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Venture Capital Investing in Brazilian Agritech

ALI Speaks with Francisco Jardim of Criatec São Paulo

Premium Article OCT, 2011 Around 2005, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), one of Brazil’s largest institutional investors and the largest developmentAgribusiness bank in the world, noticed a void in public funding for early stage venture capital in the country, particularly in the areas of innovation and technology.  Brazil’s universities were rife with entrepreneurs and innovators, and the balance had shifted at São Paulo’s business schools, with more and more top-of-the-class graduates embarking entrepreneurial ventures instead of traditional financial careers.   The ecosystem for early-stage venture capital had been formed, but available capital was in short supply. To fill this void, BNDES decided to create a special seed fund, making a pub.....

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