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Oiweek X ends with more than 3,000 registered ratings and a Colombian startup in first place

Bogotá's Viewy, which provides a virtual reality solution, was considered the most attractive startup of the event; of the large companies, Isa Cteep was that which had the most evaluations

Oiweek X (10th Open Innovation Week) ends with the expectation of leveraging many deals between startups, large corporations, universities and investors in the coming months, with 3,000 registered ratings, resulting from more than 10,000 startup match requests.

There were more than 250 startups participating, from Brazil and abroad, in addition to more than 100 large companies and 50 scientific projects. All this matchmaking process gave the Colombian Viewy, which offers a virtual reality solution, the first place among the most attractive market startups. Aquarela Analytics, Beenoculus, Opinion Box and Blu 365 complete the top five.

“It was a pleasure to participate in Oiweek. The experience will help improve our pitch, as well as our business, because of the feedback received from large companies. We talked to 33 companies that were very interested in following with conversations, and our expectation is to open a market in Brazil,” highlights Juan Felipe Santos Vizcaino, founder of Viewy.

“One of the differences in this edition was the use of apps by almost 100% of those present, since this was the way meetings were scheduled and evaluations were made. All in real time, which allowed for the monitoring of interactions throughout the event,” explains Bruno Rondani, CEO and founder of the 100 Open Startups movement, responsible for the organization of Oiweek.

The most engaged companies were also recognized. Isa Cteep took first place, followed by Dow, Philip Morris Brazil, Citrosuco and RV Imola. For Isa Cteep’s Innovation Manager, Ricardo Kahn, participation in this environment was very productive. "Being recognized as the most engaged company within the ecosystem is further evidence that innovation is embedded in the company's culture as a core organizational value of its strategy," he said.

Simultaneously with the business meetings, various panels were held, addressing topics such as Social Impact, Fintechs, Blockchain, Retail Revolution, IoT, Digital Transformation, Health Technology, and Sustainable Futures. Among the participants were Tulio Oliveira, Country Manager of Mercado Pago; Stephan Lampel, President of Powertrain; LATAM; Bosch; Renato Freitas, founder of 99; and Professor Sérgio Queiroz, Research and Innovation Coordinator of FAPESP.

Oiweek, a pioneer in helping to create this connection movement, is growing every year and always brings innovations, which are replicated by the market. Over the last three years more than 1,000 contracts have been signed between startups and large companies, which shows that the event has been gaining traction, impacting everyone who participates. “The meeting celebrates the collaborative spirit for innovation, resulting from a relationship that takes place over a year. Our goal is to make these connections work well and provide success stories,” concludes Rondani.

In mid-May, the movement will announce the 2018 100 Open Startups Ranking, which identifies the market’s view of the most attractive startups, ready to receive investment and conduct business with large companies.

Space for scientists
In this edition, Oiweek provided space for scientific projects from a number of educational institutions in Brazil, with the aim of connecting them with large companies. “The event allowed the technologies developed within universities to be shown to companies and investors who were present, promoting a more active connection within the ecosystem. And this gives us the hope of finding the partners we need,” comments Prof. Newton C. Frateschi, Executive Director of Inova Campinas. Among the technologies presented, those that most interested companies were Blast, Pranzi and Casca.

J & J Challenge Winner
Scheme Lab, a startup in the biotechnology area, was the winner of the Latin America Challenge, held by Johnson & Johnson Innovation in partnership with the 100 Open Startups movement. The announcement was made during the closing of Oiweek X.

About the 100 Open Startups Movement
The 100 Open Startups is the premier connecting platform between startups and large companies, focussing on generating business opportunities. Today, 8,000 executives from 800 large and medium-sized companies, 5,000 active startups and hundreds of investors take part. It annually publishes the 100 Open Startups Brazil Ranking, showing the most attractive startups for the corporate market. Learn more:


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