Confrapar invests in growth stage technology companies in the LatAm region. We look for companies with strong unit economics and scalable business models, that are seeking capital to expand their operations, consolidate sectors and enter new markets.
Flapper is a marketplace for private general aviation seat sales. The company has already established relevant partnerships with some of the main air taxi companies. As every two-sided business model, Flapper aims to optimize the market and to make private general aviation an attractive option, while increasing the usage of air taxi companies’ fleets. Flapper was founded by executives from a fintech company – Qiwi – and by Paul Malicki, former CMO of Easy Taxi. Together, the co-founders saw a great opportunity in the niche for private travel to the upper middle class.
Unicoba is one of the largest energy solutions companies in Brazil. Founded in 1973, it develops energy efficiency and energy storage solutions.
The company combines extensive electronics manufacturing experience with operational agility to lead the markets where it operates. Having more than 85% of the largest companies in Brazil as clients, Unicoba has more than 1,000 employees and is recognized for its high quality, innovative and entrepreneurial approach in its 4 decades of operation.
In February 2020, the company filed for an IPO at the Brazilian stock exchange (B3).
SalaryFits aims to provide financial well-being for millions of people. Its platforma allows financial products or services providers to integrate their systems with payroll information of companies, providing access to a new risk assessment tool, as well as the possibility of deducting installments directly from one’s salary. SalaryFits’ platform reduces transaction costs and allows a more adequate offer of financial products and services, such as credit and insurance. The company was founded in 2000, and is the leader in the Brazilian payroll loan processing market. It currently holds operations in Brazil, Mexico, India, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Xmobots is the LatAm leader in the UAV market, with revenues almost three times higher than the second company in the region. Xmobots was the first company to certify a drone according to ANAC’s instruction for BVLOS (beyond line of sight) flights, with the second model being approved in Q3 2019. The company not only manufactures and sells UAV, but also provides the full solution to its clients, including pilot training, flight planning software, image processing software and segment specific application tolls. Today, Xmobots’ main clients are in the agriculture sector, but the company is expanding to the environment monitoring market as well and, in the future, to the logistics sector.
Ubook operates as a mobile platform for the distribution of audiobooks, podcasts, and e-books, with over 100 thousand audiobooks titles and 7.4 million registered users. Through its partnership with more than 250 publishers around the globe, Ubook is currently expanding internationally with operations in more than 13 countries. Ubook holds an relevant exclusive portfolio in Portuguese titles, making it difficult for new players to enter the market. In addition, more than 70% of the content available in the platform is produced internally.
Ubook’s subscription model platform, with 100% recurring revenues, attracted investments from Koolen & Partners and Cypress M3. Besides producing its own content, the company is actively searching for new opportunities to acquire publishing exclusivity worldwide.
In march 2020, Ubook made the initial filing for an IPO at the Brazilian stock exchange (B3).
Hands collects data from over 50 million mobile devices, crossing geo-behavior, app-behavior and device-behavior to generate insights and data sets for a number of applications in media, consumer research, urban mobility, credit rating, fraud prevention, etc. Hand’s main solutions are based on: (i) Data Collection: In-house developed MDM (Mobile Data Management) platform; (ii) User understanding: Crossing data from multiple sources; (iii) Qualify & Clusterize: Analyzing geo-behavior, app-behavior and device-behavior to create users clusters.
ChefsClub is the largest restaurant discount platform in Brazil, currently with over 7,000 restaurants in 13 states. A couple of years ago, the company acquired the second largest local competitor. ChefsClub helps restaurants to fill empty tables while offering clients up to 50% off the restaurant bill. To the restaurants, it is an easy-to-use platform that brings new customers, increases loyalty and helps to identify their customer base. For the users, it is a pocket guide to lead them to great restaurant experiences with benefits such as lower prices.
