Abril Group is one of the largest and most influential communication and education groups in Latin America. Incorporated in 1950, the group encompasses Abril S.A., company responsible for Media (Editora Abril, Mídia Digital, Elemidia, Alphabase, Brasil Post, iba, Meu Espelho and Casa Cor), Printing, Logistics & Distribution divisions, and Abril Educação, which in early 2010 began operating independently from Abril S.A., following a corporate restructuring process. The group also includes Fundação Victor Civita (Victor Civita Foundation), created in 1985 with the purpose of improving basic education in Brazil. Abril provides information, culture, education, and entertainment to virtually all audience segments, operating seamlessly throughout different media.
Plug and Play Tech Center is a startup accelerator specialized in technology companies, with over 200 companies in its portfolio. Every year, Plug and Play receives 60 to 80 early-stage companies and assists them in various aspects (seed money, mentoring, contacts with potential clients, corporate partners and/or investors, and free or low-priced services such as web hosting, web tools, etc.), providing assistance for such companies to take off. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, the company’s global operations already include over 300 accelerated startups, 180 investors and a broad network of universities and corporate partners, such as Samsung, Volkswagen and Axel Springer.