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Central America & Mexico

The ANDE Chapter in Central America & Mexico (CAM) works to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region. The chapter leverages ANDE’s global connections to strengthen the local network, foster stronger relationships, and encourage collaboration between members which include investment funds, accelerators, incubators, foundations, universities, researchers, government agencies and corporations supporting Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs). Of the 66 member organizations working in CAM, 16 are headquartered in the region. The Chapter focuses on knowledge creation and sharing, networking, collaboration opportunities, and training workshops.

The CAM Chapter operates in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. For a printable overview of what our Central America and Mexico Chapter does, click here for English and here for Spanish

  • If you would like more information on chapter activities in Mexico, please contact Mónica Ducoing.
  • If you would like more information on chapter activities in Central America, please contact Evelyn Hernandez. 
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What we do

Knowledge Creation & Sharing

Global Accelerators Learning Initiative (GALI) in Mexico

With the support of Citibanamex, the chapter is working to deepen the understanding of startup acceleration in Mexico and Central America by recruiting local accelerators to participate in a program led by ANDE and Emory University. GALI aims to provide better insight on entrepreneurs’ growth and impact by collecting data on acceleration on more than 12,000 firms. 

A new knowledge brief for Mexico and a Data Summary for Central America will be available in 2019. 




The State of Impact Investing in Latin America:

ANDE in partnership with LAVCAFundação Grupo Boticário, Abvcap, ICE and UBS conducted a study 2018 on the impact investment sector in Latin America with deep dives into Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

You can also consult the 2016 study, here. 



Gender Inclusion Self-assessment Tool: In collaboration with Value for Women and Walmart Foundation this tool has been developed for businesses to allow them to directly enter data, in order to assess their business operations from a gender perspective at three levels: human capital, productivity management, and market. It also provides recommendations on action steps businesses can take towards increasing women's inclusion across core business areas.

Ecosystem Snapshots: The chapter has worked with members and other organizations to map entrepreneurial ecosystems across Central America. These snapshots aim to provide members with greater insight into who is doing what and where. It identifies the main actors such as incubators, accelerators and investment funds.

You can find these snapshots here: Costa Rica (SpanishEnglish), El Salvador (SpanishEnglish), Guatemala (SpanishEnglish), Honduras (SpanishEnglish), Nicaragua (SpanishEnglish), Panama (SpanishEnglish) and Paraguay.  

Other reports:


Learning Labs:

Metrics: In partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), ANDE is launching this learning lab with the objective of strengthening the SGB ecosystem by building the capacity of SGBs, intermediaries, and researchers in Latin America to monitor performance, assess effectiveness, and measure impact, with a focus on gender inclusion. For more information please contact Rodrigo Morales (Mexico) or Evelyn Hernández (Central America).

Incubation and Acceleration: These sessions aim to share best Incubation and Acceleration practices under the current context, create advanced skills on data analysis to envision opportunities to strengthen programs and the analysis of the role incubators and accelerators play in solving sector challenges.


Catalyst Funds

The goal of the ANDE Catalyst Fund is to increase the productivity and effectiveness of ANDE members while creating tools and insights that can help the SGB sector as a whole. 

  • 2017 ANDE LATAM Catalyst Fund aims to increase access to financial services for low and moderate income (LMI) Latin Americans.
  • Partnerships to Measure Impact with a Focus on Gender. 


Pop- up Meetings: organized by ANDE staff and a co-leading member, Pop-up Meetings aim to analyze topics around entrepreneurship and development that have high interest among our members. The Central America and Mexico ANDE staff are open to determine any topics not covered by the current agenda.

Roundtables: ANDE convenes key stakeholders in order to better understand challenges around particular topics and co-create solutions to these challenges. The roundtables are often complemented by comprehensive research and aim to create collaborative initiatives that ultimately result in better opportunities for small and growing business.

Chapter Meetings: These meetings provide time for ANDE members to network, learn about, and discuss specific topics such as metrics and impact, as well as to present local studies and share best practices.

Happy Hours: For members and non-members alike in order to facilitate networking.

When Big Meets Small: An event in collaboration with Micromentor and Cirklo that seeks dialogue about the experience of corporations working with entrepreneurs, through a peer-to-peer mentoring session.

The Chapter also actively connects global and local members to forge partnerships and potential collaborations, and support other relevant events in the region.


Please see our events calendar for more information, or check back here regularly for updates

Capacity Building

One of the main activities of the ANDE CAM chapter is to strengthen capacities of our members and the ecosystem. In previous years we have facilitated various capacity building opportunities for the sector and actively continue to do so. Some of these training opportunities are:

ANDE Members in Central America and Mexico

To see a map of members working in our region, click here.

Who we are 


The Steering Committee meets quarterly to discuss key aspects concerning the Chapter's performance and strategy. They provide support to the Chapter’s success and support the operation in various activities. 

Current Steering Committee Members: 


ANDE Staff in Central America and Mexico 

Mónica Ducoing, Regional Chapter Manager, Central America and México

Mónica has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and CSR from Escuela de Organización Industrial in Madrid, Spain, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. She has prior experience in the social sector working for an NGO that provides capacity building and jobs for underprivileged people. Previously, she worked as an Operations Manager for the Impact Hub, where she gained extensive knowledge of the social impact ecosystem in Mexico.


Evelyn Hernandez, Senior Program Coordinator, Central America and México

Evelyn joined ANDE as the CAM Program Coordinator in May 2018. She has been working in both the for-profit and nonprofit sector. She worked at an NGO as a communications and partnership development coordinator and then moved to an award-has more than 10 years of experie winning social enterprise in Guatemala and Latin America. There she worked as a sales and marketing coordinator. She received the Walton International Scholarship to attend the University of the Ozarks, where she graduated with a B.S. in Management and Marketing.



José Ibáñez, Program Coordinator, Central America and México

José joined ANDE as a CAM Program Coordinator in April 2020. He is a development professional with 8 years of experience specializing in community and organizational development. His experience integrates expertise in program development and implementation, organizational partnerships, networking, teaching, research and communication. Among his accomplishments is the design and operation of an international foundation´s capacity building initiative, including a leadership program for Boards and Executives in the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the design of a corporate university for a nation-wide company. He is currently obtaining a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Management by the Rioja International University in Spain, holding a BSc in Psychology from La Salle University in Mexico and a Public Policy Design certificate from Austral University in Argentina. 

Rodrigo Morales, Senior Program Coordinator, Central America and México

Rodrigo is a Sustainable Development professional with 10 years of experience, specialized in social/economic inclusion and education projects, holding a MSc in Sustainable Development by the University College London and a Corporate Social Responsibility certificate by Tecnológico de Monterrey. His experience with nonprofits, corporations and social enterprises assembles, among others, expertise in program development and implementation, partnerships, stakeholder management, volunteering and communication. Among his most important experiences; the design and operation of financial institution´s social strategy, including a mentoring and a financial literacy program with an information communication technology for education component and the implementation of a partnerships and business development strategy of a Mercy Corps´ innovation program globally.