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Susana Garcia-Robles
Senior Partner at Capria Ventures

Profile

Susana Garcia-Robles joined Capria Ventures in March 2020, first as a Venture Partner, becoming Senior Partner as of January 2021. She brings to Capria 22 years of experience being at the forefront of innovation, entrepreneurship and high impact investing; building bridges between countries and regions to improve dynamic ecosystems worldwide; and supporting high growth entrepreneurship among women in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  As Senior Partner, her responsibilities include transferring her deep knowledge on building ecosystems to other Capria target regions, portfolio management, being a member of investment committees, fundraising and investor relations, leading investments in frontier markets, impact and ESG. She is Senior Advisor and Board member of the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA).

Her career investing in VC funds and building entrepreneurial ecosystems started in 1999 when she joined the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), becoming the main architect of its investment strategy for early-stage funds and startups. During this time, she analyzed and coached thousands of seed and VC funds and startups in LAC and invested and managed $300M in 90 funds --many of them first-time fund managers--. Managing a large portfolio of funds and their underlying companies, as well as the IDB Lab direct investments, she has a proven track record in sourcing, structuring, negotiating and closing investments, as well as building ecosystems in frontier markets. In 2012 she co-founded Wexchange, the first networking platform and pitch competition for LAC women STEMpreneurs which has dramatically improved women’s access to funding. In 2019 she co-founded WeInvest Latam, a platform for women fund managers who have LATAM as one of their regions for investment.

An avid supporter of ecosystems, she is a co-founder of the  Argentinean VC/PE association/ARCAP and the Colombian VC/PE association /Colcapital. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Brazilian VC/PE association /ABVCAP, Argentinean VC/PE association/ARCAP, Paraguay Venture Capital Association  (PARCAPY), ForoMET, the Future Perfect Ventures Fund, Elevar Equity Fund, iThink VC Fund, and the CITES company builder/fund, as well as the Board of Directors of Village Capital and in the investment committee of the Bancoldex Fund of Funds (Colombia) and the Cofide Fund of Funds (Peru).

For her pioneering work in LAC and her efforts to make the VC industry more inclusive, she's been dubbed "the godmother of VC in LAC."  Americas Quarterly recognized her as one of the five 2020 Top Champions on Gender Equality.  She has coined the term "Made in LAC", "Hecho en América Latina y el Caribe" when referring to the innovation coming out of this region, an informal brand that represents innovation with a clear social and environmental awareness to solve problems suffered by millions in emerging markets. Ms. Garcia-Robles has master’s degrees in Philosophy and Education by the Universidad Catolica of Argentina and in International Relations with a concentration on International Economic Policies by Columbia University.

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Agenda Sessions

  • The Latin American landscape

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