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Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups.
The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which we work intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.
But YC doesn’t end on Demo Day. We and the YC alumni network continue to help founders for the life of their company, and beyond.
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Google for Startups Accelerator Latam announces summer 2020 batch
Contxto – Google for Startups has reviewed the candidates and Google for Startups has spoken! Last Tuesday (23), it announced the startups from Latam that will participate in its three-month accelerator. A total of 12 enterprises from Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina will begin the program next Monday (29). What’s new: It’s the first time the […]
Proptech Hent raises US$1 million with Canary
Contxto – Proptech Hent closed an investment for R$5 million (around US$1 million) and made the announcement this week. Brazil’s low-tech and disjointed real estate market are what convinced lead investor Canary Ventures to move forward with the deal. That, and Hent’s co-Founders’ experience in startup-building. Hent plans to hire staff with these funds. Although, […]
Biobot Analytics raises US$4.2 million to save lives every time you flush
Contxto – There’s treasure to be found in a city’s sewage. Well… maybe not the kind of treasure you’re thinking of. Rather it’s the kind of treasure that’s increasingly valued by our digital era: data. To that end, biotech Biobot Analytics raised US$4.2 million in late April to further scour sewage for this prize. The […]
Founders Fund and Kaszek Ventures invest US$10 million in Belvo
Contxto – Today, Belvo announced it raised a US$10 million investment through Founders Fund and Kaszek Ventures. The startup will use the money to develop its API platform for fintech products. To that end, it will be tripling the size of its 25-person team for its offices both in Mexico and Spain. Belvo also plans […]
Fintech Brex raises US$150 million in Series C extension
Contxto – Brazilian-founded Brex raised an investment for US$150 million as an extension of a previous Series C round. Returning investors include DST Global and Lone Pine Capital. The fintech had been experiencing a serious growth spurt through its core product: a corporate credit card for startups. For now, Brex will focus on product development […]
Fintech Flux wants to help small businesses and freelancers in Mexico survive Covid-19
Contxto – Fintech Flux is preparing for e-wallets and QR code payments to take off in Mexico. However, it’s well-aware that many businesses and freelancers are cash-strapped with the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But rather than sit by and watch, it’s taking matters into its own hands. To help businesses and freelancers stay afloat, the […]
Social distancing tech from El Salvador’s Spot.io that you didn’t know you needed
Contxto – Rapid response is what the 2020 game is all about. If you’re unable to adjust your business model and operations to new market dynamics, you’re gone. Before this whole pandemic thing unrolled over Latin America, I interviewed Julio Ábrego—co-Founder of Salvadoran startup Spot.io—. Time flew, and so, I had to ask for some […]
Rappi’s next step to become Latam’s super-app will depend on a smart launch with Arcus
Contxto – In its goal of becoming the Latin American super-app, Rappi has taken the next step. Of course, Covid-19 likely has fueled the development of its latest alliance. The SoftBank-backed, Colombian unicorn has allied with Arcus, the Fintech-as-a-Service created in the summer batch of Y Combinator from 2013. Powered by Arcus RappiPay is an […]
Endeavor Chile and the future of virtual fundraising for startups
Contxto – For some startups raising funding right now is a matter of life or death. So it’s disheartening to receive emails that read along the lines of, “due to the coronavirus pandemic we will be postponing such-and-such pitch event until further notice.” Aware of this reality, Endeavor Chile adapted its fundraising event, “Endeavor Match […]
YC Grad to expand proptech platform within Latam for first time
Contxto – Proptech Mudafy has its eyes on its next prize: the real estate market in Mexico. And with that in mind, the Argentine startup plans to expand into this Latam country in coming weeks, according to a recent announcement. This marks the first foreign country the YC grad enters. Related article: All 58 Y […]