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The Brazilian Chapter is comprised of more than 40 members who share the common belief that entrepreneurs and their businesses are a critical piece of social and economic development, both locally and globally. In Brazil, ANDE plays an important role in supporting the country’s small and growing business (SGB) ecosystem. Members include foundations, universities, accelerators, incubators, investment funds, researchers, government agencies and corporations supporting SGBs. In order to stimulate ecosystem growth, we provide our members with specialized knowledge about the field, national and international connections, and encourage partnerships and knowledge sharing among members.


For more information about ANDE in Brazil, please see our list of locally-based staff below. 

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Recent Knowledge Production

Bringing a Gender Lens to Supporting Small and Growing Businesses: Insights from Brazil


The ANDE Brazil chapter and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) created a joint knowledge brief to share lessons and innovations from the Brazilian ecosystem on bringing a gender lens to supporting Brazilian SGBs. It focuses on four key topics to catalyze thought leadership on gender inclusion and investing in Brazil: understanding biases; recognizing gender "intersects" with diversity issues; linking to investors; and attracting and retaining women in entrepreneur support programs. Portuguese and English are available.


FInancial Inclusion in Latin America 

The ANDE CAM and Brazil chapters created a joint report that gives an overview of the financial inclusion sector in Latin America with a focus on Mexico and Brazil. The report includes an infographic of the financial inclusion landscape in both countries, using facts and figures presented throughout our Learning Lab meetings and roundtables.

Additionally, the report presents 3 relevant topics around financial inclusion: user-centered financial products and services, infrastructure needed to access financial services and financial education. Each topic offers an introduction by experts and  case studies of diverse projects in Latin America. Portuguese and English are available.


Global Accelerator Learning Initiative - GALI

GALI collected data from over 19,000 startups to learn where they operate and how they are structured, with an emphasis on impact-oriented programs. Read the landscape study here. In this publication you can read about the insights into how we compare with international bench marking; what the data tells us what is working (or not); and reflection on which elements are most effective in an acceleration process.  Portuguese and English are available.


Impact Investing Landscape in Brazil

The Impact Investment Landscape in Brazil is a follow-up to the study launched by the two organizations on impact investing in Latin America, launched by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) in October 2018. Portuguese and English are available.


You can also access the following studies that derive from "The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America", bringing new openings and/or qualitative data:

  • Sector Overview About Investment Impact in Brazil: The Brazil Chapter, in partnership with LAVCA also produced a recent study on the Sector of Impact Investment in Brazil. It includes information from 2016 to 2017, in Brazil specifically. Portuguese and English are available.
  • Sector Overview About Investment Impact in Latin America: The Brazil chapter, in partnership with LAVCA produced a recently study on the Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America. It includes information from 2016 to 2017, in Latin America. Portuguese and English are available.
  • Spotlight: Financial Inclusion & Fintechs: The new spotlight has the local panorama of the sector and also shows suggestions for investors. Just as entrepreneurs need to be attentive to the needs and attitudes of the lower income population to address the three dimensions of financial inclusion: access, use, and quality. Portuguese and English are available.
  • Spotlight: Biodiversity ConservationProduced by ANDE in partnership with Boticário Group Foundation, this spotlight presents an environmental, social and economic panorama of the sector. Portuguese and English are available.


Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in Brazil

The idea for this study arose due to a perceived lack of consolidated information regarding the work of accelerators and incubators in Brazil, particularly how they engage businesses with a social or environmental mission, and also how they compare to organizations abroad that play a similar role. With these challenges in mind, ANDE and ICE joined forces to produce this study.


You can also access the following study from GALI that brings more insights from the accelerators landscape in  Brazil and the world.


Mapping the Impact Investing Sector in Brazil 

Produced by ANDE, EQOM, LGT Venture Philanthropy and University of St. Gallen, this study exposes the current challenges and opportunities related to impact investment in Brazil, and trends for the future of the sector. Portuguese and English available.



Mapping the Social / Inclusive Business Field in Brazil

The study is a result of a partnership among ANDE, Avina Foundation, Potencia Ventures and Plano CDE. It identifies the main actors of the social business field in Brazil, such as incubators, accelerators and investment funds. In addition, the research provides data about their operations, performances and the social impact generated by these activities that aim to reduce poverty. Portuguese and English available.


If you would like to check more studies produced by us, please access our library.



Networking and Collaboration


Member Connections

The Brazil chapter fosters regional collaboration among members and potential members, with the goal of strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the region. One way we do this is through members connections and introductions.

Click here for the current list of ANDE Members.

View ourMember Map to filter members by type, focus area and geography.

Sector Events

Sector Events are meetings that ANDE periodically hosts in order to connect actors in specific fields and engage to work collaboratively. These events are usually attended by organizations that work to stimulate entrepreneurship or to generate activities and policies for the Base of the Pyramid in Brazil.

