News | Grow, a Micro Mobility Giant in Latam, Sold to Fund

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News Summary Grow, which was born in 2019 after a merger between Brazil’s Yellow, which provides share services for bicycles and electric scooters, and Grin, Mexico, which manufactures electric scooters, announced the sale of its business to Mountain Nazca, a South American investment fund, on March 11. Nazca is also the largest shareholder in companies such as Peixe Urbano in Brazil and Grupon. According to grow’s statement, the company will continue to operate in three Brazilian cities (Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo) and Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Roberto Álvarez Cadavieco, Vice President of Mobility at Grow, will be the global CEO of the Grow Group. Just … Conteúdo

Forum Review vol.13 | Pedro Dusso, Aegro

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In the forum review vol.1, we took up the whole picture of the forum and opening remarks by Brazil Venture Capital. After vol.2, we will deliver all 18 sessions in a series. This time, we’d like to introduce a session of “Agritech in Brazil” by Pedro Dusso of Aegro. Aegro – Pedro Dusso (left) and Brazil Venture Capital – Mitsuru Nakayama Session Summary In the past forum, we have introduced sessions with ARPAC and HORUS, which lead the Brazilian agritech market with agricultural drones. In this article, Pedro Dusso, president of Aegro, which supports the resolution of agricultural issues from the production and financial management aspects of Agritech, talked about … Conteúdo

Forum Review vol.12 | Mauricio Omura, CyberAgent Capital

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In the forum review vol.1, we took up the whole picture of the forum and opening remarks by Brazil Venture Capital. After vol.2, we will deliver all 18 sessions in a series. This time, we would like to introduce a session of “Venture Capital in Japan” by Mr. Mauricio Omura of Cyber Agent Capital. Cyber Agent Capital – Mr. Mauricio Omura Session Summary In the session of Mr. Ide of DG Ventures, which we discussed the other day, I introduced “Venture Capital in Japan”. We also invited guests from CyberAgent Capital, which has established an investment style that specializes in the Internet industry, taking a part in the Japanese venture … Conteúdo

Forum Review vol.11 | Laura Constantini, Astella Investimentos

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In the forum review vol.1, we took up the whole picture of the forum and opening remarks by Brazil Venture Capital. After vol.2, we will deliver all 18 sessions in a series. This time, we’d like to introduce a session of “Venture Capital in Brazil” by Laura Constantini of Astella Investimentos. Astella Investimentos – Laura Constantini and Brazil Venture Capital – Mitsuru Nakayama Session Summary In our Brazil Venture Capital article, we have also talked about the development of the Brazilian startup ecosystem and the soil of the birth of unicorns. That momentum is expected to continue in 2020. Ms. Laura Constantini, the founder and partner of Astella Investimentos, a … Conteúdo

Forum Review vol.10 | Felipe Fujiwara, Softbank

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In the forum review vol.1, we took up the whole picture of the forum and opening remarks by Brazil Venture Capital. After vol.2, we would deliver all 18 sessions in a series. This time, “Brazilian Venture Capital Outlook” by Softbank Felipe Fujiwara! Felipe Fujiwara, Softbank (Left) and Mitsuru Nakayama, Brazil Venture Capital Session Summary Speaking of Softbank, at the end of last year, the company announced its large-scale investments in Brazil and Argentina. In addition, it has had an impact on global markets such as the establishment of a South American-specific fund for US$5B, the group’s “straight financial results”, and the Wework issue. In this session, Fujiwara, vice president of … Conteúdo

Forum Review vol.9 l Francisco Jardim, SP Ventures

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In the news from the forum vol.1, we covered the whole picture of the forum and Opening Remarks by Brazil Venture Capital. From vol.2 onwards, we will provide a series of 18 sessions. In this chapter, we would review a session on “Agritech Market in Brazil” by SP Ventures Francisco Jardim! SP Ventures, Mr. Francisco Jardim (left side) and Brazil Venture Capital, Nakayama CEO   Session summary As in the Brazil Venture Capital’s blog we showed some reports like the development of large-scale agriculture and agritech in Brazil, investment in ARPAC from Japanese drone funds, entering into Brazilian market by Japanese agritech – Agri Info Design, agriculture is particularly noted … Conteúdo

Forum Review vol.8 | Takayuki Ide, DG Ventures

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In the news from the forum vol.1, we covered the whole picture of the forum and Opening Remarks by Brazil Venture Capital. From vol.2 onwards, we will provide a series of 18 sessions. This time, we would like to share a session of “Japanese Venture Capital” by DG Ventures, Mr. Takayuki Ide! Mr. Takayuki Ide, DG Ventures Session Abstract The method of combining traditional closed innovation with open innovation to prepare for disruptive innovation and increase the speed of innovation has become a global trend. Corporate venture capital (CVC) and open innovation are spreading rapidly among Japanese companies. The Future Creation Fund, in which Toyota participated in earnest in November … Conteúdo

Forum Review vol.7 | Shota Kawaminami, HENNGE

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In the forum newsletter vol.1, we covered the whole picture of the forum and Opening Remarks by Brazil Venture Capital. From vol.2 onwards, we will provide a series of 18 sessions. In this issue, we will introduce a session of “Japanese Startup Market” by Shota Kawaminami, from HENNGE! HENNGE – Shota Kawaminami   Session Abstract In Japan, government-led “work style reform” is being promoted, and the demand for IT infrastructure development is increasing so that anyone can work safely anytime and anywhere via the Internet. In this session, Mr. Kawaminami, the executive officer of the investment division of HENNGE, who has been quick to address such needs, discussed the company’s … Conteúdo

News | Grow, the world’s 3rd largest micro mobility player, restructures Brazilian business

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News summary Grow, the world’s third largest micro mobility company, reviewed its Brazilian operations and announced that it will suspend services in Brazil excepting three major cities. The company has stated that the purpose of the restructuring is “to continue to provide services in a stable, efficient and secure manner.” Restructuring Grow’s business while the sharing electric scooter business is growing in the Latin American and Brazilian markets made us surprised. In this blog, we would like to discuss what this implicates.   Four essences to note in this news 1) A major competitor, Lime, also announced the restructure of its Brazilian business last month. 2) The sharing electric scooter … Conteúdo

News | Wildlife, Brazilian Gaming Startup Becomes Unicorn

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Brazil has one more unicorn, or startup valued at over a billion dollars – this time from a sector quite different from the usual fintech or mobility players. Mobile game company Wildlife Studios received a US$60M and its valuation reached US$1.3B. Team of Wildlife Corporate background The game multinational was born in 2011, created by entrepreneurs, engineers and brothers Victor Lazarte and Arthur Lazarte. The mobile gaming company has grown by an average of 80% over the past six years. Wildlife Studios expects to reach the 2 billion mark by the end of this year. Some of its 70 titles are Sniper 3D and Tennis Clash. The company operates on a … Conteúdo