“The current global energy crisis has precipitated the need for user-centric sustainable mobility solutions worldwide,” said Kazuna Yamamotogüil VC specialist. “Güil supports high-impact startups that intend to adapt to the Latin American market. The program is based on years of research and experience within the company as well as the Kaufmann Group‘s mission to facilitate mobility. Our methodology allows us to test and develop a wide range of solutions.”
Güil Mobility Ventures‘ the portfolio includes Awto, Latin America’s largest car-sharing startup; EVSY, the “waze” for owners of electric vehicles; eTrans, which develops fleet management systems for transport; Kupos, which digitizes means of payment for transport in Chile; Quickspace, a marketplace for freight services, and more.
“We want güil to become a global player in mobility, helping to create better mobility solutions around the world,” said Juan Pablo Hernández, commercial designer of güil. “That’s why our focus this year is to invest in VCs focused on global mobility as LPs, to expand our network and reach.”
The program serves as a gateway to Latin Americagiving access to the region‘s the most established stakeholders and VCs as well as possible pilot projects with companies. Funds that have already confirmed their participation in the program include: BDev Ventures (US), MobilityFund (Germany), WAYRA (Spain), Endeavor Chile, WeBoost, Alaya Capital, Overboost, iThink VC, Proeza Ventures, Liil Ventures, FEN Ventures and DADNEO Ventures (LatAm).
Startup founders, coding bootcamp managers and mobility policy makers Europe, Asia, and the United States has confirmed its participation as mentors and experts of the güil accelerator. The app will be available until March 31.
Startups break a record $14.8 billion across 800 transactions in LatAm in 2021, making it the fastest growing region for VCs and global players, including Uber. The need for sustainable mobility solutions has never been greater: LatAm is one of the countries‘s the most urbanized regions, with around 80% of the population in the big cities. By 2025, the shared scooter market in LatAm alone is expected to grow to CAGR 25.4.
About the Kaufmann Group
Kaufmann SA Vehiculos Motorizados is an automobile distributor founded in 1950 and headquartered in Santiago, Chile. The company offers cars, trucks, buses, minibuses, vans, etc. The group employs approximately 2,000 people at various sites.
About Guil Mobility Ventures
The company was founded in 2019 by the Kaufmann group with the aim of creating and supporting start-ups focused on mobility. These solutions are designed to be user-centric, with social, environmental or economic impact. Güil Mobility Ventures consists of an accelerator, an entrepreneur and a venture capital fund. Word “güil” itself has two meanings: “wheel”, as in mobility, and “will”, as in “will”.
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