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SoftBank-backed Ualá makes international debut with Mexico

3 months ago

Contxto – For the first time ever, Ualá is scaling beyond its native Argentina. Rumors floated around last week that the fintech would launch into Colombia, but alas that wasn’t the case. Today (29), Ualá announced it’s expanding into Mexico. “We launched Ualá in Argentina three years ago with the purpose of making personal finances […]

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Ualá experiences massive growth—but even that has its drawbacks

7 months ago

Contxto – Argentine fintech Ualá has had a lot on its plate as of late, courtesy of Covid-19.  Ten months ago it hit a major milestone by dishing out one million of its pre-paid cards in Argentina. But this month, it announced it’s distributed over two million of these cards, mostly among users outside the […]

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Fintech wants to give loan borrowers more time to get their ducks in order

9 months ago

[wd_hustle id=”InArticleOptin” type=”embedded”/] Contxto – For many, money will be tight the next couple of months. And it will be even tighter for those who have taken out a loan. How do you make ends meet if you’ve had to close your business or you’ve been let go? With these users in mind, Argentine fintech […]

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In-depth with Pierpaolo Barbieri, the CEO and Founder of Ualá

9 months ago

[wd_hustle id=”InArticleOptin” type=”embedded”/] Contxto– If you haven’t heard about our podcast En Contxto, I have to be honest with you, I’m very disappointed. However, this is not about me, but about you and how you can’t miss the enlightening interview we had about a month ago with Pierpaolo Barbieri, the Founder of Argentine fintech, Ualá. […]

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Argentine fintech Ualá raises US$150 million in Series C led by Tencent and SoftBank

1 year ago

Contxto – Proceeding its recent mobile app launch, earlier today the Argentine fintech Ualá announced that it has raised US$150 million in a press release. The Series C round was led by Asian financial powerhouses, Tencent and SoftBank. Executives from both companies will now join Ualá‘s board.  Supplemental contributions also came from Endeavor Catalyst, Goldman […]

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Argentine fintech Ualá allows users to make investments in mutual fund with new feature

1 year ago

Contxto – Troubling times and uncertainty in the Argentine economy continue to provide opportunities for startups to make a difference. With a reported 50 percent annual inflation rate, the people of this soccer-savvy country are in big need of keeping the value of their buck. What is Ualá’s fintech solution to this problem? Invest, people. […]

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Ualá’s new credit line evens the playing field in Argentina

1 year ago

Contxto – As the challenger and neo-bank industry starts to mature, what used to be called “startups” are now reaching puberty. These alternative banks aren’t the cute little babies that they used to be. Rather than hoping to someday be like dad, now they’re actually competing with dad. At least this is the case of […]

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Ualá closes investment from Tencent, China’s tech giant

1 year ago

Contxto – Ualá, the Argentine challenger bank, adds yet another legendary investor to its cap table. Tencent, the Chinese telecom giant, has decided to fund the fintech startup with hopes of attracting more users. In Summary WeChat’s holding company, Tencent, is clearly placing big bets on Latin American banking alternatives. After investing in Nubank a […]

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

3 months 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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Fintech Moni launches lending solutions into Colombia

3 months ago

Contxto – Fintech Moni is entering a new market. Last Tuesday (29), the Argentine startup announced the launch of its credit solutions into Colombia. Users in the Andean country can now apply for personal loans ranging from ~US$26 to US$262. [wd_hustle id=”InArticleOptin” type=”embedded”/] Prepaid cards in Argentina Back in its native country, Moni also offers […]

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SoftBank-backed Ualá makes international debut with Mexico

3 months ago

Contxto – For the first time ever, Ualá is scaling beyond its native Argentina. Rumors floated around last week that the fintech would launch into Colombia, but alas that wasn’t the case. Today (29), Ualá announced it’s expanding into Mexico. “We launched Ualá in Argentina three years ago with the purpose of making personal finances […]

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11 startups from Argentina to watch in 2020

4 months ago

Contxto – “Hay que pasar el invierno”. Argentina’s politics and the economy are marked by past decisions that make its current situation even more challenging to overcome. This is also the case for startups in Argentina in an already rough 2020. One could trace the string of poor decisions to the “Standard Model —Modelo estandar […]

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Series B startups from Mexico (beta)

4 months ago

Contxto – Playtime is over. Series B stands for Big Bucks, but also for Boosting… majorly. Startups in Mexico that go on to raise this kind of round often use it to escape the pull of their local hub to take over the rest of the country’s massive domestic market.  Series B means that MVPs […]

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

6 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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Google for Startups Accelerator Latam announces summer 2020 batch

6 months ago

Contxto – Google for Startups has reviewed the candidates and Google for Startups has spoken!  Last Tuesday (23), it announced the startups from Latam that will participate in its three-month accelerator. A total of 12 enterprises from Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina will begin the program next Monday (29). What’s new: It’s the first time the […]

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How Latin American’s digital transformation can be a global model

6 months ago

Today’s Soapbox opinion comes from Andre Oentoro is the Founder of Breadnbeyond Contxto – Latin America’s digital landscape has been growing exponentially over the past few years. In the region, digital transformation is the crucial ingredient for poverty reduction and welfare systems—as well as other social indicators.  When global pandemic strikes, countries across the region […]

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Ualá’s newest feature lets users soft-land into credit

6 months ago

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 […]

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Mercado Libre announces new tech and innovation hub in Colombia

7 months ago

Contxto – Latin America’s largest e-commerce platform is keeping itself busy. Last Wednesday (10), Mercado Libre announced it would open a new tech and innovation center in Bogotá this year. That translates to around 200 new job openings. That’s a real sight for sore eyes considering unemployment levels in Colombia have risen largely due to […]

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