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LinkedIn’s Top 10 startups to work for in Mexico and Brazil

1 year ago

Contxto – The latest indicator that startups are taking Latin America by storm is a recent LinkedIn study. Since the social networking website operates in over 200 countries with more than 645 million business-savvy users, this past weekend it released its list of Top Startups where subscribers aspire to work in Mexico and Brazil. “These are […]

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Fintech Weel raises US$18 million investment with BV

8 months ago

Contxto – Fintech Weel raised an investment and let the world know last Thursday. The startup from Brazil announced it’s closed a round for R$80 million (about US$18.5 million) through BVx, the innovation arm of Brazilian bank, BV. Plus, this banking institution will also finance Weel for up to R$800 million (US$185 million). It’s not […]

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Brazilian VC monashees intends to raise US$250 million for its sixth fund

1 year ago

Contxto – Earlier, a Reuters report surfaced that Brazilian VC firm monashees will be raising US$250 million to grow investments in Latin American startups. While monashees hasn’t formally announced or confirm this news, this could be an important milestone for the group. In Summary  Eric Acher and Fabio Igel founded the São Paulo-based VC firm […]

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Creditas processes 800 thousand loan application requests during first half of the year

1 year ago

Contxto – We cover a lot of fintech excitement at Contxto. Every day there seems to be another Latin American startup making headlines based on masterfully combining finance and technology for enhanced user lives. Today’s latest comes from Brazilian fintech Creditas. The SoftBank-backed startup recently announced that it received over 800,000 applications from January to […]

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Brazilian Fintech Startup, WEEL, Raised US$6 Million from Monashees, Mindset Ventures and Banco Votorantim

1 year ago

Contxto – Brazillian cash flow management platform, WEEL, has raised US$6 million in an investment round with Monashees, Mindset Ventures and Banco Votorantim. About WEEL’s Fintech Model Founded in 2014 as WorkCapital, WEEL has created an innovative model based on artificial intelligence risk analysis. Essentially, it consolidates vast amounts of information – aka, Big Data […]

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LinkedIn’s 2020 top 10 startups to work for in Mexico

1 month ago

Contxto – Tech companies in Latin America compete not only to obtain a larger market share and investments. Attracting and retaining the best talent is also a key ingredient to success. And this week, LinkedIn published its ranking of top startups that people want to work at in Mexico.  LinkedIn crunches through a lot of […]

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Creze announces US$12 million investment to boost lending platform

2 months ago

Contxto – Fintech Creze announced it recently closed MXN$265 million (~US$12 million) with unnamed Mexican investors. The funds will serve to update its lending platform as well as “whatever comes next.” I’m somewhat paraphrasing but they did say that: “We’re proud to announce this investment which will allow us to better face any eventuality that’s […]

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Fintech Finnu gets US$800K investment to give loans for phones (without taking them away from their owners)

3 months ago

Contxto – Fintech Finnu has scored a pre-seed financing round worth US$800,000. The investment will now launch their creative solution to the perennial problem of the lack of personal credit in the Mexican and Latin American markets.   The investment was led by Speedinvest (Austria), Kima Ventures (France), Seedrocket4founders Capital (Spain), and ArkFund, as well as […]

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Fintechs face tough layoff decisions, but not all are honest about it…

6 months ago

Contxto – Not even fintechs are immune to coronavirus (Covid-19). In recent weeks, three startups, Créditas, Neon, and C6 Bank from Brazil, as well as Kueski from Mexico announced layoffs. Interestingly, many of these startups claimed it was unrelated to Covid-19. But there are grounds to think otherwise… “It wasn’t Covid-19, I swear,” say fintechs […]

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Fintech sees consumers as stupid—it needs to give them some credit

7 months ago

Contxto – As promised, I’ve sat myself down in front of my computer, dusted off my notes, and am now trying to make sense of what The Economist Event’s Finance Disrupted Latam actually meant. Overall, I liked it. I liked it a lot. It was interesting to see lots of players in an ongoing revolution […]

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Guadalajara, Mexico’s Silicon Valley? Kueski, Unima, and Interlub weigh in

8 months ago

Contxto – In Mexico, Guadalajara is a city that’s pulling a lot of strings to ramp up its startup ecosystem.  For one, it’s made efforts to draw in multinational corporations like Hewlett Packard and Jabil. In 2012, the government launched its Digital Creative City (CCD) project to attract innovative industries like design, mobile app development, […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Venture Capital in Mexico [Updated 2020]

