FUNDES Catalyst is the first social venture builder focused on traditional businesses and their entrepreneurs.

Traditional entrepreneurs have the power to transform their community, their habitat, and the world around them. But they remain excluded from innovative services that could help them reach their full potential.

FUNDES Catalyst works to bring the best technology solutions and human connections directly to the millions of traditional entrepreneurs who need them.

Impact through innovation

We design, develop and launch innovative tech solutions to solve the fundamental business problems of traditional entrepreneurs at scale. We turn them into change agents for their community and habitat.

Our expertise

Ideation + -
We conceive and design innovative products and services for micro and small businesses.
Incubation + -
We apply a repeatable and customized process to transform ideas into fundable projects.
Investment + -
We use venture philanthropy funding to scale our projects and make them self-sustaining.

Our social innovation methodology

At the intersection of human-centered design, frugal innovation, and agile development, we have developed a unique approach to creating sustainable products and businesses. We are agnostic by nature. We believe in facts, human networks, technology accessibility, and sustainable business models to scale our long-term impact.

Our porfolio

FUNDES Catalyst manages a broad range of ventures divided into three areas: Digital Platforms, Integrative First-to-Last Mile Delivery Solutions, and Micro-Franchise networks.

Merkomuna

Merkomuna delivers group discounts to low-income families. We are a social commerce platform that allows BOP consumers to buy discounted everyday goods from local merchants in groups with their friends.

  • Launched in 2021.
  • Connecting with 700 mom & pop shops.
  • Currently scaling its activities in Mexico. 
  • Scaling our activities: elea foundation.

EcoBodegas

EcoBodegas makes healthy food accessible to all Latin American consumers by connecting small farmers with mom & pop shops. We are a triple bottom line distribution platform dedicated to fighting malnutrition at scale while transforming the traditional food sector from farm to store.

  • Launched in 2018.
  • Connecting 10,800 agroecological farmers with 1800 local stores.
  • Currently scaling its activities in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Mexico.
  • Supported by the Leopold Bachmann Foundation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

EcoBodegas

EcoBodegas makes healthy food accessible to all Latin American consumers by connecting small farmers with mom & pop shops. We are a triple bottom line distribution platform dedicated to fighting malnutrition at scale while transforming the traditional food sector from farm to store.

  • Launched in 2018.
  • Connecting 10,800 agroecological farmers with 1800 local stores.
  • Currently scaling its activities in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Mexico.
  • Supported by the Leopold Bachmann Foundation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Enko Solutions

Enko enables governments, NGOs, and businesses to train and empower MSEs in their ecosystem: customers, partners, suppliers, and more. We are a fully customizable e-learning platform targeted at micro and small businesses.
  • Launched in 2017.
  • Connecting more than 75,000 users with 16 modules about personal development, sales, marketing, administration, and finance. 
  • Currently scaling our activities in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Chile. 
  • Supported by Visa Social Impact.

Pymental

Pymental connects community entrepreneurs to the digital economy. We are a gamified learning platform and marketplace based on profiling MSEs.

  • Launched in 2021.
  • Connecting beauty professionals, restaurateurs, and artisans with gamified learning experiences.
  • Currently scaling our activities in Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, Peru. 
  • Supported by Argidius.

Pymental

Pymental connects community entrepreneurs to the digital economy. We are a gamified learning platform and marketplace based on profiling MSEs.

  • Launched in 2021.
  • Connecting beauty professionals, restaurateurs, and artisans with gamified learning experiences.
  • Currently scaling our activities in Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, Peru. 
  • Supported by Argidius.

Reciclamos Juntos

Reciclamos Juntos transforms recycling value chains into equitable economies. We are a collaborative network of waste-pickers connected to waste producers and processors.

  • Launched in 2020.
  • Connecting more than 200 waste generators, 500 recyclers, 1,200 children, and several collection points, as well as FMCG companies.  
  • Currently scaling our activities in Colombia. 
  • Supported by Julius Bar and Botnar Foundation.

Econecta

Econecta is the network that connects authentic experiences to protect nature. We are a sustainable tourism solution that provides access to e-commerce, local tourism routes, and skills development.

  • Launched in 2020.
  • Connecting with 400 services providers. 
  • Already implemented in México. 
  • Supported by Fomento Social Banamex.

Econecta

Econecta is the network that connects authentic experiences to protect nature. We are a sustainable tourism solution that provides access to e-commerce, local tourism routes, and skills development.

  • Launched in 2020.
  • Connecting with 400 services providers. 
  • Already implemented in México. 
  • Supported by Fomento Social Banamex.
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