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Rio de Janeiro is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Rio de Janeiro Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Rio de Janeiro Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Rio de Janeiro Founder Institute and local leaders: Fernanda Mello, Guilherme Baumworcel, Paloma Lecheta, and Ricardo Motta.

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Rio de Janeiro? Then apply to the Rio de Janeiro Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Rio de Janeiro Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. Cariocas Social Media
    2. Circuito Startup News
    3. Diário do Rio:
    4. ERREJOTA Social Media
    5. Fábrica de Startups
    6. Growth Machine
    7. Mobile Time
    8. Quarta Empreendedora
    9. StartSe News
    10. Startup Digest Rio de Janeiro
    11. Startup RIO Blog
    12. Startupi
    13. The code InventosCast
  • Inspirational Rio de Janeiro Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. Arariboia Valley
    2. CASE Startup Summit 2k20
    3. Conferência Anprotec 2020
    4. Cyber Girls
    5. Rio2C
    6. Rio Info 2020
    7. SDP Summit
    8. StartupON Rio de Janeiro 2020
    9. Startup Weekend Rio
    10. Talks 4U
    11. Tech Women

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
    1. Agile Beer Rio de Janeiro
    2. Analytics em Tudo
    3. Cloud Girls Rio de Janeiro
    4. Continuous Delivery Rio
    5. Jornada Colaborativa
    6. Movimento de Democratização da Análise de Dados
    7. OLX Talks
    8. PyLadies Rio de Janeiro
    9. Rio de Janeiro Artificial Intelligence Meetup
    10. Rio de Janeiro Inovação Meetup
    11. Rio de Janeiro OutSystems User Group
    12. SEBRAE RJ
    13. Startup Founder 101 Rio
    14. Startup Grind Rio de Janeiro
    15. Startup Rio
    16. Technical Writing Brasil
    17. TEM - Tecnologia, Empreendedorismo e Marketing
    18. Winnintech (Desenvolvimento/Big Data/AI)
    19. XamarinRJ Developer Group
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and startup bootcamps for entrepeneurs. (Includes comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. .Net Inside RJ
    2. 42 | Rio
    3. AWS User Group - Rio de Janeiro
    4. BaixadaDev Meetup
    5. Build a Startup
    6. Caelum
    7. Café Digital
    8. Carioca Toastmasters Club
    9. Circuito Startup
    10. Cloud Native Rio
    11. Coti Informática
    12. Data Bootcamp
    13. Data Science & Inteligência Artificial
    14. Ethereum Rio
    15. Founder Institute
    16. G4 Startups
    17. GBG Duque de Caxias
    18. GBG Rio de Janeiro
    19. Growth Machine Bootcamp
    20. Java @ Rio
    21. LawTech Rio
    22. Le Wagon
    23. Le Wagon Meetup
    24. Lean Startup Machine
    25. Lean Startup Rio
    26. Líder Ágil
    27. Meetup de Análise de Negócios - RJ / IIBA
    28. Mentoria Ágil
    29. Microsoft Tech Rio
    30. OpenStack Brasil
    31. Pareto Group Tecnologia & Marketing
    32. Pitch Bootcamp Brasil
    33. Power BI
    34. Product Arena: UX + Tecnologia + Negócios
    35. Product School Meetup
    36. ProductTank Rio de Janeiro
    37. RH Tech Talks
    38. Rio Big Data Meetup
    39. Rio de Janeiro Startup: Idea to IPO
    40. RubyOnRio
    41. Sai do Papel
    42. TechMarketing
    43. Visionaris
    44. WeWork Rio de Janeiro Meetup

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in Rio de Janeiro.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Cariocas
    2. CoFoundersLab
    3. Endeavor
    4. Entrepreneurs of Rio
    5. Entrepreneurs' Organization Rio de Janeiro
    6. Founder2be
    7. Globotech
    8. i9Web
    9. Meetup de Professores e Facilitadores Empreendedores
    10. Mobile Monday Rio de Janeiro
    11. Product Camp Pocket - Rio de Janeiro
    12. Rio Startups
    13. Sai do Papel Aceleração
    14. SILICON Drinkabout Rio de Janeiro
    15. Startup Club
    16. Tecnologia & Café
    17. WeWork Labs
  • Build First Product: Hackathons & product events in Rio de Janeiro.
    1. ACM Rio de Janeiro
    2. Coders in Rio
    3. Coders in Rio Girls
    4. Global Legal Hackathon
    5. Hackateen Falafel Valley
    6. Hackathon 1746
    7. Hackathon do Escola Inovadora – HackRoc 2020
    8. Hackathon Escola Inovadora
    9. hacking.rio 2020
    10. Hacks/Hackers Rio de Janeiro
    11. HACKTUDO
    12. Olabi
    13. Polo Maker MakerSpace
    14. PUC HACK
    15. Rio (Hack|Ma)ker Space
    16. Space Apps Challenge

