Latin American Private Capital Update June 20, 2017
June 20, 2017
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LAVCA Private Capital Update
The LAVCA Private Capital Update is a bi-weekly email featuring industry news, research, events, and updates on investors from private equity, venture capital, real estate, infrastructure, and family offices in Latin America.

Latest Industry Headlines

Private Equity News
Private Equity News

Blackrock Launches US$280m Fund to Invest in Colombia Infrastructure...

Venture Capital News
Venture Capital News

DGF Invests in Brazilian Edtech Startup Mosyle...

Real Estate News
Real Estate News

OPIC Approves US$50m to Invest in Avenida Colombia Real Estate Fund...


NEW Latin American Startup Directory

Startup Directory

Over the last five years Latin America has produced a new generation of startups backed by the region’s tech investors. VC funding from local and international investors drove venture deals in Latin America to a record high in 2016 – increasing from 182 in 2015 to 197 in 2016 – according to LAVCA data. More companies had access to capital than ever before.

The 2017 Latin American Startup Directory includes early stage companies that have received US$1m+ in funding via a minimum of 2 rounds of investment and are still in operation, as tracked by LAVCA. The no. of companies has grown by 44 since the inaugural list was published in April 2016.

The Latin American Startup Directory includes actively funded startups but not companies that have been acquired or realized an IPO. Click here for a separate list of highlighted companies that have raised US$1m+ via 2+ rounds and were acquired/listed.




LAVCA GP Member firms are invited to participate in the next edition of The Latin American Private Equity Deal Book & ESG Cases CALL FOR SUBMISSION.

The first, second, and third editions were produced in 2014, 2015, and 2016 in response to demand from LPs for specific examples of private equity case studies.

A successful track record is an important indicator of the maturity of a private equity market. Again in 2017, LAVCA and a panel of LP judges will select a series of private equity awards to bring recognition to fund managers with successful deal cases in Latin America. Open exclusively to LAVCA Members, any firm who submits a case study to be published in the Deal Book will be automatically considered for the award. See 2016 and 2017 winners.

The LAVCA Deal Book and Award helps illustrate to institutional investors, policy makers, business owners, and other stakeholders the value of private equity in Latin America.

Please complete the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM. A PDF submission form can be sent to fund managers upon request. Questions can be directed to Natalia Valencia.




Mosyle is a Brazilian edtech startup with global ambitions to improve the classroom experience by using mobile devices that just raised an undisclosed round from DGF Investimentos to fund its expansion into the US market.

In this interview with Mosyle Founder & CEO, Alcyr Araujo, we learn:

1. Focus is subtractive: Mosyle sold off the first product they built to stay focused on their core opportunity.

2. Vertical word of mouth is powerful: Mosyle signed up over 2,000 schools as clients, in only 14 months, with no paid marketing.

3. Bootstrapping 101: The founders ran a parallel business building apps for third parties to fund Mosyle until Mosyle’s revenue was covering all their costs.


LAVCA week 2017 SEptember 25-28


REGISTRATION will open THIS WEEK for members to attend the annual investor gathering during LAVCA WEEK, September 25 - 28, 2017 in New York City.

The LAVCA Summit & Investor Roundtable (PE program) will be held at the Metropolitan Club. The LAVCA Venture Investors Annual Meeting will take place at Tribeca 360.

Download the LAVCA Summit HIGHLIGHTS Book to learn more about last year's PE program.

To view the LAVCA 2017 program calendar, click here. (Additional programs to be announced. Event calendar subject to change.)


Latest Industry News

Private Equity News
Private Equity News

Blackrock Launches US$280m Fund to Invest in Colombia Infrastructure

(BNAmericas) Blackrock announced the launch of a US$280m infrastructure debt fund to focus on highway and infrastructure projects in Colombia. Read more

Diamond Mountain Investimentos Buys 50% Stake in Brazilian Gas Company CTG (em português)

(Terra) Diamond Mountain Investimentos acquired a 50% stake in CTG (Companhia de Transporte de Gás). Read more

Gávea’s GPS Predial Acquires Graber (em português)

(Valor Econômico) Gávea Investimentos’ GPS Predial, a cleaning, security, and building management services company, acquired Graber. Read more

Aurus Ventures Invests in Ecosea Farming (en español)

(LexLatin) Aurus Ventures made an undisclosed investment in Chilean aquaculture company Ecosea Farming. Read more

Nexxus Capital Exits Moda Holding

(Press Release) Nexxus Capital has announced its divestment from Mexican retail holding company Moda Holding. Read more

