On this episode of The First Close, we interview Anna Raptis, founder of Amplifica Capital, an early-stage fund based in Mexico and investing in women-led companies across Latin America. Anna is originally from Australia, and has long been focused on purpose-driven work.
Anna is a chartered financial analyst and spent much of her career in the energy sector. In 2013, she started angel investing in fintech companies in Mexico. She soon noticed that very few women were involved in the deals. In 2018, she attended an Angel Capital Association meeting, where she met dozens of women in investing. That was when she realized that it was possible to change the venture landscape in Mexico to be more inclusive.
Anna is laser-focused on advancing women in venture capital, and on investing in women-led companies. She is not only the founder of Amplifica, but has also been a leader in building new infrastructure for a more inclusive VC ecosystem. She is the co-founder of Mujeres Invirtiendo en Capital Privado, a community of 200+ women investing in private markets. The organization has created ways for women investors across asset classes to connect, trade opportunities, and collaborate.
In this episode, we discuss why Anna believes venture capital is a powerful force for creating a more inclusive world, the opportunity she sees to invest in women-led companies in Latin America, and how her investments as an LP into funds have made her a better GP.
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