Miroculus

The three Miroculus co-founders — Alejandro Tocigl, Fay Christodoulou, Jorge Soto — met at Singularity University Global Solutions Program in 2013. With their diverse backgrounds, they were drawn together by a shared desire to develop tools that facilitate high quality, advanced scientific research in their home countries. They began working on microRNA for early cancer detection and in the process of developing this technology, the trio realized they were building a flexible, intelligent solution for innumerable applications. With Miro Technology Alejandro, Fay and Jorge are realizing their initial vision of making complex protocols easy and accessible to scientists everywhere.

Miro Technology utilizes electromechanical forces to actuate droplets on the surfaces of insulated electrodes, without requiring immersion in oil or direct contact with system electronics. In Miro Technology, nanoliter to microliter droplets containing samples and reagents are manipulated by applying a series of electrical potentials to an array of patterned electrodes coated with a hydrophobic insulator. This technology is distinct from microchannel-based fluidics as it enables precise control of reagents without the need for complex channels, microvalves, or pumps.

Because the system is compatible with a wide range of reagents, and also allows for an interface with conventional microfluidic channels, a wide range of applications is enabled on the system such as NGS library prep, synthetic biology, DNA extraction and combinatorial synthesis.

Country
San Francisco, USA
Founders
Alejandro Tocigl
Fay Christodoulou
Jorge Soto
Webdox

Webdox is a Software as a Service that automates and digitizes the contracts of medium and large companies in LatAm and the World. Webdox is a platform for teams, clients, and suppliers to work interconnectedly in the creation, negotiation, approval, signing, and management of contracts.

The tool generates a high impact on time and costs, along with promoting better, more transparent, and lasting relationships among all stakeholders. Contracts are created and administered according to the purpose and sense of business, in the manner most efficient and effective possible.

Country
Santiago, Chile
Founders
José Manuel Jiménez
Foodology

Foodology is a Colombian startup dedicated 100% to the delivery business. Through the intensive use of data and technology, Foodology creates virtual restaurant brands and operates them from hidden kitchens.

Country
Bogotá, Colombia
Founders
Daniela Izquierdo
Juan Guillermo Azuero
Xepelin

Xepelin offers digital financial services to mid-market corporations and SMEs to manage their working capital. Xepelin leverages technology to offer the best possible conditions and user experience, simplifying and automating decision-making and processes for all the actors in the supply chain financial ecosystem.

Xepelin helps corporations manage and support their suppliers with financial services and technological tools that allow all actors to have better control of their working capital. Due to its efficient distribution model, Xepelin’s solutions can not only reach large suppliers, but even the smallest ones that have not been served by traditional financial institutions. The proprietary risk model evaluates an operation in seconds, allowing any client to secure financing the same day.

Once the supplier is enrolled in the platform, Xepelin delivers capital, education, and free software to manage their finances, all in a simple, secure, and transparent way.

Country
Santiago, Chile
Founders
Nicolás De Camino
Sebastián Kreis
Migrante

Migrante is the first and only financial institution working with immigrants in Chile. Their main goal is to create opportunities for them. As a company, they want to bring the most possible options to the immigrant community, which continues to grow in the country, and walk with them towards meeting their goals.

They are certain that immigration adds to the development of the country, and they want to actively participate to bring better opportunities of integration and development through access to credit and financial advice.

As they say at Migrante - we are many, we are all, we are Migrante.

Country
Santiago, Chile
Founders
Diego Fleischmann
Ignacio Canals
Salvador Porta
Sebastián Ayub
Benjamin Izikson
Destácame

Destácame is an open digital bank that helps people in Latam better understand their personal finances, improve their financial wellness and have access to more and better financial products.

On the one side, they empower people to take control of their personal finances. By making available financial tools and access to more financial products, they help people improve their wellness, achieve their dreams and improve their life quality.

All of this is done through the use of technology, which enhances the clients’ experiences, integrating alternative information and technology resources to offer efficient and safe solutions.

On the other side, Destácame allows banks to increase their capacity to serve their customers, customizing and improving their clients' experiences.

Country
Santiago, Chile
Founders
Jorge Camus
Augusto Ruiz Tagle
Sebastián Ugarte
Co-Work Latam

Co-Work Latam is a pioneer company in the industry of flexible spaces. They have built a platform based on the curation, design, build and operations of world class office spaces that catalyze collaboration, productivity and culture.

They adapt themselves to the size of their clients, providing options from shared spaces to private offices, all of which is sustained by a proven business model of collaboration, cost optimization and versatility. Cowork Latam brings the tools and infrastructure, so that people only have to focus on growing their business.

Cowork Latam is committed to provide their clients with the best working experience surrounded by an environment of inclusivity, shared experiences and community.

Country
Santiago, Chile
Founders
Sebastián O´Ryan
Horacio Justiniano
Antonio Garcia
AgroUrbana

AgroUrbana is the first vertical farming company in Latin America. They are a new generation of farmers that seek to give answers to the major challenges of agriculture and the new, demanding and better-informed consumer.

AgroUrbana integrates and develops technology to do more with less and to bring farming to the table, places unavailable until today. They’re committed to growing plants in a resilient and consistent way, every day regardless of the season or the weather conditions. They produce vegetables of the highest quality, generating the least possible impact by consuming 95% less water, using 99% less soil, without using any synthetic pesticides and by reducing our carbon footprint associated with transportation.

AgroUrbana´s job, talent and technology are at the service of the community and the environment.

Country
Santiago, Chile
Founders
Cristián Sjogren
Pablo Bunster
Humatics

Humatics is pioneering microlocation technology, offering centimeter- and millimeter-scale positioning that is faster, more precise, and more affordable than any existing 3D positioning or location tracking technology on the market.

