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The Founder Institute, the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs, via the chapter operating in Brazil, is proud to partner with the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity “MBRI” to enable and inspire a worldwide community of makers and innovators to create transformative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

“The Global Maker Challenge is an online open-innovation platform that offers an opportunity for ‘makers’ and innovators to connect and collaborate, wherever they are in the world, to solve real-world problems affecting people's lives.” - MBRI

With prizes worth up to USD 1 Million including mentorship and access to global organizations, the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity brings together a community of ‘makers’ inspired to solve some of the world’s toughest societal challenges that affect over one billion people globally. Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Initiative aims to empower entrepreneurs, innovators and technologists to drive social innovation and advance global prosperity, and consists of two programs: the Global Maker Challenge, an online open-innovation platform designed to promote and accelerate global prosperity through product innovation; and the Global Prosperity Award, a prestigious global accolade that recognizes and rewards corporate social responsibility that advances resilience, community, harmony and dignity across the world.

The Founder Institute has helped launch more than 3,200 technology companies in more than 65 countries around the world, and is now in 10 cities in Brazil with its challenging program to train aspiring startups founders and technology companies.

Founder Institute Curitiba Graduate Paloma Lecheta, founder of PeaceLabs, adds, "We live in Brazil where thousands of people are vulnerable and many solutions have not yet been created. We need to go further and add to this work, think about new business models, using our creativity and new technologies. At the Founder Institute I learned a lot, new perspectives and I advise the participation of any social entrepreneur who wants to solve a problem, have the best professionals working for their cause, and create a company that will be significant and lasting."

The Founder Institute’s partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity is aligned with its goal to facilitate purpose-driven entrepreneurship and to encourage ambitious start-ups to channel their efforts towards solving the problems facing humanity.

“We need to use technology to bring the best traits of humanity… Entrepreneurs are designed to fix the problem of the world, and we have many problems in the world today.” - Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute

At the Founder Institute we're always looking for better ways to attract founders with startups that cause net positive impact by solving real problems for their communities and for the world. We do this mainly via our FI for Good initiative and also via strategic partnerships with global leaders in impact entrepreneurship.

“Whether in Curitiba via our partnership with the Instituto Legado (of social entrepreneurship), or across FI Brazil via our Social Founder Fellowships Program, & now via this partnership with the MBR initiative's Global Maker Challenge, all in line with our FI For Good initiative, we're proud to put our resources to work towards helping identify, fund & launch high impact startups that will create more social & environmental benefits às they generate high quality jobs and prosperity.” confirms Nima Kazerooni, executive director of the Founder Institute in Brazil.

Here at the Founder Institute in Brazil our BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) is to help create 100k high quality jobs via the companies being launched & built by graduates of the Founder Institute startup program across the nation. #FIpride #FounderPride

For these reasons, FI Brazil is proud to help more innovators building transformative startups solving Brazil most pressing problems scale to the world. Join the Global Maker Challenge participation details:

  • Applications to are open to all business model stages. It is open to any start-up, innovator or business that has a proof of concept and prototype for a viable, technically feasible and desirable solution that promises a strong impact on the identified challenge. Please click here for more information on the four challenges.

  • Applications are entirely free of charge, and you can enter more than one challenge.

  • Deadline is January 31st 2019 – join now!

Creating a business is challenging. This is why the Founder Institute built a global network of mentors and a structured process to prevent you from making costly business mistakes. Apply now! 

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