quarta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2016

Brazil’s scientist-entrepreneurs unfettered

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—Full-time professors at public universities in Brazil will now be allowed to carry out research in the private sector—and get paid for it, without having to drop their academic jobs. The change is the result of a new law, signed yesterday by President Dilma Rousseff, designed to bring science and industry closer together.

The law authorizes universities and public research institutions to collaborate more freely with companies, including a mechanism for giving companies access to public research facilities. 

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segunda-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2016

Santa Catarina Emerges as Breeding Ground for Startups in Brazil

Growing at double the average rate of the Brazilian IT sector, the state of the Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil, has become a breeding ground for startups. The technology sector in Santa Catarina grew 15% in 2015 compared to an average growth rate of 7.3% of the Brazilian IT sector, generating $3.5 billion.

The IT companies are mainly located in five cities in the state: Florianopolis, Joinville, Blumenau, Chapeco and Criciuma. These companies have grown at a rate of 20% per year and employing about 20,000 workers.

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quarta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2016

Brazil hopes to consolidate Latin America’s venture scene

One of the biggest trends in Brazilian venture capital, perhaps a paradigm of global trends, is the entry of corporate interest in the country’s technology companies. In late October, international conference Corporate Venture in Brasil (CV in Brasil) brought more than 20 corporate venture arms to the country to talk up the local scene, including reps from the likes of IBM Venture Capital Group, Intel Capital, ABB Technology Ventures, and more.

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segunda-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2015

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, and I Am Noticing It

In a blog titled "Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, and Most People Haven't Noticed" Brazilian entrepreneur Gustavo Tanaka listed 8 reasons why he believes that the world as we know it is changing - and that it is a good thing.

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segunda-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2015

Shell and Brazilian Start-Up Light Up Santa Marta Community

What does it take to change the world for the better? Sometimes it’s as simple as a bright idea and a bit of help. That’s the philosophy behind the Shell #makethefuture program and its relationship with Brazilian social enterprise Insolar as they work together to improve the lives of 8,000 residents of a community in Brazil. 

The project is a real meeting of minds. Social enterprises are companies committed to solving a social or environmental problem. 

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sábado, 12 de dezembro de 2015

Start-Up Brasil goes turbo on accelerators to get ecosystem moving

On December 10, nine companies will take the stage in Silicon Valley. It won’t be a typical pitch competition. It will be a nervous day for the entrepreneurs who will bounce from their native Portuguese to English in front of some of the most connected and coveted venture capital firms in business.

All the companies are from Brazil and are closely attached to the Start-Up Brasil program, a joint private-public initiative that is building the hierarchy of the country’s startup ecosystem from the ground up.

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sábado, 5 de dezembro de 2015

Latin American Bitcoin Conference 2015 Brings Digital Currency to Mexico City

The third annual Latin American Bitcoin Conference takes place this week in the beautiful and bustling Mexico City on December 4th and 5th.

With over forty speakers, some of the world’s most influential bitcoiners will discuss technology behind Bitcoin, and give advice to startups, opine on the pace of global Bitcoin adoptions, merchant tools, nation state-related compliance and more.

At the conference, you can hear from the author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos; ShapeShift CEO Erik Vorhees; the host of the Bitcoin Knowledge podcast, Trace Mayer; the Editor-In-Chief of Adamant Research, Tuur Demeester, and many others.

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domingo, 29 de novembro de 2015

Brazilian, Mexican Among 11 Women Entrepreneurs Tapped by Google

SAN FRANCISCO – Google has selected 11 emerging companies led by women to present proposals to Silicon Valley investors.

The group includes a Brazilian, a Mexican and a U.S. woman who lives in Barcelona.

The leaders of the winning firms, who will meet with venture capitalists in San Francisco on Dec. 9, were selected from among more than 450 applicants in 40 countries in the first competition of its kind organized by Google.

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segunda-feira, 23 de novembro de 2015

How These Brazilian Entrepreneurs Combine Social Action And Profit

Brazil is a country of entrepreneurs. A Data Popular survey reveals that 3 in 10 Brazilians are attracted by the idea of becoming their own boss.

