On Sep 14 & 15, 2016, BayBrazil & Google Developers Launchpad organized a unique workshop to help Brazilian startups with training and mentorship.
On Day 1, startups CEOs, CTOs, founders gathered at Google headquarters in Mountain View where they met with Google engineers, product managers for a series of discussions on product development and mentors roundtable.
On Day 2, the group headed to Silicon Valley Bank, in Santa Clara, to participate in talks and mentor sessions with BayBrazil board members and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors and tech executives.
The 15 startups were selected by BayBrazil Corporate members moved by their commitment to advance tech entrepreneurship in Brazil. Discussions included topics such as:
Principles of Innovation
Scaling up for growth
Preparing for fundraising – what to do before approaching an investor
Building channels to grow distribution
Dos & don’ts of setting up office in US
Building a company in Silicon Valley x Brazil
Developing successful products
Investment landscape in Silicon Valley – finding the right investor for your startup
“SVB was delighted to host the mentoring day for the Brazilian entrepreneurs that were participating in the BayBrazil-Launchpad program. We have been doing business development in Brazil for the past four years and have had the opportunity to work with many strong entrepreneurs. For early stage founders, one of the critical success factors is getting access to good mentors and advice to help them grow. I believe this type of mentoring helps strengthening connections between the Bay Area and Brazil.”
Andy Tsao, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank
“Google Launchpad Accelerator is an extremely successful program aimed at helping startups scale. Offering the program to several Brazilian startups through our corporate members will have a large, positive impact to the Brazilian technology ecosystem. I am confident it will significantly increase the success rate of these startups.”
Nelson Mattos, BayBrazil Chairman of the Board, former VP, Emerging Markets, Google.
Our thanks to the entrepreneurs, corporate members, mentors and our partner Launchpad for this enriching knowledge-sharing program!