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Top 14 Startups in Rio de Janeiro in 2024

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There’s no doubt that the startup scene in Rio de Janeiro is unique.

The city has created dozens of successful startups, over the years.

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So whether you’re looking to start your own business, or just interested in learning about fast-growing startups from Rio de Janeiro, here’s an extensive list of 14 startups founded there.


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1) Descomplica

Descomplica

Descomplica is an online educational platform that helps students prepare for college admission exams.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Marco Fisbhen
  • Industries: E-Learning, EdTech, Education, Higher Education, Video on Demand
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $130,613,111
  • Funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 19 (SoftBank, 500 Startups, Social Capital, Endeavor Catalyst, Valor Capital Group)

You can find their website here.

2) XP Investimentos

XP Investimentos

XP Investimentos is a brokerage firm that offers financial education ranging from the fundamentals of investing to advanced portfolio management strategies.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1997
  • Founders: Marcelo Maisonnave de Oliveira
  • Industries: Education, Finance
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $229,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2 (General Atlantic, Actis)

You can find their website here.

3) EmCasa

EmCasa

EmCasa is a vertically integrated platform that helps clients in Latin America, starting with Brazil, buy and sell homes.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Gabriel Laet, Gustavo Vaz, Lucas Cardozo
  • Industries: Marketplace, Real Estate
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $14,596,249
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 15 (Monashees, MAYA Capital, Pear VC, Flybridge, ONEVC)

You can find their website here.

4) Zoop

Zoop

Zoop is a payment and financial services technology platform.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Fabiano Cruz, Fernando Ribas, Rodrigo Miranda
  • Industries: Financial Services, FinTech, Payments
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $31,015,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 4 (Qualcomm Ventures, Movile, Avalancha Ventures, Darwin Capital)

You can find their website here.

5) Cortex

Cortex

Cortex Intelligence is a marketing and sales data analytics platform that allows companies to create the most basic analysis on demand.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2003
  • Founders: Christian Nunes Aranha, Daniel Marreco, Daniel Pires Luiz da Costa, Leonardo Rangel
  • Industries: Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Customer Service, Information Technology, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $30,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6 (SoftBank, Endeavor Catalyst, Riverwood Capital, Headline, Redpoint eventures)

You can find their website here.

6) Fazenda Futuro

Fazenda Futuro

Fazenda Futuro is a food technology firm that specializes in flat meat.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Marcos Leta
  • Industries: Food and Beverage, Food Processing, Retail
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $29,800,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 5 (Monashees, BTG Pactual, Go4it Capital, Enfini Investments, Turim MFO)

You can find their website here.

7) BizCapital

BizCapital

BizCapital offers SMEs online working capital loans that are quick and secure.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Cristiano Rocha, Daniel Orlean, Francisco Ferreira
  • Industries: Financial Services, FinTech, Lending, Small and Medium Businesses
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $25,222,895
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 8 (Monashees, Oikocredit International, Quona Capital, Mercado Libre Fund, Wharton Alumni Angels)

You can find their website here.

8) Hotel Urbano

Hotel Urbano

Hotel Urbano, often known as Hurb, is an online platform that allows travelers to search for and book lodging and activities.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: José Eduardo Mendes, João Ricardo Rangel Mendes
  • Industries: Hospitality, Internet, Reservations, Travel
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $135,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 3 (Tiger Global Management, Insight Partners, Booking Holdings)

You can find their website here.

9) CARIUMA

CARIUMA

CARIUMA is a direct-to-consumer sneaker company that uses high-quality natural materials.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: David Python, Fernando Porto
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Fashion, Shoes
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $13,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1

You can find their website here.

10) Volanty

Volanty

Volanty is a digital used car marketplace that functions as a digital second-hand car mall.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Antonio Avellar, Mauricio Feldman
  • Industries: Automotive, Internet, Marketplace, Peer to Peer
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $23,400,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 14 (SoftBank, Social Capital, Monashees, Graph Ventures, Kaszek)

You can find their website here.

11) Beep Saúde

Beep Saúde

An application that allows you to locate high-quality healthcare providers near you.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Iuri Menescal, Rodrigo Ferrer, Vander Corteze
  • Industries: Health Care
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: R$132,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 7 (Endeavor Catalyst, Valor Capital Group, David Velez, Vivek Garipalli, DNA Capital)

You can find their website here.

12) CyberLabs

CyberLabs

CyberLabs is a Brazilian deep-tech firm situated in Rio de Janeiro. CyberLabs provides machine learning as a service (MLaaS) and computer vision solutions to companies in Latin America.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Eduardo Camargo, Marcelo Sales
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Robotics
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: R$28,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (Redpoint eventures)

You can find their website here.

13) Nibo

Nibo

Nibo is an online financial management software company that focuses on small and medium businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Gabriel Gaspar, Sabrina Gallier, Sergio Postarek
  • Industries: Accounting, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, Information Technology, Internet, Network Security, SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $6,631,492
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 4 (VEF, Valor Capital Group, Redpoint eventures, Marcelo Sampaio)

You can find their website here.

14) Passei Direto

Passei Direto

With over 18 million members and the purpose of linking students and their information, this is Brazil's largest study site.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Andre Simoes, Rodrigo Salvador
  • Industries: EdTech, Education, Information Services, Information Technology
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $6,550,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 6 (Endeavor Catalyst, Valor Capital Group, Headline, Redpoint eventures, Crescera Investimentos (f/k/a Bozano Investimentos))

You can find their website here.

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