Getting Started in Brazil

Some hints to get started

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Government programs

A few years ago, the Brazilian government joined global startup leaders in promoting entrepreneurship through federal and state-run accelerators. These programs also strive to attract foreign talent and can be an ideal entry point for Swiss startups looking to enter the Brazilian market. Here a short overview of some of the key programs:

Start-Up Brasil
Location: Different cities (depending on choice of accelerator)
Key features: Access to funding, participation in acceleration program
Total funding: Up to 200’000 BRL

Location: Belo Horizonte (MG)
Key features: Free office space, help with visa
Total Funding: Up to 80’000 BRL

Startup Rio
Location: Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Key features: For digital tech entrepreneurs, access to funding, classes, workspace
Total funding: Up to 100’000 BRL

Some well known accelerators

Microsoft Accelerator
Acelera – MG
Outsource Brazil
Startup Farm

Some important venture capital firms

Kaszek Ventures
Arpex Capital
Rocket Internet
RedPoint eVentures
eBricks Capital
Insight Venture Partners
Trive Capital
Astella Invest

Blogs & media

Exame PME
Startup Stars

Meetups, events & conferences

BR NewTech
Campus Party Brazil

Startup Brazil Wiki

Startup Brazil Wiki
Comprehensive report on the startup ecosystem in Brazil