10 Startups in Brazil to Watch

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Sarah Brown

Brazil has had a tough time in the international press over the last few years. A deepening economic recession coupled with several political scandals and disturbances have not painted a rosy picture of the Brazilian business scene, yet amongst the ashes, several startups have secretly flourished. We round up some of the best startups from Brazil to watch this year.


This innovative creation is the first mobile app that aims to help overcome social anxiety. Through a carefully-considered formula of psychological approaches and behaviour analytics, Youper aims to provide an online platform for individuals to confront emotional issues in a controlled and safe environment. Each profile is shaped into a personalised path for the individual to follow, ticking off challenges and tasks to reach a higher level of personal empowerment.

Youper is an app to deal with emotional issues


An online freight service, Lotebox allows a company to plan every single cargo in its supply chain, from quotes and booking to managing and tracking. The step-by-step process turns the transaction into a neat management tool that organises and simplifies freight services, increasing efficiency and improving time management.


An app that helps decentralise the credit process, Creditdream has a powerful aim at its forefront – to provide universal access to credit from a simple click on a smartphone. There are two main branches within this startup: the first is MeuCredito, which is currently serving to provide loans in Brazil; and the second is Swappy, a platform that allows investors to buy and trade credit securities online.


Centred around IoT (Internet of Things), ROBBIoT aims to prevent and predict accidents within certain business sectors, using specialised tools such as cloud, big data, and analytics. Through this, it provides safety solutions to challenging contingencies in industries such as mining, oil and gas, and chemical.

The mining industry at work

CM Tecnologia

With currently more than 250 clients in Brazil, CM Tecnologia has already got a strong foothold in the startup scene. The company aims to make hospitals and clinics more efficient and to lower costs through a carefully integrated scheduling system that allows patients to book appointments online.


Descola approaches learning from a fun angle and aims to create an innovative and engaging school online. Through using interactive media such as videos, e-books, various exercises, and allowing shared content, the platform creates courses offering an inspiring yet systematic way of learning.


Evolving from other successful dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr, LIVE has approached the dating world with a little more substance. The app connects people that go to the same events, linking couples together that have similar interests and tastes, and those that tend to hang out in a similar social group. The app uses information collected from your Facebook such as which events you have attended or had an interest in to set you up with others who have done the same.

Couples meeting


A mobile-centred banking app, NuBank helps its users simplify and manage financial transactions. Currently, the app only operates in Brazil, yet having a global impact is at the forefront of its strategy for the next coming years.


This nifty app is a lifeline for startups and small businesses. Infoprice helps improve this business segment’s margins and sales by connecting sellers with the best markets, platforms, and stores that can sell their product. It cuts out time wasting and increases efficiency by ensuring startups and small businesses find the right place for their product or service that will bring back the best returns.


InstaCarro is an online platform that takes away the hassle of selling used cars by providing a simple, streamlined process. Users upload the specifications of the car they wish to sell, which is then carefully evaluated by the app. Once this stage is complete, the car is available for thousands of dealers to bid for the car, helping the user to get the best price on their used car.

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