Favela Inc is a hub of social innovation and entrepreneurship that helps low-income communities cultivate self-sustainable organizations in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro through customized education, incubation and mentorship.

who we are

FAVELA INC is a not for profit organization that provides favela-based entrepreneurs, non-profits and social projects with high-level capacity building in the areas of business management, financial education, digital marketing and personal development.

We seek to fortify favela communities and their citizens in the long-term, by providing them with access to knowledge, networks, infrastrucutre, and partners that will allow them to be the protagonists of the socioeconomic development of their community. We help remove the inherent limitations caused by widespread economic exclusion and institutional racism by giving the power of economic autonomy and sustainability back to favela.

what we do

WE CULTIVATE FAVELA-BASED ECOSYSTEMS

Education

Courses, workshops and talks customized to the favela environment developed in partnership with experts and organizations. We're focused on the essential personal and professional skills modern-day entrepreneurs need to know. The future depends on the education of our youth and we are dedicated to offering them the best the world has to offer.

incubation

Through our proprietary selection process we hand select innovative favela-based organisations. We understand the challenges they face and our flexible and adaptive programming reflects this. We provide 1 on 1 business consulting services to each of our incubees in order to understand their individual needs and challenges and help them cultivate the path of least resistance to achieving their vision.

Networking

We build bridges between disconnected worlds. We leverage our vast national and international networks to connect favela-based innovators to fund-raising opportunities, professional mentors, companies, NGO's and universities around the world.

Social Impact

Our results-oriented approach is all about quickly transitioning from planning to execution. We also help our incubees integrate responsible, social, economic, and environmental conscious strategies into their models to increase the local impact.

Favela Inc. Headquarters is a true hub of innovation. This space encompasses incubation, acceleration, investment programs and collaborative spaces that facilitate the development of current and future generations of entrepreneurs and changemakers in the favela and throughout the city.

The space includes open coworking spaces, private offices, media labs and makerspaces. We prioritize developing and supporting social tech-based, data driven solutions and smart favela infrastructure while democratizing access to high quality affordable internet and technology.

THE PROGRAM

our program focuses on innovative skill building programs in 4 core areas

Project Planning

From ideation phase to marketplace, entrepreneurs learn how to design and implement an action plan

Financial Literacy

Professional accountants and financial specialist teach core financial skills such as cash flow management & budgeting

Digital Marketing and Website Development

Brand development, audience analytics and marketing strategies for targeting customers and increasing sales

Personal Development

Through training in Meditation, emotional intelligence, non-violent communication and more we help integrate tranquility, discipline and focus into our incubee’s lives.

INCUBEES

BatucaVidi percussion kids project - Favela Inc incubation program

BATUCAVIDI

A percussion project for children and adolescents that brings together a passion for music with the motivation to impact lives in a positive way.

SITIÊ ECO PARK

A community developed ecological park, environmental education center and garden collabortively created through the removal of nearly 5 tons of trash.
Sitiê Eco park - Transformation of a garbage dump in a ecological park Favela Inc incubation program
Sitiê Eco park - Transformation of a garbage dump in a ecological park Favela Inc incubation program

SITIÊ ECO PARK

A community developed ecological park, environmental education center and garden collaboratively created through the removal of nearly 5 tons of trash.

Vidigal Beer local artisanal craft beer Favela Inc incubation program

VIDIGAL BEER

An authentic artisanal brewery, combining traditional manufacturing techniques with the creative way and unique taste of the favela.
Vidigal Capoeira - Classes to kids and teenagers Favela Inc incubation program

VIDIGAL CAPOEIRA

A non-profit organization that teaches children and adolescents the importance of discipline and teamwork through capoeira, music and other aspects of Afro-brazilian culture.

VIDIGAL CAPOEIRA

A non-profit organization that teaches children and adolescents the importance of discipline and teamwork through capoeira, music and other aspects of Afro-brazilian culture.
Vidigal Capoeira - Classes to kids and teenagers Favela Inc incubation program
Vidigal Trilhas - Local tourism agency Favela Inc incubation program

VIDIGAL TOURS

A locally owned favela-based tourism company that seeks to breakdown negative stereotypes through authentic, adventurous cultural experiences that highlight the beauty and diversity of the community.

VISION & GOALS

Focused on the long term

Break down stereotypes

Inter-cultural exchange and experiences stimulate empathy and compassion bringing awareness to important local and global socio-economic issues

Social and economic impact

Increased earned-income offerings attracts additional revenues into the favela economy, promoting job growth and financial sustainability

Connect the favela to the world

Through partnerships with companies, universities, entrepreneurs and volunteers around the world, we bring innovation and exchange to the community

Listen then Act

Listening to local resident's needs and desires is fundamental to achieving quality results aligned with the needs of the community

Collaborative work

Encouraging and facilitating people to work together towards common objectives is a great way to inspire creativity and solve complex issues

Teach and learn at same time

Learn to teach better, and teach to learn better. We empower locals to give back to their community though mentorship, investment and active involvement in helping future generations of problem solvers.

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