the mif blog

Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

We need help!

By Monica Pina Alzugaray

Despite the title, this is not the MIF’s latest fundraising tactic or our new recruiting strategy. This is how NXTP Labs’ co-founder Gonzalo Costa ended his presentation at the MIF’s headquarters in Washington, DC yesterday afternoon. The title may very well sum-up the state of our region’s ecosystem for early stage investing: it needs help. The region still falls short on many aspects, starting by a culture that fears and denies failure, an insufficient number of role models, few specialized service providers and seasoned early stage investors. The good news is that investment models that help address some of these challenges, such as the one proposed by NXTP Labs or the Brazilian21212 accelerator, are appearing in the region and being well received by regional markets.

Emprendedores y emprendedores

By Lucia Campero

¿Sabías que Bolivia, uno de los cinco países más pobres de América Latina, tiene una de las poblaciones más emprendedoras del mundo?

Es un dato interesante, sin embargo a primera vista paradójico. ¿No es que a mayor actividad emprendedora, mayor el número de empresas y mayor el número de empleos que se generan en un país?  ¿Y por lo tanto mejor la situación económica del mismo?

¿Dónde hay un mango, venture capital?

By Lucia Campero

Un interesante artículo por Camila Fronzo discute la incertidumbre de Argentina y el por qué gestores de fondos, así como emprededores locales sedientos de capital, salen al exterior en busca de nuevos socios y financiamiento. 

FOMIN y las mujeres más talentosas de México

By Lucia Campero

Claudia Ludlow y Maria Fernanda Ramírez, de Angel Ventures Mexico, un fondo de capital semilla en que el FOMIN invirtió en Noviembre 2011, comparten su experiencia durante un encuentro entre la gerente general del FOMIN, Nancy Lee, y diez de las emprendedoras más exitosas de México. 

Can small businesses help conserve biodiversity?

By Jennifer Baldwin

By Jennifer Baldwin

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is a biodiversity “superpower” according to a recent report from the United Nations. From tropical rainforests to coral reefs, to high-altitude plains to vast savannas, this region contains a variety of unique ecosystems that support a stunning diversity of flora and fauna. Many small producers and businesses in the region are dependent upon this endowment of natural capital for their livelihoods. But growing natural resource consumption and infrastructure expansion threatens these ecosystems and their inhabitants.