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Grin and Yellow merge to create a colorful mobility giant, gets funded for US$150 million

Contxto Grin combines with Yellow. It may sound like your regular Art Attack’s episode, but it is not.

The Mexican scooter startup, Grin, and the Brazilian micro-mobility app, Yellow, have merged, and raised an additional US $150 million round to accelerate cross-country expansion.

The result of this mixture was not a lighter green shade, but the re-branded company, Grow Mobility. Smart wordplay for Grin and Yellow.

Now with more than 100,000 scooters and 35,000 bikes in total, the company earned the title of third largest electric scooter company worldwide – just behind Bird and Lime in the United States.

Not satisfied with Uruguayan Mono’s and Brazilian Ride’s acquisitions, Grin co-founders are positioning themselves as world-class contenders by merging/acquiring strategic companies across Latin America’s largest markets.

The super-startup is operating in seven different locations across Latin America including their home countries Mexico and Brazil, and also Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay.

We are excited to bring together two Latin American technology companies that share the same vision of transforming not just mobility , but also improving infrastructure services and driving economic activity across our region.

Jonathan Lewy, Grin’s co-founder and Grow’s chairman.

According to the company’s statement, Grin’s co-founder Sergio Romo, will now lead the merged company, while Yellow’s co-founder Ariel Lambrecht, will be in charge of the product department.

The statement also mentions the departure of Eduardo Musa, Yellow’s CEO.

The board of directors will be integrated by GGV Capital, Monashees and the co-founder of Delivery Hero, Lukasz Gadowski, who also launched a German-based scooter company, called Flash.

Hans Tung, partner at GGV Capital, mentioned that this merger will allow the company to get ahead of its competitors, by strengthening the presence across the region. Particularly refering to Didi Chuxing who last year bought the 99 urban transport firm and could get to compete in the Latin American market of electric bikes and scooters.

Also, Tung reiterates his support for local startups in his statement.

Local champions should merge and become the lead champion first. You have a better way to deal with any foreign entities coming into the region.

Hans Tung

The main focus of Grow with this fresh round of capital is to expand throughout Latin America. Especially because of the high population index that characterizes the countries in this area.

This event positions Grow as one of the top players in the micro-mobility industry worldwide, next to giants like Bird and Lime.

César Miramontes
Communications and digital media professional. Content creator at Contxto and proud producer of our podcast "Entre Titanes". I'm also the one with the Wi-Fi password here.

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