Muxi is a fintech, which provides software solutions for the payment acquirers’ network. The company operates in Brazil, Latin America and EUA, with over 3 million POS devices running its software. Ranging from POS to mobile phones, tablets and PCs, its software can be remotely, quickly and securely updated, providing new functionalities, products and promotional campaigns.
Muxi’s main products are: (i) POSWEB: Interacts with the device`s OS (POS, Smartphones); (ii) MuxiPlace: Remotely manages apps and terminals; (iii) MuxiPay: Gateway and POS application solution.
The company sparked interest from several players in the payments market, mainly acquirers, to whom Muxi’s solutions were a way to add value in a commoditized market. It was sold in 2020 to Conductor, a subsidiary of Visa.
Intcom offers smart solutions to human resources and travel management in the oil and gas industry. Its solutions increase efficiency and lower costs in the clients. The company provides shift change management, control of foreign staff, travel costs management, payroll system integration and real-time employee performance monitoring, all inside of an easy-to-use platform. Besides, Intcom has the first HR app focused on the oil and gas industry integrated to SAP.
Ingresse is the leading ticketing platform for events in Brazil. Investors from previous rounds include Qualcomm and DGF. Meli (Mercado Livres’s fund) also joined the company in the last round, which was led by Confrapar. With a two-sided business model, Ingresse provides a seamless experience for users, while collecting comprehensive behavioral data that will be turned into insights for event organizers, allowing them to sell more tickets and establish a relationship with their audiences. With the investment, Ingresse is acquiring smaller players and consolidating a highly pulverized market in Brazil. Ingresse also offers a White Label solution for event organizers.
Nutrebem has the most advanced financial solution for school-age children, offering digital wallets linked to a nutritional platform, so they can learn how to make better nutritional and financial decisions. Children access its first ever digital account and start to learn how to manage their own money, as they use their account for every transaction at their school’s cafeteria. Parents have access to an online platform where they can view the cafeteria’s menu and a timeline of their kids’ account usage. They choose when and how much money they would like to top up their kids’ account, and may even restrict some items from the menu. Parents also receive periodic nutrition reports in order to keep track of their kids’ evolution in terms of healthy nutritional habits.
JobConvo is one of the leaders in Recruiting Software and Applicant Tracking System (ATS). It is the #1 ATS using AI.
In the words of its clients, JobConvo’s dynamic, flexible and functional platform reduces recruitment and selection time. Jobconvo’s clients can streamline their selection process and improve their selection results.
Compass 3D develops and manufactures invisible aligners with additive manufacturing. Besides the aesthetics benefits, the aligners also represent 40% less pain for the patient compared to metallic appliances and this market is expected to grow over 20% yearly. The services sector has the highest margins on the 3D printing industry. Compass is also increasing its revenues by producing 3D printed surgical guides.
Compass has developed an innovative business model, which allows classes with less purchasing power to access the technology, well suited to the Brazilian market.
ePrimeCare is a company of innovation and technological intelligence in the health sector. The healthtech provides solutions for assessing epidemiological profiles and implementing targeted health care programs. Its solution is offered to health care insurers, large corporations and the public sector.
The 3D printing industry is set to transform the way products are designed, manufactured and distributed in a variety of industries. Cliever is a pioneer in the 3D printing industry in Brazil.
The company has changed the focus from printers to consumables. Cliever has its own brand of 3D printing materials, such as filaments and an adhesive spray. Since 2020, Cliever manufactures most of the filaments it sells and 3D printing materials represent over 70% of the company’s revenue.
Oktagon started its operation as a game developer studio for mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), developing several proprietary IPs aimed at casual and mid-core gamers. Throughout the years, Oktagon began to exploit the B2B segment, meeting an international demand for third-party game developers and for LiveOps/Game Analytics.
Headquartered in the UK, Oxis Energy is the world leader in Lithium-Sulfur battery technology and has more than 200 patents granted and has more than 100 patents pending. Oxis’ revolutionary battery technology is capable of empowering battery cells with double the energy density of the best Lithium-Ion on the market today. Oxis’ batteries are also a lot safer and environmentally friendlier.
