Mexico-based seed fund and accelerator Naranya Labs, founded by Endeavor Entrepreneur Arturo Galvan, recently announced a partnership with accelerator NXTP Labs to form a new early-stage capital fund that will invest at least $8 million in Mexico’s startup ecosystem. Both firms are aiming to broaden their reach across Latin America and this new fund, supported by a grant from Mexico’s National Entrepreneur Institute, serves as a critical step. The $8 million is expected to be used to invest in 48 startups in the country while also covering follow-on investments over a period of four years. Currently, the fund’s portfolio includes more than 150 companies and aims to support up to 300 startups across the region.
With a $50 million investment target, the fund’s fundraising stage is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The collaboration will also ensure that the firms will have full coverage in key Latin American markets including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.
“The support of the Mexican government is essential to promote the talent of innovative Mexican startups throughout the region. It sets an example to be followed by other countries in Latin America,” said Arturo in a statement.
Since his selection by Endeavor in 2011, Arturo and his team have been active members of the network. Arturo has served as both an ISP panelist and recommended potential entrepreneurs into the Endeavor pipeline. In addition, Naranya has participated in top Investor Network events and received custom advisory sessions with global mentors.