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Seed – Startups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development – is an agent for fostering the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. Our flagship is a startup acceleration program for entrepreneurs from around the world who want to develop their business in Minas Gerais. We are the first initiative maintained solely with public resources in the country and we work to enhance interaction, networks and the transfer of knowledge and skills between supported entrepreneurs and the local, national and global ecosystem.

Participants in the acceleration program go through six months of intense activities, which include personalized mentoring, events and dissemination, among others, which contribute to strengthening their entrepreneurial characteristics and their projects. Coordinated by the Economic Development Secretariat – SEDE, Seed is part of Acelera Minas, a series of government initiatives, partnerships and a networking network that seeks to boost the development of innovative businesses and strengthen the entrepreneurial culture in the State.

Our goal is to turn Minas Gerais in the largest hub of innovation and entrepreneurship of LATAM.

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capital semente_seed_aceleracaoSEED Capital

The total amount of the seed capital is R$ 68k (to projects with two entrepreneurs) or R$ 80k (to projects with the three entrepreneurs). Part of this capital is given in monthly allowances of R$ 2k to each entrepreneur, for living expenses. The remain R$ 44k* is used exclusively to the startups’ development. SEED is equity free, which means we do not own a part of your business. All we are looking for are willing and talented people able to develop an innovative product and to contribute with Minas Gerais state ecosystem.


All the participants have access to an inspiring coworking space with everything a startup cannot live without: a powerful internet, meeting rooms, a place to chat and to brainstorm. To those who need to do a quick meal or just want to relax a little, SEED Coworking is, still, your right spot.


formacao empreendedora_Seed_aceleracaoEntrepreneurial training and business acceleration

SEED offers all the support you need to take your startup to the next level. The entrepreneurs have access to brilliant mentors and experts from different areas about their projects. Also, the program has an intense schedule with training, talks with succesfull entrepreneurs and, of course, pitch trainnings to rock with your future clients and potential investors.


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Global network

Boost your network with national and international entrepreneurs, partners and potential clientes. We believe a strong collaboration spirit and an intense exchange of ideias is essential to your project success. The goal is to bring altogether entrepreneurs from different cultures, ideas and concepts collaborating with the community, connected to the world and helping each other in one of the most important innovation ecosystems of Brazil, the San Pedro Valley, in Belo Horizonte.



Soft Landing

Minas Gerais is well known in Brazil for being a very welcoming state, with kind and empathetic people. You can count on SEED to all the support necessary during these six months. The team assists with the Visa process, procedures to rent a house in Belo Horizonte, to open a bank account and even to introduce you to your new home, with cultural and entrepreneurial tips. You will get used to be invited to a nice chat having coffee with pão de queijo.


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Working as team increases your chance of success, right? That is why Seed is partner to great companies and institutions that offers the startups extra benefits to boost your development during these six months.

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Startups from all over the world can apply to Seed through a Public Bidding. This Call for Bids will select 40 national and international startups that would like to develop their business in Minas Gerais state.  

To be elegible to Seed you need to:

  • Have 2 or 3 entrepreneurs in your team willing to live in Belo Horizonte during six months;
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be born or naturalized Brazilian, or a foreing individual under the condition of remaining in Brazil for the period of the program;
  • Belong to one single proposing team.

The selection of the submitted projects shall be performed through analysis and comparative assessments during the qualification and appreciation steps.

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