The German Center for Research and Innovation is looking for innovative solutions to

Sustainable Brazil

Important:¬† The ‚ÄúSustainable Brazil‚ÄĚ category is exclusive for german startups!



The 21st century imposes new demands on the world, as shown by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stablished by the UN. The SDGs form a global agenda adopted during a United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015. Within 17 goals, there are 169 marks to be reached by 2030. This agenda proposes global actions in the areas of poverty eradication, food security, agriculture, health, education, gender equality, social inequality reduction, energy, water and sanitation, sustainable patterns of production and consumption, climate change, sustainable cities, protection and sustainable use of oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, inclusive economic growth, infrastructure, industrialization, among others.

In order to understand all these challenges, as well as assure the generation of better solutions, scientific research and science exchange play fundamental roles. Therefore, the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) S√£o Paulo presents itself as a multidisciplinary platform to ensure that German and Brazilian educational, research and innovation institutions have a better and more effective exchange of scientific and innovative knowledge.

Micro context: In this context, startups play an important role as a bridge between the results of scientific research and its application in the economic, social, and natural environments. That is why we promote the ‚ÄúSustainable Brazil‚ÄĚ category in the Startups Connected program, to bring German startups with scientific research solutions to problems in the contemporary world, to Brazil. The ‚ÄúSustainable Brazil‚ÄĚ category of Startups Connected is aimed at German startups, primarily with solutions for the following SDGs: 2) Zero Hunger and Sustainable Agriculture, 4) Quality Education, 7) Affordable and Clean Energy, 9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12) Responsible Consumption and Production and 13) Climate Action.



Since the ‚ÄúSustainable Brazil‚ÄĚ category is multidisciplinary, the enrolled startup must offer an innovative solution or solutions, primarily within one or more indicated SDGs, which has been developed in an academic or scientific environment. It‚Äôs expected the startups have an interest in acting on a business level, as well as establishing scientific and R&D cooperation in Brazil. To do so, the startup must be willing to comply with the AHK acceleration process offered in partnership with DWIH S√£o Paulo.

It is a prerequisite that the candidate startups are spin-offs born in public or private German universities or scientific, technology and innovation institutes. In relation to the entrepreneurs of these startups, young scientists, recent graduated from scientific institutes or still involved with academic activity, will be privileged. Spin-offs should preferably be in the ‚Äúearly stage‚ÄĚ phase, that is, candidates do not need to have an already validated and commercialized solution. The evaluation criteria will be the profile of entrepreneurs, the innovative character of the solution and its impact, besides its potential and knowledge of the Brazilian market.



By winning the ‚ÄúSustainable Brazil‚ÄĚ category, the startup gains the opportunity to participate in the acceleration program offered by AHK¬† S√£o Paulo, as well as enjoy the¬† DWIH S√£o Paulo network for the construction of relations with partners, eventual customers and centers of excellence that can assist in the development or improvement of its solution for the Brazilian market.

Join us in the Sustainable Brazil category and present your solution in Brazil, with support from the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH S√£o Paulo).

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About DWIH S√£o Paulo

The DWIH São Paulo is part of a global Network of five Centres which is overseen by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The goal is to increase the visibility in Brazil of Germany as a scientific and technological centre and foster exchange between German and Brazilian scientific institutions.
Both Germany and Brazil consider science and innovation to be key areas  for ensuring  economic, social and sustainable environmental development. For 50 years, the two countries have promoted comprehensive and fruitful scientific cooperation. With the opening of DWIH São Paulo, Germany took an important step towards strengthening ties with its Brazilian partners.