With change comes opportunity – Autumn Statement
Mario joined the firm in 2022 as an Investor concentrating on deal origination and new investments, after spending seven years in the Venture Capital ecosystem in Latin America.
He gained over 3 years of experience as a venture capital investor while working as an Investment Manager for the Latin American fund of Axon Partners Group, where he led the investment process in five growth start-ups, and was also responsible for origination, investment analysis and term-sheet negotiation in the region. He also had portfolio management responsibilities for 10 companies, providing strategic advice to several of these on the Board of Directors. Additionally, Mario spent three years as COO of Equity Advisors, a boutique financial consulting and investment banking firm, where he managed a team of 15 analysts and was engaged in over 100 projects with SMEs regarding fundraising, financial modelling & valuation, financial planning & analysis, and strategic planning.
Between 2021 and 2022 Mario finished an MBA at the University of Oxford, where as the Deputy Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund he co-led the due diligence and investment process on four early stage startups within health-tech, software-as-a-service, and the video streaming sectors in the UK. He holds Industrial Engineering and Economics undergraduate degrees from Universidad de Los Andes and a Masters in Corporate Finance from CESA, both in his native Colombia.
Passionate about the entrepreneurial ecosystem globally, Mario has served for many years as finance and investment mentor for several acceleration and incubator programmes in Latin America, including Rockstart and Cube Ventures.
As a sports fan and enthusiast, Mario spent several years in Colombia as a semi-professional football player and kept on engaging in the game throughout university up to his MBA in Oxford. In parallel, he combines this with regular tennis and running sessions.