Investing in the Missing Middles: a route out of Latin America’s economic crisis.

Laura Amaya May 31, 2021

Covid-19 has led to a deep and unspoken economic crisis in Latin America, which has exacerbated social pressures stemming from existing inequities. Small and growing businesses (SGBs) have been particularly hard hit, but they could hold the key to a sustainable economic recovery across the region. Effectively supporting SGB’s requires segmenting them into multiple “Missing Middles” and tailoring investment solutions to the unique needs of each segment. For this session, we propose a panel discussion with players tackling this challenge across Latin America. We aim to discuss how these players have approached investing in the Missing Middles, what opportunities have emerged in the process, what challenges remain, and what ideas they have for addressing existing challenges. Depending on the conference format and tech setup, we would also explore the option of engaging the audience in a live brainstorming session on the last point: ideas for addressing existing challenges.


Radical Collaboration

Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Sustainable Development


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Galvanize investors to take a tailored approach to supporting different segments of SGBs (the “Missing Middles”) across Latin America to pave the way for inclusive, sustainable economic recovery.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Asset Managers

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameKusi Hornberger
  • TitleAssociate Partner
  • OrganizationDalberg
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameLaura Amaya
  • TitleAssociate Partner
  • OrganizationDalberg
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameRichard Ambrose
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationPomona Impact
  • StatusInvited
  • NameNatasha Barantseva
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationAndes Impact Partners
  • StatusInvited
  • NameSantiago Alvarez
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationAcumen LatAm
  • StatusInvited
  • NameLina Montoya
  • TitleHead of Impact and Social Innovation
  • OrganizationGrupo Bancolombia
  • StatusInvited
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