Rappi planea volverse una empresa pública en 2022, según cofundador

Rappi Inc. se está preparando para salir a bolsa el próximo año en lo que sería una de las listas estadounidenses de más alto perfil para una empresa latinoamericana.

La aplicación colombiana de delivery Rappi está preparando su oferta pública inicial (OPI), según comentó a periodistas Juan Pablo Ortega, cofundador de la empresa, durante la conferencia Web Summit en Lisboa.

La salida a bolsa de este unicornio, cuya última valuación es de $5.2 millones de dólares (mdd), sería la primera en Latinoamérica en la categoría de entrega bajo demanda.

En Estados Unidos, empresas similares se iniciaron en los mercados públicos recientemente, incluyendo a DoorDash y Uber, cuya división de UberEats es uno de los líderes del sector.

Desde su fundación en 2015, la empresa ha recibido un financiamiento total de $2,200 mdd en 10 rondas de inversión. Entre sus inversionistas figuran algunos de los fondos de VC más importantes a nivel global, incluyendo a Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz y Tiger Global Management.

Softbank hizo una inversión de $1,000 mdd en 2019, colocando a Rappi en el escenario global como una promesa del delivery.

Aunque inició como una empresa de delivery de comida y supermercado, en los últimos años Rappi ha migrado hacia un perfil de super app. Actualmente, la plataforma ofrece un ecosistema digital con diferentes categorías: tiendas, supermercados, restaurantes, viajes, dinero en efectivo, y servicios financieros.

Según un informe de la compañía de análisis de redes sociales TalkWalker, Rappi es una de las tres marcas más queridas en Latinoamérica. Actualmente está presente en 9 países de América Latina (México, Costa Rica, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay y Brasil) y más de 250 ciudades.

Los mercados públicos de EE.UU., favorito de unicornios de LatAm

El anuncio de Rappi coincide con los planes de salir a bolsa en EE.UU. de otros unicornios latinoamericanos, incluyendo a Nubank. El gigante fintech brasileño busca una valoración de hasta US$50.600 millones en su oferta pública inicial, planeada para el próximo año en la Bolsa de Nueva York.

La salida pública de estos unicornios marca una etapa de consolidación para el ecosistema de emprendimiento tecnológico en Latinoamérica, el cual inició con la OPI de MercadoLibre en 2006 en el índice NASDAQ.

Sin embargo, la capitalización pública que ofrecen las bolsas de EE.UU. sigue siendo mucho más atractiva que las de la región latinoamericana. d

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