3 Day Startup (“3DS”) is working with the US Department of State again and a new partner, the Instituto Brasília de Tecnologia e Inovação (IBTI), to launch the US-Brazil Startup Connection initiative. This initiative, a series of entrepreneurship events culminating in an Austin exchange program, is an $170,000 investment funded by our partners to cultivate the next generation of Brazil’s entrepreneurs. One-hundred and twenty-five standout Brazilian university students in Belem and Brasilia will participate and immerse themselves in intense entrepreneurial training this spring.

3DS and IBTI delivered the first component of the program last weekend in Belem. Fifty students from around the city gathered at the Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia do Guamá for the inaugural 3 Day Startup program in Brazil. Seven early stage ventures emerged, one of which used sustainably harvested materials from the northern Amazon rainforest, by the student entrepreneurs in under 72 hours.

3DS Belem

“3 Day Startup Belem was a tremendous experience for me. Professionally, I was able to vastly expand my network and find like-minded, enthusiastic entrepreneurs in Belem. Personally, 3DS opened my eyes to the advantages of taking risks and not being afraid of failing,”  said 3DS Belem participant, Noel Orlet, who is a law student at Universidade Federal do Pará. “The truth is, 3 Day Startup is an amazing learning experience, and I highly recommend it to any student who wants to make an impact on the world.”

Orlet’s feedback mirrors other students’ sentiments. The Austin-influenced entrepreneurship program–focused on business models and b2b venture creation–was well-received in the Brazilian ecosystem. Early feedback, both qualitative and quantitative, is overwhelmingly positive and bodes well for the further expansion of the US-Brazil Startup Connection initiative.

“The 3DS organization sees a huge opportunity for this partnership to increase our impact in South America,” says 3DS program manager, Maia Donohue. “We were impressed by the entrepreneurial potential of these students; we are proud to be at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey.” The US-Brazil Startup Connection is one of several ways 3DS is contributing to the United States’ economic diplomacy efforts and we look forward to our continued engagement with Brazil’s budding entrepreneurial leaders.

Interested parties, from volunteers to potential program participants, should contact Alexis Taylor at alexis@3daystartup.org. 3DS is hosting a delegation of students from Austria, Brazil, and England this summer and will announce the other countries involved in the coming weeks.

About 3 Day Startup

3 Day Startup is an international 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds entrepreneurial capabilities in students and employees at schools, corporations, and governments through accelerated, immersive learning. To date, 3DS is operating on all inhabited continents through partnerships with 130 schools in 27 countries. Of the 10,000 alumni who have participated in a 3DS program, 90 have gone on to launch companies that have raised over $90 million in investor capital and 34 of which have been accepted into prestigious accelerators. 3 Day Startup program alumni become equipped for future success: students not only learn the skills to found a company but also land jobs in startups, drive innovation in established corporations, and kickstart social impact projects.