Latin Leap is a Venture Capital Studio (VC Studio) established to contribute to the leapfrogging of Latin America through technology investments in regional early stage start-ups and to soft-land purpose-driven tech companies in Latin America. Through strong human and financial commitment, Latin Leap aims to provide international tech scale-ups with access to essential resources for successful deployment in Latin America. Latin Leap is positioned to operate at levels of efficiency characteristic of tech-based companies.
By offering preferred access to corporate partnerships and experienced venture partners who serve as gatekeepers of the Latin American market, Latin Leap aims to help tech companies establish a unique geographical footprint in the region.
Latin Leap was founded by Stefan Krautwald, a long standing technology entrepreneur and senior executive in Latin America. Of German origin, Stefan has lived and worked in several Latin American countries and calls Colombia home. Some of his past corporate roles include Managing Director in Cdiscount (Groupe Casino) and Arvato (Bertelsmann). He is a co-founder of Latin America’s leading online pharmacy pure player, Farmalisto.com and has been Co-Founder and Managing Director of Latin America’s leading fashion online retailer Dafiti LATAM. He is also a Co-founder of Fluz.app, an innovative cash-back application in the United States. Stefan is an active angel investor and adviser to many technology start-ups in the region. He is a frequent guest lecturer to several local and international universities as well as Mentor to start-up and accelerator programs. Stefan holds a Master of Science in Management from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, where he leads the alumni chapter for Latin America and has conlcuded Executive Education Programs at INALDE Colombia, IESE Spain and VC University of University of Berkeley.