Past Sector Events:


Online seminars with specialists, entrepreneurs, researchers and other actors. The subjects vary, but will cover relevant themes for social entrepreneurship development in emerging markets. Webinars are available for ANDE members only. Members can participate, by signing into ANDE’s Membership Portal.

Learning Labs:

Metrics and Research: The Brazil Metrics Learning Lab is a sub group within the  Brazil Chapter & the Metrics & Research Learning Lab . This group is open to all ANDE members interested in the region and in impact measurement, and aims to strengthen the local ecosystem through facilitating experience sharing and implementation of collaborative projects. Use the "Join Group" option above to register for updates!

Impact Investing Working Group

A collaboration between ANDE, VOX and ABVCAP, the group articulate actors and implement concrete actions aiming to increase the volume of capital available for impact investment. It brings together fund managers, institutional investors and industry support actors. More information here.

Applying a gender lens approach to supporting Brazilian entrepreneurs

An initiative of ANDE and IDSin partnership with British Council. Composed by a face to face workshop and virtual follow-up sessions for implementation, where intermediaries will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the challenges inherent in gender equality and to co-create, share and test strategies and tools to incorporate this theme into their processes and operations. More information here.

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)

Since 2005, hundreds of accelerator programs have emerged around the world, with funding from governments, corporations, and private foundations. Funders are investing in these accelerators for their potential to grow successful ventures, create jobs, and build investor pipeline. Despite this interest, we knew little about accelerator effectiveness or how differences across programs influence venture performance. To address this gap, ANDE and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University launched the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) in collaboration with a consortium of public and private funders. GALI builds on the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University, which works with accelerator programs around the world to collect and analyze data from the entrepreneurs that they attract and support. Learn more here.

The launch of the Brazil Summary for GALI was on 29th August! The summary is based on responses from 843 early stage ventures located in Brazil, from a full sample of 19,418 ventures operating across the globe. Learn more about GALI here, click here to access the publication, here for the presentation and here for some photos.





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Steering Committee: The Steering Committee meets twice a year to discuss key aspects concerning the Chapter's performance. To read the minutes from past meetings, please access our Forum.
Steering Committee Chair: Henrique Bussacos

Henrique leads partnerships for several Impact Hubs in Latin America. He is co-founder of Impact Hubs São Paulo, Florianopolis, Brasília, and Manaus. He has been part of the Impact Hub Network since 2006, when he worked to set up the Impact Hub in São Paulo. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as chair of the Impact Hub Association Board  and supported many Impact Hub Teams in the network, particularly in the Seed Program in Africa. Previously, he worked at Amana-Key in Brazil developing sustainable strategies for large corporations and worked on mergers & acquisitions at JPMorgan Chase. He has a degree in Public Administration at FGV in Brazil and a Master’s in Development at University of Sussex in the UK.



Cecilia Zanotti, Regional Chapter Manager, Brazil

Cecilia has joined ANDE in February 2020. She has a degree in business administration from EAESP FGV and has been working with management of social impact organizations and projects for 20 years. She was the manager of social mobilization of Seja Digital, an entity created to operationalize the change of analogue TV signal in Brazil from 2016 to 2019. Ashoka Fellow, she founded and directed the Bagagem Project for 9 years, an organization focused on community-based tourism. She is an accredited facilitator by Partners for Youth Empowerment and has founded a company that offers training for the empowerment of educators and young people through the arts and creativity. She was a member of AIESEC, lived for a year in Costa Rica and was an exchange student at the University of Texas in Austin. Among her recent interests is the fight for gender and race equity in Brazil through entrepreneurship.

Rob Parkinson, Consultant, Brazil

Rob has more than ten years of experience in training, organizational development, and project management. As a co-founder of ANDE's Brazil Chapter in 2010, he helped coordinate the first mapping of the Brazilian Impact Business Ecosystem in 2011. He also designed and implemented training programs for entrepreneurs, professionals, and students while working for ARTEMISIA. Rob has a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK) and graduate studies in Group Dynamics from SBDG (Brazil). Originally from the UK, has lived in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Thailand, and has been working in Brazil since 2008. He currently resides in Rio de Janeiro.


Rebeca Yoshisato, Program Analyst, Brazil

Rebeca joined ANDE in April 2019. She has a multi-task profile and an experience in events planning, social impact and tourism - her degree course. In 2012 she become an Ambassador at CHOICE Movement (runned by Artemisia at the time) and since them, she has been participating in many different initiatives inside the social impact field. Rebeca has worked in São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brazilian Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Trade Association, Endeavor Brazil and USP Agency of Innovation, acting in events coordination and relationship with clients and members.