LatAm SMS Jobs Startup Emprego Ligado Closes US$7m Series A To Expand

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(TechCrunch) Developing markets such as Latin America are eating up smartphone use, and a startup emerging out of Brazil is making the best use of that trend. Emprego Ligado is a job marketplace which competes with local job sites and staffing agencies for blue-collar Brazilians. In 2012, it got backing from investors including 500 Startups and Initial Capital to crack the Brazilian market. Now it’s won more firepower in the form of a US$7m in Series A funding from an international syndicate of investors including Monashees Capital, Grupo RBS e.Bricks and Qualcomm Ventures. The funding will be used for geographic expansion. Read more

General Atlantic Announces Investment in SAS Sistema de Ensino

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(Press Release) General Atlantic has completed an investment in SAS Sistema de Ensino. SAS is a leading learning systems provider in provides and provides a teaching methodology for approximately 110,000 students and 325 schools throughout Brazil. Read more

Warehouse Investimentos Sells its Entire Stake in iFood to Movile (em português)

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(Startupi) Warehouse Investments, a venture capital fund created 3 years ago, made its first exit by selling its entire stake in iFood to Movile. According to Moises Herszenhorn, CEO of the VC firm, the proposal was made by Movile who was looking to invest more resources in the project. Read more

Advent International to Invest in Cataratas do Iguaçu S.A.

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(Press Release) Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global investors dedicated solely to private equity, today announced that it has agreed to make a significant equity investment in Cataratas do Iguaçu S.A. Advent will work closely with the company’s current shareholders, all of whom will retain ownership in the business, to improve Cataratas’s services and operations and expand into additional parks and tourism-related businesses in Brazil. The investment, which is subject to certain closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2014. Terms were not disclosed. Read more

Brazil’s NEO Investimentos Targets International Capital for First Time

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(PEHub) NEO Investimentos, a Brazilian-based GP, is raising its third fund and targeting international limited partners for the first time, according to two people with knowledge of the process, as well as regulatory documents. Read more

Brasilera Clickbus Receives US$10m to Run the World via Bus (em português)

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(Startupi) Clickbus received a second round of investment Internet Group, Tengelmann Ventures and Holtzbrink Ventures after receiving an initial investment of US$2.5m from Rocket Internet. In addition, the company announced plans to expand to Turkey and Pakistan in addition to its current operations in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Poland and Thailand. Read more

Management Startup Nibo Receives Investment from Two Funds

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(Exame) Nibo, the financial software management company for small and medium businesses, announced today a new investment from funds Redpont e.Ventures and Valor Capital Group. In addition, the startup launched a new tool to facilitate communication between entrepreneurs and accountants. Read more

Incube Buys 99Motos for R$3m and Relaunches as (em português)

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(Startupi) Incube, the investment fund and developer of mobile applications and technologies, acquired 99Motos, a startup for courier services, for R$3m. The company has since been relaunched as Read more

Vale Concludes Sale of Stakes in VLI to Brookfield

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(Press Release) Vale informs that it has concluded the transaction announced on December 23, 2013, transferring 26.5% of the total capital of VLI to investment funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management, for R$2b. As a result of the completion of this transaction, Vale now holds 37.6% of VLI’s total share capital. Read more

Singapore’s GIC takes 18.5% Stake in Brazil’s Abril Educacao

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(PEHub) Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC said on Friday it has acquired an 18.5% stake in Brazilian education services company Abril Educacao. Read more