On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Alexander Borschow, Managing Partner at Semillero Partners.
Founded in 2015, and located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Semillero Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in purpose-driven sustainable food and food tech companies. Investing in these sectors will empower a new generation of entrepreneurs working to create the companies of our future while generating long-term value for society and stakeholders. Our current food system is neither sustainable, equitable, or healthy. Semillero Partners are committed to changing that. The team has been managing investments together for 6+ years, has $50MM+ in AUM, and is investing from its second fund.
Alex comes from a family of successful and visionary entrepreneurs, with his father, Jon, leading Puerto Rico’s largest healthcare logistics and distribution company for over 35 years and his brother, Jason, founding Abarca Health, the leading healthcare IT company on the island since 2008.
Alex started his career as an analyst on the equity derivatives institutional sales team at BNP Paribas in 2006, and in just five years, he rose to become the youngest Director in the history of the New York office and head of OTC sales for the US and Canada. Prior to co-founding Semillero Partners, Alex was the Director of Finance for Eataly USA.
Alex has been evaluating and investing in food and food tech ventures for the past 10+ years, investing in over 10 companies.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alex earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management along with a Certificate in Sustainability with a focus on Food Systems. He also holds a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from MIT with a Minor in Management. Alex serves on the Board of Directors of Seal the Seasons, Gfree Foods, Biomass Green Fuels, and the Board of Foundation for Puerto Rico, a non-profit dedicated to developing sustainable economic development strategies for Puerto Rico.
On a personal note, Alex is married to Mariella Danspeckgruber. They met when she was the manager at Cherry Grove Farm, an award-winning cheese farm in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. They are passionate foodies who love to cook, surf, travel, and ski together. They have two daughters and live together in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Alex shares what excites him now in the sustainable food industry, advises entrepreneurs and investors, and shares his investment thesis.
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