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Rio de Janeiro law firms & banks for startups
    1. Almeida Jacintho Advogados
    2. Alves Jacob Law Firm
    3. Banco Bmg
    4. Banco Bradesco
    5. Banco de Brasília
    6. Banco do Brasil
    7. Banco Itaú
    8. Banco Mercantil
    9. BANRISUL
    10. Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
    11. BNDES
    12. BS2
    13. CAIXA
    14. CQS/FV Advogados
    15. Dennemeyer & Associates
    16. Derraik & Menezes
    17. DLA Piper
    18. Faria, Cendão e Maia Advogados - FCM Law
    19. FCM Law
    20. Felsberg Advogados
    21. Helder Galvão Advogado
    22. Linker
    23. Marcelo Tostes Advogados
    24. Neon PJ
    25. Nós8
    26. Rennó Penteado Sampaio Advogados 
    27. Santander
    28. Souto Correa Advogados
    29. Trench Rossi Watanabe
    30. Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados
    31. Veirano Advogados
  • Rio de Janeiro Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups in Rio de Janeiro.
    1. 110 Coworking
    2. Babel Coworking
    3. Bcorgi Coworking
    4. ColWorking Coworking
    5. COMO Coworking
    6. Coworking Town
    7. Da Praça Coworking
    8. Delta Business Coworking
    9. EDX Coworking
    10. EMWORK
    11. Fábrica de Startups
    12. Fortune Coworking
    13. H+ Coworking
    14. Habitat Coworking
    15. HVNA Coworking
    16. Instituto Gênesis - PUC-Rio
    17. Inteli.Work
    18. Nex Coworking
    19. OpenSPACE
    20. Parque Tecnológico UFRJ
    21. RIO CO.working
    22. ShareSpace Coworking
    23. Space Coworking
    24. Spaces
    25. Tijucoworking
    26. Wecompany Coworking
    27. WeWork
    28. YouTube Space

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Rio de Janeiro accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.  
    1. Alliage
    2. Capitani
    3. Clicksoft
    4. Contabilidade Carioca
    5. Contabilidade Quality
    6. Contjet
    7. Dalmaf Contabilidade
    8. Deloitte
    9. EY
    10. GM5 Inovações Digitais
    11. Grupo Método RH
    12. Guerra Byte
    13. Imaginedone
    14. J. Edson Contabilidade
    15. KPMG
    16. Mazars Cabrera Brazil
    17. MCS Markup
    18. Parafernália Interativa
    19. Prèzzo Contabilidade
    20. Prisma Consultores
    21. PwC
    22. RockApps
    23. Schneider Contadores Associados
    24. Sima Contábil
    25. Tidea
    26. WDOTS
  • Rio de Janeiro Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
    1. Allcateia & CO
    2. Favela Inc.
    3. Incubadora de Empresas COPPE/UFRJ
    4. Incubadora de Empresas de Design da Esdi
    5. InovAtiva Brasil
    6. Instituto Gênesis
    7. Phoenix
    8. WeWork Labs

C. Launch

  • Rio de Janeiro Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. 21212
    2. abeLLha
    3. BNDES Garagem
    4. Fábrica de Startups
    5. Grow+
    6. InovAtiva Brasil Aceleração
    7. Instituto Ekloos
    8. Instituto Gênesis - PUC-Rio
    9. OBr Global
    10. OITO
    11. Parque Tecnológico UFRJ
    12. Startup Grid
  • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase Rio de Janeiro startups for investment.
    1. AMCHAM Arena
    2. Demo Day Startup Bio 2020
    3. Founder Hotseat: Feedback dos Principais Empreendedores em Rio de Janeiro
    4. Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event
    5. Le Wagon Demo Day
    6. Pitch Battle Hacking Rio
    7. Seedstars World Rio de Janeiro 2020
    8. Startup Pitch Day RJ
    9. Startup RIO Demo Day
    10. Wework Pitch Battle

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Rio de Janeiro Investor Networking:  Events and groups that connect professional investors with founders.
    1. Anjos do Brasil
    2. EO Rio de Janeiro
    3. Gávea Angels
    4. GV Angels
    5. Red Sudamericana de Inversiones
    6. Sling Hub
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
    1. 100 open startups
    2. 100 startups to watch
    3. Extra
    4. G1 Rio de Janeiro
    5. Jornal do Brasil
    6. O Dia
    7. O Globo
    8. Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negócios
    9. R7
    10. Rio Notícias
    11. Startup Awards

