An entrepreneur’s guide to May’s startup news

At the beginning of May, the Latin America Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) released a report showing that venture capital investment in the region had more than doubled from 2018 to 2019, reaching a total of $4.6 billion invested into “LatAm” companies.

Fast-forward from December 2019 to May 2020 and the region’s startup ecosystem momentum has, like elsewhere in the world, been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Latin America the new epicenter for the virus, and Brazil, the region’s strongest startup ecosystem in terms of investment in 2019, today counts the world’s second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases behind the United States. 

Despite these challenges, startups across the region saw further rounds of investment, acquisitions including a Chilean food delivery startup, and the introduction of new products.

Here’s an entrepreneur’s guide to what happened in the Latin American tech scene in May.