The Chilean fintech ecosystemThe fintech universe in Chile is primed for growth. The number of fintech startups established in the Andean country more than doubled in the last four years, amounting to over one hundred companies in 2019. Most of these fintech businesses are concentrated in the capital city, Santiago. With more than four fintech companies per one million inhabitants, Chile's fintech density is the highest among other leading Latin American markets.
However, the Chilean fintech ecosystem is still in a nascent stage. Nearly eight out of 10 companies are small businesses, with no more than 25 employees. Also, most fintechs founded in the country were able to scale up thanks to investments received from third parties. Yet, Chilean fintechs gathered investments equivalent to only one third of the amount received by Colombian fintechs, or a mere four percent of fintech investments registered in Argentina.