change is about people. people. 

We back social impact start-ups to build long lasting value
Vanda Impact Ventures
Advisory

We support entrepreneurs on developing winning strategies and sustainable business models.

Impact Investment

We invest in very early-stage start-ups with the potential for positive social and environmental impact.

Connection

We connect entrepreneurs with a global network and outside-of-the-big-centers start-ups with international market.

We are looking for early-stage initiatives driven by people aiming to be part of the real change through passion, innovation, vision and courage.


We are looking for purpose-driven adventures with the potential and the ambition to envision the impossible.

We are looking for early-stage initiatives driven by people aiming to be part of the real change through passion, innovation, vision and courage.

We are looking for purpose-driven adventures with the potential and the ambition to envision the impossible.

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team

karina barcelos

founding partner

aurelio serrao

venture partner

maria grazia SANTANIELLO

venture partner

VINCENZO PALERMO

venture partner

CAMILA CIMINELLI

LEGAL

PATRICIA BITTENCOURT

LEGAL

We are looking for founders who dream big and never give up.

We are looking for founders who dream big and never give up.

We are looking for founders who dream big and never give up.

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Vanda Impact Ventures
Av. Getúlio Vargas, n. 1492, Andar 2 – Savassi
Belo Horizonte, MG – Brazil

karina barcelos

FOUNDING PARTNER

Karina is a lawyer, and she got her Law Degree from Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos (MG, Brazil). After that, she becomes partner of the family company in the real estate development sector, until 2017. She won a notary position in the state of Ceará (Brazil), but her passion for innovation and sustainability brings her to impact investing. She spent the last years studying and looking around the world for inspiring initiatives, able to solve concrete problems through great ideas and great people. Since 2019, she supports nonprofit and for-profit initiatives in the field of social impact. In 2021, she has founded Vanda Impact Ventures with the goal of helping mission-driven entrepreneurs building amazing stories.

AURELIO SERRAO

VENTURE PARTNER
Aurelio is the co-founder and CEO of Biovecblok Srl, a startup committed to the development of new and natural solutions against mosquito borne diseases. He got a Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Perugia (Italy). During his Ph.D., in order to complete his project, he worked in Boston at the Harvard School of Public Health and at Imperial College in London. He is visiting professor of Immunology and Parasitology at Jilin Agricultural University in China. After working in the academic field, he believes that good ideas not necessarily have to remain closed in laboratories. He is a great lover of the sea.

MARIA GRAZIA SANTANIELLO

VENTURE PARTNER
Maria Grazia graduated in Political Science at the University of Turin in international legal branch. In 1975, she started her career to the Diplomatic Career of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the Ministry, she worked on Technical Cooperation with Developing Countries; she also held functions at the General Secretariat. In 1978, she was assigned as an Officer in the Italian Mission to the United Nations in New York. Returning to Italy in 1982, she was transferred to the Milan office of Consob, at this institution, where she held managerial functions until 2010, when she retired. Maria Grazia is now a business angel and a tireless grandmother.

VINCENZO PALERMO

VENTURE PARTNER
Vincenzo is the Global Data Science Research Lead at Accenture where he focuses on deliver value to clients across multiple industries through data-driven insights. Before joining Accenture, he was a researcher at the University of Toronto where he was studying digital strategies and teaching “introduction to Analytics” to graduate students. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Innovation from the Scheller Business School at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) and a M.Sc. and a B.A. in Economics and Innovation from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). He currently lives in New York City where he enjoys outdoor activities like bike rides along the Hudson River.

CAMILA CIMINELLI

LEGAL
Bachelor’s in Law from Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos (MG, Brazil), in 2011. Since her graduation, Camila has been working as tax consultant, with seven years’ experience in Brazil (PwC and Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados). While working, Camila also did a specialization in Brazilian tax law (Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Tributários – IBET). In 2020, she concluded an LLM in International and European Tax Law at Maastricht University (The Netherlands). Camila have joined Vanda Impact Venture’s team in 2020. Currently, Camila lives in Luxembourg. She loves to dance and, recently, she has been discovering the pleasures of venturing into the kitchen.

patricia bittencourt

LEGAL

Patrizia is an attorney. Her practice focuses on privately held emerging and high growth companies, as well as venture capital, private equity funds, family offices and corporate venture groups that invest in those companies. She holds a degree in law from UFMG (Brazil), a certificate in Finance and Controllership from IBMEC/MG (Brazil), a Master’s in Law from UFMG and a Master of Laws with Honors from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (Chicago, IL, USA), and credits in Accounting and Energy Markets from Kellog Management Business School (Chicago, IL, USA). She is licensed to practice law in Brazil and also in the state of New York (USA). She is a member of the John Henry Wigmore Alumni Club of the Northwestern University and of the New York State Bar Association – Women in Law Section. Patricia loves all sports, especially motor racing, and she doesn’t miss a soccer world cup match.

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