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Central America & Mexico


The ANDE Chapter in Central America & Mexico (CAM) works to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region. The chapter leverages ANDE’s global connections in order to strengthen the local network, foster stronger relationships, and encourage collaboration between members. Of the 56 member organizations working in the region, 17 are headquartered in the region. The Chapter focuses on knowledge creating and sharing, networking and collaboration opportunities and trainings as well as learning from other like-minded organizations in the region.

For a quick printable overview of what our Central America and Mexico Chapter does, click here for English and here for Spanish

If you would like more information on the chapter, please contact Rodolfo Sagahon or Rosario Uriarte

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What we do

Knowledge Creation & Sharing

Talent and Human Capital

Our Central America and Mexico chapter has worked to produce research on talent and mentoring in the region. The survey was based on social businesses in Mexico and several Central American countries, and explores the biggest challenges they face, the skills needed to scale their businesses, and more. 

Check out the infographics in English here

Para ver la infografía en Español, haga click aquí

Ecosystem Mapping

The chapter has worked in collaboration with others in the network to map entrepreneurial ecosystems across Central America. These snapshots aim to provide members with greater insight into who is doing what and where. Armed with this information members will be better able to partner in order to strengthen each local ecosystem.

You can find these snapshots in Spanish: Costa Rica, El Salvador, HondurasNicaragua, Paraguay and Guatemala (Spanish, English).  

The State of Impact Investing in Latin America

The CAM Chapter, in partnership with the Brazil Chapter, LAVCA, LGTVP and Universidad de los Andes , conducted a study in 2016 on the Impact Investment sector in Latin America with deep dives in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. This is possible thanks to the support of various partners across the region.To read the report, click here

Infographics on what's happening in Brazil, ColombiaMexico, and in Central America are also available. 

Global Accelerators Learning Initiative (GALI) in Mexico

With the support of Banamex, the chapter is working to deepen the understanding of startup acceleration in Mexico by recruiting local accelerators to participate in a program led by ANDE and Emory University: the Global Accelerators Learning Initiative (GALI). GALI aims to provide better insight on entrepreneurs’ growth and impact by collecting data on acceleration on more than 10,000 firms globally in the next three years.

Creating Opportunities: Strengthening the Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

ANDE, in partnership with Value for Women, Fundación Banorte and IPADE, recently co-lead a study on the challenges and opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico.

Spanish Impact Investment Glossary

ANDE, in partnership with Value for Women, Fundación Banorte and IPADE, co-lead the study on the challenges and opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico.  You can also find a one page flyer on financial inclusion, a directory for Women entrepreneurs in Mexico, case studies and a white paper for policy recommendations. 

Events & Meetings

  • Roundtables: ANDE convenes key stakeholders around particular topics in order to better understand the challenges and co-create solutions. The roundtables are often complemented by comprehensive research, and aim to create collaborative initiatives that ultimately result in better opportunities for small and growing business. 
  • Chapter meetings and Knowledge lunch: These meetings provide time for ANDE members to network, learn about, and discuss specific topics such as metrics and impact, as well as to present local studies and sharing best practices.
  • Happy Hours: For members and non-members alike in order to facilitate networking.
  • The Chapter also actively connects global and local members to forge partnerships and potential collaborations, and support other relevant events in the region.

Webinars available for ANDE members:



LEarning Labs & Joint Projects

Joint Projects

ANDE, in partnership with Spectron DesarrolloPromotora Social MexicoRoot Change & Universidad Anahuac del Sur, launched the Global Impact Investment MAP (GIIMAP) for Mexico and Central America in 2012. GIIMAP is a platform that provides a dynamic view of the relationships between ANDE members and the services they provide to SGBs in the region.

Learning Labs: Groups compromised of ANDE members in order to collaborate in a specific sector or area of interest.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab: In 2015 the group supported the development of a platform called NUUP which brings together stakeholders integrating agriculture-focused SGBs into inclusive local supply chains. This lab also held a workshop in partnership with Root Capital on opportunities and challenges for financing smallholder farmers in Mexico, you can find the report and the one pager on the state of Agriculture Finance.
  • Women’s Learning Lab: With the active participation of various members, the Mexico Women’s Learning Lab released a study led by Value for Women, which addresses the challenges and opportunities women-led SGBs face in Mexico, and developed a Gender Sensitivity Training Workshop. This lab is now analyzing the role of women in the agricultural sector in Mexico and launching a Women’s Learning Lab for Central America. This new lab will be part of an exchange program to strengthen intermediaries and share best practices between different ANDE members working with women entrepreneurs in Central America.
  • Corporate Learning Lab: The CAM Corporate Learning Lab has identified value chains, volunteering and innovation, as the critical way in which corporates can involve SGBs. The lab is co-leading a research initiative to identify the steps that corporations need to go through in order to successfully integrate SGBs into their value chains. 

Capacity Building

One of the main activities of the ANDE CAM chapter is to strengthen capacities of our members and the ecosystem. In previous last years we have facilitated various capacity building opportunities for the sector and actively continue to do so. Some of these training opportunities are:


Who we are


ANDE Members active in Central America and Mexico

Click here to see the map of the ANDE members that are currently active in CAM. 


Steering Committee: The Steering Committee meets quarterly to discuss key aspects concerning the Chapter's performance and strategy. They provide support to the Chapter’s success and support the operation in various activities. The Operations of the Chapter are led by Katia Dumont and Rosario Uriarte. 
Regional Chapter Manager, CAM: Rodolfo Sagahon

Senior Program Coordinator, CAM: Rosario Uriarte

Rosario joined ANDE in July 2015 with six years of experience in entrepreneurship, leadership and economic development. Previously, Rosario worked in the Interactive Museum of Economics in Mexico City, where she coordinated an entrepreneurship program focused on innovation. In 2013, she worked at Yo Emprendedor in Costa Rica, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship in Central America. Before that, she was part of AIESEC for six years, an international organization that promotes youth leadership development, where she was National Talent Management Director of in Mexico in 2012. She also has experience in entrepreneurship with children and young people, coordinating the project “My first company”, which was promoted by Autonomous University of Sinaloa in Mexico, where she earned her BA in International Affairs.


Steering Committee Co-ChairMarcos Mancini
Marcos is Director of Sustainable Banking at Grupo Financiero Banorte. He is responsible for planning and executing the strategy, projects and alliances to advance sustainability within the company. Prior to his current position, as a senior consultant for EcoTecnica America Latina he developed technical environmental/social impact assessment studies and monitoring plans in order to avoid, mitigate or compensate the impacts of air, soil, ground and noise pollution. Marcos passion is on how to better measure and communicate the value of sustainability in order to accelerate its adoption within companies, integrate it throughout its operations and inspire strategies to deliver new customers, grow market share and increase profit margins. He is a Biologist with executive Master in Environmental Management from the EOI school and a dual MBA/MS degree at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.


Steering Committee Co-Chair: Peter Loach
Peter Loach has over 20 years of international development experience in the fields of urban and rural economic development, social innovations, small farm production and agricultural value chains, municipal development, infrastructure and housing, water and sanitation, health and education, environmental management, disaster response and relief, disaster preparedness and risk reduction, and micro-finance. Mr. Loach is the Country Director in Guatemala with Mercy Corps. His prior professional experience spans work at the World Bank, and with other international NGOs with funding from USAID, USDA, FEMA, HUD, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, GIZ, KfW, and the European Union. He also has extensive community development finance experience in the United States. Mr. Loach has a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies (1993), and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colorado College (1987). Mr. Loach has worked to date in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, South Sudan, Tanzania, United States, and Venezuela.