It was amazing! For the first session of SKEMA VENTURES Startup Kafé in Brazil, SKEMA students from Belo Horizonte campus and partners from the local entrepreneurship ecosystem shared ideas, recommendations, and more. It was about the passion to change the world and make it a better place to live, work and develop! Dr. Philippe Chereau, SKEMA VENTURES director, introduced the incubation-acceleration support provided by SKEMA VENTURES to students and alumni and gave tangible evidence to the promise to imagine, incubate or accelerate entrepreneurial projects in Belo Horizonte. As a proof of concept of this promise, first projects were pitched by students, ranging from the mere promising idea, to already existing minimum viable products. From customized travel design platform, to camping tents made from recycled materials.
SKEMA entrepreneurs received a warm welcome by Dr. Geneviève Poulingue, SKEMA campus director, and Monica Cordeiro from AC Minas, showing how strong the links between the San Pedro Valley, the local ecosystem of innovation, and SKEMA Business School have developed after only three years in Brazil.
Dr. Poulingue, set the tone of this Startup Kafé in Brazil, by introducing key members of SKEMA Partners in Belo Horizonte: Rodolfo Zhouri from Minas Digital, Bruno Scolari from SEED incubator-accelerators, Ana Carolina Almeida in charge of entrepreneurship at Fundação Dom Cabral, and Frederico Americano, Director of Le Wagon Brazil. Representatives from Vinci in Brazil also attended the event. Among them, Mathilde Cesses, SKEMA alumni.
As any Startup Kafé at SKEMA VENTURES, the event was organized as a source of cross-fertilization and inspiration. Two successful SKEMA alumni operating their startups in Brazil, Maxime Parra, founder of NEW TRADING, and Florian Fournier founder of SIKANA, shared their experience and provided many recommendations to students. As Philippe Chereau mentioned, their insights evidenced that “without solid knowledge there is no efficient practice!”
This Startup Kafé officially launched the deployment of SKEMA VENTURES in Brazil. Since then, meetings between entrepreneurs and facilitators have already been planned, students’ projects have been strengthened with new talents, and prospects of ventures launched by SKEMA students in Brazil are emerging.
At SKEMA VENTURES, the sky is definitely NOT the limit!
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Written by: Dr. Philippe Chereau