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BRASA at USF Supports Entrepreneurship Event with Consulate General of Brazil in Miami at USF

Entrepreneurship and leadership were on schedule for the Brazilian community in Tampa with the support of the Brazilian Council of Citizens in Florida and other Brazilian-American corporations.

On September 30, 2018, MSC’s Oval Theatre was not only green and gold. It was also blue. The Brazilian flag was again united with the American flag in: “Entrepreneurship: Practices and Foundations,” promoted by the Brazilian Student Association with the support of the Ambassador Adalnio Ganem, from the Consulate in Miami, and the support of the Brazilian Council of Citizens in Florida. The goal was to address entrepreneurship for Brazilians in Tampa, as well as to foster networking relationships with experienced professional entrepreneurs in the area.

Among the 150 attendees, there were students, parents, future entrepreneurs, current businesspeople, executives and corporate sponsors. This global and diverse audience had the opportunity to listen from the diplomat Ambassador Adalnio Ganem and from the professionals: Cassio Segura (President at Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Inc.) who addressed the main topic - how to become an entrepreneur in Florida, and Vaine Angelo (USF Alumni and co-founder of Maestro Leadership), who addressed types of leadership for corporate and family environments.

“I learned today that as I want to become an entrepreneur, I need to begin small and from the bottom to then, leverage my business idea with low costs,” said Felipe Guell, former president and Co-Founder of BRASA at USF and current USF Engineering student. “The opportunity was ideal for networking and to start building relationships with experts in the market. They can all be mentors for students”.

Being the first major business event BRASA has ever promoted, that brought not only a lot credibility for students and community in Tampa to trust the student organization, but also brought a lot of value to the University of South Florida. Diversity and leadership are key for student accomplishments at USF, and this event just helped to leverage students on their way to success.

“The message I wanted to leave for students today is that they are studying for being leaders of tomorrow,” said Vaine Angelo, one of the lecturers. “They must always remember that they will be leading not only human beings, but also, results.”

After a short networking pause, the audience still had the chance to hear from four different entrepreneurs in the area about challenges and tips on how to make their business idea successful. The event was designed to have an impact on the growth of the Tampa Bay community, especially economically, while still, generated an opportunity to engage the Brazilian community to the general Tampa Bay business community.

BRASA at USF is proud of every member’s efforts that turned into a final result: an amazing event.

Corporate Sponsorship:

  • Portal Pioneer Mortgage Funding

  • MoneyCorp

  • Floss

  • Brazilian Beekini Wax

  • Cornerstone Countertop & Cabinets

  • Tampa Bay Key Realty

For more information about sponsors, contact our Director of Public Relations, Rafaella Stein Elger at or the representative for the Brazilian Council of Citizens in Florida representative Corina Lessa Silva at


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