South America

South American startups: Apply to Startup Battlefield 200

Here’s a shoutout to South American early-stage startup founders! We want YOU to apply for the Startup Battlefield 200 at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023. But you’d better hurry — time is running out. T

Senzai taps into AI optimization to guide LatAm companies to the right customers

Senzai’s technology measures impact, experimentation and optimization to determine which sales campaigns will appeal to customers.

Meet Liquido, which aims to be the ‘Stripe of LatAm’ — but with even bigger ambitions

The ability to offer businesses more ways to accept digital payments is crucial globally, but merchants’ specific needs typically differ based on geography. In recognition of those nuances, Liquido

eBay appoints new head of emerging markets, covering regions like Southeast Asia and India

eBay announced today that it has appointed Vidmay Naini as its general manager for global emerging markets, a role that covers the company’s growth in Southeast Asia, India, Eastern Europe, Israel,

Epic buys Brazil-based game developer Aquiris to boost Fortnite

Epic Games is expanding its footprint in Latin America with the purchase of Aquiris, a Brazilian game company. Aquiris will become Epic Games Brasil, giving the social gaming giant a foothold in the c

Ukrainian startup Zeely raises $1M for SMB growth app aimed at US, UK, Brazil, Mexico

As Gen Z turns into their early-to-mid 20s, a new generation of business owners is coming online. Many of these new entrepreneurs do the vast majority of work on their phones. This is especially true

SoftBank LatAm sees past recent losses, remains bullish on region

When SoftBank announced in 2019 that it had allocated $5 billion to investing in Latin American startups, it felt like an inflection point for the region. And then when the Japanese investment conglom

Kaszek earmarks nearly $1B in new funds for Latin American startups

Kaszek Ventures, one of Latin America’s first venture firms, has raised $975 million across two funds. Specifically, the São Paulo-based firm has closed on Kaszek Ventures VI, a $540 million early-

Qualcomm-backed Aravita wants to help Brazilian supermarkets control food waste

Aravita's AI-powered solution for supermarkets looks at variables, including climate, seasonality and consumer behavior, to manage the purchasing of fresh food.

Apply now to speak at TechCrunch Disrupt in September

Do you have the desire, the expertise and the followers it takes to be a speaker at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 on September 19–21 in San Francisco? Then heed this call for content, because we want to h

Neobank Vexi raises millions to offer young Mexicans lower interest rate credit cards

Getting a credit card is something most Americans take for granted. In countries such as Mexico, it’s a much more difficult and less common endeavor. In fact, less than 20% of the population has acc

How one Brazilian startup’s pivot to corporate cards has paid off

Portão 3 was founded as a corporate travel startup in 2020 and had released its product just as COVID hit Latin America and “all airports closed,” recalls co-founder Bianca Pereira. Although the

Grocery deliverer JOKR doubles down on Brazil as it secures $50M on $1.3B valuation

JOKR hit gross-profit status last April, but was swept into the challenging economic environment that affected the instant grocery delivery sector over the past year.

Meet Beek, a startup bringing audiobooks to LatAm with big-name backing

Growing up in Mexico City, Pamela Valdes says she was a bullied child who was inspired by stories her parents told of other bullied individuals, such as Bill Gates, who went on to be very successful.

Brazilian online grocery deliverer Diferente secures $3M to increase customers’ access to healthier food

The company sources directly from organic farmers and is able to offer prices that are 40% lower than a grocery store.

Two CEOs is better than one with Henrique Dubugras from Brex

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Brex co-founder and co-CEO Henrique Dubugras to chat about his corporate credit card and

Kredito banks $6M as the LatAm business lender eyes international expansion

Kredito created products with few requirements so that customers could more easily access financial products.

6 investors share where they draw the line when it comes to ethical issues

Investors are paying more attention to founder and startup behavior and many won't invest in startups that could compromise their ethics.

Social commerce startup Elenas secures $20M to help more LatAm women sell online

In the past year, over 100,000 women in Colombia and Mexico have sold 2 million orders and earned millions of dollars on Elenas' platform.

Foodology’s cloud kitchen concept gains foothold across Latin America

Foodology specializes in developing brands from scratch by collecting consumer and geographical data and then creating original dishes that are delivered.
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