Dínamo - Brazil
Executive Director, Dínamo
Felipe Matos is the founder of Startup Farm, one of the leading startup accelerators in Latin America, that have supported hundreds of startups and thousands of entrepreneurs all over Brazil, generating more than USD 1.2 billion in aggregate valuation. He is also Executive Director at Dínamo, a joint-initiative of private agents of the Brazilian startup ecosystem to promote public policy improvements for startups. He is also board member of the Brazilian Startups Association and various startup companies. Felipe was COO at Start-Up Brasil program, an initiative of the Brazilian Government to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Brazil. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology and education. Serial entrepreneur, he has played several roles in the entrepreneurial ecosystem: founder, angel investor, venture capitalist, educator, accelerator and policy maker. Matos works with startups since 1995. He founded the first Latin American mobile application, Girando, in 2000. In 2002, he co-founded Instituto Inovação: one of the first tech accelerators of the country, that also has business units for innovation consulting, technology transfer, corporate education, and venture capital investments. Dealing with both management and technical skills, he has managed hundreds of projects related to technological innovation for both startups, governments and large corporations. Felipe has several international experiences, such as leading expansions for Instituto Inovação in Bogotá, Colombia and organizing and hosting several mission trips for groups of entrepreneurs to the Silicon Valley area, in the U.S. and also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.