Riogrande takes in first capital to incubate Latin America’s next local brands

Riogrande focuses on brands like home, kitchen and beauty, and after going through Y Combinator, has already taken several brands in the home space from zero to $1 million in revenue in a span of two months. To help the company scale its plan, it took in $12 million in seeding funding in a round led by Y Combinator and Wollef, with participation from individual investors including Arielle Zuckerberg and Justin Mateen.

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Peruvian startup Leasy secures $17M in debt, equity to provide auto loans to Latam ride-hailing drivers

March 3, 2022

Leasy, a startup that offers automobile financing to ride-hailing drivers in Latin America via a subscription model, has secured $2 million in equity and $15 million in debt. They founded Leasy in 2018 with the mission to help people who would like to earn incomes as ride-hailing drivers be able to afford cars, thus earning a steady income. Traditional financial institutions charge outrageous interest rates and require hefty down payments, making it nearly impossible for members of a lower-income population to afford to purchase their own car.

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