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Angeles Ventures Fund I closes equity investment to find, fund and grow Hispanic and Latino ventures in the U.S.

Angeles Ventures Fund I closes equity investment to find, fund and grow Hispanic and Latino ventures in the U.S.

Angeles Ventures, a Latino early-stage VC fund, announced an equity investment from Bank of America that will accelerate its goal to find, fund, and grow Hispanic and Latino ventures in the U.S.

Latinos account for over 20% of the U.S. population and are the most entrepreneurial group in the United States, but they receive less than 2% of venture capital funding. Angeles Ventures, which aims to bridge this gap, is a seed-stage fund focused on tech-enabled B2B and B2C startups based in the U.S. To date, Angeles Ventures Fund I has made four investments (StorybookLinker FinanceCertiverse, and Sigo Seguros), joining successful investors such as Goodwater, Chingona, Launch (Jason Calacanis), Hyde Park Ventures, Listen Ventures, and many others in oversubscribed rounds.

Angeles Ventures is led by two General Partners: Adela Cepeda, an awarded financial leader and entrepreneur who exited her previous business, and David Olivencia, a super angel and senior executive leader with 28+ years of experience in Fortune 100 Tech Companies. Together, they built the angel investing group Angeles Investors, which has 260+ members and has made over 23 investments. Angeles Ventures is leveraging the strength of this network to drive outsized returns and catalyze funding for Hispanic and Latino founders in the U.S.

Adela Cepeda  "We're delighted to bring on an institutional investor that is aligned to our mission. The U.S. Hispanic and Latino community is greater than those of India or Brazil and represents a sleeping giant of economic might and alpha." David Olivencia said, "We are honored to have one of the world's largest banks as an LP. We will continue to raise capital to further support our mission that has a track-record of driving outsized returns by investing in the fastest-growing demographic of the U.S."

Rita S. Cook, President, Bank of America Chicago: "We are inspired by the work of Angeles Ventures to broaden access to capital to entrepreneurs from such an important segment of our community. We look forward to supporting their mission as they leverage their vast network of Hispanic and Latino angel investors to source pipeline for the fund."

Bank of America invests equity in women- and minority-led funds which, in turn, invest in entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to grow their businesses and drive economic opportunity in their communities. As of December 2023, Bank of America has committed more than $550 million in equity investments to women- and minority-led funds, more than doubling its initial $200 million commitment.