Humatics is spelled with the first four letters of “human” and the last four letters of “robotics”, highlighting the company's vision to drive the seamless collaboration between humans, machines and infrastructure.

A combination of proprietary software, proprietary hardware, on-board sensors, and complex algorithms position everything that moves – people, robots, autonomous vehicles, heavy equipment, buses, and trains – with unmatched precision and reliability in XYZ coordinates. This is microlocation: the ability to locate something people care about, on a scale from meters to millimeters.

This data creates a complete digital picture of what’s happening in the physical world at any given moment and provides the insights necessary to understand where the waste is, how to do more with less, and how to make things safer for people in an automated world.

Humatics technology also unlocks new possibilities that will profoundly impact diverse fields such as entertainment, healthcare and the development of smart cities.

Country
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Founders
David Mindell
Cytovale

Cytovale is a medical technology company dedicated to revolutionizing diagnostics using cell mechanics and machine learning, and applying this first to sepsis, a condition whose early detection dramatically improves patient outcomes.

Sepsis is one of the fastest-moving, most lethal diseases in the world. Triggered by an immune response to infection that overwhelms the body, sepsis is often difficult to quickly and accurately diagnose, delaying patients from receiving rapid intervention to prevent a host of catastrophic health outcomes, including early death.

By interrogating thousands of cells per second, Cytovale can rapidly build multi-dimensional representations of the host immune state to identify disease signatures indicative of sepsis. Within less than ten minutes, Cytovale´s system will provide clinicians with actionable information to aid in diagnosis and inform treatment.

Country
San Francisco, USA
Founders
Ajay Shah
Colektia

Colektia is the first Debt Collection company based on Artificial Intelligence in Latin America. Founded by Gabriel and Oswaldo Monroy in 2018 aiming to change the debt collection industry with technology, using AI to empower humans. Colektia developed a new method called “Intelligent Debt collection 4.0” where methodology, their own technology, data science and operations are improving debt collection results up to 80%.

Colektia reinvented critical processes of the mass debt collection process chain with A.I. and Machine Learning, developing more than 10 algorithms to predict debtors behavior, improve debt collection strategy and automate processes, achieving greater effectiveness and efficiency in the debt collection while making it less invasive and more humane.

Nowadays Colektia is expanding region wide and it’s well known as one of the most innovative Fintech in the region.

Country
Ciudad de México, México
Founders
Gabriel Monroy
Oswaldo Monroy
F4F

F4F transforms organic waste into high quality ingredients for animal feed by rearing insects. The company was created to find new ways of producing protein, so they can help feed a growing global demand. Insects as a source of feed have enormous nutritional and sustainable benefits, being the natural food of several animal species and 2 billion people worldwide.
They have developed an insect rearing technology capable of transforming organic waste into high value ingredients for animal feed and additionally organic fertilizer. Their business model is based on waste management services and selling feed ingredients and fertilizer. Their products have a positive environmental footprint, are carbon negative and can replace non sustainable sources like fishmeal and soy. Their process avoids methane emissions associated with food waste. For each kg of insect protein their process has a negative footprint of 40kg CO2eq.

Country
Chile
Founders
Cristián Emhart

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Cristóbal Silva

Throughout my professional life, I have worked in investing, mainly in public markets. After earning an MBA at Columbia Business School, I joined Orbis Investment Management, a global fund based in San Francisco, CA. My experience taught me that a long-term investor's true competitive advantage lies outside the spreadsheet - it comes from understanding human behavior and a company’s culture. This realization led me to want to contribute to and invest behind superior cultures from the beginning, and it's why I started advising startups and angel investing during my time in public markets.

As I became more familiar with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, I discovered that there is a huge opportunity in LatAm venture capital. Our best talent no longer goes to work for large corporations; instead, it founds companies to solve real challenges. This is both creating an excellent supply of companies to invest in and improving the economic and social fabric of the region. As part of my desire to contribute to this change, I joined Kayyak's founding team with the goal of creating a firm that strives to be the benchmark in LatAm venture capital and helps mobilize capital to solve the problems we face as a society.

Country
Santiago, Chile

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Antonia Brahm

I came across the concept of impact investment while studying in Boston, US. I was amazed by the innovative idea of helping to solve the biggest challenges we face as a society through financial mechanisms.

Before joining Kayyak founding team, I had the opportunity to work for the pioneer impact investment fund in Chile, FIS Ameris. I wanted to take the next step to accelerate the ecosystem in Chile, where social, environmental and financial returns can coexist.

I want to contribute to mobilize capital towards a sustainable path to development, being part of a leading company in the region in doing so.

Country
Santiago, Chile

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Evelyn Von Bischhoffshausen

Before Kayyak, I developed my professional career working in a traditional investment management role. While doing my MBA at Columbia Business School, I discovered that even though I was passionate about investing, I wanted to develop my skills and learn new ones from a different perspective with a real sense of purpose. What motivated me to join Kayyak was the opportunity to build something from scratch, help in the establishment of new companies and technologies that will shape the future economic growth in a sustainable way and support a collaborative VC ecosystem in the region.

Country
Santiago, Chile
E-mail Address
evelyn@kayyakventures.com

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Andrés Pesce

Before joining the founding team of Kayyak, I had the privilege to work for over a decade in Fundación Chile, where I helped foster innovation and entrepreneurship as a driver of sustainable development for Chile. I think we need to mobilize more private financing into innovation and impact investment to support exceptional entrepreneurs that hold the key to solve many old challenges with new answers. That is why I am in Kayyak now; I want to contribute to a new wave of progress in Latam that will be driven by innovation and entrepreneurs. I take this challenge with humbleness and the conviction that VC will make a big change in Latam.

Country
Santiago, Chile
E-mail Address
andres@kayyakventures.com