Startup Mx: Cometa

Cometa provides technological and financial tools to increase access to quality education in Mexico and Latin America.
Startup Mx: Cometa

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Thousands of families across Mexico's 30,000 private K12 schools have seen their educational experiences hindered by the silent foe of financial inefficiency, whether they realize it or not. These challenges include:

Manual payment collections…

Cumbersome invoicing…

Opaque financial statement reporting…

Although standard financial operational activities for school administrators may appear inconsequential for families, for numerous Mexican schools, they have hindered growth, redirected vital resources, and ultimately constrained the ability of educational institutions to concentrate on enhancing their most critical objective: the quality of the classroom experience. 

Enter Cometa, a startup ready to empower education institutions in LATAM the ability to unlock their full potential.

We started with a very niche problem for school owners through tuition collections," says Mateo, Cometa’s co-founder and CPO, "we believe that is (tuition payments) the heart of a school's operation and the most important control point, but the universe of pains we can solve for owners is immense. We are just at the tip of the iceberg of what Cometa will become in 10 years.

More Than Just Software: Cometa's Impact

More than just software, Cometa is an operating system: the administrative and financial backbone for private schools. Fueled by a SaaS collections product, Cometa streamlines every aspect of financial management, transforming archaic manual processes into a well-oiled machine. Cometa was born from a shared passion that co-founders (Andres, Gonzalo, and Mateo) have for education, specifically in LATAM - all sons of school administrators or teachers.

"We (Cometa’s founding team) witnessed first hand the struggles our parents and mentors faced. They were drowning in paperwork, chasing payments, and unable to focus on what truly matters - nurturing young minds."

Founding Team

Mateo Creamer

Andres Benavides

Gonzalo Gallardo

Founders of Cometa: Andres Benavides, Gonzalo Gallardo, Mateo Creamer (Left to Right)

Can Financial Efficiency Change the Future of Education? 

Cometa's mission is audacious: to increase access to quality education across Latin America. The overall K-12 education market in Latin America is expected to reach $58 billion by 2028, with a CAGR of 6.7%. By empowering schools with financial clarity and efficiency, Cometa unlocks resources previously wasted on administrative burdens. Schools can:

  • Invest in better facilities and learning materials.
  • Attract and retain top-tier educators.
  • Offer scholarships and expand accessibility.
  • Focus on delivering educational excellence, not chasing payments.

Software with a Vision: Cometa's Tools for Transformation

The impact is tangible. Efficient collections stabilize cash flow, enabling accurate budgeting and informed decision-making. Parents experience a seamless payment process, fostering trust and engagement. School owners breathe a sigh of relief, finally free to direct their energy towards their core mission: providing students with the best possible education.

This is not just about software; it's about transformation. Cometa is shaking the foundations of the education landscape, paving the way for a future where financial stability fuels educational excellence.

"We're not just selling a product, we're equipping schools with the tools to change the lives of children across Latin America." - Mateo, CPO of Cometa


2022, $5M (Seed) led by Kaszek including Reach Capital, Homebrew, Latitude Ventures and 500 Startups.

Market Opportunity

Cometa has identified a significant market opportunity in building the administrative and financial operating system for K-12 private schools in Latin America. There are approximately 30,000 private K-12 schools in Mexico, offering significant potential for Cometa's products.

The potential is substantial:

  • $40 billion TAM for K-12 education in Latin America: This vast market represents a lucrative avenue for Cometa to make a significant impact.

Trends shaping the future of Cometa's industry:

  • Digitalization post-pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital solutions in education, including online payments and invoicing. Schools are increasingly recognizing the value of efficient and convenient financial systems.
  • Compliance with CFDI 4.0 in Mexico: This new invoicing standard in Mexico mandates electronic invoicing for all businesses, including schools. Cometa's compliant solutions can address this regulatory requirement and provide additional benefits for schools.

Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

As CPO of Cometa, “My biggest misconception at launch was believing being a founder meant perpetual isolation and burnout. Yes, it can be demanding, but surrounding yourself with an amazing team, along with a network of advisors and fellow founders, creates an invaluable support system." - Mateo Creamer, CPO of Cometa

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