Upload Ventures, a SoftBank LatAm spinout, seeks to raise a $250M fund

Less than one year after Upload Ventures spun out of SoftBank’s investment arm, the Latin American–focused investment arm is seeking to raise a $250 million fund, filings show. TechCrunch reached

HealthAtom empowers LatAm’s small healthcare offices with cloud-based ops

HealthAtom is aiming to be the go-to cloud-based operations system for small and midsize healthcare companies across Latin America (LatAm). Although the company has been around since 2012, this is the

Uils wants to lend LatAm’s rideshare drivers cash based on their driving record

When Uils launched in 2021, it was a car rental service for rideshare drivers. But after the founders realized that many rideshare drivers don’t have access to credit, particularly in Latin Amer

Fidu wants to be a full-stack solution for LatAm private schools

Nicolás Giménez, the co-founder of Argentina-based startup Fidu, has convinced over 1,000 schools across the Latin America region to place their operations in the hands of a scrappy edtech startup.

Draftea kicks off LatAm fantasy football with NFL partnership, fresh funding

Draftea, which calls itself the first daily fantasy sports company in Spanish-speaking Latin America, is taking fantasy football (not fútbol) to the region in a new partnership with the National Foot

Egyptian startup Convertedin raises $3M, caters to e-commerce brands in MENA and Latin America

Convertedin, an Egyptian startup that operates a marketing operating system for e-commerce brands, has raised $3 million in a seed round led by Saudi Arabia-headquartered Merak Capital. Other particip

Empathy is essential for building a loyal team, says Kolors co-founder Anca Gardea

Kolors is following a model that it describes as “if Uber and Southwest Airlines had a baby," providing a technology layer to bus operators to help them operate more smoothly.

Crisis! On the blockchain

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Investors show Latin American fintech startups the money

Welcome to The Interchange, a take on this week’s fintech news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Greetings from Austin, Texas, where the temps have been over 100 degrees for da

Colombian proptech Habi reaches unicorn status with $200M raise co-led by SoftBank and Homebrew

Habi, a Bogota-based proptech, has closed on $200 million in a Series C funding round co-led by Homebrew and SoftBank Latin America Fund. The startup did not reveal its exact valuation, saying only it

Meet Morado, a two-month old Colombian marketplace for the beauty industry that just raised $5M

Morado, a two-month-old Colombian startup aiming to digitize beauty salons in Latin America, has raised $5 million in a pre-seed round from a bevy of global investors. Tiger Global Management and H20

Fintech NovoPayment raises first venture round in 15 years to expand its full-stack banking API platform

The digital transformation of banking and payments services is a red-hot trend that’s shown no signs of slowing down. Banking-as-a-service (BaaS) products like Synapse, Unit and Bond have helpe

Top SoftBank LatAm partners leave firm to start their own

SoftBank Latin America is certainly having massive exits, but not the lucrative kind. Paulo Passoni and Shu Nyatta, two managing investment partners of SoftBank’s Latin America practice, are leaving

‘The Ultimatum’ and social fintech have more in common than you’d think

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week was TechCrunch Early Stage, so Natasha and Alex go

SoftBank shifts LatAm plan with new early-stage spinout, Upload Ventures

SoftBank Latin America Fund announced today that it is spinning out its early-stage Latin American investment arm into a new autonomous entity, dubbed Upload Ventures. The new fund will back early-sta

Founded by ex-dLocal and AstroPay execs, Datanomik is bringing open banking to LatAm

Cross-border payments platform dLocal is one of the most notable Latin American startups in recent history — the company became Uruguay’s first unicorn in 2020 and went public on the Nasda

Colombian payment infra startup Simetrik lands $20M Series A at a $100M+ valuation

Infrastructure startups continue to attract venture dollars across the globe, especially in the case of payments infrastructure providers. No-code too also remains a draw. A startup that is a blend of

Fintech Roundup: Due diligence makes a comeback and a former employee speaks out

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Tiger’s stamp of approval is coming for the early stage

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox early, subscribe here. On Tuesday, AngelList Venture closed its first tranche o

The co-founder of Brazil’s first unicorn bags $6M for new grocery startup

Mara, a São Paulo-based startup that aims to “reinvent” the grocery shopping experience for the underserved in Latin America, has raised $6 million in a funding round co-led by Canary and Caffein
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