Oxis is building the first Lithium-Sulfur cell assembly factory in the world, to be operational by the end of 2023 in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Oxis’ cells will disrupt the electric mobility sector.
Vindi offers a complete payment system focused on recurring online payments, present in subscription services, subscription clubs, gym plans, parking lots, among others. Its offer includes its own gateway solutions, acquiring and a dashboard for data analysis. With a base of more than 6,000 customers, the company offers compatibility with all major acquirers and sub-acquirers on the market. Users of their gateway solution have access to an integrated panel with several extensions, ranging from anti-fraud to ERPs and e-wallets.
About a year after the investment, the company received acquisition proposals. The company’s growth coupled with increased demand in the market for digital payment solutions created favorable conditions for the exit. Therefore, in early 2021, Vindi was sold to Locaweb (LWSA3).
Altave provides solutions for: i) persistent surveillance and monitoring over large areas and ii) connectivity outside mobile network coverage areas; using captive aerostates, drones, fixed and mobile towers. Altave’s proprietary aerostat technology was patented and chosen as the security solution for the Rio Summer Olympic Games.
The company provides services for diverse sectors, such as Oil & Gas, Defense & Security, Agribusiness, Environmental Monitoring, Mining and Construction.
Prova Fácil offers assessment management systems (AMS) to K12 and Higher Education institutions, being the leader of this segment in Latin America. The company provides modular solutions in critical areas for educational management and logistics, dramatically reducing the costs of the entire exam life-cycle. Prova Fácil has already simplified the logistics and the application of more than 50 million assessments.
The company enables businesses to quickly deploy B2B and B2C loyalty programs to improve customer engagement and channel performance across key metrics. Fielo also has an attractive business model, with 85% recurring revenues, which comes from long term contracts. The company has two lines of product: (i) Native Salesforce Application and (ii) “Off the shelf” product sold independently for core verticals. Some of Fielos’s clients include Google, Burger King, Pentair, BNP Paribas and Terpel.
Thiago has a strong background in technology, having worked at Ericsson and Brasil Telecom. He later founded the tech company Web Advisor Software and was a partner at BI Asset Management. Thiago has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from George Washington University and an MBA in Finance from FGV. He is a Board Member at HelpSaúde, Ingresse, NutreBem, Hands and Muxi.
Luísa has Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the FUMEC University, with extensive experience in Corporate Law and Private Equity/Venture Capital. She has worked in Coimbra & Chaves Advogados and is in Confrapar since 2013. Luisa has structure more than 20 PE/VC and M&A deals, mainly in tech companies. She is responsible for Fund Administration, mainly Horizonti, Nascenti and Aerotec funds and legal support for the fund management teams.
Kadu’s career spans technology firms such as Microsoft, HP and Ericsson in Latin America, Asia and the United States. Co-founder of Confrapar, Kadu is a pioneer of the Brazilian PE Industry, and led the sale of QuickLessons to the German group Bertelsmann. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UFMG and an MBA from FGV. Kadu is a Board Member at BlueOpex, Fielo, Flapper, JobConvo, Unicoba and ChefsClub.
Rodrigo has vast experience in business development, finance and technology. He has worked at Multicanal, Net Serviços and W-Aura. Rodrigo also led the sale of Takenet to Japanese group Faith. Co-founder in Confrapar, Rodrigo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UFMG, and an MBA from Stern NYU. He is a Board Member at ProvaFacil, Oxis Energy, Oktagon, Altave, Compass3D and ePrimeCare.
Jack is the Entrepreneurship Professor at Stanford Engineering School. He has a strong background as a mentor, board member and investor in technology companies. He graduated in Engineering at Dartmouth College and got his MBA at Stanford. Jack worked at McKinsey, ForteBio, IPWireless and BD.