It’s not that Brazilians have a natural flair for entrepreneurship, or that they think starting their own business may somehow benefit society: The trend arose due to the economic crisis, rising unemployment and wage stagnation. 

In the survey conducted between April and May of 2015, in 140 cities around the country, more than 42 percent of Brazilians cited earning more income and professional growth as motives for entrepreneurship. 

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quarta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2015

Unilever celebrates Brazilian women’s ‘beautiful brains’

Do It Day, which is set to take place on November 2, follows Plan It Day - a marketing hack event hosted by The Drum, whereby 10 international brands challenged the marketing industry’s top minds to solve set briefs in a bid to make the world a better place. Unilever threw down the gauntlet, setting as its goal a way to connect aspiring young businesswomen in Brazil with role models, inspiring them and providing practical guidance.

The idea to celebrate ‘belo cérebro’ originated from the statistic that 95 percent of Brazilian women would like to alter their body in some way, despite the fact that 43 percent of businesses in Brazil are run by women.

The plan is to create a networking opportunity for women via a mobile optimized social community to provide guidance for would-be female entrepreneurs. Similar to Tinder, the site would classify each member’s brain type to link them with like-minded mentors.

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segunda-feira, 14 de setembro de 2015

Vivo launches app for entrepreneurs in Brazil

Brazilian mobile operator Vivo has launched Vivo Meu Negocio, a multichannel platform for entrepreneurs, offering information on business management and market developments. 

Especially aimed at small business owners and beginners, the service is available by SMS, WAP, Android application, web and mobile web, and is anchored by businessman Roberto Justus, founding partner of Newcomm Group and former host of the Brazilian version of reality show "The Apprentice". The service costs BRL 3.99/week and is free to test for one week.

segunda-feira, 22 de junho de 2015

PourMyBeer Partners with Brazilian Entrepreneurs to Bring their Beer Technology to South America.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 16, 2015.  A guy walks into a busy bar and doesn’t feel like waiting for someone to pour his beer, so he finds a self-serve tap and pours it himself… Wait, what? That’s not the norm yet, but with over 30 locations across the United States scheduled to implement PourMyBeer’s self-serve beer wall and beer table technology in the coming months, it soon will be. This innovative method of dispense is a win/ win for everyone involved. 

The customers win because they don’t have to wait for service and can sample and taste beers from any of the self-serve taps in the bar or restaurant. The owners win because they are taking the possibility of poor service out of the equation. They are also selling every ounce of beer that is dispensed from their kegs vs. losing 23% (the national average for spillage from kegs) of their inventory due to inefficiencies like waste, theft and spillage.

Lastly, with the sampling capabilities of the system, increased sampling of a variety of beers is now a reality without having to give it away. The proprietary high definition touch screens above every tap display tasting notes, alcohol content and a short and long description about each libation.


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quarta-feira, 10 de junho de 2015

Brazil's Billionaires Got Cheap State Bank Loans for Their Companies

Brazil’s state development bank has been quietly supporting the companies controlled by many of the country’s billionaires.

More than two dozen of Brazil’s wealthiest people have stakes in companies that received loans or investments from the bank, with most of those who took loans receiving below-market rates at least once. That includes most of the Brazilians on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Details of the bank’s lending -- 320 billion reais ($102 billion) in Brazil since 2012, as well as $11.9 billion for loans abroad since 2007 -- were released last week, amid growing pressure to open its books.

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segunda-feira, 1 de junho de 2015

Tiger-Backed Hotel Urbano Sees Startup Turning Profitable in ’15

Hotel Urbano, the online travel agency that was the top recipient of venture capital funding in Brazil last year, is on the cusp of generating its first profit, one of its founders said.

The company expects to generate earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in 2015, founder Jose Eduardo Mendes said in an interview at the company’s Rio de Janeiro offices last week. He declined to provide absolute forecasts, citing confidentiality agreements with investors.

