What is MITA?

MITA
Venture Fund • Mentorship • Forum

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MITA Ventures combines a venture fund with a strategic mentoring program— drawing on our deep network in Silicon Valley — for technology companies from Mexico, as well as fostering the expansion of US and Latin American companies into the Mexico market. Based in San Francisco, CA and Punta Mita, Mexico, MITA works to foster cross-cultural opportunities in technology, and respond to the demand for identifying opportunities and funding investments in Mexico. The goal is to enable emerging talent to develop into successful business stories.

Our objectives for MITA are ambitious – to be the leader in mentoring tech entrepreneurship in Mexico, and to solve real world problems and industry inefficiencies. Through this, we also strive to create a close alliance between the Silicon Valley/San Francisco and Mexico’s startup communities.

MITA Ventures is the only fund of its type with a stellar advisory board, seasoned mentors and a mix of successful investors deeply rooted in both Silicon Valley and Mexico.

Fund

Venture Fund

Fund

MITA Ventures is focused on making investments in early-stage technology and Internet startups that demonstrate the potential to disrupt their market. Our partners work directly with our teams to add value, and build these ideas game-changing companies. MITA Ventures provides capital to young companies, through new sources of capital skilled at investing in technology, together with active mentorship. MITA Fund II will also provide later-stage funding for proven companies expanding into the Mexico/LatAm market. The MITA Fund is supported by its close ties to Silicon Valley, Austin and other key regions for tech innovation and investing. We also work to identify opportunities for grants and public funding support. 

MITA Ventures will primarily explore and identify investment opportunities with companies that offer particular technology-related goods and services that are developed by Mexican entrepreneurs, or will extend into the Mexican and Latin American markets, but we are of a global mindset, and are open to all opportunities.  

MITA Ventures generates a valuable pipeline of investment opportunities as the most selective and premier partner for capital and mentorship in Latin America. This pipeline is growing from our alliances with Mexico’s top university incubation programs, established VC funds, and with the growing startup community network within Mexico, where MITA Ventures is an active participant.

We believe in building a supportive and collaborative relationship between MITA Ventures and the entrepreneurs and teams in which we invest, and strive to add value. MITA Venture’s partners are directly involved in our interactions with our teams. 

Consideration of funding by MITA Ventures is by way of the MITA Application.

Mentorship

Mentorship

Startup Accelerator

MITA Ventures offers a strategic advisory and customized mentorship program tailored to support the unique needs of selected companies. MITA Ventures’s partners and mentors consist of multicultural professionals with extensive experience in entrepreneurship, technology and investing, with long-term relationships in the region and throughout the United States. Our financial, academic, policy and organizational partners – together with MITA Venture’s Mentors in Residence – provide high-level networking and guidance to our selected teams in areas including business planning, marketing, product design and IT.

MITA has partners located in Mexico City and Punta Mita, Mexico, San Francisco and Austin, TX.

MITA’s unique structure and locations offer Mexican teams with unparalleled opportunities to finance, develop, and sell their projects to international investors. We know this is a gap that currently exists in Mexico, and MITA Ventures is working to enable talent in this region to develop into successful businesses.

 Interested entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit an application for consideration of becoming a part of the MITA mentorship program.


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Forum/TechTalks

Forum/TechTalks

Forum

MITA TechTalks is the premier tech and venture capital event of the year in Mexico/Latin America. This exclusive event unites decision-makers from the worlds’ visionary companies, established tech industry veterans, prominent venture capitalists, policy makers and innovative entrepreneurs from both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border. Attendance is limited to 100 participants, including speakers and media, to encourage exceptional networking opportunities and inspiring conversations about the expansion of opportunities of tech entrepreneurship in Mexico and Latin America.

