Kirchner Investment Academy

Summary

The Kirchner Investment Academy (KIA) is an intensive training program that demystifies the investment process for entrepreneurs and introduces eager, yet perhaps inexperienced, “angel” investors to the art of deploying disciplined capital. This program has provided instruction to over 400 entrepreneurs and potential angel investors around the world. 

This course elaborates on the traditional concepts of investment finance, also including a more complete view on impact investing and the human factor in investment processes promoting the Kirchner Group’s approach of ​​”Creating Value while Promoting Values.”

Goal

Demystify the world of investment to the individuals in underserved Innovation-Entrepreneurship-Investment Ecosystems through a workshop that include talks, cases and exercises on topics related to investment with international standards.

If more entrepreneurs knew about the topics taught in this academy, the entrepreneurship ecosystem would be much more ready to receive international investments.

Sergio Medina-ACELERACINTRA

General structure

This academy has been developed by the Kirchner Impact Foundation and the investment professionals of the Kirchner Group with more than 100 years of combined experience. The program is guided and supported by professionals with real life experience promoting Kirchner’s vision of “Earning & Returning”.

The program can be taught in English or Spanish with material available in both languages and takes some of the most significant teachings of the “Kirchner Food Fellowship” program, as well as some readings and reflections from the platform “Kirchner’s Exploring the Business Brain“.

The program is divided into modules, each focused on a particular aspect of entrepreneurship and investing. Each module includes relevant reading material, sessions, cases and exercises specific to the audience. The program can be customized to meet the needs of any audience including a variety of approaches ranging from intensive ‘bootcamp’ styles to week long ‘course’ styles. It is offered virtually and in person.

“I learned a lot and feel more prepared both to invest in other companies, as well as to kickstart my own businesses/projects in the future.”

Anesveth Alvarado,Watson institute/ UFM student

Lead Instructor

Adrian Garcia Casarrubias

Adrian is an innovator and entrepreneur with experience in founding, managing and assisting ag-related, social and tech-based business projects.  Adrian holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Irapuato, Mexico. He is also an entrepreneur, with his platform INFOOD® he helped more than 300 small farmer families from around Mexico with access to high-value markets. He also coordinates the “BioBusiness Diploma Course” at Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro where he teaches young entrepreneurs tools to develop their projects and receive investment. Adrian has received awards from his academic and entrepreneurship activities like being named one of the 10 best “Innovators Under 35” in Mexico by the MIT Technology Review in 2016 and in 2017 he was selected as one of the 10 best innovators in Mexico by the “Propiedad Intelectual Magazine”, in 2018 he was selected to participate in the “Young Leaders of Americas” of the U.S. Department of State. He has also received awards like the “Cesar Garza National Prize 2010 for Seed Research” and the “IDi4Biz Prize” in 2015. In 2017 he was selected as the first student from a Mexican graduate program to receive the “Kirchner Food Fellowship”.

Adrian has a passion to work in closing the knowledge and opportunity gap between developed and developing countries, understanding that smart investment is one of the most powerful tools to boost development and fulfill the goal of global food security.

The best part is knowing that the content in this program comes directly from the source, not from someone who learned it in a classroom but from people who experience it every day.

Entrepreneur