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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 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 10,000 firms globally in the next three years.

 

 

 

*Coming Soon* - Investor-friendly Best Practices for Term Sheets in Mexico

ANDE CAM in collaboration with TrustLaw (Thomson Reuters Foundation), Debevoise & Plimpton, Von Wobeser & Sierra and Kaya Impacto and with the support of several local and global investors will create a comparative report on term sheets used in Mexico to best understand the legal structure, local laws and implications of impact investments in the country.

The State of Impact Investing in Latin America:

ANDE CAM, in partnership with the Brazil ChapterLAVCALGTVP and Universidad de los Andes, conducted a study in 2016 on the impact investment sector in Latin America with deep dives into Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. This was made possible thanks to the support of various partners across the region.


Ecosystem Mapping: 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 & JOINT PROJECTS

Learning Labs:

Gender and Agriculture: In partnership with Walmart Foundation and Value for Women and with the collaboration of ANDE CAM members, this learning lab aims to create benchmarks for gender inclusion within agriculture-based small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Mexico and to use these benchmarks to influence gender inclusion practices in the long term. For more information please contact Mónica Ducoing.

Financial Inclusion: In partnership with MetLife Foundation, this project will touch upon the three pillars of: access to knowledge, access to products and services, and access to insights for the financial inclusion sector in Latin America. The learning lab is designed to share knowledge among a cohort of organizations and to influence the small and growing business (SGB) sector. The learning lab will regularly host events and convene peers to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing for the organizations involved. For more information please contact Rodolfo Sagahon.                           

Metrics and Research: 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 Mónica Ducoing.

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. Call for proposal will be available in 2018.

 
EVENTS & MEETINGS

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 and Knowledge Lunches: 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.

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 

Governance

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

Rodolfo SagahonRegional Chapter Manager, CAM 

Rodolfo joined ANDE in April 2017. For the past 11 years, Rodolfo has worked to spark positive changes in sustainability from the government, private sector and international organizations. Prior to joining ANDE, Rodolfo was the Director of the UN Global Compact Local Network in Mexico, columnist in the newspaper El Economista, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility in Grupo Xcaret and visiting lecturer at IPADE Business School, Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad Anáhuac. Rodolfo graduated with a Master of Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, San Francisco.

 


Mónica Ducoing, Program Coordinator, CAM

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, Program Coordinator, CAM 

Evelyn joined ANDE as the CAM Program Coordinator in May 2018. She has more than 10 years of experience 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-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.