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Web Summit in Rio de Janeiro 2023

Where the tech world meets - Swisstech Pavilion @ Web Summit Rio 2023 (May 1 - May 4, 2023)

For the first time outside of Europe

The renowned tech event is internationalizing, and if you are a tech-driven innovator looking across your borders, we want you to internationalize with it. Web Summit Rio will join the roster of international events organized by Web Summit, taking to the world stage alongside Web Summit in Lisbon, Collision in Toronto, and RISE in Hong Kong. Web Summit Rio will be the largest tech event in Brazil, gathering more than 15,000 people at Riocentro. Incredible speakers eager to share expertise, unparalleled networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, and proprietary software that will maximize your experience.

For this unique opportunity, Swissnex has mobilized all resources to offer attractive packages for your participation under the roof of the Swisstech pavilion. With the support of Swissnex and our partners, we support you to meet Latin America’s most prominent players and unlock a new gigantic market.

Web Summit Rio

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Web Summit will welcome 10 Swiss entrepreneurs at the Swisstech Pavillon, organized by Swissnex in Brazil, the Embassy of Switzerland in Brazil, Presence Switzerland, and Brazil-based Swiss partner organizations. A Global audience of 15,000+ people will be welcomed to Rio in 2023 to learn from over 800 speakers, 250 investors, 500 exhibiting startups, 80 event partners, and 500 media members.

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Why Brazil?

The CEO of Web Summit says: “South American tech is on fire, and Brazil is probably the hottest startup country in the world right now. It’s time South America had its global gathering of the tech community. And we think there’s no better city to host it than Rio.”

Brazil is a market of 216 million people and the 12th most powerful economy in the world. Its dimensions are continental, and its natural resources are rich and diverse. The country has the largest startup ecosystem in Latin America, and venture capital investments reached more than $10 billion in 2021, an increase of 128% compared to 2020. In the first three months of 2022, the Brazilian ICT sector grew by 300% compared to the previous year, and 19.5 Billion US$ was invested in Latin American startups in 2021. Brazil has long offered countless business opportunities for Swiss startups, and Web Summit Rio will offer an unprecedented chance to scale or validate your technology in a giant market. 

Swissnex in Brazil has been successful in internationalizing startups for nine years. We enable a soft landing and connect entrepreneurs with the right potential clients, strategic partners, and industry experts according to the startup’s needs and profile. Now, for the first time, all the relevant actors will meet in one space, opening the path for a successful market validation and market entry.


Check out our startup alumni and their success stories HERE.

Country information HERE

What can you expect?


  • 3 tickets for you and your team
  • Startups concentrate on the networking, pitches, activation, and development of new partnerships and customer relations  – we organize your participation.
  • In-depth and tailor-made preparation phase with consultancies (online) about market intelligence, business culture, and the identification of potential partners and clients
  • Clear identification by the Swiss design – the SWISS identity has long been widely recognized as a symbol of high quality in Brazil.
  • The attractive stand design creates an inviting atmosphere
  • Use of the dynamic networking area for your customer meetings with screens to visualize your innovation
  • Designated pitch sessions on the stage of the Swisstech Pavilion
  • Active participation through pitches and roundtable discussions within side events organized by Swissnex in Brazil
  • Starring in the event after movie organized by Swissnex in Brazil
  • Branding on-site and in all online communication of Swissnex in Brazil
  • Post-event follow-up and continued support from Swissnex in Brazil
  • Incl. Web Summit Startup Activation
    • Extra Exhibition space outside the Swisstech pavilion
    • Opportunity to apply for Web Summit’s world-renowned PITCH competition and Startup Showcase.
    • Access to other startup activations
    • Company branding and profile feature on the Web Summit website and within the mobile application.
    • Access to the Web Summit mobile and web apps to build connections before (and during) the event and to curate your schedule.
    • Startup success manager from Web Summit to help with preparations pre-event.

ADD-ON PROGRAMS (optional but highly recommended):


Packages & Costs

SWISSTECH PARTICIPATION (mandatory) includes:

  • 3 tickets for you and your team
  • All services mentioned in the Web Summit Startup Activation above
  • All services mentioned in the Swisstech participation model above
  • Admission by Swissnex in Brazil and Web Summit. The eligibility is based on the maturity level, business model, social/environmental impact, and business potential for the Brazilian market.
  • Cost for Alpha Startups (early stage): CHF 3.360
  • Cost for Beta Startups (> US$1 million in investments): CHF 3.540

ADD-ON PROGRAMS (optional but highly recommended):

+ Internationalization Program:

  • Extended support by Swissnex and a stipend of CHF 3.000 (Market Validation) or CHF 6.000
  • Separate and independent application process and admission by Innosuisse

+ International Trade Fairs Program:

  • Financial contribution to fair-related expenses (Costs from Swisstech participation + Web Summit Startup Activation Program; travel and accommodation cost are excluded)
  • Separate and independent application process and admission by Innosuisse (in partnership with Switzerland Global Enterprise)
  • Submission deadline for Innosuisse: February 28, 2023.

By the way: Are you a Swiss AgriFood startup? Then you might want to anticipate your arrival and participate in our first-ever FoodTech Startup Bootcamp!

More information HERE.


The Swisstech participation is mandatory and can be complemented with all extra offers, which are highly recommended to leverage the full potential and to receive financial support. 

Admission to the optional programs is not guaranteed. They undergo a separate application process and require the startup to be active in the Innosuisse Coaching. Upon submission of your application for the Swisstech participation, you will be contacted and receive further instructions and guidance.

Please get in contact with our Innovation & Startups Program Managers for clarifications or book a meeting directly through this LINK!


Web Summit 1-4 May

Web Summit will welcome 10 Swiss startups at the Swisstech Pavillon, organized by Swissnex in Brazil, the Embassy of Switzerland in Brazil, Presence Switzerland, and Brazil-based Swiss partner organizations.


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