Meet

The Team

To make a good job as a fund you have to find great investment opportunities, however, to make an outstanding job you need to have an amazing team in order to foresee the next business trend.

Ariel Gomez-Ortigoza

Managing Partner

MSc. in Finance as Dean List Scholar and MBA both from University of Southern California, bachelor in Biochemistry by ITESM; as a serial entrepreneur Gomez-Ortigoza founded and funded Startups in the computer and communications space both in Mexico and in the USA for three decades. On 2010 he was awarded a patent from USPTO and IMPI in Mexico. For the last ten years he has been an angel investor in Biofab and Smart IT startups both in Mexico and in the US.

Joseariel Gomez-Ortigoza

As an entrepreneur with a bachelor in Finance Joseariel Gómez has been actively investing in the FINTECH space. Ten years ago he abandoned a position at Merrill Lynch to learn how to code and start his first Fintech company. After a couple years of coding financial apps in social networks and the cloud, he founded a Fintech named Shastic that automates banking lending processes via AI and Robotic Process Automation. He is currently active in the space as an investor and as CEO of Shastic, Inc.

Franco Herrera

Legal Counsel

Master’s Degree in International Taxation Law, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, former Undersecretary for Investment, Ministry of Economic Development of Guanajuato. Herrera designed and implemented investment promotion policies for this state. Franco Herrera’s has been counsel to several foreign companies and investors that have set up their operations in Mexico. His legal practice focuses on tax advice and litigation. His advice covers also corporate structures, governmental incentives, environmental compliance, and licences with different governmental instances.

José Manuel Aguilar

Biotechnology Counsel

Ph.D. in Biotechnology from ITESM, M.Sc. program in biotechnology at the same institution, Molecular Biologist from the University of Baja California. He has worked in the development and production of monoclonal antibodies for pharmaceutical purposes, for which he was hired by Tec de Monterrey, while still a student. In 2009 he became a full time professor of the same institution, teaching Genetic Engineering and Protein Engineering as well as Molecular Biology for the graduate program; among other courses. During the same year, due to the H1N1 influenza pandemic origin in Mexico, José Manuel directed his research towards the development of a new platform for the production of influenza vaccines. In 2012 he was considered by Technology Review “one of the 10 outstanding innovators of Mexico” for his work. He is currently working one a COVID vaccine.

Luis Almanza

Investment Advisor

Master in Business & Finance, bachelor in Computer Science, Luis Almanza has been collaborating for the last two decades with academia, business incubators and accelerators, designing and founding private investment funds. He has raised several millions of dollars for startup investment, has invested in over 25 startups and has created a Mentoring and Global Acceleration Network. He created the “Hottest Mexican tech blogs” in 2014 for Startup World and has written two books on entrepreneurship.

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