Location Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Grantee 2015
Attended areas Education and Culture

Universidade da Correria

Entrepreneurship and social innovation in low-income neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo

Centro de Inovação Popular – CDHA is a co-working space created to reduce inequality and promote the culture of social innovation and local entrepreneurship in low-income neighborhoods in Brazil.

Universidade da Correria (“UniCorre”) is a 3-month long training program that teaches young entrepreneurs how to develop and operate sustainable businesses, focusing on income generation and collaborative networks. Adapting recognized methodologies on business development to the entrepreneurial reality of low-income neighborhoods, UniCorre teaches business skills through classroom activities, distance learning, and by opening business fronts in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

With support from BrazilFoundation, UniCorre will:

• Create new classes for 60 youths from low-income neighborhoods;
• Offer students theoretical and practical classes and coaching;
• Provide six months of individual advising for 40 projects;
• Provide a co-working space to incubate low-cost businesses;
• Build bridges between market professionals and young entrepreneurs.


• 2 new student classes trained
• 40 businesses incubated

“Our objective is to make low-income youths more self-reliant and apt to create innovative solutions to financial and production challenges” – Dinho, Creator of Universidade da Correria


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