Unleashing the power of gender smart catalytic capital, seeking to unlock health access to 2M+ women in Latin America by 2030
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73% of Women led SMEs fail due to lack of funding
22M people were pushed into poverty in 2020, due to reduced health care accessibility from COVID-19 and lower incomes, primarily in women.
Maternal mortality has been reduced by 26% between 2000 and 2017, a lower reduction than the 40% in the OECD. In five LatAM countries, maternal mortality has increased in the same period.

Our Mission


Unlock access to gender smart capital, to foster quality health solutions for 2M+ women for early stage women health organizations (WHV)


Provide technical assistance WHV to enhance the gender lens, amplifying impact


Uplift the women’s health sector in LATAM, through blended finance, catalyzing the sector as an attractive investable field


Our Approach

1 Data Driven

Mapped women’s health sector in LatAm to find financial needs, impact potential, stakeholders

Provided technical assistance to targeted women health ventures to move them towards financial readiness

2 Innovative Finance

Empodera will provide range of blended finance solutions including


• Quasi-capital mechanisms

• Venture Debt/Venture Capital

3Asistencia técnica

Empodera will provide mentoship focused on:

• Business skills

• Impact Measurement

• Gender Mainstreaming

What are we looking for

Early Stage ventures with traction & ready to scale Impact driven mission:
• Products or services meant to close women’s health access in Latam.
• Gender mainstreaming within the company or desire to do so.
• Desire for financing and impact management technical assistance.
Gender lens Investing: intent to promote gender equity through investment in:
• Women-owned or women-led enterprises
• Enterprises that promote workplace equity
• Enterprises that offer products/services for women/girls

Impact Focused

Health Access

  • Focuses on women and underserved groups 
  • Unlocks access to essential and specialized health care
  • Improves quality and relevance of products and services

Gender Lens Focus

  • Women in Leadership
  • Workspace Equity
  • Products/Services that benefit women/girls
  • Value Chain Equity and Advocacy

Impact Measurement:

From conception to measurement, Empodera puts impact first through alignment with the leading global tools, such as: 

  • Iris+ and 2X Challenge 
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality 
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities 

If you are an early stage health venture, focused on addressing a particular women’s health issue and have a gender lens component in your business model OR are interested gender mainstreaming in your enterprise, and are looking for financing

¡Te estamos buscando!

Empodera Ecosystem



Rodrigo Villar

Rodrigo is Partner and Founder of New Ventures and Adobe Capital, the first impact investment fund in Mexico. He has been a key player in the  development of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latin America. He holds an MBA from RMIT University in Australia.

Daniela Pacheco

Daniela Pacheco

Daniela has more than 10 years’ experience working with high impact entrepreneurs. She started her career at Endeavor, where she found her purpose to support companies’ scale. Her path includes working within tech startups; to obtaining a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from USC, and working in venture capital funds in portfolio management.

Laura Sherwood

Laura Sherwood
Portfolio Manager: Empodera

Laura has over 7 years experience in the social services sector, in education and psychology, as well as in LatAm’s entrepreneur ecosystem, doing business development. Currently, Laura pursues her passion of catalyzing business for social impact through her position as Chief of Staff at New Ventures and as the Empodera fund portfolio manager. Laura holds an MBA from IPADE in México City, México.

Matteo Gilliotti

Matteo Gilliotti
Investment Officer

Matteo is the Senior Investment Associate for New Ventures Capital, the investment arm of New Ventures. He has experience in corporate finance and investment strategies, and currently oversees the implementation of the Botnar Foundation investment program in Colombia. He holds a degree of Business Administration from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

Juan Pablo Marichi

Juan Pablo
Investment Analyst

Juan Pablo has over 3 years of experience in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Mexico and Latin America. Currently, Juan Pablo serves as Investment Analyst at New Ventures Capital, supporting the financial analysis and capacity building implementation for Empodera 360. He holds a Finance major from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Camilo Salazar (1)

Camilo Salazar
Investment Analyst

Prior to joining the team, Camilo worked at a boutique investment banking firm where he supported in sector and financial analysis, monitoring evolution of macroeconomic indicators and financial modeling. Currently, Camilo serves as an Investment Analyst in New Ventures Capital. Camilo holds a BBA from Pontífica Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.


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Programa diseñado e implementado por New Ventures en alianza con Linked Foundation.