A journey of transformation to the new digital Era, working at the intersection of industry and technology.
In 2011 we started as partners and investors of two traditional accelerators, where we participated in three investment rounds with funding of around R $ 10 million. In that period we acquired participation in +40 technology startups from various sectors and industries, what we call multi-market angel investment.
During these years, making angel investment of 50-100 thousand dolares in very early stage companies, pre-operational calls or seed (SEED), we found that giving speed and focus, typical components of a traditional accelerator, was not enough for ensure the success of these entrepreneurs and their startups. That’s where we decided to build a venture builder, focused on investing in more mature startups, at a less initial and growing stage.
In 2015, GROW +, the first Premium accelerator from Brazil, was created to add a third component to the startups: impulse. Startups participating in the acceleration program GROW + STARTUP must have a product ready and tested, with a business model already validated by the market and preferably with some monetization.
In 2015 and 2016, visiting similar models in Silicon Valley and Europe, we see the tremendous growth of accelerators focused on verticals such as agrotechs, fintechs and healthtechs. That year we built our fourth accelerator, HEALTH+, focused on startups at the intersection of technology with health, having as partners 40+ investor-mentors from the healthcare industry, made up of professionals and executives from health care providers, hospitals and clinics. all of Brazil. More than 200 startups have signed up for the acceleration program HEALTH+STARTUP, to receive contributions of up to US$ 300,000 – considered the largest contribution of accelerators in Brazil. This year, from 12 startups participating in the program, 05 have already received financial and strategic investment, smart-money title.
With this speed, essentially building one accelerator per year and mentoring dozens of startups, we’ve created the GROW+CORPORATE – corporate acceleration program where we replicate all the functions of a startup accelerator within a traditional company in just 90 days. Focused on medium and large corporations, the program proposes to air in just 03 months the complete investment thesis to capture startups with solutions ready to solve major problems or challenges.
One star shines among our best successful corporate cases – the BEM-STARTUP UNIMED program. Designed exclusively by GROW+, the corporate program is helping to build the new UNIMED POA, and is considered our fifth acceleration program. The whole investment thesis, regulation, FAQ and themes were built with the results of the Hackathon organized for 8 internal teams, in a journey of ideation and value-proposition for to construct main themes, which will serve as guidelines for the call of startups scheduled for the last quarter of 2017.
We are currently accelerating 50+ new startups per year through GROW+ALIANCE programs designed in partnership with our network of strategic alliances, such as StartupLab, StartupCred, and StartupHealth from SEBRAE, Santa Casa Startup Summit, SAP.IDEA from SAP, and a lot more.
Today, GROW+ is expanding its mentoring work into startups of various segments and stages through the GROW+MENTORING platform, developed by a startup to organize its network of mentors, where professionals are registered by experience and qualification to be selected according to with the profile and need of startups.
With the enthusiasm of those who want to exceed the brand of +100 accelerated startups, GROW+ actively participates as a sponsor and speaker of several events and congresses of entrepreneurship and innovation, such as HIS, Hospital Fair, FIT, FIC, FT, Acelera Serra, Innovation Day and CBTMs, among other Startup Weekend events. A full day of digital transformation and innovation to do what startups and businesses need most: GROW+. This is GROW+.
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