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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, […]
Colombia uncovers black market of Rappi couriers
Contxto – The bigger the company, the bigger the risks to which it can be exposed. This is something one of Latam’s largest food delivery startups recently learned. Yesterday (22), an investigation by Reuters surfaced showing that some Rappi couriers or rappitenderos, in Colombia, acquired their spot on the platform through illicit means. That’s right, […]
Strap Technologies wants to replace cane with handsfree device for blind people
Contxto – Strap Technologies wants to change the way its users explore the world. Through a wearable device, the Mexican startup wants to help blind people gain more independence. Its product isn’t available for shipping yet—users will have to wait until the summer of next year. Strap Technologies’s device Unlike the thin cane commonly used […]
What a pet startup bonanza says about the state of Latin America
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 – You may think a deep-dive into pet startups—pettech—in Latin America might be a bit on the niche side. But, consider this: What […]
Mexican bakery—the world’s biggest—wanted more Chile in its Latam ops, so its accelerating Bork
Contxto – The Chilean data startup, Bork, has been accepted into the Bakelab acceleration program. Now, the startup will implement, and therefore expand, their data processing efficiency tools all the way to Paraguay and Colombia. It will do so hand in hand with the biggest bakery in the world, Mexico’s—unfortunately named—Bimbo. Bork is a startup […]
Startups from Bolivia (beta)
Contxto – Bolivia—scourge of foreign athletes due to its high altitude—is also among the 10 most biodiverse countries in the world. Startups in Bolivia are no exception. Although it does not get the attention that other countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, or Colombia hoard, the Bolivian startup ecosystem is fascinating for two reasons. Firstly, […]
Fewer dead bodies to prod: Changing healthcare with VR tech
Contxto – Almost all careers call for practical experience—but none more so than medicine. Unfortunately, budget constraints and growing demand can strain resources within hospitals and higher learning institutions. In that sense, virtual reality (VR) tech is proving to be an innovative approach in healthcare. And in Latin America, Brazilian MedRoom and Salvadoran Vertex Studio, […]
Covid endangers our ecosystem’s lifeblood: Latam’s middle class
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. Contxto – Here at Contxto we often focus on the supply side: What are startups, investors, and Founders doing to keep operations afloat? It is time now, […]
100,000 new programmers by 2025: What Argentina’s Henry is betting on
Contxto – Software developers were sought after even before killjoy Covid-19 rolled in. And in a post-pandemic era, knowing how to program will be needed more than ever. Unfortunately, jobs are high in demand but there aren’t enough professionals to answer the call. To resolve this issue, Henry recently raised funds and it recently participated […]
Amparo Saúde pivots with US$4.6M Series B. Fewer clinics, more telemedicine platform
Contxto – It’s been more than six months since the first case of Covid-19 showed up in Brazil. And for many people, the risk of exposure at their local healthcare center is still ever-looming and discomforting. In that sense, telemedicine is proving to be a useful tool and also a big attention-grabber for investors. A […]