BNDES Looks to PE Funds, Direct Investment Amid Growth-Company Rush

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(LatinFinance) Brazil’s development bank will invest in up to 12 private equity companies and support Bovespa Mas trading, in a drive to facilitate capital markets access for the country’s smaller firms. Read more

Saeed Amidi’s Global Accelerator Network Plug And Play Expands To Brazil

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(TechCrunch) The warp and weft of Saeed Amidi’s family story – transitioning from Iranian immigrants fleeing revolution in the 1970s to running a multi-million-dollar global family office and a vast technology accelerator network – is one that could only have been woven in Silicon Valley. Read more

Carrot Receives US$2m Investment from Venture Partners Mexico

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(Press Release) Venture Partners Mexico led successfully the Series B capital round in Carrot of MXN$26m (US$2m). Along with Venture Partners Mexico, Auria Capital and its founders, Mexico Ventures, a government-backed fund, made its first investment in the car-sharing company recognizing the opportunity it presents within the Mexican market. Read more

A5 Internet Invests R$3.5m in Brazilian Online Network Colab.re (em português)

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(Startupi) Colab.re, a social network that aims to encourage improvements to Brazilian cities, received an investment of R$3.5m from capital fund A5 Internet Investments. Read more

Atomico Adds to Investment in Brazilian Retail Store BebeStore

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(Dealbook) Atomico, the venture capital firm led by Niklas Zennstrom, the co-founder of Skype, is investing in Brazil again, a sign that entrepreneurship continues to grow here even amid a lagging economy. Read more

Show Me the Money: Hotel Urbano Picks Up Another US$50m

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(Pulso Social) Capital-wise, Hotel Urbano has got it down. The Brazilian online travel agency has picked up a R$120m (US$50m) investment round from Tiger Global Management and Insight Venture Partners. Read more

Colombia Reports Raises Funding From GITP Ventures

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(Press Release) Colombia Reports has raised funding from GITP Ventures, a venture capital firm headquartered in Medellin, that will help our website realize a number of plans that are in the pipeline. Read more

Technology Investor Riverwood Capital Launches US$35m Venture Fund

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(Alt Assets) Technology-focused investment firm Riverwood Capital has launched a venture capital fund with a US$35m target, AltAssets has learned. Read more at Alt Assets.

EscolherSeguro Receives Million Dollar Investment (em português)

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(Startupi) The online brokerage EscolherSeguro today announced a new contribution of between R$3m and R$10m. According to a spokesperson, the company can not disclose the exact amount of the investment, but details that 20% comes from the Warehouse Holdings, 30% of individual investors and 50% of the founders. Read more

Descomplica Lands US$5m From Social+Capital

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(TechCrunch) Internet penetration and social media usage are on the rise in every corner of the globe, but few can hold a candle to the level of adoption one finds in Brazil. According to the Internet Telecommunication Union, the UN’s specialized agency for information and communications technology, the percentage of people using the Internet in Brazil skyrocketed from 9 percent in 2002 to nearly 50 percent in 2012. What’s more, with over 60 million Facebook users, Brazil is now the third largest market for the social network outside of the U.S. and India. Read more