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Team

Team

Team

Lynne Bairstow
An internet entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Lynne’s interest and passion
for tech startups comes from both hands-on technical knowledge and high-growth
marketing/customer acquisition experience. Lynne previously owned a successful business
in Mexico for 15 years, with Mexican private and governmental clients.
Lynne is the founder and a Managing Partner of MITA Ventures.
lynne@mitainstitute.com
Brian Haley
Nine years of finance, fundraising, and operational experience with two
years working on international investment opportunities, deal
sourcing, and negotiations between United States, Latin America,
and Asia. Raised over USD500 million and developed over USD2
billion in potential deal opportunities. Managed large teams and
developed several successful businesses from the ground up.
Brian is a founding partner of MITA.
brian@mitainstitute.com
Andreas Kramer
Over 20 years of venture capital and investment banking experience.
Over 10 years of early stage high growth company experience as CEO/CFO and COO.
His investment group at Enron generated triple digit returns and over
USD85 million was returned to investors during his tenure.
andreas@mitainstitute.com
Pablo Solano
Originally from Costa Rica, Pablo Experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with a deep network
of Silicon Valley and LatAm investors and entrepreneurs. Skilled at identifying high-value opportunities
and facilitating connections to key resources to assist in successful growth.
Pablo travels between Silicon Valley and Latin America, scouting opportunities for MITA, and meeting
with entrepreneurs and investors. Pablo is a founding partner of MITA.
pablo@mitainstitute.com

Lynne Bairstow

General Partner - Fund Manager

An internet entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Lynne’s interest and passion for tech startups comes from both hands-on technical knowledge and high growth marketing/customer acquisition experience. Lynne previously owned a successful business in Mexico for 15 years, with Mexican private and governmental entities as clients. Founder of MITA, and VC experience as General Partner of the MITA Seed Fund.

Andreas Kraemer

General Partner - Fund Manager

Over 20 years of venture capital and investment banking experience. Over 10 years of early stage high growth company experience as CEO/CFO and COO. His investment group at Enron generated triple digit returns and over USD85 million was returned to investors during his tenure.

Pablo Solano

General Partner - Fund Manager

Entrepreneur and angel investor. Skilled at identifying high-value opportunities and facilitating connections. Pablo’s deep relationships and network in Silicon Valley/San Francisco facilitate MITA Venture’s new opportunities and deal pipeline development.

Mike Maples Jr.

Founder and Managing Partner of Floodgate; named as one of “8 Rising VC Stars“ by Fortune Magazine for his investments in business and consumer technology companies, such as, Twitter, Digg, Chegg, TaskRabbit, Lyft, among others. Advisor to the MITA Seed Fund.

Jack Leeney

Investment Committee

Jack serves as US Head of Investing & Portfolio Manager at Telefonica Ventures. As an investor as well as a banker Jack has raised over $12bn in equity capital for technology companies. Previously, Investment Banking Associate at Morgan Stanley. Advisor to the MITA Fund II.

Monu Jacob Joseph

Investment Committee

Managing Director and Member of Credit Committee at Emerald Crest Capital Partners, a USD70 million fund. Co-founder of Catalina Capital Advisors, Inc. Monu has transacted and led successful exits of various Tech companies. Advisor to the MITA Seed Fund.

Dr. Lorenza Martinez Trigueros

Investment Committee

Director General over the Strategy, Risks, and Payment Systems division of the Central Bank of Mexico (Banco de México); previously Undersecretary of Economy, where she laid the technical policy foundation for Mexico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Advisor to the MITA Seed Fund.

Michael Camuñez

Advisory Board

As U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce led efforts to form the first bilateral agreements between the U.S. and Mexican governments on innovation and entrepreneurship for enhancing economic cooperation between both countries. Currently president of Manatt Jones Global Strategies. Advisor to the MITA Seed Fund.

Karen Richardson

Advisory Board

Netscape, public and private companies, former CEO of 
E-Piphany and board of Stanford Tech Ventures Program. Currently serves on the Board of directors at British Telecom and has spent more than 20 years in the tech industry. Advisor to the MITA Seed Fund.

Lynn Hoffman

Advisory Board

Former director of Boston Private Financial Holdings, a NASDAQ-traded private banking and wealth management company; member of the New Mexico State Investment Committee of the State Investment Council which oversees $16 billion in fund investments. Advisor to the MITA Seed Fund.

Wendell Brown

Advisory Board

A pioneer in telecommunications, entertainment, virtual workforce, internet, and green technologies, he is a visionary inventor with more than 100 patents to his name, and more than 20 years of experience bringing disruptive, unique products and services to market. Advisor to the MITA Seed Fund.

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If you would like to share your ideas or communicate with us, please complete the form to the left, or send us email at info@MitaInstitute.com.

All pitch deck submissions should be delivered via the MITA Institute Application.

 

For additional details about MITA, please contact:

Lynne Bairstow: lynne@mitaventures.com, US (415) 426-7804 / Cell: (917) 573-8412; MX (52-1) 322-135-5275
Andreas Kraemer: andreas@mitaventures.com
Pablo Solano: pablo@mitainstitute.com, US (512) 769-1576

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