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Prosus Ventures and KASZEK Invest USD40m in Last-Mile Delivery 99 Minutos

7 June 2021

Prosus Ventures and KASZEK invested USD40m in 99 minutos, a Mexican last-mile delivery company for e-commerce platforms. 99 minutos acquired Chilean last-mile delivery startup MuvSmart in 2020; Engie Factory invested in the company that same year. 99 minutos operates in 40 markets, including Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

(TechCrunch) – In 2014 Alexis Patjane was at a local hookah bar in Mexico City with some friends and the bar ran out of tobacco. They thought maybe they could buy some online and have it delivered to the bar in real-time, but it turns out that service didn’t exist.

At the time, Patjane was running a food truck-making business, which was responsible for about 80% of all the food trucks in Mexico, so he had experience doing business in the region.

A couple of weeks later, to solve the instant delivery problem he had faced at the hookah bar, Patjane launched 99 minutos, a website that sold products and delivered them within 99 minutes, hence the name.

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