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Ex-Soccer Star Among Investors in LatAm Venture Capital Fund

  • Alaya Capital has raised $25 million for its third fund
  • Alaya was first to invest in Chile insurance unicorn Betterfly
Alaya Managing Partners, Juan Manuel Giner, Claudio Barahona, Lorena Suarez, Luis Bermejo
Alaya Managing Partners, Juan Manuel Giner, Claudio Barahona, Lorena Suarez, Luis BermejoSource: Alaya Capital

Former Argentine soccer star Hernan Crespo, Despegar.com founder Roberto Souviron and a slew of Latin American companies are among the latest investors to put money into venture capital fund Alaya Capital

Argentine’s Grupo Supervielle, Grupo Murchison and Chile’s Grupo Kawen also invested in Alaya’s third fund, which has so far raised about $25 million, or 31% of its $80 million goal to fund Latin American companies, according to partner Juan Manuel Giner. The Alaya III fund has already started investing, with initial bets in Argentine crypto startup Lemoncash, fintech SixClovers and Peruvian food tech company Megabite.