WAMEX Private Equity Announces Investment in Ecofrío

(Press Release) WAMEX Private Equity has announced an investment in Mexican third party food and beverage logistics firm Ecofrío. Read more

Aqua Capital Closes US$370m Agribusiness Fund (em português)

(Press Release) Aqua Capital held a final close for its second private equity fund at its US$370m hard-cap. The fund will invest across the agribusiness supply chain in Brazil and other South American countries. Read more

Venture Capital News Venture Capital News

DGF Invests in Brazilian Edtech Startup Mosyle

(Press Release) DGF Investimentos made an undisclosed investment in Brazilian edtech startup Mosyle, which will be used to establish operations in the US Read more

Agruppa Receives International Impact Investment

(Press Release) Agruppa, a startup that optimizes the fruit and vegetable supply chain between farms and mom-and-pop shops in Bogotá, closed investments with two international impact investors for US$330k. Read more

Provence Capital Leads R$1.2m Investment in Brazil's Netshows (em português)

(Estadão) Provence Capital led a R$1.2m investment in Brazil-based Live video streaming platform Netshows. Netshows was accelerated by Wayra, the accelerator of Telefonica Open Future_, three years ago. Read more

Primatec Acquires Stake in Brazil’s TecSUS (en español)

(LexLatin) Venture capital firm Primatec acquired a stake in the Brazilian technology-based startup TecSUS for R$3.8m. Read more

Astella Invests in Brazilian Bom pra Crédito (em português)

(Press Release) Venture capital firm Astella Investimentos made an undisclosed investment in Brazilian consumer credit marketplace Bom pra Crédito. Read more

Hippo Drs Receives R$3.5m Investment (em português)

(Baguete) Four angel investors including Kick Ventures and Thamila Zaher (SEB Group) invested R$3.5m in Hippo Drs, a Brazilian startup that connects patients to health services. Read more

Pegasus and Axon Lead US$6.2m Round in Colombian Startup Mercadoni

(Press Release) Axon Partners and Grupo Pegasus led a US$6.2m investment in Mercadoni, a Colombian grocery delivery app. Read more and access LAVCA's interview with the CEO.

Real Estate News
Real Estate News

OPIC Approves US$50m to Invest in Avenida Colombia Real Estate Fund

(Press Release) OPIC will provide up to US$50m in financing for the Avenida Colombia Real Estate Fund II LP, a private equity fund that invests in real estate projects for Colombia’s low and middle income populations. Read more

RB Capital and Macquarie Capital Announce Plans to Form New Brazil Industrial and Logistics Real Estate Platform

(Press Release) RB Capital and Macquarie Capital announced an agreement to form an industrial real estate platform to acquire and develop real estate in Brazil. Read more

Investors Continue to Show Interest in Brazilian Real Estate (em português)

(Valor Econômico) Despite recent political developments, real estate investors continue to invest in office, industrial, and residential projects in Brazil. Read more

Alignmex Launches MXN$2b CKD to Invest in Rental Housing Projects (en español)

( Alginmex Real Estate Capital launched a MXN$2b CKD to finance rental housing projects. Read more

Walton Purchases Hotel Project in Nayarit, Mexico (en español)

(Sentido Común) Private equity firm Walton Street Equity completed the purchase of a hotel complex located in Nayarit, Mexico. Read more

Hines to Invest R$100m in Brazilian Outlets (em português)

(Press Release) American private real estate firm Hines will invest R$100m to enter the Brazilian outlets market. Read more

TC Latin America Partners Acquires 80% Stake in Peruvian Real Estate Project (en español)

(LexLatin) TC Latin America Partners acquired 80% of residential real estate project Villa In El Polo, which is in Lima, Peru. Read more

LAVCA & Industry Events
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SuperReturn Emerging Markets
Hosted by SuperReturn | June 26-28, 2017 | Amsterdam
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Hosted by Finnovista | September 19-20, 2017 | Mexico City, Mexico
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LAVCA Week: Summit & Investor RoundtableLAVCA-Icon
Hosted by LAVCA | September 26-27, 2017 | New York, NY
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LAVCA Week: Venture Investors Annual MeetingLAVCA-Icon
Hosted by LAVCA | September 28, 2017 | New York, NY
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LAVCA Wharton Private Equity Professional Development ProgramLAVCA-Icon
Hosted by LAVCA | November 13-16, 2017 | Miami, FL
LAVCA Members receive a discount on select events. For information on member discounts, contact Caitlin Mitchell

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