June 26, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- In Brazil, there are 32 percent more mobile phones than residents of the country! That's more than 260 million active mobile lines according to research from ANATEL. This is one of the reasons why Mondelez International chose
as the first country to launch a
program after its successful rollout in
the United States
aims to ignite the company's consumer connections by collaborating with some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the mobile space – startup entrepreneurs. For the U.S. edition, Mondelez International received hundreds of applications and selected nine startups in the areas of social TV, mobile at retail and SoLoMo (social/location/mobile). This process resulted in the launch of 7 new mobile pilots in just 90 days with Power Brands like
as well as
program has been an extraordinary experience for us and we're thrilled to expand to
for the next wave," said
, Vice President of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at Mondelez International. "
not only leads in mobile technology, it's a primary growth market for us. Our goal is to become one of the top mobile marketers in the world, and the expansion of
demonstrates our commitment to get there."
Mobile Futures – The Future in 90 Days
Announced at DEMO Brasil, a global startup event happening for the first time in the country,
Mobile Futures Brasil
will pair Mondelez International Power Brands with Brazilian startups that have "shelf-ready" technology in some of the most exciting areas of mobile, such as SMS, Mobile at Retail, Social and Apps.
Five startups will be selected to partner with some of the largest brands in
, Club Social
gum. The partnership will kick off with a week-long immersion session, where the brand teams will work alongside their partners to fully experience the startup culture. The teams will then have 90 days to plan and activate mobile pilots.
, we invest more than 15 percent of our total marketing spending in digital and we believe there are many more opportunities," said
, Digital Media Manager at Mondelez Brasil. "Through the
program, not only will we support the startups, but we'll also bring home their innovative spirit. We're creating a culture of 'intrapreneurship,' reflecting new ideas and ways to connect with our consumers."
The program is supported by
, specialist in the digital entrepreneurship area and Chief Executive Officer of S_kull – disruption lab of Flag, in conjunction with
, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Evol8tion, an innovation agency based in
, that worked on
the United States
. Other partners include: Endeavor; Wayra; 21212; Papaya Ventures; Aceleratech; Pipa; Redpoint e-ventures; Anjos do Brasil; e-bricks digital; .Mobi; Startupi; Demo; Revista Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negocios; ProXXima and BR Innovators.
"This initiative demonstrates to the world the level of mobile innovation that can be created by a company like Mondelez International," said Wollhein. "In the future, leading companies should all act like this, taking entrepreneurship inside out."