Who are we looking for?
We’re on a mission to develop a global digital commerce ecosystem. And we’re looking for challenge-driven startups and professionals that are bold enough to take risks, question the status quo, and test new possibilities. Companies must be up to 12 months old and have at least a defined business model or MVP.
Professionals must have strong analytical skills, be tech-savvy, and passionate about digital commerce and global trade.
How our program works.
Applications Closing date: November 26
Finalists Selection: December 4th – 18 startups or VTEX Partner Solutions (Party Apps) will be selected for the final round, 9 from each of the two categories: Incubator and Accelerator. The finalists will be notified by email.
Administrative Call with the finalists: December 7 and 8 – the selected companies will receive tips and guidelines for the final round.
Final round: Between December 11 and 16.
Selected Startups: December 18 – 6 startups or VTEX Partner Solutions will be selected for the program, 3 from each of the two categories: Incubator and Accelerator. The selected companies will be notified by email.
Programs start date: December 21st
Programs end date: April 21st for the Accelerator (4 months), and June 21st for the Incubator (6 months).
Some important dates about your exposure at global events: Travel and present your Startup at VTEX DAY 2021: May 31st – June 1st. Travel and present your Startup in at least 3 eCommerce Days: Dates vary.
Travel and present your Startup in at least 10 VTEX events: Webinars, VTEX Training Day, Immersion, among many others. Depending on the Covid-19 situation, your attendance to different events could be online or in person.
VTEX industry experts and leaders will evaluate the candidates of the programs. We focus on 3 main factors at the moment of evaluating startups: Innovation, Team and Fast-Scaling Potential. The Incubator and Accelerator programs will be developed 100% in English.
If you are one of the candidates selected for the final round, you will have a Video Call with our administrative team. They will help you to prepare yourself for the final round. The kind of questions you will be asked during the final round will be:
- Who makes up your team? …
- What is the market opportunity? …
- What is your idea/product and what does it do? …
- How will you attract attention so that your customers buy the product? …
- Timing for the go-live of the solution or in which stage it is at the moment? …
- How do you plan to make money? …
- How much money do you need to generate an accelerated growth?
VTEX pledges for the safety of the candidates. The programs will take place remotely for the mentorships. For the events, it will be determined depending on the future situation.
You should dedicate between 2-3 hours per week for the project. During that time, different VTEX Leaders will guide and help you to grow your business. Once the program starts, you will have 4 mentors, each one focused in a specific area: Business, Technology, Marketing and Customer Experience.
Each weekly mentorship call will last 30-45 minutes. You will also have a once-per-month call with VTEX CEO’s. If you need more help with specific topics, your mentors will destinate more time to your project or, in some cases, ask other experienced VTEX employees to support you.
Once your project is selected, you need at least a 95% of attendee participation in the different activities of the programs.
Our mission is to develop the digital commerce ecosystem around the world, building solutions for the community along with our partners. What we expect from the participants of the program is the same level of commitment to the commerce landscape. We want to partner with companies and people that are bold and challenge-driven, whose passion is to power the commerce transformation, just like us.
By enrolling in the program, you will be officially part of the VTEX ecosystem. This will bring you many growth opportunities, working closely with each VTEX local team.
The Incubator and Accelerator programs are designed and focused for Digital Commerce Startups. To be a right fit with both programs: Incubator and Accelerator, your idea/MVP/solution needs to be able to be integrated with VTEX. This will also give you immediate access to your solution to more than 3,000 ecommerce stores around the world.
Being part of the VTEX Startups Incubator & Accelerator Program is a great opportunity for your company to be part of the fastest-growing market in the world. Leverage from the growth possibilities offered by digital commerce and accelerate your startup’s results.