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World Innovation Lab (WiL) is a US & Japan-based venture capital firm with capital base from governments and leading global corporations based in Japan and throughout Asia - including Sony, Nissan, Suzuki, All Nippon Airways, NTT, 7-Eleven & others. The company's vision is to be the bridge between startups and corporates in key hubs across the globe - starting with Japan and the US.
WiL invests in companies that are ready to scale and enter new markets. The firm helps US startups expand to Japan and Asia, and Japanese startups expand worldwide. WiL also works with its corporate investors on evolving their own innovation capabilities through executive training, strategic advisory, and partnerships with leading startups.
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Yalochat, the Bit Supporting Amazon & Coca- Cola raises 15 Million Dollars
Yalochat, a Mexico based instant messaging company established in 2016, recently raised 15 million dollars. The round was led by B-Capital Group with participation from Sierra Ventures, which was co-founded by Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin. Yalochat builds a customer relationship management (CRM) platform that helps businesses simplify the use of chat applications like WhatsApp to […]
Puerto Rican project chosen for Google News Lab Boot Camp
Contxto- In an age of “Fake News,” journalism has become more controversial, but at the same time, more fact-driven. Many outlets are looking for that extra support to become mainstream media and be able to reach more people. However, this wouldn’t be possible without a platform, and that is what the Google News Initiative Startup […]
Can spacetech truly take off in Latin America?
Contxto – On October 9, 2020, the Mexican government took a break from its regularly scheduled Earth-bound matters to make an announcement that took many by surprise. Latin America was launching a unified regional Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency (ALCE, as it is known in Spanish). The landmark agreement was signed alongside Argentina, making […]
Here’s the strategy founders are using to boost customer trust (and sales)
Contxto – As the founder of a startup in practically any sector, you may never have heard of licensed content. Yet, licensed content for startups could well be your secret weapon to closing sales, optimizing ROI (return on investment), and building your brand’s credibility. Although the concept of licensing written, audio, video, and photographic material […]
Zaaz Bicimensajería is Cuba’s solution for a greener way to deliver
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 […]
Argentine Wimet rewrites office space rules post-Covid
Contxto – 2020 might very well be remembered as the year we swapped suits for sweatpants. The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally reshaped how and where we work. Argentine startup, Wimet, is positioned for massive growth in this environment, as it helps companies and individuals find places to work or host an event. Wimet’s competitive prices […]
Hospitality startup Casai scores largest Mexican Series A
Contxto -The emerging luxury hospitality startup, Casai, has received a round worth US$48 million, becoming the largest Series A raised by a Mexican company and one of the largest in Latin America. That funding will be divided into US$23 million in equity funding while US$25 million will be in debt financing from Andreessen Horowitz, a […]
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 […]
Startups from Paraguay (beta)
Contxto – Startups in Paraguay are as interesting as this often ignored corner of the Latin American ecosystem is. Yet, there is a common trend to be seen as in the rest of the region. It was one we detected almost exactly a year ago when we wrote a market map of fintech startups in […]
Watch out Nubank? Ank marks Itaú’s foray into fintech
Contxto – Itaú, Brazil’s second-largest bank, has ventured into the world of fintech with its launch of an app called Ank. The goal of the app is simple: trying to help consumers keep track of their various bank accounts in one central location. The idea is that Ank is a consumer’s first port of call […]