Brazil Founders Names Top Influencers in Business and Tech

Want to know who’s who in the Brazilian ecosystem? The nominees and winners of the Brazil Founders awards are a good place to start.

Brazil Founders is an organization that creates opportunities for leaders within Brazil’s business and technology community to interact, exchange ideas and drive growth. Its members include venture capitalists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, CEOs, CFOs, corporate executives and other industry influencers – in other words, the crème de la crème of Brazil’s business ecosystem.

This week, Brazil Founders held its first award ceremony, honoring top startups, businesses, innovators, investors and accelerators. Drawing from its community of over 400 movers and shakers, it identified those making the greatest impact in one of Latin America’s leading tech communities today.

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Want to know who’s who in the Brazilian ecosystem? The nominees and winners of the Brazil Founders awards are a good place to start. Here’s a full list of who was in the running and who came out ahead at this week’s São Paulo event (care of Startupi):

Best Investor

Most Innovative Company and Product

Best B2B Company

Best B2C Company

Business With the Biggest Impact in Brazil

Best New Company in Brazil

Best Accelerator

The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Brian Requarth, CEO of online real estate portal VivaReal. The company has certainly made a number of waves in recent months, announcing a US$12.75 million investment from Dragoneer just a few weeks ago. Much of its success can be attributed to Requarth’s leadership skills – including his ability to pick his battles.

At the end of last year, VivaReal closed up shop in Colombia, which once was one of its main markets. “This business is about focus, and it’s about winning and dedicating your resources to one objective, which is being the leader,” Requarth told us at the time. “If you look around the world, there aren’t really any extremely successful companies that have a pan-American strategy in real estate. Mainly because it’s not an e-commerce business, it has some brick-and-mortar components, and really the cost of not focusing makes it more challenging to execute the strategy on the market that’s the largest market in Latin America.” Looks like Requarth’s focus-heavy approach is working.