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segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2015

Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho, The most successful Brazilian Entrepreneur Abroad

DFRF Enterprises LLC prides itself on not only generating financial gain to its members but it also uses 25% of its investment capital to help needy people through its charitable foundation. 

The 47 year old entrepreneur has included a charitable branch in every business he has founded and managed. In the 1990s his work in social and philanthropic areas allowed the construction of 409 churches, 47 schools and 19 hospitals around the world.

Daniel Filho has been appointed the title of Brazilian Chancellor to the United States. His reputation continues to grow as his businesses spread across the globe. His holdings include a bank in Switzerland, multiple airlines and a network of hotels and restaurants. 

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quinta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2014

‘Go to Brazil’ cultural exchange event brings Brazil to Chinese entrepreneurs

Samba and soccer are the first images that tend to pop up in people's minds when talking about Brazil. However, the Brazilian film Central Station and a presentation by Guilherme Belli, head of the Trade Promotion and Investment Section at the Embassy of Brazil in Beijing, showed another side of the large South American nation. 

Thanks to "Go to Brazil," a cultural exchange event sponsored by the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, the Global Times and China National Radio on Friday in Beijing, a number of Chinese entrepreneurs got a chance to better their understanding of Brazil. 

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segunda-feira, 10 de novembro de 2014

Women Entrepreneurs Who Focus On Pain Points (Not PowerPoints!) Learn To Grow Big

“Entrepreneurship isn’t just for guys who wear hoodies and work in technology,” said Linda Rottenberg. Entrepreneurship is solving problems that can make significant change in people’s lives, then scaling the solution. She should know: She’s co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, the world’s leading supporter of fast-growing entrepreneurs. Rottenberg is also the author of recently published Crazy Is a Complement: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags.

In fact, by focusing on stories only about Marc Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, we may be discouraging many entrepreneurs who don’t fit their model rather than encouraging entrepreneurs. Let’s make sure to tell stories about all fast-growing entrepreneurs including those led by women.

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segunda-feira, 3 de novembro de 2014

Cartier awards Brazilian female entrepreneur prodigy

Cartier has picked Brazilian tech entrepreneur whizz Bel Pesce as one of the winners at a competition aimed at identifying and fostering resourceful ideas by female entrepreneurs globally.

Pesce was chosen as a Latin America laureate for FazINOVA, a project that aims at teaching professional development through entrepreneurial values, both online and face-to-face.

The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created by the luxury goods company and the Women's Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school. Prize winners also receive a funding package for their ventures of $20,000, as well as one of year of coaching.

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sexta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2014

Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies

There are plenty of compelling stories about successful entrepreneurs and startups from Silicon Valley, where access to capital, technology, and talent is much easier than in other areas, but as Michael Goldberg, an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader, teaches in 

Last year’s free MOOC from Michael Goldberg, Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, attracted some 23,000 people from 183 countries around the world, and so the popular course is back for another session on Coursera. Goldberg will explore how the struggling economy of Cleveland Ohio has been able to create an ecosystem of private-public partnership organizations to transform that area’s entrepreneurial culture and attract sizable investments of venture capital and funding from angel investors.

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sexta-feira, 3 de outubro de 2014

Brazilian Startup Solidarium Connects Artisans with the Global Marketplace

Brazilian native Tiago Dalvi had big dreams from the start. He was accepted into business school at the tender age of 16, where he first noticed his talent for sales. While Dalvi loved talking to customers and devising new ways to sell a product, he didn’t want to sell just anything. Rather than peddling the standards like cars or appliances, he wanted to sell something that made a difference.

A few years later, he started working with an NGO called Entrepreneurial Alliance in Brazil. He soon realized that a large percentage of its partner entrepreneurs were artisans, many of whom lived below the poverty line. Most made quality goods for competitive prices, but they didn’t know how to sell their products.

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segunda-feira, 29 de setembro de 2014

Emirati brothers show social project initiative on the world stage

Following the former US president Bill Clinton and preceding Barack Obama on the same stage is no easy task. But the Emirati brothers Mohammed and Peyman Al Awadhi managed to hold their own at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting last week.

