Latin America is a hotbed of emerging innovation. Across the region from São Paulo to Santiago and Mexico City to Buenos Aires — Latin American cities are becoming global entrepreneurship and technology hubs.
Since 2012, Village Capital’s team based in Mexico City and Asunción has supported over 100 Latin American startups in sectors including financial services, healthcare, sustainable water and housing, and agriculture.
Village Capital, with the support of Visa Foundation, is launching an investment readiness program for Latin American startups that are tackling the region’s most pressing challenges in the agritech and foodtech sectors. Applications are open here.
Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter and Village Capital announced the full cohort for the ShelterTech Accelerator Andean Region virtual accelerator program. Read about the startups that are addressing housing challenges and contributing to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the Andean Region here.
Accelerators at a glance
Fintech: Latin America 2018
Almost half of families in Latin America don’t have a bank account. Our accelerator with PayPal, Citibanamex and BlackRock included startups like Vexi, an online credit card focused on the unbanked youth population. Read more.
ShelterTech: Mexico 2017
Habitat for Humanity is best known for building houses, but they also invest in startups improving access to water, energy, and housing construction technology. We helped them find, train and invest in entrepreneurs as part of their market-based solutions program. Read more.
Health: Mexico 2017
In Mexico, demand for healthcare services exceeds supply across the board, with disproportionate need in rural communities. We ran an accelerator with Autodesk Foundation, Linked Foundation and SISNova to uncover healthcare innovation. Read more.
“At Village Capital’s accelerator we received help from the best. We learned from mentors that you would usually have to pay to meet. We grew our contacts, got press attention and attracted investment opportunities. Our customer segmentation was never sharper. Our unit economics were projected to the last cent. Our value proposition was as polished as a lieutenant’s shoe. By the end, we no longer who cared who wins. We knew who wins: we all do.”
Past and current Partners
Habitat for Humanity
MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth
Region-specific data for Latin America go here.