Mexican Angel Investors Train to Create Tangible Impact on Local Economy

Mexican Angel Investors Train to Create Tangible Impact on Local Economy

September 13, 2019

After a year a year-long engagement with Angel Ventures (AV), a venture capital firm that launched the first multi-sector co-investment fund in Mexico, another GIST Investors Training came to a close in Mexico.

The GIST Investors Mexico Training took place in Mexico City on September 12, 2019.

Over the last several years, Mexico City has positioned itself as a hub for innovation in Latin America. The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovations through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative is committed to supporting Mexico’s early-stage capital ecosystem.

This aggregation of talent, support, and capital is catalyzing venture development and creating a tangible impact on the local economy. 

In order for innovation to continue to thrive, there also needs to be a well-funded investment network. Which is why it is important angel investors learn how to create, sustain and grow as investors.

This training series— which included an opening workshop and two virtual engagements-- focused on structured exits and investor engagement with portfolio companies.

The greater metropolitan area boasts a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports an extensive network of incubator and accelerator programs; a multitude of entrepreneurs launching disrupting ventures; an active, well-funded network of angel investors; and more than 60 venture capital firms.

The GIST Investors training in Mexico City brought together investors and industry leaders, such as Juliana Garaizar from the Angel Capital Association, Hernán Fernández from Angel Ventures and Alicia Robb from Next Wave Impact.

The investors went through a day-long exercise of conducting due diligence and negotiating a term sheet with a startup actively raising a $2M investment round. The exercises were meant to help investors learn about the process of vetting deals and helped the startup gain insight into the though process of investors.

The training also included exercises and discussions, which helped participants better understand how to use the concepts and principals they learned.

The GIST Investors program in Mexico will continue over the next year, offering more training and networking opportunities for Mexican investors.

The goal at the end of the program is to create a pool of new angel investors who can help sustain a thriving investor network in Mexico.

You can learn more about GIST Investors Mexico by following this link.

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