Read this week's top startup news stories in Latin America: March 13 - 19
Funding News 💰
500 Startups is increasing its commitment to global investing with a new Latin America fund, targeting $10 million, going by the name of Luchadores II.
VU, the Argentinean expert in cybersecurity solutions, with a focus on fraud prevention and identity theft, completed a Series A financing round totaling $4.3 million.
Competitions, Accelerators & Hackathons 👾
Start-Up Chile
The S Factory, the pre acceleration program of Start-Up Chile for female founders, will open a new application process this March 14 - 28. Selected startups will receive $10 million Chilean pesos equity free and a 4 months of pre acceleration.
Miami Herald
eMerge Americas, Miami’s homegrown technology conference now heading into its fourth year, is accepting applications for the June event’s Startup Showcase, which brings together 125 startups from around the world to exhibit. Finalists will pitch their ideas on stage for the chance to win up to $175K.
New Launches, Acquisitions & Expansions 🚀
Leveraging post-literate tools like YouTube and emojis, Beek allows people to review the books they're reading while they're reading them.
Built In Austin
Across South America, one startup has accrued more than 200,000 users to help report, fight and protect against crime in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and their home country of Uruguay.

Must Reads 📖
The Next Web
If your startup is joining an accelerator, here are six benefits of outsourcing your digital marketing tasks while you’re going through the program.

Sebastian Vidal, Executive Director at Parallel18, interviews talented founders and investors on why hiring in Latin America is the best choice for startups.
IDG Connect
In Latin America, the opportunity to bring fintech services to a previously ignored segment of the market is huge but while fintech startups in Latin America are plentiful, many are still struggling to gain traction.
Americas Quarterly
Understanding the urgency of keeping this tech talent at home, governments and private entities in the region are taking steps to do so. Progress has been made in the past decade but there is still room for improvement.
In this piece, take a look into a few lessons that U.S. businesses could take from Latin American startups for the Donald Trump era.
According to Matt Pasienski of Wizeline, if access to engineers is the determining factor in growth, Mexico should have around 20 unicorns. Mexico has zero unicorns. Read his suggestions for how startups can scale in the region.

The Indian Economist
Latin America's startup culture has caught the attention of the world for all the reasons - both right and wrong. 
Can this attention be capitalized on and translated into sustainable economic growth?
The Next Web
Whether you’re a nomadic at heart or crave a tight-knit community, here are 13 amazing locales every entrepreneur should consider expanding to.
IguanaFix is one of the most successful start-ups in Latin America, currently functioning in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Read CEO Matias Recchia's advice for startup success.
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