Over the years, the organizers of Pitch Americas have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses around the world grow. Now, we’re bringing one of the most exciting programs in the region to Rio de Janeiro, and it’s your time to shine. Pitch Americas seeks to educate, empower and enable entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level.

How Will We Do This?

Through a series of events designed to give entrepreneurs the skills, support and exposure they need to succeed. And the best part? It’s all completely free!


The Pitch Competition

Entries: May 22th

Entries close by 11:59 pm on May 22nd.

Entrepreneurs that submit their applications early have a small advantage because we have more time to read them.

Selection: May 27th

On May 27th, we will announce the top 10 ventures that will pitch to become the 2019 champion!

Throughout the boot camp you will participate in intensive business workshops, and receive one-on-one coaching and the opportunity to showcase your business in front of our experts.

Pitch Americas: June 10th-14th

The pitch competition is June 14th at the Museum of Tomorrow, Praça Mauá, 1 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-240.

Join us June 10-14th for the Pitch Americas program.

About Us

Kevin Vela

Managing Partner at Vela Wood

Kevin Vela is the managing partner at Vela Wood. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, venture financing, fund representation, and gaming law. In recent years, he has represented both startups and investors in over $150M in venture financing. Kevin also co-manages a Dallas-based venture capital fund, Blossom Street Ventures, which is currently on its fifth fund.



Fabio Cendão

Partner at FCMLAW | Founder of YourBase

Fabio Cendão is founder and partner of Faria, Cendão & Maia Advogados (FCMLAW), an innovative law firm focused on startups. FCMLAW provides legal services through methods, tools, and technology that simplify the understanding of Law. Fabio is also the founder of YourBase, a legal tech startup incubated in FCMLAW, founder of Legal Hackers Rio’s chapter, organizer of Legal Hack 2017 (Legal Hackathon), and creator of Legal Canvas for Startups Methodology

Pitch Competition Judges

Fábio Póvoa

Managing Director at Smart Money Ventures

Moises Swirski

MSW Capital Founder, Moisés is a PhD from New York University (NYU)

Robert Edwin Binder

Founder Partner and CEO – Antera Gestão de Recursos (PRIMATEC and CRIATEC)

Pitch Competition Prizes

1st place:

R$ 1.500,00 – Faria, Cendão & Maia Advogados

“Pacote Early Stage 2” (R$ 1.600,00) – Faria, Cendão & Maia Advogados

U.S. incorporation and founders package (USD 5,000,00) – Vela Wood

1 Free Fellowship – Pre Acceleration Program – Founder Institute Rio

1 Free ticket: Silicon Valley Conference, Free online courses: 1 “StatUp Style” and 1 “Motor de Crescimento” – StartSe

                                    12 semanas –  Programa de Aceleração Hiper Growth (R$ 3.700,00) – Beez Studio

1 hora de imersão na metodologia TechThinking ou 1 diagnóstico técnico do produto tecnológico – YourDev

2nd place:

1 Free DNA Entrepreneur Test – Founder Institute

Free online courses: 1 “StatUp Style” and 1 “Motor de Crescimento” – StartSe

3rd place:

1 Free DNA Entrepreneur Test – Founder Institute

Free online course: 1 “StatUp Style” – StartSe

Startup Resources


Description: Wondering if your startup is where it should be? This infographic will walk you through the five stages a startup goes through and gives you an idea of where you should be when it comes to your startup’s product, funding, marketing, revenues, legal work, and more.

Link: http://velawoodlaw.com/vw-startup-lifecycle-infographic/


Description: The Legal Canvas for Startups is inspired by the practical and visual concepts of the Business Model Canvas, to help entrepreneurs organize the legal aspects of their startups.

Link: http://parceirolegal.fcmlaw.com.br/materiais-educativos-gratuitos/


Description: Venture Glossary features over 500 terms that are commonly used in the startup world, from Accelerated Vesting to Zombie. This is your go-to site to help you intelligently navigate conversations, documents, and negotiations with investors or other founders.

Link: http://ventureglossary.com/


Description: This collection of thoughts and links will guide you toward producing an effective pitch deck that persuasively communicates your company and its potential to investors.

Link: http://velawoodlaw.com/whos-drafting-your-pitch-deck-blog/


No documents will be accepted via email or in any other form, format, or location before or after the deadline. The participating teams may submit their projects and deliverables for the online semi-finals in English, Portuguese, or Spanish. Teams registering for the competition must be citizens or legal residents of Brazil. International teams can compete if one of these two parameters is met: (a) One member of the international team is a citizen of Brazil; (b) The project / business is implemented in BrazilTen finalists will be selected and notified by May 15th, 2019. Updated Pitch Americas Brazil version, 2019.

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  • Monday, June 10th, 5pm-7pm – Happy Hour
  • Tuesday, June 11th, 3pm-5:15pm – Place: IBEU. Workshop: Sharing Your Vision & Building a Great Pitch Deck & Treinamento de Internacionalização para startups com Cláudia Wilson, da Beez Studio
    • Open Office Hours, 1pm-2pm
  • Wednesday, June 12th, 2pm-4:30pm – Place: FGV. Workshop: Finding Capital
  • Thursday, June 13th, 3pm-4:30pm – Pitch Practice
    • Open Office Hours, 1pm-2pm
  • Friday, June 14th, 4pm-20pm – Pitch Competition

Why enter the Challenge?

  • Get expert support in business-critical areas: sales, marketing, finance, technology, legal and people.
  • Build connections and networks that will benefit you and your business for years to come.
  • Get international exposure and profiling for your business
  • Gain confidence and validation from business experts.


The Application Video

In the video please introduce yourselves, explain what you’re doing and why, and tell us anything else you want to about the founders or the project.

The video should be one minute long and should be uploaded to YouTube. If you don’t want other people to find it, mark it as unlisted. Don’t mark it as private or disallow embedding, or we won’t be able to see it.

The video should contain nothing except the founders talking. No screenshots or post production wizardry please; we don’t want this to turn into a video making contest. Please do not add any background music to your video.

Please do not recite a script written beforehand. Just talk spontaneously as you would to a friend. Unless you’re a good enough actor to fake spontaneity, you lose more in the stilted delivery than you gain from a more polished message. Before submitting the video, you should try playing it yourself, and check that you can hear what you’re saying.

What if I win?

Winners of the competition will get more than just bragging rights. Prizes include cash and products from our sponsors & supporters.
Even if you don’t win, you’ll get valuable contacts in US-based Venture Capital firms and expert advice on the challenges and growth opportunities for your business.

Do we need to write a business plan?

Not for us. We make funding decisions based on our application form and personal interviews. We love demos, but we never read business plans.

Why didn't you accept our application?

Strange as it may sound, the better your application was, the less likely there is to be an answer to this question. So don’t take it personally.

Can a single person apply for the competition?

Yes, but the odds of being accepted are lower. A startup is too much work for one person.

Will someone from Pitch Americas review my startup?

Unfortunately we can’t have conversations with everyone about their businesses. If you apply and we invite you to pitch we’ll certainly talk about your business with you though.

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