruno Ropu Rovagnati, co-founder and managing partner of BDev Ventures America, Damian Voltes, co-founder and Ceo of Fiera Ventures, Mariano Amartino, Americas managing director from MSFT for Startups, Demian Bellumio, founder of Miami Tech Life PBLLC, Laura González-Estéfani, founder and CEO of TheVentureCity, and Matt Haggman, executive vice president of The Beacon Council.
On the second day, Carey, one of the sponsors of the event, organized a cocktail that once again brought together venture capital fund managers from Latin America, members of the organizing associations, and prominent LPs.
This event, which took place on a terrace in downtown Miami, was an excellent opportunity to continue the contact generated during the previous activities of the day. The participants were able to continue deepening both the ties created and the opportunities for collaboration.
VC Latam Summit also had a demo day. Hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), 13 startups had the opportunity to pitch in front of 18 top managers in the region.
The activity opened with words from the AWS organizing team. Later each of the companies selected from the portfolios of the seven organizing associations of the event delivered their ten-minute pitch. They were: Agree.Ag, Producteca, Drixit Technologies, and Einsted.Bio from Argentina; Truck GO. and Poliglota PE from Chile; Aflore, Vozy and Linked Ai from Colombia; Bankuish, CINCEL and Unima de México; and Moovin App from Costa Rica.
After two hours of demo day, the 120 funds and investors present were able to observe the talent present in the region, represented by the 13 startups and 54 other entrepreneurs, and then enjoy a cocktail exploring possibilities of raising capital.
The meeting was made possible by the support of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft for Startups, Brown Rudnick LLP, JTC Group, Amicorp Group, Carey, and Silicon Valley Bank.