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

Sharing hard-won lessons about venture capital in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Susana Garcia-Robles

Over the years, the MIF has invested in 78 funds in Latin America and the Caribbean, and today we have an active portfolio of 52 funds, which includes both operational funds and newly approved ones that are undertaking fundraising. This experience has provided the MIF with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by first-time fund managers in the seed and VC space face, and by investors and entrepreneurs as well. In our new publication “Best Practices in Creating a Venture Capital System,” Harvard Prof. Josh Lerner, Ann Leamon from Bella Research, and myself, the MIF’s Principal Investment Officer in Early Stage Equity, discuss key topics around this nascent industry in Latin America.

The Entrepreneurs of the Future: Women!

By Monica Pina Alzugaray

I recently got back from Buenos Aires, where I spent International Women's Day (IWD) surrounded by entrepreneurs, most of them women. It was a very different IWD for me. Not only because I found myself in a part of the world that I don't get to visit that often, but because for the first time in such a day I wasn't listening to women refer to their situation with respect to men as being disadvantaged. The message I received was actually quite the opposite. On Friday March 8th, I met a group of seven women entrepreneurs, who have started internet companies in the Latin America in the past year or two. 

2012: A Year at the MIF

By Anonym

As the Multilateral Investment Fund prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, General Manager Nancy Lee reviews some of the MIF’s 2012 highlights, from ambitious new initiatives to informative events and publications.

El Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones se prepara para celebrar su 20 aniversario en 2013. En este contexto, Nancy Lee, Gerente General del FOMIN, discute lo más destacado de este año dentro de la organización y comparte en esta entrada de blog desde nuevas iniciativas hasta eventos y publicaciones de alto impacto que marcaron nuestro trabajo en el 2012.

Como ser emprendedor… y no morir en el intento

By Marta-Patricia Aparicio

Con motivo de la semana del emprendedor me gustaría destacar ocho puntos clave para emprender con éxito. Os propongo lo siguiente, yo empiezo con estos ocho puntos y vosotros vais añadiendo aquellos que por vuestra experiencia os parezcan clave para emprender con éxito. 

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.