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Mercado Bitcoin Raises $200M
Founded in 2013, the company says it is used by more than 2 million customers. The round reportedly values Mercado Bitcoin’s parent company at $2.1 billion.
— Joanna Glasner
Rohlik lands $119M for grocery delivery: Rohlik, a Czech startup offering online grocery deliveries, raised 100 million euros (US$119 million) in a funding round led by Index Ventures. The financing sets a valuation of around $1.19 billion for the seven-year-old company, which operates in several European countries and is pushing to expand further in the region. The round comes just three months after Rohlik closed on a $226 million round.
— Joanna Glasner
• Brazil’s Zoop fills up with $34M round: Zoop, a Brazil-based payments and financial services startup, raised $34 million in funding led by the country’s mobile commerce platform, Movile. The latest deal includes new capital and the acquisition of secondary shares from current investors, per a company announcement, and marks Movile’s third investment in Zoop since 2018. Zoop said the new funding will be used for expansion. It process more than $4 billion in payments last year and grew 150 percent year-over-year, it said. The Rio De Janeiro-based company offers B2B payments and financial services including a banking-as-a-service white-label platform. All told, more than $7 billion has been invested into Latin American financial services companies since 2016, according to Crunchbase data. Annual investment dollars have also grown since 2018, rising to $2 billion in 2020. Dollars invested in the sector in 2021 have already hit that total.
— Marlize van Romburgh
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