Startup Weekend Brasilia Starts on Friday

Startup Weekend Brasilia is almost here. The event will commence this Friday evening.

A series of speeches and presentations will kick off the three-day affair. Ale Gomes and Guga Gorenstein will discuss the Startup Weekend experience, followed by remarks from Airbnb’s Stefan Schimenes and keynote speaker Bel Pesce. Pitches will begin just before 9:00 p.m., and by the end of the night, startup ideas will be selected and teams will be formed.

Over the next two days, Startup Weekend Brasilia participants will work together to build their startups and get their ideas off the ground. They will have the opportunity work alongside expert mentors, including Marcos Roberto of Urbanizo and Rosi Rodrigues of Startup Farm.

On Sunday afternoon, work will come to an end, and each team will present the resulting projects to the Startup Weekend Brasilia audience. The startups will be evaluated by a panel of judges composed of Aceleradora Founder Yuri Gitahy, Polaris Directing Partner Carlos Augusto Ferraz, BRB Finance Director Francisco Duda and Sebrae Startup Policy Coordinator Márcio Brito. At the end of the day, the winning project will be announced.

Startup Weekend is always an important opportunity for local startup communities to come together, build potentially disruptive products and acquire new skills, and this weekend’s Brasilia edition is no different.

“Startup Weekend in Brasilia was my first startup event in Brazil. In my opinion, it is the  best place to start,” remarked Guga Gorenstein, Founder and CEO of Poup, who will speak and act as a mentor at this weekend’s event. If you have an idea and want to get feedback, go. If you don’t have an idea but want to start something, go. If you want to meet great people and have fun, go. If you are looking for a co-founder or even team member, what better way to find and assess them than by working with them for 54 hours straight?” 

He continued, “I think this is a very special event, not only because of its great team of mentors and speakers, but because this event is being co-organized by the people that went through the program last year. This is an example of the ecosystem taking care of itself, making sure that new people come in and that new ideas flourish. I feel really lucky to have had the chance to attend Startup Weekend last year and now be part of Brasilia’s amazing entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Inscriptions to participate are closed, but those interested can catch the pitch portion of the event streamed live online on the Startup Weekend Brasilia website.