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LatAm Tech Weekly: The Mountain of Dry Powder and the Change in Regulation in Brazil

This text is a part of the LatAm Tech Weekly Collection, written by Julia De Luca and powered by Nasdaq. By Nasdaq’s international community, we associate with Latin American firms to assist their complete enterprise lifecycle to raise their model and entry the worldwide markets. Study extra about Latin American Listings right here.

It’s no information for readers that VC exercise slowed down globally up to now few months. Nevertheless, issues are beginning to decide up once more. Firstly, in response to The Info, U.S. VC traders are sitting on USD 290 bn of dry powder – with USD 162bn being reserved for brand new investments. This determine is 46% better than what was seen in 2020. Due to this fact, startup founders ought to count on a pickup in enterprise capital curiosity subsequent yr as a document stage of dry powder pressures the VC funds to hurry up their funding tempo.


Furthermore, additionally it is true that inflation, excessive rates of interest and a pointy lower in software program inventory costs pulled again the pace of dealmaking, however alternatives stay and investor sentiment is bettering. The most recent Quantitative Views report launched by Pitchbook on Q3 exhibits that whole worth of venture-backed firms within the US has reached $3.3 trillion, trailing the overall PE-backed market cap by solely 3%. Additionally, combination unicorn valuations now surpass $2.3 trillion, even given the slowdown in unicorn creation in 2022.  

Transferring on to LatAm, Bloomberg Linea launched the 2022 version of LatAm’s 500 Most Influential Individuals. Wanting on the names, tech may be very effectively represented! To call a number of:  Ualá’s Pierpaolo Barbieri, Rappi’s 3 co-founders, Bitso’s Barbara Gonzalez, dLocal’s Sergio Fogel and Meli’s Marcos Galperín.


  • Brazilian regulators introduced a number of modifications that would have a marginal impression on profitability within the card/buying trade however might impression considerably chosen fintechs. In a nutshell: interchange charges for card issuers on pre-paid playing cards will now be capped at 70 bps. They may also be topic to a shorter, debit-like settlement interval of two days. Debit card interchange can also be getting a clearer 50-bp cap, from 70 bps or a ~50-bp common beforehand. The measures will grow to be efficient as of April 1, 2023.
  • PetLove, Brazilian eCommerce web site providing pet merchandise for canine, cats, fish, reptiles, rodents, and extra, raised an undisclosed quantity in a Collection C spherical by Globo Ventures.
  • Deribit, professional-grade cryptocurrency derivatives platform primarily based in Panama, introduced a Collection A of USD 40mm with the participation of 10T Fund, Akuna Capital, and QCP Capital.
  • Regardless of latest bulletins, SoftBank affirms that it’s keen to maintain investing in LatAm. Rodrigo Costa, a associate on the agency, says he hopes to announce new investments quickly.
  • Solfácil, Brazilian platform for financing photo voltaic vitality introduced an extension to its Collection C of USD30mm by Fifth Wall Ventures.
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  • The Latin American open finance platform, Belvo, has been licensed by the Central Financial institution of Brazil to function as a Cost Transaction Initiator (ITP). The corporate is now working on an account-to-account fee initiation resolution that can enable its clients within the nation to course of Pix funds end-to-end inside their very own apps and web sites by means of financial institution authentication, decreasing friction for the patron. 
  • Ali, Brazilian fintech firm that provides monetary wellbeing options and payroll-deductible loans to firm’s staff introduced a Collection A of USD 25.2mm with traders similar to Jan Karsten, former MD at Citibank, and BoostLab.
  • The Brazilian Central Financial institution introduced that the “Actual Digital” will likely be launched by 2024.


  • Greater than 1000 individuals attended the Cubo Conecta occasion in São Paulo –founders, traders and corporates within the ecosystem. Cubo is the most important tech hub in Latin America, owned by Itau Unibanco. On the opening of the occasion, Milton Maluhy, CEO of the Financial institution strengthened that Itau’s company enterprise capital technique is within the making and extra information will come within the following months. The initiative, led by former Redpoint Anderson Thees and Manoel Lemos, is being lengthy awaited by the market because it was first introduced on the Itau BBA Founders Summit, flagship occasion for know-how.

  • Francesca Whalen and Alfredo Vargas, two executives with loads of expertise in monetary markets, met at Stanford a few years in the past and determined to make use of their data within the service of contributing to the event of startups in Latin America. They based Integra Groupe, a enterprise capital agency that invests in early stage, with an eye fixed on firms that carry know-how to totally different sectors and which have ESG standards. The agency’s differential lies in a instrument launched to the market this month, referred to as iScore, the primary available on the market to quantitatively measure the progress of startups in ESG.
  • SoftBank’s Imaginative and prescient Fund unit is ready to chop round 150 individuals, or 30% of its workers globally. The agency fired 10 individuals from its LatAm workforce.
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  • I participated within the AWS Starups Journey occasion held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Tremendous attention-grabbing to get to know new startups and in addition to change concepts concerning the tech enviornment. I’m pleased to see Brazil’s tech ecosystem thriving in a number of areas of the nation.

  • Cortex, Brazilian development intelligence platform for the advertising and marketing and gross sales journey that helps companies make sensible and data-driven choices introduced a Collection C of USD48mm led by Lightrock with the participation of earlier traders Riverwood and Softbank.


  • The quick supply market has a brand new competitor: becoming a member of forces with Uber’s Cornershop, Carrefour launched its personal resolution, referred to as Carrefour Já, with deliveries in quarter-hour. Developed in partnership between the 2 firms, the brand new model begins with its operations in São Paulo and makes use of the construction of Carrefour Categorical shops for the choice and supply of merchandise.

What did I study from readers?

ZeroHash CEO Edward Woodford despatched over a nice article written by him on the Firm’s weblog. In essence, it discusses that what we name “conventional finance” corporations are converging to “crypto firms”. He argues that each finance firm will grow to be a crypto firm, and each crypto firm will grow to be a finance firm. Very straight ahead and simple learn for these within the topic – with concrete examples. Definitely worth the learn 🙂

What am I studying?

What did I pay attention/watch?

Quote of the week:

“You by no means actually perceive an individual till you think about issues from his viewpoint—” “Sir?” “—till you climb into his pores and skin and stroll round in it.” To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

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