College Student Opportunity: AWC Applications Extended Through July

College Student Opportunity: AWC Applications Extended Through July

Good news for university students who dream of turning their academic projects into successful startups! The application deadline for Academic Working Capital (AWC) has been extended until July 2nd. Students interested in participating in the program can fill out the form available on the AWC website and apply to participate in this entrepreneurial journey completely free of charge.

More than a graduation formality, TIM Institute believes that course conclusion works, known as TCC, can be the starting point to transform innovative ideas into reality in the market. The AWC, a program promoted by the TIM Institute, aims to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation among university students.

Anna Carolina Meireles, TIM’s Corporate Social Responsibility manager, highlights the importance of the program: “Most university students still don’t see entrepreneurship as a career path. Our goal is to change this reality. Brazil faces challenges in several areas, and we believe university innovation can be the key to overcoming them.”

Students of any degree can participate in the AWC, as long as they have initiatives aimed at technological solutions or innovation in the areas of health, education, income generation, technology, communication, mobility, among others. The groups must be composed of up to four members, all in the final phase of the course, performing the TCC.

During the program, participants will have access to several face-to-face activities in São Paulo, such as workshops and the Investment Fair, which marks the end of the cycle. On this occasion, students have the opportunity to present their projects to market professionals and angel investors. In addition, participants will receive financial support for the prototyping of their projects and will have remote support from the program’s mentors, who will provide theoretical and practical support for the development of their startups.

Success stories

AWC has encouraged and accelerated countless innovative projects since its launch in 2015. More than 500 students from 70 universities across the country have participated in the program, resulting in the creation of 114 startups. Among them, the award-winning Aqualuz project stands out, which developed a solution to make water from wells or cisterns potable using solar radiation. And the creator, Anna Luísa Beserra, was one of the winners of the Young Champions of the Earth, a UN award aimed at entrepreneurs up to 30 years old with innovative ideas for the future of the planet.

To learn more about the AWC and read the notice, just access the program’s website.