Carlos comes with a decade of experience within financial markets, buy-side investments, strategic turnaround, M&A and consulting. He graduated in Industrial Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo and has an MBA from London Business School. Prior to Confrapar, he was part of IFC’s investment team, where he was involved with debt and equity instruments, interacting with clients’ senior management and collaborating on transactions in a wide range of industries.
Rodrigo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and has been at Confrapar since 2017. He participated in 9 rounds of investments by Confrapar funds and played an active role in raising over BRL 300 M in investments for portfolio companies.
Victória is a lawyer and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Faculdade Milton Campos. Currently, is coursing an LLM at Ibmec. She has been at Confrapar since 2017 and acts in the advisory legal and fiduciary administration of Investment Funds in Participations in the Brazilian Venture Capital and Private Equity market. Victória is responsible for Fund Administration, mainly at Horizonti, Nascenti and Aerotec funds and legal support for the fund management teams.
Camila is a lawyer and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Faculdade Milton Campos. She has been at Confrapar since 2017 and acts in the advisory legal and fiduciary administration of Investment Funds in Participations in the Brazilian Venture Capital and Private Equity market. Camila is responsible for Fund Administration, mainly at Avanti and Nascenti, and legal support for the fund management teams.
Thomas is a Business Administration major in the Class of 2019, at FGV. He attended the Vienna University of Economics and Business for an exchange program with a focus on global strategic management. Thomas has experience in the consulting area and has been working at Confrapar since 2018.
Edson has a strong background in Financial Services and is an expert in FIntech businesses. He was one the executives who led the successful Redecard’s IPO. He was the leader of the implementation of the Brazilian subsidiary of a US company, a global leader in the payment industry. He has a post-graduate degree in Business Management from Fundação Dom Cabral and INSEAD. Edson joined Confrapar team several years and works as a strategic consultant for the Manager.
Aline has experience in the Financial department, managing the cash flow, accounts payable and receivable, billing and administration of the resources of the company in general. Assistance in the Confrapar’s Administrative and HR departments with routine tasks in both offices, as well as in the selection and recruitment of new employees for the Company
Daniel has a solid background in leadership, entrepreneurship and technology and is a serial entrepreneur. He is chairman and co-founder of Take. Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UFMG and attended the Board Member Development Program from Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC). He co-founded Confrapar and contributes with his leadership and entrepreneurial expertises as an Operating Partner.
Roberto is the co-founder and CEO of Take. He is a serial entrepreneur and has been a Board Member of tech companies, such as Chefs Club and Minutrade. He is an Electrical Engineer with major in Telecommunications from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). Roberto is a co-founder and Board Director of Confrapar.
Rossano has a long and successful career in the Capital Markets. He is a co-founder of XP Investimentos, where for many years he was the Chief Analyst. He graduated in business administration with a major in Finance at UFRGS. As an Operating Partner, he contributes with his background in Capital Markets.
Marcelo works as Nokia’s LATAM Cash Acceleration Director. He holds an MBA from Stern NYU with minors in Finance, Economics and Accounting. Marcelo is currently a Board Member of Confrapar and contributes with his background and expertise as an Operating Partner.
Vikram is the Founding Partner of 8i Ventures, a Mumbai based early stage VC fund. He holds an MBA from Stern NYU with minors in Accounting and Finance. He joined Confrapar several years ago and contributes with his background and expertise as an Operating Partner.
Theo is the Managing Director of the Individual Segment at Citibanamex. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from USP and holds an MBA in Finance from Stern NYU. Theo joined Confrapar several years ago and contributes with his background and expertise as an Operating Partner.
Ronaldo is in charge of Google’s Global Partnership with top digital media groups first in Brazil and currently in Canada. Before joining Google, Ronaldo worked at IBM and other tech companies. He also had an experience as an entrepreneur. He co-founded Confrapar and contributes with his background and expertise as an Operating Partner.
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