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SmartMEI Secures Funding from Accion Venture Lab to Reach Underserved Micro-entrepreneurs in Brazil Added in 11/1/2017
Brazil-based fintech startup and mobile platform SmartMEI announced today that it has closed a seed funding round to support its financial service offerings for underserved micro-entrepreneurs in Brazil. Accion Venture Lab, the seed-stage investment initiative of financial inclusion leader Accion, and Canary Ventures participated in the round.

Source: Accion

Capria Annouces its 5th Investment Cycle Added in 11/1/2017
Capria is looking for 3-5 fund managers to join as part of this investment cycle and the initial deadline to apply is November 27, 2017.

Source: Capria

Amid Brazil’s persistent economic crisis, fintech startup GuiaBolso raises $39 million Added in 10/18/2017
Despite a continuing economic crisis, Brazil’s technology startups are continuing to attract cash and financing, with the mobile personal financial service GuiaBolso raising $39 million in fresh funding.

Source: Techcrunch

Siguler Guff & Company, LP’s Acquisition of a minority stake in Ourolac Indústria de Alimentos S.A. Added in 10/16/2017
Siguler Guff & Company, LP, finalized the acquisition of a minority stake in Ourolac Indústria de Alimentos S.A. in co-investment with 2bCapital S.A. According to informed source the Transaction has a total value of $28 Million.

Source: Global Legal Chronicle

Advent portfolio company Grupo Biotoscana listed on Brazil’s B3 Exchange Added in 8/22/2017
Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, today announced that its portfolio company, Grupo Biotoscana (“GBT”), a leading specialty pharmaceutical company in Latin America, priced its initial public offering on July 25, 2017 at R$26.50 per share, generating gross proceeds of US$375.2 million. The Company is listed on Brazil’s B3 Exchange under the trading symbol “GBIO33”. Advent has retained a significant equity stake in GBT and will maintain a presence on the Company’s Board of Directors.

Source: Advent International

Bossa Nova and Gouvêa de Souza launch fund for retail startups Added in 7/21/2017
A strategic and innovative partnership promises to shake the national retail market. The
reason is Bossa Nova Investimentos - a benchmark company in Micro Venture Capital in Latin
America led by João Kepler and Pierre Schurmann - has teamed up with the GS & MD Group -
Gouvêa de Souza - Brazil's largest retail specialist, to create a business potentializer focused in
the segment.

Source: Press Release

Brasil’s Senate approves resolution to give $750 million to renewable energies Added in 7/13/2017
The Brazilian Senate has approved on Thursday a draft resolution (PRS 25/2017) that authorizes an external credit of $750 million for the financing of the country’s incentive program for renewables, Programa de Financiamento para Energia Sustentável.

Source: PV Magazine

With more than R$ 5 million investment round, Intellibrand redefines Brands and Retail relationship in Latin America with Digital Trade Marketing Added in 6/29/2017
Intellibrand is the evolution of eRA, a company specialized in competitive intelligence founded in 2013 by founders Chau Sanh and Francesco Weiss, in 2017 together with DGF Investiments more than R$ 5 million, a venture capital firm recognized for investing in high tech companies and leaders in their segments. 

Source: IntelliBrand

Mosyle, a Brazilian startup, raises capital and establishes operations in the U.S. Added in 6/29/2017
Despite the country’s political instability, Brazilian high-tech startups are attracting investments and expanding beyond geographical borders. Among the country’s new crop of entrepreneurs, many are launching their technology companies with a global mindset, and some are successfully expanding beyond Brazil’s borders.  

Source: Mosyle

RB Capital and Macquarie Capital Announce Intention to Form New Brazil Industrial and Logistics Real Estate Platform Added in 6/20/2017
Brazil’s RB Capital, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation (TSE: 8591: NYSE: IX), and Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group (“Macquarie”) (ASX: MQG: ADR: MQBKY), today announced that they have agreed to an indicative term sheet to jointly form and capitalize a new industrial real estate platform to acquire and develop Class A industrial real estate in Brazil.

Source: BusinessWire

Global EdTech Investments And Outlook: 10 EdTech Companies You Should Know About Added in 5/17/2017
Last year, David Bainbridge, CEO of UK-based Knowledgemotion, published an article on TechCrunch titled “Edtech is the Next Fintech.” According to Bainbridge, a new education world has begun with investments in edtech set to reach $252 billion globally by 2020.

Source: Forbes

Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Added in 5/13/2017
Fintech is booming around the world. Global investments in fintech companies have continued to rise during the last two years. After international financing for fintech startups hit $19 billion in new funding rounds at the end of 2015, the volume cranked up even higher.

Source: Tech Crunch

Impact Fund Managers from Africa and South America Join Capria Network Added in 3/13/2017
With nine managers on four continents, Capria Network is now the leading global network of impact fund managers

Private equity fund Carlyle invests in Brazilian tech firm FS Added in 2/3/2017
Private equity firm The Carlyle Group has made its first investment in the technology sector in Brazil by acquiring a minority interest in mobile and security services provider FS.

Source: ZD Net

‘Tough Times,’ but U.S. Investor Bets on Latin American Start-Ups Added in 1/26/2017
With a change of administration in the United States ushering in uncertainty, this may be an unusual time for an American investment firm to bet on emerging markets.

Source: The New York Times

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