Top 50 Rising Stars 2022 (in alphabetical order by CVC unit): Gonzalo Soriano, senior investment analyst, AC Ventures

As senior investment analyst at AC Ventures, the corporate venturing unit of Mexico-based beverage bottler and distributer Arca Continental, Gonzalo Soriano is in charge of research and entry strategy into new ecosystems and supports the firm’s portfolio management activities.

Héctor Shibata, AC Ventures’ director of investments and portfolio, said of Soriano last year: “His proactive mindset for finding new investment opportunities and his bold attitude to generate strategic relationships have been a key element for our entry strategy into the Brazilian and Israeli ecosystems.

“He is always keen to keep looking for emerging pain points across the different business units of the corporate and connect with technological solutions. He has proven to be a motivated, challenge-seeking and ambitious team member assisting the fund to thrive.”

Before joining AC Ventures, Soriano worked as a business intelligence and sales force effectiveness analyst at eye care products manufacturer Alcon.

Regarding what drew him to CVC, Soriano said: “I strongly believe on the benefits that innovation and technology will bring to the future of societies around the globe, and I like to see CVC as the vehicle to help these ideas scale into real, impactful and prosperous businesses; by merging the novel and energetic mindsets of emerging founders, with the experience, assets, network and scope that corporates have built throughout the years; and by establishing strategic partnerships to help startups scale, becoming the wheel and the fuel to drive increased innovation to the private sector and enable economic growth for multiple countries.”

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in financial management from ITESM Monterrey Tech and obtained a finance certificate at University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

Fernando Moncada Rivera

Fernando Moncada Rivera is a reporter at Global Corporate Venturing and also host of the CVC Unplugged podcast.