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Fintech was about going digital, why are challenger banks addicted to plastic cards?
Contxto – Some might think that the story of fintech in Latin America is that of an underdog: A rebellious bunch of disruptors playing by their own rules and trying to conquer a game as old as time. However, the most recent strategy adopted by challenger banks doesn’t portray them as dissidents – in fact, […]
LinkedIn’s 2020 top 10 startups to work for in Brazil
Contxto – We already talked about the hottest startups among LinkedIn users in Mexico this week. Now, it’s Brazil’s turn. Remember that, when it comes to its top startup rankings, the social network for professionals factors in variables like employee growth, jobseeker interest rates, as well as engagement levels between startups and their employees. And […]
Santander InnoVentures re-brands as Mouro Capital and gains US$400M for startups
Contxto – Santander InnoVentures, the investment arm of Spanish bank Santander, is undergoing some serious innovations of its own. On Friday (11), it announced that it’s re-branded into Mouro Capital. Furthermore, it’s not just a matter of name-changing. It’s also shaking up the way it will approach entrepreneurs and funding in general. And to kick […]
Liber Capital acquires Adianta to expand lending services
Contxto – São Paulo-based fintech Liber Capital knows there’s more to lending than what it’s current operations allow. Consequently, today (23) it announced it will buy a majority stake in fintech Adianta to dilute the risk when lending to businesses. As is, Liber Capital offers companies a lending platform for their accounts receivable departments. However, […]
Canary, Norte Ventures, and angels invest US$1 million in Rapicare
Contxto – Coronavirus has exposed not just our physical wellbeing. It’s also revealed the weaknesses within healthcare systems and supply chain. Case and point are small-sized clinics who are scrambling to stay provisioned. To add some efficiency and transparency to the process, Brazilian logistics startup Rapicare recently closed a seed investment for R$5 million (~US$1 […]
The Ultimate Guide to Venture Capital in Brazil [Updated 2020]
Contxto — The private equity sector has been progressing rapidly in Brazil. With economic stability firmly established, dropping interest rates, and low country risk, the local market is already an attractive option for venture capital in Brazil. However, storm clouds gather ahead. Brazil was going through rough economic waters even before the Covid-crisis. We shan’t […]
Santander InnoVentures leads US$5 million investment in a55
Contxto – Santander Bank’s corporate venture capital (VC) arm, Santander InnoVentures led a US$5 million investment in Brazilian fintech a55. Yes, yet again there’s a loaning startup that’s raised capital. But a55 has a very specific market and a different approach when it comes time to charge borrowers. A55’s got its eye on SaaS streams […]
Fintech ADDI raises US$15 million through Quona Capital
Contxto – Funding may be tight within the current Covid-19 context, but some startups are still closing equity deals. This is fintech ADDI’s case. Yesterday (21), the loaning startup announced it received a capital injection for US$15 million in an investment round led by Quona Capital. Other contributors include Foundation Capital, S7 Ventures, as well […]
Despite setbacks, SoftBank says it still has faith in its Latin American startups
Contxto – To say that 2020 has been a tough year for Japanese investor, SoftBank, is an understatement. Its first US$100 billion Vision Fund may very well be its last, as it acknowledged a US$18 billion loss for its recent fiscal year last Monday (18). The struggle for profitability, coupled with coronavirus has put some […]
More coronavirus-related layoffs in Brazil… This time it’s GetNinjas, Conta Azul, and Oyo
Contxto – Recessions are industry-agnostic things and job cuts continue for all sorts of startups across Latin America. In Brazil, marketplace GetNinjas, fintech Conta Azul, and Indian hospitality startup Oyo’s Brazilian offices have confirmed layoffs. Brazil hosts the region’s most robust startup ecosystem. So knowing how it’s evolving can offer a glimpse as to what […]