Chile’s Shinkansen closes a US$3M investment round

Shinkansen, the Chilean fintech startup, has closed a seed investment round of US$3 million led by ALLVP, a Mexican venture capital firm. The investment aims to support Shinkansen’s expansion into Mexico, Peru, and other parts of Latin America. Shinkansen aims to provide a solution for fast money transfer and transactions in the banking and fintech sectors. The company offers a unique and simple API integration that facilitates money movement in the fragmented Latin American market.

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Moroccan B2B e-commerce startup Chari banks US$1.5M funding from VKAV

July 6, 2023

Chari, a Morocco-based B2B e-commerce startup with embedded financing for the FMCG sector, has secured further funding worth US$1.5 million from Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures (VKAV) to support its growth plan. Founded in 2020, Chari allows traditional proximity store owners in Morocco to order products and have them delivered. The platform has onboarded over 20,000 food businesses in Morocco, and expanded into Tunisia and Ivory Coast.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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