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The Ultimate Guide to Venture Capital in Brazil 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 […]
Cornershop’s latest partnership just sweetened the deal for Uber
Contxto – Retailers cannot deny that home deliveries are of the utmost need with self-isolation. And in Mexico, one major company is ever-jumping on this bandwagon, Cornershop. Soriana—a major supermarket chain—announced its products will be available for delivery via the Cornershop app today (2). This service will only apply for the Soriana stores found in […]
Healthtech Alice offers something telemedicine platforms don’t
Contxto – Let’s face it: When it comes to healthcare, people tend to take a more reactive approach. We might not prioritize an annual checkup, embrace healthy eating habits or exercise… until we get sick. But there’s a startup that wants to change that and it’s taken the first big step. Last Tuesday (30), healthtech […]
Third time’s a charm? Delivery workers in Latin America organize strike
Contxto – Once again food delivery platform couriers on strike. Little over a month ago they’d protested and orders on apps slowed with less workers available to take up orders. Couriers from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina were called today (1) to cease operations and hit the streets to challenge the […]
Segundamano Review: As easy to use as they say?
Contxto – Segundamano is a Mexican online platform for selling and buying new or second-hand products through classified ads. It is also available as an app for both Android and iOS users. It aims to make it easier for both buyer and seller to communicate and do a successful exchange of goods. Segundamano even offers […]
Ualá’s newest feature lets users soft-land into credit
Contxto – Yesterday (22) fintech Ualá announced the release of a new feature. Through its “Cuotificación” service, app users in Argentina can break purchases into one, three, or five payment installments. This perk will apply for goods and services worth more than ARS$100 (~US$1) and for up to ARS$5,000 (~US$72) made within the last six […]
Proptech Aptuno raises US$680,000 to integrate the rental process in one place
Contxto – Real estate continues to be riddled with problems for startups to solve (with a little help). Correspondingly, Colombian proptech Aptuno announced it raised US$680,000 in a pre-seed round through Magma Partners and angel investors. Among these individual contributors were Brian Requarth (co-Founder at Brazilian proptech VivaReal) and Alexander Torrenegra (a familiar face from […]
11 startups in Uruguay to keep an eye on in 2020
Contxto – We know d-Local and PedidosYa are some of the most funded startups in Uruguay, but they’re not the only companies with real value in the country. I feel like Uruguayan startups are like hidden creatures, but once you spot them, you start discovering more and more. Therefore, I searched far and wide, meditated […]
Soapbox: Contxto’s opening a Latam ecosystem guest column with your name on it
Contxto – In London’s Hyde Park there’s a place called the Speakers’ Corner. There’s nothing physically too distinctive about it, but it has become hallowed ground, a place where people from all walks of life can express their opinions freely. The world has grown and the internet has become a sort of Speakers’ Corner for […]
Kaszek leads US$21 million investment in fintech Remessa Online
Contxto – The coronavirus pandemic may have slowed investments down. But some significant rounds are still trickling through and giving us something to talk about. Today, Brazilian fintech Remessa Online closed an investment for R$110 million (around US$21 million) through Kaszek Ventures. Other contributors include Bewater Ventures and Kevin Efrusy—who’s well-known for having led an […]