Build your company with Antler in Brazil

Antler is the investor backing the world's most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. We currently are in 27 locations across all continents, looking for exceptional and visionary founders. Antler provides a global platform to one of the biggest innovation ecosystems in the world, so entrepreneurs can find their co-founders, have a deep business model validation, and access early-stage investment.

* For the September residency, French founders will need to relocate to Amsterdam, Berlin, or Munich.

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Who is Antler in Brazil for?

Antler in Brazil is looking for exceptional and visionary people, who will build the next generation of high-scalable startups. Because of that, our main objective is to talk to everyone that is searching for a co-founder, a deep business model validation, and initial capital.

Individuals

Looking for a co-founder?

Are you an individual ready to start something new, and looking for the right co-founder?

Antler brings together an exclusive group of ambitious people to explore ideas together. Meet, learn, and co-create with exceptional builders. Join us to turn your vision into reality.

Teams

Already have the dream team?

Do you already have a team and are ready to start building. Joining Antler gives you the opportunity to build alongside like-minded, ambitious founders.

Build long-lasting relationships, gain access to coaching, network resources, investor introductions, and valuable support—regardless of your idea’s stage.

What to expect once you join Antler in Brazil

Antler in Brazil's residency program has two phases, with a 6-month duration. During the first phase, which takes 10 weeks, the main objective is to form teams and validate ideas. Only the selected teams go to the next phase and remain in the program. We expect at least two programs per year in Brazil.

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Form teams and validate ideas

Meet potential co-founders, share your ideas, and build a team to tackle a business opportunity. Together all of you must validate your startup hypothesis. We provide workshops and exercises to help you boost your process.

Build your company

With a solid business idea, you will have access to coaches and advisors, who will guide you through a deep business model validation. Develop an MVP, gather potential clients, and define the best go-to-market strategy.

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Pitch to Antler’s Investment Committee

Pitch your company to Antler's Investment Committee. Approved teams will secure a pre-seed investment.

Post-Program Support

Once you received our investment, you will be part of Antler's portfolio. This means you will have access to our global platform, which has experts and people willing to help you in your entrepreneurial journey.

Antler companies are moving the world forward

Antler is one of the most active investors in Brazil—and around the world—backing game-changing companies.

8,000+

Founders supported worldwide

$4.7B+

Combined portfolio value across Antler

1,000+

Startups founded around the world

32%

Startups with at least one woman co-founder

Application process

The full application process takes about one month to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Application

Make your application on our website and wait for our scouting team to contact you.

First interview

Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your story. In this phase, we want to know more about your motivations to build a new business and your current professional situation.

Final interview

A few days after the first interview, you will receive feedback from our scouting team. It may be followed by an invitation to a final interview. In this particular phase, you will have the chance to meet and talk to one of Antler Partners.

Offer to join Antler!

Once we have made an offer, the next steps are simple. You’ll sign an Antler Founder Agreement and shortly after, we will send you a welcome package and can start to get you onboarded to the residency program.

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Application process

The full application process takes about one month to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Application

Make your application on our website and wait for our scouting team to contact you.

First interview

Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your story. In this phase, we want to know more about your motivations to build a new business and your current professional situation.

Final interview

A few days after the first interview, you will receive feedback from our scouting team. It may be followed by an invitation to a final interview. In this particular phase, you will have the chance to meet and talk to one of Antler Partners.

Offer to join Antler!

Once we have made an offer, the next steps are simple. You’ll sign an Antler Founder Agreement and shortly after, we will send you a welcome package and can start to get you onboarded to the residency program.

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Application process

The full application process takes about one month to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Application

Make your application on our website and wait for our scouting team to contact you.

First interview

Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your story. In this phase, we want to know more about your motivations to build a new business and your current professional situation.

Final interview

A few days after the first interview, you will receive feedback from our scouting team. It may be followed by an invitation to a final interview. In this particular phase, you will have the chance to meet and talk to one of Antler Partners.

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It’s the best time in history to build a business

There has never been a better time to innovate and build a company that solves a meaningful problem. As the issues society faces become more complex, founders are more needed than ever to tackle them.

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Our team

Meet the people dedicated to our founders’ success here in Brazil

Marcelo Ciampolini
Partner

Marcelo was the founder and CEO of the credit fintech Lendico (www.lendico.com.br). He led the company through a full cycle of entrepreneurship: model creation, team building, product design, launch, scale up and a successful exit to Lonestar, when the company had +R$1billion in credit originations and 100+ employees. He has just returned from Stanford’s flagship senior executive program (SEP)

Carolina Strobel
Partner

20+ years experience in tech investing, business building and digital transformation projects. Operating Partner for Redpoint eventures, Intel Capital LATAM director for over a decade and Innovation Director of public traded companies. Recognised digital advisor and board member.