The pair of entrepreneurs, who developed the Wild Peeta Gourmet Shawarma restaurant and co-host the travel show Peeta Planet, moderated a panel in New York about how cities can become labs of innovation for economic activity and, sometimes, equality.

Their session was part of a larger theme this year at CGI, which looked at how to reimagine the effect social projects make and was attended by business

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quarta-feira, 24 de setembro de 2014

Traffic Sports has announced that three Brazilian investors have acquired the Fort Lauderdale Strikers North American Soccer League (NASL) team.

Paulo Cesso, Ricardo Geromel and Rafael Bertani have bought the club for an undisclosed amount. The three will hold almost equal stakes in the club, but Cesso, an entrepreneur and investor in the education field, will be the majority owner, as per NASL rules.

Bertani also works in the education sector, while Geromel specialises in agricultural commodities training, integrated logistics and plastics.

The new ownership group said it will take over at the conclusion of the current season, with Sao Paulo-founded Traffic Sports continuing to act as a strategic partner.

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terça-feira, 23 de setembro de 2014

Q&A with the new CEO of Mundi about travel metasearch in Brazil

A few months ago, Brazilian metasearch company Mundi installed a new CEO, Ana Araujo. It was one of many changes lately at Mundi, which claims to be the most-visited travel metasearch website in Brazil — receiving about 3 million queries a month, on average. Mundi’s backstory In 2008, Mundi was founded in Rio de Janeiro by three entrepreneurs who had already had success in other Internet companies. 

Those partners now run investment firm Mosaico Internet, which owns a few digital properties. In recent years, the founders’ goal has been to expand Mundi throughout Latin America. So they partnered with investment firm Groupo Globo. 

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sexta-feira, 19 de setembro de 2014

Brazilian Football Players Create Energy

Brazilian football legend Pele is helping Shell shine a light on the world’s energy future with a first of-its-kind player-powered community football pitch in the heart of aRio de Janeiro favela.

As a real-world example that ideas can come from anywhere, Shell has used the invention of a young entrepreneur to solve a challenge for the Morro da Mineira community. The football pitch, a key part of life for favela residents, was refurbished by Shell using 200 high-tech, underground tiles that capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the players. This energy is then stored and combined with the power generated by solar panels next to the pitch to convert into renewable electricity for the new floodlights, giving everyone in the favela, and especially young people, a safe and secure community space at night.

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quinta-feira, 18 de setembro de 2014

Foreign entrepreneurs wowed by SF’s startup excess

A dozen or so startup founders stood in the lobby of Heroku, the cloud computing company, snapping away with their iPhones. Some struck a pose in front of a Heroku sign. Others documented the space’s aesthetics — with exposed brick, reclaimed wood and an array of casually strewn, vaguely tribal throw pillows, it is the peak of startup chic.

“I’m kind of in shock,” said Kate Lanyon, co-founder of a Melbourne-based startup, BrandSpot.co, walking into Heroku’s amphitheater.

It was Lanyon’s first visit to San Francisco.

“I wanted to just soak in SF,” said Lanyon. Especially the tech companies — she already had plans to visit Twitter, and perhaps Google, as well.

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terça-feira, 16 de setembro de 2014

DGF announces 5th Ladies Fund Entrepreneurship Conference on 20th

KARACHI: Dawood Global Foundation (DGF) announced the 5th Ladies Fund Entrepreneurship Conference (LEC 2014) that would be held on September 20, 2014 in Karachi in partnership with the United Nations Women National Committee Canada, UNDP-GEF SGP, British Deputy High Commission, British Council, Turkish Consul, Afghan Consul, German Consul and Honorary Brazilian Consul.  

LEC 2014 is expected to attract well over 400 participants, women entrepreneurs, male and female students, dignitaries, international delegates and media to hear the inside scoop on success from people who started their businesses at a young age or have built their brands to the extreme

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terça-feira, 9 de setembro de 2014

Brazil's Entrepreneurship boom

Brazil is more than just the popular future host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.  It is a very promising economy and the country of origin of many global challenger companies, such as Embraer, Marcopolo, and Natura. Economic analysts group the country with the most promising emerging markets, Russia, India and China, which together form the “BRIC countries.”

