The mission is also personal

Team

Camilo Botero

Managing Partner

Camilo Botero

Managing Partner

Camilo is married to Carolina and together they have Rosario and Agustín. He has 23 years of professional experience in investments, both in private equity and public markets.

«At some point in the twentieth century the development of our societies lost its way, confusing growth with accumulation and progress with consumption. The planet has reached the limit; sustaining our species in the way we live and consume will be increasingly difficult. In Veronorte we believe that the predominant economic models have powerful incentives, because they manage to mobilize talent and capital to solve problems. We want to apply these incentives to solving society’s greatest problems which, in turn, will create the new great industries of the 21st century.»

Camilo is a Business Engineer of the Engineering School of Antioquia (graduated cum laude) and has a Masters in Finance from the EADA of Barcelona (graduated summa cum laude) and post-graduate studies in Political Studies, with Emphasis in Geopolitics, at EAFIT University. He has attended several executive programs at renowned universities such as Berkeley, Harvard and Stanford. He worked at Valores Asociados and Corfinsura as an investment banking analyst, at Suvalor as an equity analyst and head of international investments, at Banca de Inversión Bancolombia he was managing director in charge of Colombia and infrastructure director, and at Grupo Nutresa he was head of corporate finance. He is currently the Managing Partner and CEO of Veronorte.

Felipe Valencia

Partner

Felipe Valencia

Partner

Felipe has lived in 10 cities on four continents. Felipe and Veronica have Lourdes, their daughter and three dogs: Fredo, Bono and Flora.

He has a varied professional experience of more than 17 years, in robotics, internet, international trade and investment project management.

«I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of the human being. We have made incredible progress in all areas of knowledge, but we face the greatest challenges: the sustainability of our society and the planet. I am convinced that the innovative capacity of the human being can achieve intelligent solutions that allow for personal wellbeing in harmony with others and nature. In Veronorte we want to participate in the creation and implementation of these solutions.»

Felipe is a Mechanical Engineer from EAFIT University (graduated summa cum laude). He holds a Master Degree in Web Communication from the European Institute of Design (Rome, Italy) and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Chicago with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and finance. He has attended several executive programs in Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking at Berkeley, Harvard and Stanford.

Felipe worked for AVG – Robotics in Los Angeles. In Germany, he worked for Siemens in Research and Development in Mechatronics. In Colombia, he was the commercial and strategic director of Indexcol. In Beijing, he was a Commercial Attache at the Embassy of Colombia in China and Director of Proexport’s office in China. At Pierson Capital, he worked in ​​new business development in Beijing and as a project manager in Mexico. He is a founding partner of Veronorte and serves as its Chief Investment Officer (CIO).

Camilo Lema

Principal

Camilo Lema

Principal

Camilo is passionate by learning new things, meeting new people and different cultures. He enjoys mountain biking, reading and dreams on becoming a successful entrepreneur.

“Solving society’s largest problems requires courage, audacity and being action-driven. One must encourage different thinkers to take risks and follow their dreams. By financing the most brilliant entrepreneurs and helping them establish strategic alliances with large regional corporations, we are effectively building the development of a new and sustainable economy.”

Camilo studied economics at Universidad EAFIT. During 2013 he assisted to an exchange program at Université Catholique de Louvaine (Belgium).He began his career as an investment banking analyst at Helm Group and BTG Pactual later on, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, as well as financing projects and doing consulting jobs for latin american corporations. Camilo is currently a principal at Veronorte.

David Toro

Senior Asociate

David Toro

Senior Asociate

David is passionate about traveling, especially to places that provide trekking and camping opportunities in unknown landscapes and the possibility to connect to nature. He also likes to spend time with his family or dive into a good book in his free time.

“I believe innovation and new technologies will play a key role in unlocking the sustainable development potential our region is starting to show. I feel lucky to be part of the bridge we have built between our local corporate partners and startups all over the world.”

David studied administrative engineering at Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia, then lived in Torino, Italy, for two years while finishing his MSc. in Engineering and Management. His professional background is in investment banking and corporate finance, starting as an analyst in a boutique investment bank and then joining Grupo Sura’s investment team. David is currently a senior associate at Veronorte.

Yesenia Jaramillo

Office and Talent manager

Yesenia Jaramillo

Office and Talent manager

Yesenia is a passionate about fitness and exploring healthy nutrition. She has three cats. She likes to run, swim and ride bikes. She loves to watch movies and series.

« To quote Peter Diamandis: ” … we are living in the most extraordinary time”. With the current technological development, we can do anything, we have the power to change the world. In Veronorte we want to be a vehicle to highlight and empower all those technological advances that are giving solution to the great problems of the world.»

Yesenia is a business engineer from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She was considered among the best 10% of the graduates in her year. She began her career in Tuya, as billing assistant. Later, she became a credit analyst at Programas Integrales de Crédito. Currently she is Veronorte’s Office and Talent Manager.

Francisco Gómez

Analyst

Francisco Gómez

Analyst

Francisco is passionate by learning, music and languages. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and is an electric bass enthusiast.

Francisco studied industrial engineering at Universidad de los Andes.

He began his professional career as data analyst on a consulting firm, while he managed a delivery restaurant. Francisco is currently an investment operations analyst at Veronorte.

Advisors

Javier Villamizar

Advisor

Javier Villamizar

Advisor

Javier is a global venture capital leader.

As an Operating Partner, Javier is the head of the Operating Group at Softbank Investment Advisers since 2018 where he helps the Softbank Vision Fund portfolio companies (more than 290) in growth and global expansion.

Before that, he gained considerable experience as an investor, operator and entrepreneur at Motorola Ventures, Greensill and Brightstar.

Juan Rafael Pérez

Advisor

Juan Rafael Pérez

Advisor

Juan Rafael, current CEO of BTG Pactual Colombia, has been a Veronorte advisor since the very beginning.

Rafa is tenacious and assertive in his vision of business and entrepreneurship.

He has more than 20 years of experience leading investments and large-scale corporate transactions in the Colombian and Latin American capital markets.