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eHealth Care: Chilean AI might dramatically improve Covid contact tracing tech
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 […]
Falabella signs contract with Peruvian logistics company Chazki, “the Uber of logistics”
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. […]
SoftBank’s Latin America fund will decide the future of fintech
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 […]
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, […]
Used car platform Kavak hits US$1.15B valuation. First-ever unicorn from Mexico
Contxto – Used car platform Kavak the pre-owned car giant announced it reached unicorn status yesterday (30). In an interview, the startup said it reached a US$1.15 billion valuation following an investment round it closed in September. The startup didn’t share how much the invested totaled for, only that Greenoaks Capital led it. In terms […]
The Complete List of Latin American Unicorns [Updated 2020]
Contxto – With Latin America growing as an important axis for the entrepreneurship ecosystem, hardly a day goes by without a breaking news story about a regional startup funding round. And even more frequently, new unicorns in Latam. At Contxto, we’re always trying to showcase what’s going well in Latin America. With the same purpose, […]
Lending fintech Quasar Flash raises US$4.5M to accelerate credit analysis for Brazilian SMEs
Contxto – In an ideal world, accounts receivable departments always have a steady cash flow because customers pay for everything immediately. But most businesses know all too well that that’s rarely the case (if ever). In general, large companies are bulky enough to withstand these irregularities, while small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can struggle. Startup […]
SoftBank, General Atlantic bet US$107M on facial biometrics startup, Acesso Digital
Contxto – Humanity’s biggest nemesis in 2020, Covid-19, has highlighted the importance of facial recognition technology. As a result, startups working with these types of solutions have been drawing funding as of late. Though none more so than Brazilian Acesso Digital. Yesterday (21), news broke that SoftBank and General Atlantic co-led an investment in Acesso […]
Foodtech Let’s Eat “cloud canteen” decentralizes workplace eating for those who can’t home office
Contxto – Let’s Eat, a foodtech “cloud canteen” that delivers personalized meals to office workers as an alternative to companies setting up their own canteens, has closed a pre-Series A round. The round was led by Fink Ventures, alongside EMAN (Emerging Markets Angel Network) and a handful of other strategic angel investors in the space. […]
Jefa looks to smash the “glass vault” of banking for women Latin America
Contxto – When it comes to money, the world tends to have a male-oriented mindset. You can blame marketing and general prejudice for that. Factor in income inequality and women take the back seat when it comes to financial products specifically tailored to them. But Jefa, an up-and-coming challenger bank, is preparing to challenge the […]