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Can spacetech truly take off in Latin America?
Contxto – On October 9, 2020, the Mexican government took a break from its regularly scheduled Earth-bound matters to make an announcement that took many by surprise. Latin America was launching a unified regional Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency (ALCE, as it is known in Spanish). The landmark agreement was signed alongside Argentina, making […]
Start-Up Chile announces 15 startups for 2020 Growth accelerator
Contxto – StartUp Chile announced its first generation of companies for its “Growth” accelerator. Launched in July of this year, the program aims to help more mature startups in Chile scale. Besides mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the 12-month acceleration, selected startups are eligible to raise up to CLP$60 million (~US$77,000) in funding. For its […]
BeGreen raises US$3 million to open more urban farms in Brazil
Contxto – Food waste is often the outcome of transporting fruit and veggies from rural areas to supermarkets and restaurants in cities. To make matters worse, edibles are often left to rot as it sits on store shelves waiting to be bought. In light of this wasted opportunity, BeGreen is taking an out-of-the-box approach and […]
Covid revealed Latin America’s structural weakness—Good news for blockchain
Welcome to our new The Exclusive deep dive content about our Latin American ecosystem. Registered newsletter users can get a sneak-peek of these soon-to-be paid for articles. powered by Typeform Contxto – “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It’s a cliché as old as time, but it tends to be best used by […]
Mercado Libre to launch platform for all-things agriculture
Contxto – E-commerce giant Mercado Libre is returning to its roots, literally. This week it stated it would launch a specialized platform for users in Argentina to buy or sell supplies, tools, and even machinery for agriculture. For Mercado Libre, this maneuver means connecting small and medium-sized vendors with growers, while also riding that Covid-induced […]
Agrapp is crowdfunding investments for small growers in Colombia
Contxto – Last featured on our Agtech in Colombia market map, Agrapp is back and with good news to share. The Bogotá-based startup took home first place in Glocal’s Agrifoodtech 2020 Pitch Day. As a result, it has the possibility of raising around US$100,000. Simultaneously, Agrapp is keeping itself busy raising its seed round for […]
Green agtech and foodtech can help bring 22.5 million jobs to Latin America
Contxto – Latin America could become quite the powerhouse in terms of job creation in the future. A recent study showed that a shift to a net-zero carbon economy would create 22.5 million jobs in the region by 2030. But to reach that scenario, preparing farmers with training and innovative tech is critical. These findings […]
This Mexican startup is helping fish farmers feed Latin America
Contxto – When it comes to aquaculture, aquatic farmers need to be very careful or else risk their production levels. So to help them and their fishy friends, Cisco, through its Global Problem Solver Challenge recently awarded Preemar with US$10,000. The Mexican startup was the only company from Latin America to stand in the winners’ […]
Agtech Luxelare opts for alternative forms of financing, raises US$338,300
Contxto – Luxelare—a Mexican agtech/insurtech startup—exceeded by 428 percent the minimum goal established by the crowdfunding platform through which it raised MX$7.5 million (~US$338,300). In this way, after two rounds of investment, the company has managed to raise MX$11.1 million of funding in less than a year; that’s just over half a million dollars. This […]
E-commerce empowering community: Indigenous artisans hit the global digital market
Today’s Soapbox opinion was written by Nadine Heir is a writer, creator, and marketer. Contxto – While indigenous traditions are centuries old, there’s nothing outdated about how they reach audiences today. Tourists are primary consumers of indigenous communities’ artwork in Latin America, but to date, the distribution of their products has been largely informal. Mass-produced, […]