Beatriz Montiani
Program Director

More than 15 years experience in the Financial and Payments Industry and 6 years experience with startups, leading open innovation projects in business space. Career developed in Sales, Business Development, Product and Analytics area.

Rafael Mastrocola
Director (Brazil)

Rafael was previously Head of Investors Relations and M&A of companies listed on the Brazilian Stock Exchange. Also worked as equities sales for banks in Brazil such as Merrill Lynch, Santander and Citibank and holds an MBA from Darden Business School. Father of Laura and Daniel.

Samuel Barbu
Finance Director

Highly accomplished, Result Driven, Hard worker, Ownership, Quick Learner, and ability to assume different responsibilities; Accounting and Financial Management with more than 15 years of progressive professional experiences: Banking, Big 4 Companies (M&A and audit), Venture capital, with a strong accounting background; Strong international experience, leading foreign teams and clients.

Caio Pavesi
Senior Associate

Caio has worked for five years in startup operations. Four years at Liv Up, a Brazilian foodtech company, in operations, deliveries and supply chain teams managing both growth and improvement projects. Before that he has helped Lendico, a credit fintech, improving its backoffice processes through automation. He has also worked in private equity and in applied engineering research in Germany.

Pedro Tucci
Senior Associate

Pedro graduated in Law at the University of São Paulo and worked for a while in the best M&A law firms in Brazil leading big transactions for his clients. After transitioning to the startup and entrepreneurial world, Pedro worked for a social impact startup accelerator and held strategic positions in healthtechs and fintechs. Currently, Pedro is pursuing an MBA degree at Cornell University.

Matheus Riga
Marketing Associate

Matheus is a communications specialist, with a solid experience in content marketing and innovation strategy. Previously, worked at ACE Startups, an early-stage VC and startup accelerator in Brazil. Matheus is also a former journalist at Forbes Brazil, Terra, and Estadão, where he reported about the brazilian startups and innovation ecosystem.

Antler in Brazil

The investor backing Brazil's most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. Enabling thousands of founders every year to launch and scale companies that move the world forward.

Samuel Barbu
Finance Director

Highly accomplished, Result Driven, Hard worker, Ownership, Quick Learner, and ability to assume different responsibilities; Accounting and Financial Management with more than 15 years of progressive professional experiences: Banking, Big 4 Companies (M&A and audit), Venture capital, with a strong accounting background; Strong international experience, leading foreign teams and clients.

Rafaella Makul
Program and Marketing Analyst

Experience in Trade Marketing, in the beauty at LVMH - Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessy and construction materials market at Spot Promo agency. Degree in Social Communication in Advertising at ESPM College, specialization in Retail Design at Elisava.

Rafael Mastrocola
Director (Brazil)

Rafael was previously Head of Investors Relations and M&A of companies listed on the Brazilian Stock Exchange. Also worked as equities sales for banks in Brazil such as Merrill Lynch, Santander and Citibank and holds an MBA from Darden Business School. Father of Laura and Daniel.

Pedro Tucci
Senior Associate

Pedro graduated in Law at the University of São Paulo and worked for a while in the best M&A law firms in Brazil leading big transactions for his clients. After transitioning to the startup and entrepreneurial world, Pedro worked for a social impact startup accelerator and held strategic positions in healthtechs and fintechs. Currently, Pedro is pursuing an MBA degree at Cornell University.

Matheus Riga
Marketing Associate

Matheus is a communications specialist, with a solid experience in content marketing and innovation strategy. Previously, worked at ACE Startups, an early-stage VC and startup accelerator in Brazil. Matheus is also a former journalist at Forbes Brazil, Terra, and Estadão, where he reported about the brazilian startups and innovation ecosystem.

Marcelo Ciampolini
Partner

Marcelo was the founder and CEO of the credit fintech Lendico (www.lendico.com.br). He led the company through a full cycle of entrepreneurship: model creation, team building, product design, launch, scale up and a successful exit to Lonestar, when the company had +R$1billion in credit originations and 100+ employees. He has just returned from Stanford’s flagship senior executive program (SEP)

Carolina Strobel
Partner

20+ years experience in tech investing, business building and digital transformation projects. Operating Partner for Redpoint eventures, Intel Capital LATAM director for over a decade and Innovation Director of public traded companies. Recognised digital advisor and board member.

Caio Pavesi
Senior Associate

Caio has worked for five years in startup operations. Four years at Liv Up, a Brazilian foodtech company, in operations, deliveries and supply chain teams managing both growth and improvement projects. Before that he has helped Lendico, a credit fintech, improving its backoffice processes through automation. He has also worked in private equity and in applied engineering research in Germany.

