The end is in sight for the participants of Desafio Brasil 2012. As of right now, 24 Brazilian startups (selected from 564 applicants, 108 of which were approved for mentoring) remain in the running. By Friday evening, only one will remain.
Today, the semifinalists, having emerged victorious from their regional finals, will undergo feedback sessions at FGV-EAESP in São Paulo. Teams will practice their pitches and refine their presentations following comments and questions from mentors and peers.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the action will really get started when the Desafio Brasil Semifinals begin. Each of the 24 startups will be given a 30-minute slot to pitch their products to a panel of judges. The best of the best will be ranked and selected to move on to the final leg of the competition the next day at 6:00 p.m. in the Espaço Telefônica. On Friday, last pitches will be made, and at the end of the day, the winner will be announced.
Admission to experience the Desafio Brasil Finals live is free of charge – you may sign up to attend here. We’ll be sure to reveal the winner soon, but in the meantime, you can place your bets as to who will come out on top out of the 24 semifinalists listed below: