Merqueo-Equity (IDBI-13219-01)

  • Colombia
  • Mexico
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Mar 31, 2021
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Merqueo SAS
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 10.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IDBI website

Updated in EWS Feb 17, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Nov 20, 2020

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Project Description
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IDB Invest is considering an investment of up to US$10 million in Merqueo S.A.S. (the “Company”). Launched in 2017, Merqueo is a grocery e-commerce platform (“e-grocery”) offering grocery delivery services in Colombia and Mexico. The Company is a 100% digital player with no physical stores, and it is considered a pureplay as it controls the entire operation, including the technology platform, product sourcing, warehouse operations and final deliveries.


During the COVID-19 emergency crisis, online platforms such as Merqueo have become a key tool for the general population as e-grocery offers one of the safest alternative for everyday purchases. The capital round will allow Merqueo to support its growth plan as follows: (i) finance current operations to support expected growth through investments in technology, warehouses, marketing, and human resources, among others; (ii) consolidate and promote its regional expansion.


The objectives of investing in Merqueo are (i) increase the sale of product via e-grocery platforms, (ii) foster the growth of the retail supply chain, (iii) improve access to basic products and (iii) to  promote the adoption of e-grocery in low income segments.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Merqueo S.A.S Client Industry and Trade

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For questions about the Project please contact:

Name: Laura Oyuela

Títle: CFO

Telephone: +57-3153105644          



For questions and comments to IDB Invest, please contact:

Name: Grupo de Comunicación de BID Invest



In addition, affected communities can access IDB Invest’s Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM) as follows:

Telephone: +1 (202) 623-3952

Fax Number: +1 (202) 312-4057

Address: 1300 New York Ave. NW Washington, DC. USA. 20577

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