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How financial innovation can address Latin America’s Missing Middle

Justin Schwartz July 13, 2022

According to the Inter-American Development Bank, small- and medium-sized businesses create 67% of employment in Latin America but receive only 12% of total credit. This funding gap is a key barrier to creating a stronger and more inclusive economy in the region with the world’s highest level of inequality.

In this workshop, we will share how we leverage innovation in investment instruments and due-diligence partnerships in order to empower small- and medium-businesses through capital and support. The audience will participate in a dynamic brainstorming session to share best practices and new ideas that can increase the inclusivity of access to capital for SMEs in Latin America.



Meta Themes

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Power and Capital

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Accelerate Climate Action


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Facilitate an open dialogue about best practices and challenges in funding SMEs in Latin America, with the goal of increasing collaboration and generating new ideas that can democratize access to capital.


  • Asset Managers

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameKarla Gallardo
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationVIWALA
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameLuke Seidl
  • TitleSenior Investment Manager, Small and Growing Businesses
  • OrganizationKiva
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameChristina Lukeman
  • TitleDirector, Business Development and Communications
  • OrganizationMCE Social Capital
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJustin Schwartz
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationIMPAQTO Capital
  • StatusConfirmed
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