2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Brazilian Startup Ecosystem Introduction

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Steady growth, political and economical stability; along with social inclusion and development have helped Brazil achieve new world status beyond its long-standing fame as a vast and bountiful land. The country is working hard to strengthen its innovation ecosystem by supporting startups and investors, both local and international. In this session, you’ll gain insights into this exciting new trend and learn how you can participate from the experts with Apex-Brasil - Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Brazilian Association of Venture Capital and Private Equity (ABVCAP), Brazilian Association of Startups (ABStartups) and Start-Up Brasil.


Bernardo Portugal

Board Member


Board Member at ABVCAP, the Brazilian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association; Co-founder and Board Member at CONFRAPAR PARTICIPAÇÕES S/A, a premier Brazilian technology private equity firm; Partner at Portugal Murad, a business law firm focused on M&A transactions and private equity and venture capital deals.

He holds a Master´s degree in Corporate Law, at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) with specialization on corporate governance in the Brazilian corporate legislation.


Gustavo Caetano


Samba Tech

Samba Tech is the largest online video platform in Latin America, accounting with 100+ premium customers including the largest media groups, soccer teams, telecom carriers and e-commerce channels in Brazil. Its advanced technology and strong local industry knowledge makes Samba Tech a strong player in the SaaS arena and a industry reference when it comes to Online Video.

The company's big vision is to be the Latin American leader for online video solutions. That's why besides its fast growing, Samba keeps its unique startup environment, making it a challenge and cool place to work for employees and a trustful and innovative company delivering customer-driven products.

The recognition comes with the hard work. Samba Tech has been approved to participate in one of the most selective programmes of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the world, from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the Global Entrepreneurship Lab. Every year MIT chooses 40 start-ups in the world with big innovation potential in order to help them to develop and rise in an organized and faster than the local competitors. Samba has also won international awards such as Red Herring, CHINICT and Fast Company's Most Innovative Company in World.


Pedro Waengertner



Pedro Waengertner’s 17 year career has been dedicated to digital marketing, technology, and entrepreneurism. His time is also dedicated to educational pursuits as the Digital Marketing Director for the Post Graduate program at ESPM, Brazil’s most prestigious marketing university. Author, contributor and reviewers of diverse articles and academic papers, Pedro’s current focus is Aceleratech, a leading Brazilian Start-Up accelerator he co-founded in 2012.


Rafael Moreira

Deputy Secretary

Ministry of Science Tech and Innovation

Rafael Moreira is coordinator in the IT sector, with a focus on Telecommunications, Software and IT services. Graduated in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), He has a MA in Economics from the University of São Paulo (USP) and Applied Computing from the University of Brasilia (UNB) and advanced studies in Management of High Technology Industries from the University of Shenzhen, China. He coordinated the economic advisory of the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), Brazil. He was Deputy Director of the Department of Innovation, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil. He is currently on the career status of Specialist in Public Policy and Government Management, Director for ICT Policies, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. He is CEO of Startup Brasil.

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