Is entrepreneurship responsible for part of Brazil’s economic development? A look at some of the trends in entrepreneurship in Brazil suggests so, and the country’s efforts to boost its culture of innovation and entrepreneurship promise to sustain its growth in the coming year

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sexta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2014

Gisele Bundchen Launches Her Intimates Lingerie Line in Brazil!

Gisele Bundchen happily strikes a pose in a sexy white dress while attending her Gisele Bündchen Intimates Launch on Tuesday (August 26) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 34-year-old Brazilian supermodel made sure to show off the undergarments from the collection including bras, panties, and nightgowns, which can all be ordered from the official website.

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quarta-feira, 3 de setembro de 2014

Draper University: 5 Incoming Students Are Crowdfunding their Tuition

Draper University has published a releasing announcing that 5 members of the incoming Fall class are crowdfunding their tuition and travel expenses.  Located in Silicon Valley, Draper University is the brainchild of “free-spirited” venture capitalist Tim Draper, and co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Fund.

Draper U. sees this Freshmen students as particularly smart, thought-provoking, ambitious -and above all entrepreneurial. 

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sexta-feira, 29 de agosto de 2014

New Digital Currency Aims to Unite Every Money System on Earth

Rodrigo Batista is the CEO of Mercado Bitcoin, the first Brazilian bitcoin exchange and one of the largest digital currency operations in Latin America. Today, Mercado lets you swap Brazilian real for both bitcoin and litecoin, another currency that exists only on the internet, but Batista will soon expand the scope of his operation. By the end of August, he says, his site will embrace a brand new digital currency project called Stellar.

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quinta-feira, 28 de agosto de 2014

5 things you need to know about venture capital in Brazil

Brazil has been generating a significant amount of buzz in the venture capital and startup community recently, fueled in part by media coverage of several high profile firms “planting their flags” in the country with dedicated funds or investments. A growing awareness of the burgeoning Brazilian startup scene, and Brazil’s role as host in the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, has further elevated the country’s profile.

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terça-feira, 26 de agosto de 2014

Antonio Ermirio de Moraes, Brazilian Billionaire, Dies at 86

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -– Antonio Ermirio de Moraes, the Brazilian entrepreneur who became a billionaire after expanding his family’s industrial conglomerate, has died. He was 86.

He died yesterday of heart failure at his Sao Paulo home, his company confirmed in an e-mail.

After taking the helm of Votorantim Group, the family company, following his father’s death in 1973, Ermirio de Moraes guided it through Brazil’s hyperinflation era, added new units through the 1980s and a bank in 1991. It is now the nation’s biggest cement maker and has interests in aluminum, pulp and paper, energy, agriculture and finance.

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sexta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2014

Ashoka’s Vision to Develop an International Age of Social Entrepreneurship

The world of international development has been regularly challenged by growing social issues. The need has emerged for institutions other than the government to address many of these matters. Ashokais one non-government organization that has taken the reins.

Ashoka houses a peer network of social entrepreneurs who work to create systematic change to global issues by means of public policy. The organization has brought together thought leaders from both the private and public sector who share a vision for a future where everyone has the ability to ignite change.

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quinta-feira, 21 de agosto de 2014

Spotlight on Brazil

In his fourth column, Dagoberto Hajjar, CEO at Advance Consulting, explores how small ICT businesses are coming under real pressure. DISTREE Brazil 2014 takes place from October 22nd to 24th.

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Brazil's entrepreneurship boom

Brazil is more than just the popular future host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.  It is a very promising economy and the country of origin of many global challenger companies, such as Embraer, Marcopolo, and Natura. Economic analysts group the country with the most promising emerging markets, Russia, India and China, which together form the “BRIC countries.

” Is entrepreneurship responsible for part of Brazil’s economic development? A look at some of the trends in entrepreneurship in Brazil suggests so, and the country’s efforts to boost its culture of innovation and entrepreneurship promise to sustain its growth in the coming years.

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