Guest blogger is Lucas Nobeschi, startup business consultant for Oracle's global startup program in São Paulo.
Oracle recently announced the final six startups selected to the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program in São Paulo. From the opening of applications through to the competitive selection process, it has been an amazing ride. It’s incredible to think that in such a short period of time we have, together, accomplished so much.
Shortly before the official announcement was made we had a “soft launch” opening exclusively for the startups. On this special day the startups were welcomed to our new space located in the CO.W. Coworking Berrini Unit, giving them their first glimpse into what would become their offices for the next six months. The entire Oracle team had been planning this day for months, with high expectations imagined in our heads, and the surprise and excitement in the eyes of our startup founders was more than we ever imagined.
Of course we all knew each other from the meetings during the selection process, but being together for the first time as a team was a totally new experience for all. The space itself has been designed to be the perfect location for innovation and new ideas to grow. The location chosen is a shed-like building, an open space for the startups and Oracle to work together 24/7. Beanbags, cozy sofas, ping-pong tables, writing-glass walls, colorful furniture, plants, and even a slide—yes a slide!
The first week was amazing: from minute one the work started. During the following weeks we had deep dives, mentoring sessions and workshops. We sat together and discussed their technology and redesigned cloud architectures. We changed experiences and business models. And took the time to get to know each other better. We are co-developing and co-innovating—collaborating as true partners. And we will continue that commitment throughout the program.
It’s still early days, but with this unique and talented group of startups—Netshow.me, NMIND, Nexus Edge, In Loco, Intelipost and Runrun.it —the future is promising. And more than that, it is disruptive!