8 months ago

Contxto – There is another, less explored, facet of the startup equation. Indeed, no idea gets far without the money to do the walking. This is where venture capitalists (VCs) come in. And as one would expect, Venture Capital in Mexico and the rest of Latin America is no exception. Oft the mighty presences behind […]

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Fintech Kueski uses AI for an end-to-end loan solution

8 months ago

Contxto – Many people when requesting a loan for the first time, have no prior credit history. So what usually happens is they’re rejected by traditional banking agents. This is one pain point Mexican startup Kueski seeks to relieve via artificial intelligence (AI). Related article: Mexican startup Kueski raises Series B in equity and debt […]

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LinkedIn’s Top 10 startups to work for in Mexico and Brazil

1 year ago

Contxto – The latest indicator that startups are taking Latin America by storm is a recent LinkedIn study. Since the social networking website operates in over 200 countries with more than 645 million business-savvy users, this past weekend it released its list of Top Startups where subscribers aspire to work in Mexico and Brazil. “These are […]

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Konfío receives US$100 million credit from Goldman Sachs

1 year ago

Contxto – While Konfío recently partnered with Facebook, not to mention Kueski’s latest round, there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to Mexican microloan startups. Especially regarding Konfío, this has been an eventful week for the company. This time around, it has opened a US$100 million secured credit facility from Goldman Sachs. Loans […]

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Goldman Sachs leads US$22.5 million investment in fintech iugu

1 month ago

Contxto – Collections departments have their work cut out for them: endless accounts and invoices to keep track of and bill… It can become very manual and time-consuming. Brazilian iugu is well-aware of this problem and developed a platform to automate many of these processes. For its customer-driven merits, it’s attracted one very interesting investor. […]

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Truora’s “Talento Startup” platform connects job seekers with companies

5 months ago

Contxto – With Covid-19, startups are expanding into new territory. Truora is a Colombian startup that (under normal circumstances) develops software to run background checks. This service is usually for fintechs to validate a person’s digital identity. Likewise HR departments employ Truora’s services to verify a potential job candidate’s record. In short, fraud prevention is […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Venture Capital in Mexico [Updated 2020]

8 months ago

Contxto – There is another, less explored, facet of the startup equation. Indeed, no idea gets far without the money to do the walking. This is where venture capitalists (VCs) come in. And as one would expect, Venture Capital in Mexico and the rest of Latin America is no exception. Oft the mighty presences behind […]

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Brazilian dark kitchen startup Mimic stirs investor hunger, raises US$9 million

10 months ago

Contxto – Investors are lean and hungry for dark kitchens in Latin America. Brazilian startup, Mimic can attest to that following its raising of R$37.2 million (around US$9 million) in a seed round.  Monashees led the investment, with contributions by Canary, and Valor Capital Group following suit. They were also joined by individual investors with […]

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Colombian Mywak will expand to Peru and Spain to help dog-owners care for their canine companions

10 months ago

Contxto – Colombian dog-walking marketplace, Mywak had a solid 2019. It reported a 43 percent growth rate within the last year and in August, it teamed up with Rappi. As a result, the startup plans to expand into Peru and Spain during the second semester of 2020. Lassie come home! It’s heartbreaking to be unable […]

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Brazilian VC monashees intends to raise US$250 million for its sixth fund

1 year ago

Contxto – Earlier, a Reuters report surfaced that Brazilian VC firm monashees will be raising US$250 million to grow investments in Latin American startups. While monashees hasn’t formally announced or confirm this news, this could be an important milestone for the group. In Summary  Eric Acher and Fabio Igel founded the São Paulo-based VC firm […]

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16 must-have Latin American tech products

1 year ago

Contxto – Inspired by TechCrunch’s post series about Web 2.0 companies that Michael Arrington couldn’t live without, now I’m happy to share my own list of essential apps and sites. Since we’re a blog covering Latin American entrepreneurship and startups, though, I’ll focus exclusively on regional apps. Some of them are for business, some for […]

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Brazilian pet care app, DogHero, nabs US$7 million from Rover

1 year ago

Contxto – A U.S. pet-sitting marketplace named Rover led a US$7 million round for Brazilian pet care app, DogHero. As Rover’s international influence grows, it’s the first time the Seattle-based company invested not only in Brazil but also Latin America. Mexican VC firm, IGNIA Partners, also contributed in hopes of expanding service across the region. […]

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Emptor, leading Latin American identity verifier, expands to Costa Rica

