Explaining Brazil Podcast #10: Innovation in Brazil

This week, the Explaining Brazil podcast will talk about innovation in Brazil. Across the globe, Brazilians are considered creative. But does that mean we are also innovative?

Not really, according to the Global Innovation Index, published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Brazil sits in the ranking’s 69th position.

Our country doesn’t fare well even when compared to other Latin American economies, lagging behind countries like Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, and Uruguay. If creativity is not enough to warrant innovation, what might Brazil be lacking?

To find out more, The Brazilian Report hosts Xavier Leclerc from Rio.Futuro, a conference in Rio de Janeiro aimed at stimulating innovation and connecting professionals to startups to academics. Leclerc and The Brazilian Report’s content director Gustavo Ribeiro discuss Brazil’s shortcomings, the country’s innovative initiatives, and Brazil’s soon-to-become unicorn startups. Click below to listen to the podcast.

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On this podcast

Gustavo Ribeiro has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart and Radio France Internationale. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Abril Prize for outstanding political journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

Xavier Leclerc is a partner at MOX Digital, a company focused on creating B2B events on innovation, technology, and digital transformation. He spent 10 years working for Google and Facebook in Paris, and has also served as a consultant for big companies looking to invest in digital marketing. Leclerc is one of the creators of Rio.Futuro, a conference that unites startups, companies, and academics to discuss the impacts of technology on business and society in general. Do you have a suggestion for our next Explaining Brazil podcast? Drop us a line at [email protected]