Beatriz Montiani
Program Director

More than 15 years experience in the Financial and Payments Industry and 6 years experience with startups, leading open innovation projects in business space. Career developed in Sales, Business Development, Product and Analytics area.

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FAQs

What is Antler?

Antler is the investor backing the world's most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. We provide a global platform where entrepreneurs can find their co-founders, have a deep business model validation, and access to a global network of experts. Companies built inside our residency programs may receive Antler's investment in exchange for a small percentage of the business.

Is Antler a business accelerator?

No, Antler is not a business accelerator. Accelerators receive built and mature companies and then make them go through a business model validation. We select entrepreneurs and visionary people so they can, with our support, build high-scalable startups.

Is Antler a Venture Builder?

No, Antler is not a Venture Builder. Venture Builders have a specific focus, looking for an industry of their choice, besides selecting the founding team and having control of the companies built inside their operations. We are agnostic of industries, and the startups that are developed through our residency programs are 100% founder-owned, without any Antler interference in the team building.

What is Antler’s residency program?

Antler’s residency program is a 10-week entirely in-person immersion, where 60+ potential founders spend a lot of time together. It is a unique innovation environment with people that share the same objective of becoming a startup founder. This group of entrepreneurs will dive into our global methodology for business creation and validation, increase their professional network, and potentially receive a pre-seed investment during this period.

What kind of support can I expect from Antler during the residency program?

You will receive Antler's support to generate and validate your business's ideas. We have our methodology for a deep business model validation, which uses a lot of exercises and workshops for anyone that wants to build a startup from the ground. Potentially, you will receive pre-seed investment from Antler so yo can boost your company's growth.

Which profile of founders is Antler looking for?

Most importantly, Antler is looking for talented, driven, and resilient people. Antler wants to back those that are willing to go the extra mile to create businesses capable of bringing progress and innovation to society. We are looking for individuals that are 100% certain of the decision of becoming a startup founder, even if they don’t have an idea for a business.

What is the profile of the group of founders in each residency program?

Each residency program has a different profile picture of founders. However, Antler’s scouting team has an active effort of selecting a balanced set of exceptional professionals. Our main goal is to have all types of founders, including business operators, industry specialists, PhDs, and technology experts.

Is the program in person or remote?

Antler Brazil's residency program is fully in person. We are based out of Sao Paulo (SP).

How long is Antler's residency program?

Antler Brazil's residency program has two phases, with a 6-month duration. During the first phase, which takes 10 weeks, the main objective is to form teams, validate ideas, and create new businesses. The startups that are approved by our Investment Committee will receive a pre-seed investment in exchange for a small percentage of the business. Only the selected teams go to the next phase and have access to our global platform.

I already have a founding team. Can I apply?

Yes, you can apply for Antler’s residency program. However, your startup project has to be in an early stage of development without any previous investors on the cap table. Besides that, the majority of the founding team must be fully in person in Sao Paulo (SP) during the 10-week period of our program.

Does Antler afford anything for the selected founders?

In Antler, selected founders don’t have to pay anything for applying and securing a slot in our residency program. As the program is entirely in-person, founders need to be in Sao Paulo for at least 10 weeks, if they want to participate in it. We are not responsible for affording accommodations, transportation, and other expenses for any of the selected founders. However, in specific cases, which are analyzed by the Antler team, we can concede grants covering some costs.

How many residency programs does Antler have per year?

We expect to have at least two residency programs per year.

How is Antler’s investment process?

Antler is a global venture capital platform known for creating its own pipeline of investments. In order to back exceptional founders at the beginning of their journeys, Antler designed and launched its residency program, where driven and resilient entrepreneurs can create their own startups with our day-zero support. The most promising startups that originated in the program can receive a pre-seed investment from Antler to scale their new businesses.

What is Antler's investment thesis?

Antler is agnostic to industries and economic segments. Our investments are grounded in the profile of the founding team and also in the market opportunity presented to us.

How can I get a pre-seed investment from Antler?

In our residency program, after you formed a founding team and validated your business idea, you will have the chance to present your startup to our Investment Committee. If your business is approved by our Investment Committee, you will secure a pre-seed investment from Antler.

What size is Antler’s pre-seed investment?

Our pre-seed investment is standardized for each residency program. Therefore, every residency program has its own size of check. The calculation of the valuation for every startup that originated in our program is based on macroeconomic conditions.

Build your startup with Antler in Brazil

Antler is the investor backing the world's most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. We provide a global platform where entrepreneurs can find their co-founders, have a deep business model validation, and access early-stage investment.

Contact Antler in Brazil

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