1 week ago

Contxto– Emptor, an automated identity verification and background check provider, has announced its expansion into Costa Rica. The future is here! Well, actually, it may have been here for quite some years now.  Though now based in New York, Emptor was founded in 2016 and has Peruvian roots. It offers its services to several countries across […]

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Falabella signs contract with Peruvian logistics company Chazki, “the Uber of logistics”

1 week ago

Contxto– In order to maintain leadership in the e-commerce business, Chilean retailer Falabella has signed contracts to work with logistics companies to optimize its delivery methods. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Falabella received backlash on social media due to a delivery service perceived as inefficient by its clients. Deliveries were extremely delayed while orders increased exponentially.  […]

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SoftBank’s Latin America fund will decide the future of fintech

1 week ago

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—Politics, football, and Tesla’s current stock price all have one thing in common with SoftBank—Latin America’s largest foreign investor—; you should never mention them in conversation unless […]

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What are the ground rules for competing after Covid?

2 weeks ago

Today’s Soapbox opinion was written by María José Contreras de Velasco, who is charged with promoting a culture of competition from COFECE. Contxto – The health crisis caused by Covid-19 has forced us to reinvent our habits. We now buy our groceries, exercise, take classes, and work, all without leaving home. As we adapt, companies […]

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Mexico is the go-to market for expanding Latin American startups

4 weeks ago

Today’s Soapbox opinion was written by Jia Li Tan, an Investment Professional at ALLVP. Contxto – On September 16, Mexicans around the world celebrate “Día de la Independencia”; the anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain.  It is the day when the whole of Mexico celebrates and takes a day off work. It was on […]

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iFood acquires SiteMercado as e-grocery competition intensifies

1 month ago

Contxto – Delivery de Mercado—iFood’s marketplace of restaurants and supermarkets—grew 240 percent last August when compared to March of this year. Evidently, Covid-19 has pushed consumers towards acquiring their edibles online. So to keep up with this momentum, iFood recently acquired SiteMercado—a white-label platform that helps grocery stores digitize their operations to work as an […]

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Orchata: Why did this Mexican startup wait to announce it was in YC?

1 month ago

Contxto – Y Combinator is always full of excitement. However, we were all delightfully surprised on Demo Day after being privately contacted by a Mexican startup, Orchata. Turns out, they too had been selected for this year’s Summer Batch.  Thus, the final YC tally stood at: The obvious question is, why did this Mexican startup […]

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A dream comes true: Cornershop and Uber partner up with major retailer Cencosud

2 months ago

Contxto – Despite the uncertainty surrounding Cornershop’s corporate governance, nothing seems to be stopping the company from achieving what it sets itself to. According to América Economía, the company—which seems to be operating under Uber’s control now—established a new strategic partnership with Chilean retail consortium, Cencosud. What this means is that the supermarket companies operating […]

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Rise of the challenger apps. OMNi to take on super-app Rappi

2 months ago

Contxto – OMNi is a Costa Rican startup that operates in Central America and the Caribbean. It claims to have developed the first super-app in the region, offering e-bike sharing services, a neobank, and soon ride-hailing and digital payment solutions.  In correspondence with Contxto, David Luza Echeverría, Executive Assistant at OMNi, said he believes that […]

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Cornershop forges partnership with Emptor to automate background checks

2 months ago

Contxto – As Chilean-Mexican Cornershop looks to scale throughout Latin America, it needs help carrying out background checks for its shoppers. To that end, it partnered with Peruvian Emptor to automate the due diligence process. Through the deal, many manual processes for screening candidates are ditched, according to an announcement made last Wednesday (29). For […]

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Fintech was about going digital, why are challenger banks addicted to plastic cards?

2 weeks ago

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, […]

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LinkedIn’s 2020 top 10 startups to work for in Brazil

4 weeks ago

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 […]

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Santander InnoVentures re-brands as Mouro Capital and gains US$400M for startups

1 month ago

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 […]

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Liber Capital acquires Adianta to expand lending services

3 months ago

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, […]

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Canary, Norte Ventures, and angels invest US$1 million in Rapicare

3 months ago

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 […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Venture Capital in Brazil [Updated 2020]

3 months ago

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 […]

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Santander InnoVentures leads US$5 million investment in a55

4 months ago

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   […]

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Fintech ADDI raises US$15 million through Quona Capital

5 months ago

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 […]

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Despite setbacks, SoftBank says it still has faith in its Latin American startups

5 months ago

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 […]

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More coronavirus-related layoffs in Brazil… This time it’s GetNinjas, Conta Azul, and Oyo

5 months ago

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 […]

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