Rio de Janeiro is more than just beautiful sights, luxurious beaches, and astonishing landscapes—remarkable tech innovations also abound in this famous seaside municipality. And despite the current economic and political crisis in Brazil, the country’s second most populous city is proving to be a powerhouse in the pantheon of worldwide tech startup ecosystems.
From e-learning platforms to digital payment providers, the following are 11 tech startups from Rio de Janeiro that you need to be aware of in 2016.
Queremos is a Kickstarter for concerts—the platform allows fans to pledge money for funding concerts featuring their favorite acts. Initial funders can then access tickets prior to going on sale to the general public.
Descomplica largest platform for online learning in Brazil. The solution focuses on helping high school students study and pass university entrance exams.
WeDoLogos is a design services marketplace where organizations can find/hire designers for their creative projects: logos, websites, collateral, and more. The company merged with Logovia in May 2015 and recently surpassed 10 million reals in transactions.
Rio de Janeiro is of course famous for its beaches—Na Praia enables users to request and purchase items from beach hawkers, vendors, and stalls, all from your mobile devices.
Hotelli Corporate’s solution allows businesses and enterprises to cost-effectively plan, manage, and book trips from a streamlined, easy-to-use platform.
Emotion.me is the leading online wedding planner in Brazil. The offering takes away the headache of wedding preparation with its consolidated tools for managing guest lists, financials, registries, and more.
Fisgo is a classifieds search engine for finding properties, cars, motorcycles, trucks, or boats for sale. The offering retrieves and consolidates content from several transportation and real estate-related sites.
Zoop is a secure payment platform capable of processing both credit card and cardless transactions with its mobile app (smartphone or tablet) and point-of-sale device.
ChefsClub enables gastronomy fans and food lovers to find special offers discounts in at restaurants and fine dining establishments across Brasil. The offering features over 1,200 establishments and is present in 20 Brazilian cities.
Meu Rio aims to promote democracy and inclusivity in various political decisions that affect citizens and inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro. Using the streamlined platform, users can easily submit petitions for various causes to local government representatives.
Easy Taxi is purportedly the most downloaded taxi app in the world. The app connects passengers with taxi drivers for a fast, convenient, and safe ride—all with one tap.
As you can see, Rio de Janeiro’s startup ecosystem is compromised of a legion of innovators positioned to go head-to-head with the best and brightest from Silicon Valley. Additionally, programs like Startup Rio—an joint initiative of the State of Rio de Janeiro and private partners for promoting entrepreneurship—are rapidly transforming the city into an international hub for digital technologies.