Laura is co-founder of Astella Investimentos, a tech VC firm based in São Paulo, Brazil focused on scalable platforms. Astella is searching for solutions that meet the needs of thousands of consumers (e commerce and education), that connect people and businesses (marketplaces), or that solve the problems of companies and governments (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS). The firm consists of investors and an operational team helping entrepreneurs master customer acquisition, product development, and company training—from defining a strategy to creating routines for client acquisition, from identifying critical features to developing a roadmap for scalability, from helping founders hire talented people to creating a corporate culture, from making industry contacts to connecting with other investors. Astella is present in all stages of business development.
Laura and Edson Rigonatti founded Astella in 2008 and since then constituted three vehicles and invested in 19 startups. Astella has attracted two other partners to join the team.
Previously, Laura worked at Cicerone Capital, an M&A boutique focused on the TMT sector, and before that worked at Santander and Credit Suisse/Garantia as an equity research analyst.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Laura holds a degree in business administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas.
She dedicates part of her time to Endeavor in São Paulo mentoring entrepreneurs and helping organize events and panels to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
A member of Class 23, Laura is serving her fellowship at Astella Investimentos under the mentorship of the firm’s CEO and Founder Edson Rigonatti.