After 432 applicants and 36 finalists, these are the 15 social entrepreneurs who will participate in this year’s Brazilian edition of Red Bull Amaphiko Academy. They are young entrepreneurs from all five regions of the country, with inspiring stories that seek transformation and social innovation within the communities they live.
Badu Design sells handmade objects and gifts that use leftover textiles, made by women in low-resourced areas. This initiative aims to tell stories through sustainable products, reduce pollution while empowering women through income generation and professional training.
450 million people around the world have diabetes and approximately 100 million of them develop wounds that don’t heal. There is no effective treatment for it, which can lead to amputation. Beone implements biotechnology as a simple and inexpensive solution. It uses a gel and two wavelengths of light with bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties, in order to enhance healing.
How about visiting Rio de Janeiro’s attractions that aren’t featured on postcards? This initiative provides guided experiences, lectures and educational tours through the Santa Marta favela. They work with the local community to rethink stereotypes about the neighborhood and the people who live there.
The mission of Cientista Beta is to get young people to be passionate about science. They do this by telling inspiring stories about those who, at a young age, came up with solutions for real-world problems and in the process, transformed themselves and those around them. In addition to storytelling, this initiative teaches scientific methodology, technology, and innovation, providing the participants with guidance and support.
Embaixadores de Minas
The initiative was born from a conversation between restless people with an urge to make a difference. These college students and former students of public schools from Belo Horizonte want to create a positive impact by bringing technology to schools and communities. Embaixadores de Minas empowers young people to be the change they want to see in the world, by focusing on methodologies and education around entrepreneurism.
Seeking to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities as well as create a more inclusive world, this platform brings together makers and culture lovers and teaches them to build solutions that make their lives more independent – in a DIY fashion. The projects are then shared by a network of people who test and make suggestions for improvements.
Navegando nas Artes
In the far south of São Paulo, many young people learn to sail during childhood. Through nautical experiences and art, Navegando nas Artes’s goal is to connect the community to their environment while expanding awareness around sustainability.
Simony de Moura
A study done by YouGov Institute and released by the NGO ActionAid in May 2016, reveals that 86% of Brazilian women have suffered harassment in public spaces. Nina is a prototype of an app that allows women to register complaints of harassment as well as develop a female-focused community.
If talking about politics seems boring, this news portal aims to turn it into a fun and accessible subject to help encourage civic engagement. With the goal of bringing political education to Brazilian citizens, Politize has 20,000 daily views to date and is now preparing to take its next step with remote learning, as well as political education in schools.
Som da Pele
Irton Mario (Batman)
This initiative helps people with total or partial deafness emerge from merely being a spectator to now experience music, specifically through drumming. The mission is to reveal the musical sensitivity and creativity that exists in each of them, helping leave their limitations behind.
This social justice initiative aims to make the debate on issues related to gender and sexuality more visible. Ssex Bbox works with the LGTBQIA community through consulting and job placement, as well as an annual conference and a web series. They educate institutions to expand awareness, reduce isolation, and question traditional knowledge about sexuality and gender.
Tipiti is a sales and delivery channel to bring sustainable products from Pará to the rest of the world. The objective is to keep ‘Paraenses’ close to their roots, with the opportunity to promote the local culture to other parts of the country. The products vary from handcrafted items, to beverages and food, medicinal herbs and perfumes of the Amazon.
Adeola Princesas e Guerreiras
Denise de Oliveira
This initiative educates people about gender and race relations, as well as promote the history of African and Afro-Brazilian people from Pangea – the prehistoric period when all the continents were one landmass – until the present day.
Based on the story of her own ancestry, Diane created a creative immersion program that aims to promote contemporary Afro-Brazilian culture. This initiative investigates narratives about the history of Brazilian culture, and they focus on collaborative learning as an alternative to traditional education.
This initiative promotes music, cinema and fashion made by and for black youth from Salvador, the capital state of Bahia. Their goal is to provide a sense of belonging and positivity through recreation.
They’re already changing the world. Now imagine them with wings.
The 15 selected entrepreneurs will participate in an 18-month journey in which they will have access to mentoring sessions and spaces for reflection. They will work with a team focused on empowering their personal development and participate in initiatives that will open the door to a global network.
The whole process starts during the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy. Between June 23th and July 2nd, at Red Bull Station in downtown São Paulo, this intensive programming will provide tools for them to connect, exchange experiences and develop with each other and other entrepreneurs. It will be ten days that promises to inspire its participants and expand their perspectives of action. Stay tuned at amaphiko.redbull.com/academy.