Israel Pons

CEO and Co-Founding Partner of Angels Nest LATAM
Israel Pons

CEO and Co-Founding Partner of Angels Nest LATAM, Angels Nest is an Angel Investment network operating in Mexico and LATAM. It has been named “The most active Angel network in Latin America” By XCALA, they also have more than 400 Angels from Latin America, Canada, US and United Kingdom. It has been operating across Mexico since October 2015.

Angels nest has lead to the largest first Angel round for a first cross-border investment in a latinamerican start-up for $1.2 USDM.

They also have kept a record of achieving one angel investment per month.

Israel is co-founder of Mind The Gap Fund since March 2017.

Israel is also the President of the National Entrepreneurship Committee of the IMEF (Mexican Institute of Financial Executives). Active member of the EMAAC (Association of Mexican and German Business), as well as the National Audit Committee of Conacyt, and the AgroTec Council Fund of “Enture Uno”.

Israel developed his academic and professional career during his 24 years in the UK, where he served 5 years as Operations Director for the largest leisure company in Europe.

He became an entrepreneur and founded 4 companies in the UK, 3 of them were sold successfully. He became an Angel Investor and decided to move back to Mexico.

In Mexico, Israel became a Director of International Expansion for a Digital Financial Inclusion Model (FINTECH). The same group developed a Venture Capital in which he served as Director of Strategic Alliances and Impact Investment.

He has served as mentor for entrepreneurs in winning projects in the contest Network BID, representing Mexico in Netherlands, also Israel has given many conferences in different institutions such as universities, forums, exhibitions, among others; related to the topics of entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding in Mexico and England.

Israel has spoken at the largest entrepreneurship festival in Latin America, Inc Monterrey, and conducted the first national webinar on Angel Investment in Mexico, with Punto Mexico Conectado ( Government agency for digital inclusion). Other highlights of the international forums and exhibitions he has spoken in include: Chile, Foro Xcala with Disruptive Models of Angel Investment Networks;  “Mexico and High Impact Entrepreneurship” at the Hamburg Week-All in the same boat, in Hamburg, Germany; Spark Up Guadalajara, “Alternative Finance and its Impact on Entrepeneurship”; Anauhuac University, “New Mechanisms of Finance”; and Mexico’s  Entrepeneur Week, “ Angel Investors your new best friends” “What Do You Need to Be An Entrepeneur” and  “The Future of Crowdfunding”. He was also asked to participate in a panel at the “Women in Business” North American Summit ( Canada, USA & Mexico) to talk about Angel investment and entrepreneurship.

Israel was named as the GBAN (Global Business Angel Network) National Lead Member for Mexico, his duties include speaking in public events about what Angel Investment is all about and how it can help entrepreneurs find success in their projects.

Israel believes that “ANGEL INVESTMENT IS ABOUT PEOPLE AND VALUES AND NOT ABOUT MONEY”.