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Rodrigo de Alvarenga

Managing Partner at HAG Ventures

Curitiba, Brazil

Rodrigo de Alvarenga has worked for 21 years in financial markets dealing with investment banking, global & corporate banking and middle market. Being very passionate about mentoring and advising aspiring entrepreneurs, he became a chief mentor in global entrepreneurship programs such as European Innovation Academy Portugal, Arab Innovation Academy Qatar, Global Scaling Academy, Founder Institute, and has been contributing as a judge at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovators under 35 Award EU & LATAM editions. Rodrigo has been awarded in 2015 by ESIC Business & Marketing School with the 10th Brazilian edition of the Aster Prize - Professional Trajectory. Aside from this, Rodrigo has been teaching courses, at the graduate level, in entrepreneurship, digital transformation, venture building, business design and impact measurement as a visiting professor. He became an Angel Investor in 2010, took over as HAG’s CEO in 2013, a Venture Builder founded by him in 2010 that has invested in +30 startups from USA, EU, LATAM & MENA region and has been working with corporates in digital transformation, corporate venture & people's acceleration. Currently, Rodrigo is pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering & Systems with a focus on venture building and he holds an MSc in Economic Development, MBA & BA in Business.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Curitiba, PR - Sao Paulo, SP
Speaking Topics: Venture Building, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Impact Measurement, Angel Investing, Entrepreneurial Education, Ecosystem Building

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Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Theatre: LATAM, Brazil, EU, USA and MENA
Media Experience: +10 years
Last Media Interview: 05/21/2021

Areas of Expertise

Business Continuity
Business Strategy 30.91
Change Management
Culture 30.65
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation
Diversity and Inclusion 30.32
Entrepreneurship 36.03
Future of Work
Innovation 31.51
Leadership 30.25
Lean Startup
Management 30.36
Mergers and Acquisitions
Open Innovation
Risk Management 30.80
Startups 40.26

Industry Experience

Agriculture & Mining
Consumer Products
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Industrial Machinery & Components
Professional Services

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1 Advisory Board Membership
Advisory Board Member
Central de Materiais
September 01, 2020
The Central de Materiais is the largest B2B marketplace in Brazil. With thousands of deals made, our mission is to be a company recognized for constant innovation, offering smart solutions with agility and confidence to customers from the most varied segments of industry and retail. Born in 2012, the Central performs the management of assets and unserviceable assets of companies. Our sales platform stands out for its easy usability and our team is always prepared for you to have the best experience possible when using our services. We work with a very comprehensive product portfolio. Here you can find everything from cars and motorbikes, heavy machinery, office furniture, computer and electronic equipment and even the sale of scrap and recyclable materials (iron scraps, mining scrap, industrial leftovers, stainless steel scrap and much more).

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Startups

3 Article/Blogs
A Community must build impact!
August 26, 2020
Community building is an impact-driven social endeavour that aims to transform people's lives. As such, it must be designed in a way that we can engage participants in fostering fellow members and their own lives into the next step. Thus, the community must build impact! Does that sound ok to you?

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Impacting lives: a mentor experience in changing students’ lives in the MENA region
Import from
July 23, 2020
AIA — Arab Innovation Academy 2020 — Feb 2020 — Doha, QatarIt is not every day that we have the opportunity to impact lives, much less in a place as far from Brazil as the Middle East (MENA region), more precisely, Doha — Qatar. However, that was my 3rd edition (2018, 2019 a

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Import from
July 03, 2016
Raíssa,Boa noite. Depois de ler seu texto precisei de algum tempo para organizar os pensamentos e poder escrever algo. Primeiramente gostaria de dizer que sim foi um ato de coragem escrever a respeito dos pontos que abordou e isso por si só merece parabéns. Por outro lado, fiquei chocado com o es

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1 Conference Publication
Brazilian protectionism, a myopia that has deeply affected its economic development.
XV Congresso Virtual de Administração - CONVIBRA 2018
November 30, 2018
Brazil is traditionally known as a protectionist country; its trade policies have an eminently interventionist bias, with broad restrictions on free trade, whose impact is extremely harmful to economic development and national industrial performance. Despite the damage caused by protectionism, in Brazil, these practices remain on the agenda. Exaggerated interventionism leads the country in the opposite direction of the world trend, which, over the last few years, has experienced an unprecedented advance, a consequence to a large extent of increased trade between countries. Brazil, isolated from the global integrationist spirit, does not benefit from the productivity gains associated with the global trends that have shaped the most competitive industrial production, including international trade integration and a fluid reallocation of resources between companies through fragmentation of the value chains. Based on this scenario, the objective of this work is to analyze how the protectionist position adopted by Brazil concerning the international market impacted the country’s process of industrialization.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Risk Management

4 Keynotes
How to deal with investors and fundraising
SIT Port - Pilsen - Czech Republic
April 27, 2020
HAG ventures x SIT Port live on how to deal with investors!
A video about what you need to get an investment most importantly, why should an investor choose your startup, in which they invest their money and efforts? Rodrigo de Alvarenga is an angel investor from Brazil and CEO of HAG ventures, which has already supported over 70 startups. What exactly interests him and what annoys him? How to reach investors at all? You will learn everything in the recording of the online lecture with Rodrigo.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Startups around the World: so many countries, so many customs
BoostUP ZCU - West Bohemia University
February 21, 2020
Podnikatelský inovační klub BoostUp nezahálí ani v letošním roce a před námi je první workshop letního semestru.

