Start Up Stay Up

Start Up Stay Up (SUSU) is the student strand of Graded’s Innovate 2017.  

SUSU began at the Innovate 2015 and was an amazing experience for all involved.  Watch our SUSU mini-documentary to see what happened!

In a "Start-Up Boot Camp" model, students come together for an intense 48 hours.  They design and pitch social entrepreneurship projects to a panel of venture capitalists.

International school high school student conference participants (grades 9-12) can register, individually or in small groups, with an idea for a social startup business that addresses a community need. Students will learn from executives in Brazilian social entrepreneurship and work with mentors to develop their own start-ups. Each student will finish with a detailed business plan.

The cost of the SUSU conference is R$688 per student. Graded students receive a 50% discount. Students must be accompanied by a faculty advisor. Students and advisors must stay on Graded’s campus Thursday and Friday night. All participants will need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding, as well as a pillow to spend the night. Meals and refreshments are all included in the registration fee.


Mark Kennedy Lund

Mark Kennedy Lund is a surfing entrepreneur who followed his dream and has spent the last 10 years engaged in mentoring, lecturing and teaching entrepreneurship at programs such as Babson College, Boston College and Getúlio Vargas. He is a member of the Instituto Quintessa mentoring social entrepreneur startups; and participates in George Koukis’ (founder of ‘Temenos’) young leadership program called “Intento”.  



Bernardo Bonjean

Founder and CEO of Avante, one of the fastest growing FinTech startups in South America, focused on empowering the underserved sector of micro-entrepreneurs. With over R$150 million in concession, Avante is impacting the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and their families, rapidly gearing with new technologies and disrupting Brazil's financial landscape.

Bernardo has been working in the financial industry for the last 10 years, serving as an associate at XP Investimentos, where he led the strategy and business development for multi-million dollar portfolios.

As an Impact Entrepreneur, Bernardo has become an active speaker and evangelist of "Conscious Capitalism", leading companies and financial initiatives that hold massive impact on the lives of communities, employees, suppliers and shareholders.

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Av. José Galante, 425
São Paulo, SP - Brazil - 05642-000
T: 55-11-3747-4800
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