on Brazil's First Impact Investing Venture Capital Firm
Recently, the Opportunities for the Majority (OMJ) Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank hosted Daniel Izzo, co-founder and partner of Vox Capital, Brazil's first impact investing venture capital firm, which focuses on high potential businesses that serve the Brazilian low income population through products and services with the potential to improve their lives.
In addition, Vox Capital
is the first Brazilian fund OMJ
is investing in.
In this wide-ranging interview, I spoke to Daniel
motivations, the portfolio of companies currently under Vox Capital
's belt, the social entrepreneurship sector in Brazil and Latin America more broadly, leadership lessons he's
acquired throughout his
career, and much more.
Before Vox Capital, Daniel worked for 12 years in marketing and business development positions at Johnson & Johnson Brazil and Submarino, during its start-up phase.
has been working with the Brazilian bottom of the pyramid populations since 2007 when, still at J&J
, developed a project in low income communities in Rio de Janeiro, selling products, generating income to community members and educating the population on health issues.
: On one hand, the daily observation of the huge income inequalities we face in Brazil, placing us constantly between the bottom ten countries on the Gini Index.
: Vox Capital
's current portfolio has 6 companies.