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Education group Afya purchases iClinic for US$32.9 million

5 months ago

Contxto – Afya, a group that focuses on health education, announced on October 13 the purchase of iClinic, a healthtech company, for R$182.7 million (US$32.9 million), which was bought with 61.5 percent cash and 38.5 percent in Afya shares. Helping the medical community With this new acquisition, the group will offer different services to doctors, […]

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Zaaz Bicimensajería is Cuba’s solution for a greener way to deliver

6 months ago

Contxto – We all heard how important it is to limit our carbon footprint and for us to care about climate change. That and how doing more exercise and being healthier is a must in life. Luckily, all of these are some of the perks provided by the new Cuban startup Zaaz Bicimensajería, an eco-friendly […]

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eHealth Care: Chilean AI might dramatically improve Covid contact tracing tech

6 months ago

Contxto– Sabrina Sepúlveda, a Chilean scientist, has created a mobile kit for detecting Covid-19 by means of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The kit uses an algorithm that, in combination with the patient’s symptoms, helps identify if there is a risk of infection prior to a PCR testing, the standard procedure.   As of October 2020, two […]

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

6 months 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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Two new Latin American-ish unicorns forebode ominous news for the region

6 months ago

Contxto – The world announced two new unicorns into the ecosystem just this week, and both have a distinctly Latin American flavor.  One is Orca Bio, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing high precision allogeneic cell therapies, which announced that it had scored Series D financing with US$192 million. The round was co-led by Lightspeed Venture […]

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Start-Up Chile announces 15 startups for 2020 Growth accelerator

6 months ago

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 […]

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Covid revealed Latin America’s structural weakness—Good news for blockchain

7 months ago

Welcome to our new The Exclusive deep dive content about our Latin American ecosystem. Registered newsletter users can get a sneak-peek of these soon-to-be paid for articles. powered by Typeform Contxto – “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It’s a cliché as old as time, but it tends to be best used by […]

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SoftBank to invest US$2 billion in Latin America in 2020

7 months ago

Contxto – Luis Moreno, the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently sat down with Marcelo Claure, CEO at SoftBank Group International, to talk about the future of innovation in Latin America in a post-pandemic world. And during their conversation broadcasted as part of the Council of the Americas event, Claure offered a status […]

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With Rappi Care, users can request Covid-19 tests straight to their door

7 months ago

Contxto – One might refer to the Rappi delivery app for a pizza run or to pick something up at grandma’s, though usually healthcare isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But the contender for superapp status in Latin America is once again making a move. News recently broke that the startup launched “Rappi […]

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Fewer dead bodies to prod: Changing healthcare with VR tech

7 months ago

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, […]

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