Do you know who is investing in local businesses? What are they investing in, and why? Get answers to all of these questions and more in our next Fireside Chat, featuring Allison Kern, CJ Acosta, and Roxana Balzac Ruiz. You don't want to miss it!
Empresario y jíbaro Hormiguereño con una pasión por la tecnología y el chocolate. Tiene experiencia extensa en mercadeo digital, levantamiento de inversión, investigación de mercado, experimentación y validación; entre otros temas relacionados a las etapas tempranas de correr un startup. En su carácter personal ha invertido en las compañías locales StageBoom y BrainHi.
Allison Kern is a Partner at Morro Ventures. Morro Ventures is Puerto Rico’s first institutional early-stage venture capital fund investing primarily in technology companies that operate in or may leverage Puerto Rico as a platform for cross-border growth. A thriving Latin American tech ecosystem continues to funnel high-potential, fast-growing early-stage companies to Puerto Rico, which utilize the island as a unique geopolitical bridge between LatAm and the U.S. Previous to Morro Ventures, Allison was a venture investor at Starvest Partners in NY, which managed $250 million in its last fund.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Roxana lived in New York City for ten years where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College, Columbia University. She then played a pivotal role at Cleary Gottlieb, a preeminent international law firm, where she led the firm’s growth and marketing strategies in Latin America. She returned to Puerto Rico in 2016 to lead corporate strategy for Grupo Ferré Rangel (GFR), a diversified family-owned holding company that operates in real estate, media and customer engagement. Earlier this year, she launched GFR Investments and is responsible for identifying new direct investment opportunities alongside the company’s CIO.