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Fintech Quanto scores US$15M with Brazil’s largest banks
Contxto – The Brazilian Fintech Quanto just raised US $15 million with Itaú Unibanco and Bradesco: The two largest banks in Brazil. Not satisfied with bagging these major financial institutions when it comes to banking, Kaszek Ventures and Coatue—both VCs—also pitched some funds for this investment round. While Itaú Unibanco’s contribution happened as a direct […]
Here’s the strategy founders are using to boost customer trust (and sales)
Contxto – As the founder of a startup in practically any sector, you may never have heard of licensed content. Yet, licensed content for startups could well be your secret weapon to closing sales, optimizing ROI (return on investment), and building your brand’s credibility. Although the concept of licensing written, audio, video, and photographic material […]
3 science-based startups from Argentina each raise US$1.75 million
Contxto – Many of the investment rounds we cover here at Contxto involve a lot of the same stuff: consumer fintechs, proptech platforms, B2B lending startups… But every once in a while, a fund will pop up announcing funding for more out-of-the-box startups as is the case with the Center for Technological, Entrepreneurial, and Social […]
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, […]
Advent raises US$2 billion for seventh private equity fund for Latin America
Contxto – Last Tuesday (29) private equity firm Advent International announced it raised US$2 billion for its fund for Latin America. A familiar name in the region, Advent has been investing in companies from the region since 1996. Correspondingly, this is the seventh fund Advent raises for the region. “We continue to see compelling investment […]
Tourism is dead, long live travel! How wanderlust just got a whole lot better
Welcome to our new The Exclusive deep dive content about our Latin American ecosystem. We’re giving our registered newsletter users a sneak-peek of these soon-to-be paid for articles. powered by Typeform Contxto – Covid-19 crippled an entire industry in a way no Trump tweet or Kylie Jenner Insta-story could’ve ever done. There are now two […]
The Complete List of Latin American Unicorns [Updated 2020]
Contxto – With Latin America growing as an important axis for the entrepreneurship ecosystem, hardly a day goes by without a breaking news story about a regional startup funding round. And even more frequently, new unicorns in Latam. At Contxto, we’re always trying to showcase what’s going well in Latin America. With the same purpose, […]
Lending fintech Quasar Flash raises US$4.5M to accelerate credit analysis for Brazilian SMEs
Contxto – In an ideal world, accounts receivable departments always have a steady cash flow because customers pay for everything immediately. But most businesses know all too well that that’s rarely the case (if ever). In general, large companies are bulky enough to withstand these irregularities, while small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can struggle. Startup […]
SoftBank, General Atlantic bet US$107M on facial biometrics startup, Acesso Digital
Contxto – Humanity’s biggest nemesis in 2020, Covid-19, has highlighted the importance of facial recognition technology. As a result, startups working with these types of solutions have been drawing funding as of late. Though none more so than Brazilian Acesso Digital. Yesterday (21), news broke that SoftBank and General Atlantic co-led an investment in Acesso […]
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 […]