The rapid increase in the number of Endeavor Entrepreneurs in Latin America who are participating in significant fundraising rounds has driven Endeavor Catalyst to the top of a recent ranking by the Latin American Venture Capital Association. LAVCA noted that Endeavor Catalyst participated in 27 investment rounds in the region between 2013 and 2017, more than any other venture capital entity.
Endeavor Catalyst is Endeavor’s unique co-investment fund that participates in professionally-led rounds of Endeavor Entrepreneurs. While returns will contribute to Endeavor’s long-term financial sustainability, Endeavor Catalyst was also intended from the start to be mission-driven. The goal has been to improve access to capital for Endeavor Entrepreneurs, especially by encouraging global VC firms to increase their investments in Endeavor countries worldwide. The idea appears to have worked well in Latin America, where Endeavor Catalyst has successfully participated in rounds led by well-known investors, including Omidyar Network, Ribbit, Rise, Riverwood and Sequoia. Investments range across a diverse group of sectors including fintech, healthcare, education and Saas. For information on Endeavor Catalyst and its investment portfolio, click here.
Endeavor Catalyst’s strong presence in Latin America is a testament to the rapidly scaling businesses of Endeavor Entrepreneurs in the region as well as the willingness of key VCs to include Endeavor Catalyst in the mix of funders. To access the full LAVCA ranking, click here.