CCBC took three initiatives to SP Tech Week, a technology week organized by the city hall. One of the biggest successes was the Elevator Pitch, a partnership with SP Negócios that received the registration of more than 100 startups, of which about 40 were selected for the next phase. As its name suggests, the main stage of this second phase was an elevator. In this case, the elevator of the Santander Lighthouse, the most iconic building in the center of the capital and the headquarters of the bank that sponsored the event.
The mission of a representative of each startup was to present their project inside the lift to two jurors, in just 56 seconds – the necessary time to arrive to the observation deck of the building. After a busy afternoon, eight finalists were selected according to criteria such as product or service development stage, results and business model. The finalists made a presentation in the Bandstand square, in front of the Santander Lighthouse, for the jury and other participants.
Five startups were awarded a 2,000 USD ticket to attend the World Angel Investment Summit in Calgary and will participate in a due diligence process conducted by a Canadian investor. The startups chosen were Sintecsys, Allya, Blu 365, Samplify and Portal Telemedicina.
Another initiative of CCBC at SP Tech Week was the Canada House, which hosted a series of lectures with free admission at CCBC headquarters in Vila Olímpia. The debates involved themes related to technology and innovation, such as edtechs, startups that work in the educational area; games market; crypto-coins; data protection; investments in Canada; internationalization of startups and businesses; and technologies for smart cities. An audience of approximately 400 people followed the 14 lectures held in two days.
The most important event in Latin America for startups
CCBC also had a booth at the Annual Startup and Entrepreneur Conference (Case – Conferência Anual de Startups e Empreendedores) with the goal of networking and presenting the Connection Bureau, its matchmaking platform among startups, investors, service providers and supporters in Brazil and Canada. Case is the most important event for startups in Latin America and receives around five thousand participants from all over Brazil, with more than 150 lectures in six simultaneous stages.
SP Tech Week promoted more than 300 events in the city of São Paulo from November 24 to 30.