• Carlos Queiros

Brazil: A Key Market for Scale-ups Globally

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

As home to the world’s eighth largest economy, the seventh biggest IT market, fifth largest number of mobile phone and internet users, and the third largest recipient of FDI in 2017, Brazil ranks among the UK Department for International Trade strategic markets.

It is a key country for any company interested in scaling up and expanding internationally. It has plenty to offer: a growing middle class, a voracious appetite for social and digital media, and a population of over 210 million.

The Brazil Tech Award is the opportunity for European scale-ups in five categories – Smart Cities, Fintech, HealthTech, Agritech and Creative Tech – to expand to a global emerging market.

The winner will get £70,000 in services during one year to establish its base in the city of Sao Paulo.

Join us on 21 February for the launch of the Brazil Tech Award 2019 and learn more about the competition and how to apply.

Programme (Tentative)

08:30 Registration and Coffee

09:00 Opening Session

  • Remarks by the Embassy of Brazil in London

  • Ms Geraldina Iraheta, Director of Business Development, Digital Catapult

09:20 Brazil Tech Award and the Opportunities to Expand in Brazil

  • Ms Sandra Sinicco, Co-Founder, Latam Tech UK

09:40 The Investment Environment in Brazil

  • Business Environment for Innovative Companies, Prof Mário Salerno, Coordinator of the Observatory for Innovation and Competitiveness, University of São Paulo

  • Financing for Tech Companies (TBC)

  • Taxes and Regulations in Brazil, Mr Rodrigo Colares, da Fonte Advogados

10:40 Coffee Break

11:00 Views from the Industry


  • Dr Michael Wilkinson, CEO & Founder, Avatr

  • Ms Diana Avila, Global Head of Banking, TransferWise

  • Mr Felipe Ávila da Costa, Co-founder & CEO, InfraSpeak

  • Mr Pietro Carmignani, CEO, Gympass

  • Mr Delber Lage, CEO, SalaryFits

  • Mr Alex Balcome, Manager, Tempest


  • Ms Geraldina Iraheta, Director of Business Development, Digital Catapult

  • Ms Sandra Sinicco, Co-Founder, Latam Tech UK

12:00 Closing Remarks

  • Mr John Thompson, Head of Aerospace, Technology and Smart Cities, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)

12:10 Networking Lunch

14:00 Close of Seminar


14:00 Close of Seminar

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