Z daleké Brazílie k nám na univerzitu zavítá Rodrigo de Alvarenga, který v průběhu workshopu představí rozdíly v zakládání startupů napříč celým světem. S firmou HAG Group investoval a pomohl rozjet více než 30 startupů v Evropě, zemích Latinské Ameriky, Asie a východní a severní Afriky.

Rodrigo je od roku 2010 Angel Investorem a dále působí jako mentor v mezinárodních podnikatelských programech, jako jsou European Innovation Academy v Portugalsku, Global Scaling Academy nebo také v Silicon Valley, o kterém jste již mohli slyšet v rámci podzimní akce z úst Alfreda Copolly.

V rámci workshopu budou pro zájemce možné i individuální konzultace.

Srdečně zveme nejen studenty, ale i členy širší veřejnosti či akademické obce.
Pokud vás zajímá téma startupů, chcete se dozvědět nové světové trendy nebo byste rádi prodiskutovali vlastní projekt, zavítejte 21. února do B-room naproti HelpDesku.

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Tags: Culture, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Business Models for Tech Entrepreneurs
OrbitLab - Aarhus University
November 29, 2019
Join us in ORBIT Lab for the second Tech Startup Launchpad, where accomplished Mentor, Business Angel, Educator and Entrepreneur alike, Rodrigo de Alvarenga, will share his experiences with entrepreneurial students and people from the tech startup scene.

The topic will be business models for tech entrepreneurs. While finding the right skills for your tech startup is one challenge, making sure your business model fits the industry and customers is equally important. Rodrigo de Alvarenga will take you through different business models for apps and software-based startups. Using case examples, he will guide you on how to choose the correct business model for your startup. He will also share his personal story of how he went from being an educator in entrepreneurship to becoming an entrepreneur himself.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Ecossistemas de Inovação
Lisbon Innovation Summit
November 08, 2019
O primeiro evento independente sobre inovação, futuro, transformação digital e impacto social de Lisboa.

O Lisbon Innovation Summit é o primeiro evento independente sobre inovação, futuro, transformação digital e impacto social, que levará ao palco da NOVA SBE algumas das mentes mais visionárias e inovadoras da era contemporânea, que nos inspirarão com temas instigantes e inquietantes para o futuro dos negócios, das pessoas, das cidades e da vida. Além desses temas o evento terá um módulo especial sobre negócios Brasil-Portugal.

Palestra - Ecossistemas de Inovação:
Quais são os principais ecossistemas e polos de inovação do mundo e o que faz eles serem relevantes e geradores de talentos, transformações e negócios.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Startups

1 Panel
PODIM Dx 2021 - Panel: Experiment. Validate. Optimize. Repeat.
PODIM Dx 2021
May 17, 2021
Podim is the most influential startup & tech event in the CEE region, where innovation meets business opportunities, capital and knowledge.

In the last decade, Podim has evolved into the key regional platform for enabling learning and networking in the most valuable and time-efficient way. It truly is a life-changing experience. Podim DX is creating real value by bringing together and connecting renowned international investors, established corporations, and startups & scale-ups from the Alps-Adriatic and Western Balkans regions for efficient networking and dealmaking.

Podim DX is the gateway to and from the region for efficient networking, deal-making, and sharing experience.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Startups

2 Speaking Engagements
9th Global Venture Lab at UC Berkeley
Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology - College of Engineering - Berkeley University
August 20, 2018
The Global Venture Lab (GVL) is an international summit of academics, entrepreneurs, and innovators sharing common research and
educational programs to spur new industry and economic growth. Since our first event in 2009, GVL continues to be an extraordinary
opportunity to network, learn, and share best practices among entrepreneurship centers around the world.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Startups

Brasil: Crises & Oportunidades
April 29, 2015
No próximo dia 29, acontece o Encontro Marcado com o tema “Brasil: Crise x Oportunidade”. O evento promovido peloISAE, traz a pauta os aspectos da crise que são comumente ignorados. A palestra será conduzida por Sérgio Itamar, profissional de gestão de riscos e operações, e Rodrigo de Alvarenga, diretor do Startup Grind Brasil, parceira da Google for Entrepreneurs.

No roteiro, a crise social do Brasil, a que Itamar chama de “crise invisível”. “São crianças crescendo em lares desestruturados, a não-retenção escolar, o grande número de analfabetos diplomados, a violência não computada em estatísticas”, esclarece Itamar. Todos estes fatores, somados, segundo ele, afloram na crise que vivemos hoje.

Já Rodrigo Alvarenga, no contraponto, traz uma análise do cenário atual apontando oportunidades de reinvenção. “A baixa produtividade de nossas empresas hoje é uma grande chance para os gestores repensarem o modelo de trabalho que vêm adotando”, afirma Alvarenga. Na opinião do especialista, se algo é ruim, tem que morrer para dar lugar ao novo. “Os jovens que tem entre 15 e 25 anos vão assumir o país nos próximos 15 anos. Este público tem uma oportunidade única de transformar o futuro”, exemplifica Alvarenga.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups



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