Chicas Poderosas New Venture Lab

The New Ventures Lab (NVL) is the first of its kind accelerator to support early-stage, women-led companies focused on independent digital media. Our first accelerator will take place in Brazil.

The NVL will provide education, mentorship and access to financing opportunities. The accelerator is a 17- week process and will encompass a cohort of start-up companies ( both not-for-profit and for-profit) in independent media and investigative journalism.

A 2- Step Process

Design Sprint Weekends & the 17-week NVL

Step 1  Design Sprint Weekends

Step 1 in the process to apply to the New Ventures Lab (NVL) is for interested entrepreneurs to apply to attend a design sprint weekend.

What are Design Sprint Weekends?

The New Ventures Lab-Brazil will kick off with three-design sprint weekends located in São Paulo, Manaus and Recife. Selection for the weekends is via an application process. The design sprint weekends are an opportunity for you to learn how to apply human centered design to your project and for you to learn about our process and expectations during the 17-week accelerator program. The design sprint weekends will be led by IDEO master trainers.

Dates Design Sprint Weekends 2017 & Applications

Manaus: October 14-15, Apply Now

Address: IMPACT HUB MANAUS 69057-050, Av. Efigênio Salles, 1299 – Aleixo, Manaus – AM, 69060-020, Brazil

Recife: October 28-29, Apply Now

Address: Jornal Correio Rua da Fundição, 257 Santo Amaro, Recife – PE CEP: 50040-100

São Paulo: November 4-5, Apply Now

Address: Google Campus São Paulo, Rua Coronel Oscar Porto, 70 – Paraíso – São Paulo

20 women will be selected to join us at each of the design sprint weekends. The selection process is by a competitive application process, and women-led teams are encouraged to attend together.

Step 2  17-week NVL

Step 2  will include an application process to choose the first cohort of teams to participate in the 17-week NVL accelerator. Each team must have at least 2 team members to participate and must be led by a woman. For the first cohort we will choose 6-8 teams.

Spring Cohort Applications

Spring cohort applications will be released on October 13th 2017 and due by November 13th 2017, 11:59pm PST. The first cohort will be notified by November 15th 2017 and expected to confirm acceptance by November 22nd 2017.

Applications Coming Soon

Timeline- Spring Cohort

NVL Brazil spring cohort-will begin 29 January 2018 and end 25 May 2018.  While much of the program is virtual, the spring cohort will meet in-person three times during the 17-weeks. All team members are required to attend all virtual and in-person meetings.

2018  Required meetings of all team members accepted to the spring cohort

In-person sessions held in São Paulo, Brazil

  • January 29- February 5 (5 days)   9 am – 5 pm
  • April 2- April 6 (4 days )                 9 am- 5 pm
  • May 21 – May 25 (3 days)               9 am- 5 pm

Virtual sessions

  • Team check in sessions with NVL manager 1 hour per week, there are the minimum requirements
  • Team live-stream educational sessions 2 hours per week (each session is 1 hour held 2 times each week)
  • Team mentor sessions 1 hour per week (each team is assigned a professional mentor directly related to their business objectives)

Educational Topics

Educational topics during both in-person and virtual sessions to include leadership, team development, staffing, revenue models, fundraising, venture capital, scalability, engagement strategies, distribution, budgeting, staffing, not for profit vs. for profit, digital tools, metrics and analysis, and more- as related to independent digital media investigative news organizations in Latin America.

NVL Mentors and Instructors

We have selected key industry experts and practitioner from highly regarded independent media organizations throughout the world-who have agreed to dedicate their time and resources to the success of independent digital media in Brazil.

Questions? Please contact us at hola@chicaspoderosas.org.

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