Hi it’s Jiselle here! In-Country Director for Brazil.

I’m back in Rio and in my first two weeks, I’ve already met some great individuals, projects and organisations working creatively in the social enterprise space, delivering social impact in a variety of ways. I’ll tell you a bit more about some of them because these are the types of organisation you might get to work with if you join us on one of our Brazil programmes (Social Innovation Bootcamp and Immersion Programme).

I spent the day with UM Rio, a new charity that is using sports as a tool for development for the children and young people who take part in their after school rugby programme. UM Rio work in partnership with a school in São Gonçalo, a favela community in Niteroi and run weekly training sessions for over 100 children and young people from 5-18. Robert Malengraeu, the founder of UM Rio and his team, use rugby to tackle a range of issues from boosting confidence, teamwork and communication skills to tackling machismo and low self-esteem amongst the children and young people they train. They are also looking to introduce a more defined educational strand to their work to develop the academic side of the children they’re working with.

I had the chance to connect with Tim van Dooren, the Director and Founder of More2Win, a Dutch social enterprise helping create a positive social impact and legacy from the corporate visitors that come to developing countries hosting major sporting events around the world. The team at More2Win connect visitors from large companies with local grassroots community sports projects, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the communities these major events are taking place in as well as offering financial support to important projects in these communities.

Following a successful programme during the World Cup in Rio last year, the More2Win team are now laying the foundations to do the same for Rio 2016, making a 2 year post-event commitment to support the community projects they connect corporates to.

I then visited Penha, a bairro in the Zona Norte of Rio last week to check out an event and fair hosted by the ‘Meninas Black Power’. This is a collective of young black women encouraging their peers to embrace their racial identity and femininity. The ‘Meninas Black Power’ also provide a platform for artists, designers, musicians and entrepreneurs to come together, network and engage new audiences and potential clients. The collective is growing fast and already has over 50k followers on Facebook!

I was inspired to write this very blog post whilst at an event at Oi! Kabum Ipanema, the creative and tech school for young Cariocas that would normally struggle to access the facilities and training on offer.

The event, Multiplicadores, offered young creatives the opportunity to hear from experts about how they can set up their own creative projects, accessing funding and support to develop and grow their ideas. Two of the speakers were Rodrigo and Felipe, two of the founders of Catarse.me, the crowdfunding platform started in Brazil and now supporting projects across the world to raise funds for their businesses and creative endeavours.

It’s so exciting to have met with all of these projects and more within my first 2 weeks in Rio.  I’m looking forward to collaborating with all of them and many more in the lead up to this summer’s 6 week Immersion Programme and the Social Innovation Bootcamp in Rio.

‘Que bacana!’ as the Cariocas say…

Uma nova oportunidade para você! Encontre como você pode desenvolver você e os novos negócios sociais em #Rio

If you speak Portuguese we have a few places left on our summer programme in June, where you will be matched with a cultural organisation who is looking for consultancy support to be more sustainable in the year ahead of the olympic games. APPLY NOW. Final deadline 10th May, final interviews for any remaining places to take place on 13th May. But don’t wait! Places will go on a first come first serve basis so apply now.

Due to popularity we are also doing a final recruitment wave w/c 18th May for our Social Innovation Bootcamp, which will run for 2 weeks from July 4th 2015 to July 18th 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. APPLY HERE. Deadline for applications 17th May.