B. Funding

  • Rio de Janeiro Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs.
    1. Amure Pinho
    2. Antonio Primo Ferreira
    3. Bruno Miscow Pauletti
    4. Carlos Júnior
    5. Fernanda Rodrigues
    6. Gavea Angels
    7. Gustavo Tedeschi de Faria
    8. Grupo SolumGV Angels
    9. Henrique Mendes Junior
    10. João Ventura
    11. Marcelo Astrachan
    12. Marcelo Rocha
    13. Paulo Cunha
    14. Paulo Queiroz
    15. Ricardo Majela
    16. Robert Wilson
  • Rio de Janeiro Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. Acrux Capital
    2. Antera
    3. ATOL Ventures
    4. Axia Ventures
    5. Axxon Group
    6. Brain Ventures
    7. Ehtua Capital
    8. Farol Ventures
    9. Fuse Capital
    10. G5 Partners
    11. Gávea Investimentos
    12. Grupo Solum
    13. H.I.G. Capital
    14. JB Investimentos
    15. Luxor Group
    16. MSW Capital
    17. Navi Capital

C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Allianz
    2. Bradesco Seguros
    3. Diferente Seguros
    4. Grupo DSRH
    5. Instant Offices
    6. Liberty Seguros
    7. Petra Group
    8. Porto Seguro
    9. Prudential
    10. Regus
    11. RHHR
    12. SulAmerica
    13. Viva Real
    14. WebEscritórios
    15. ZAP Imóveis
    16. Regus
    17. Teruszkin
    18. Wework
  • Expansion: Rio de Janeiro Growth accelerators and consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Accenture
    2. Aon
    3. Bain & Company
    4. BearingPoint
    5. Boston Consulting Group
    6. Deloitte
    7. Ernst & Young
    8. Fintech Fácil
    9. Gartner
    10. Grant Thornton
    11. Kantar
    12. KPMG
    13. McKinsey & Company
    14. Mercer
    15. PwC
    16. Step Consultoria
    17. Willis Towers Watson

4. Rio de Janeiro Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Affero Lab
  2. Benie
  3. BizCapital
  4. Cariuma
  5. ChefsClub
  6. Clubinho de Ofertas
  7. Descomplica
  8. Eneva
  9. EqSeed
  10. Fazenda Futuro
  11. Feegow Clinic
  12. Gabriel
  13. Hurb
  14. LIVIMA
  15. Mutual
  16. Nibo
  17. Órama
  18. OLX
  19. Passei Direto
  20. Petrobras
  21. PSafe
  22. Stone Pagamentos
  23. StopClub
  24. Volanty
  25. VTEX
  26. Winnin
  27. XP Investimentos
  28. Zoop



Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Rio de Janeiro Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Adam Newman
  2. Alexandre Pompeu
  3. Alfredo Soares
  4. André Spiewak
  5. Arapuan Motta
  6. Carla Cristina da Costa
  7. Carlos Henrique Leão
  8. Daniel Moreto
  9. Daniel Orlean
  10. Dan Yamamura
  11. Felipe Sore
  12. Fernando Wagner da Silva
  13. Francisco Ferreira
  14. Gabriel Gaspar
  15. Geraldo Thomaz
  16. Guilherme Baumworcel
  17. Gustavo Mota
  18. Juliana Freitas
  19. Lívia Brandini
  20. Lívia Savignon
  21. Lucas Gusmão
  22. Marcelo Matos
  23. Marcelo Sales
  24. Marcos Sêmola
  25. Mariano Gomide de Faria
  26. Maurício Feldman
  27. Miguel Barreto
  28. Monique Fernandes
  29. Paloma Lecheta
  30. Paulo Espanha
  31. Pedro Duque Estrada Meyer
  32. Rafael Pinto
  33. Ricardo Motta
  34. Richard Uchoa Vasconcelos
  35. Rodrigo Amar
  36. Rodrigo Fiszman
  37. Richard Zeiger
  38. Thiago Reis

2. Rio de Janeiro Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. AMCHAM
  2. Câmara de Comércio e Indústria do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
  3. FAPERJ
  4. Finep
  5. FIRJAN
  6. LABGOV.RIO
  7. SEBRAE
  8. Startup Brasil

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Rio de Janeiro Tech Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Fundação Getulio Vargas
    2. PUC Rio de Janeiro
    3. UERJ
    4. UFRJ
    5. Unisuam
    6. Universidade Candido Mendes
    7. Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
    8. Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Rio de Janeiro Tech Employers
    1. Alterdata Software
    2. Amil
    3. BR Distribuidora
    4. BRQ Digital Solutions
    5. Cisco
    6. Claro
    7. Cosan CL
    8. CSN
    9. Eletrobras
    10. Embratel
    11. General Electric
    12. Globo
    13. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    14. IBM
    15. Microsoft
    16. Oracle
    17. Petrobras
    18. TIM
    19. TOTVS
    20. Vale
    21. Vivo

 

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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Rio de Janeiro Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in Rio de Janeiro? Then apply to the Rio de Janeiro Founder Institute today

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