Do you have a project that improves people’s lives?
Entrepreneurs from all over Brazil can now register for Braskem’s acceleration program, which seeks innovative solutions based on plastic and chemistry: Braskem Labs. The program, which is in its third edition, is an initiative of Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, in partnership with ACE, considered the Best Startup Accelerator in Latin America by Latam Founders.
The purpose of the program is to accelerate the growth of businesses that offer innovative solutions based on chemistry and plastic and with relevant social impact. There will be 12 posts available this year, and we will keep two of them in a special category focused on projects that fight Aedes aegypti. In this category, the solution does not need to have synergy with plastic or chemistry. Selection criteria include project innovation, market potential, entrepreneur and team profile, business model and socio-environmental impact.
“Braskem Labs is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain more knowledge and develop their own business with access to high quality activities and mentors. The program has already proven its expertise by helping small businesses to develop new business relationships and define strategies for the future,” says Luiz Gustavo Ortega, Braskem’s Sustainable Development leader.
The 12 selected companies will have, for four months, customized training according to their greatest difficulties, including individual and collective mentoring with Braskem executives and ACE experts, exclusive content and immersion in a Braskem unit in Brazil. Participants will be able to discuss topics such as sales, finance, team management, among other issues that are relevant to entrepreneurs.
At the end of the program, each entrepreneur will prepare a pitch – a presentation that aims to attract investors or customers – about their business to an audience of executives, investors, partners and the press at Demo Day, a closing event for Braskem Labs in São Paulo.
Since 2015, 31 companies have participated in Braskem Labs, out of a total of 350 registrations. As part of the results of the previous edition, the program generated effective businesses for more than half of the participants.
Registrations for Braskem Labs can be made until May 14, at www.braskemlabs.com.br.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017