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Smart & Sustainable Startups
Sales Accelerator Program
We encourage you to apply to our two-part acceleration program and benefit from Gerdau's ecosystem of clients, suppliers, and partners.
Gerdau, a multinational steel industry leader with over 120 years of experience, is bringing its acceleration program to North America. This cost and equity-free, two-phase program supports startups in increasing revenue, exploring new countries, and potentially getting additional funding.
Successful applicants will gain targeted introductions to Gerdau’s suppliers and customers and receive intensive sales training from Alchemist Accelerator’s global network of over 30,000 entrepreneurs and mentors. The best-performing startups may also receive investment and/or opportunities to create joint ventures.
Coaching & Mentorship
Gerdau's Client Introductions
Case Study Support
International Expansion Eval.
What We're Looking For
We're looking for startups that are B2B focused, fully funded with a market-ready product, service, or solution, and have an active sales team and existing customer base.
Startup Focus Areas
CO2 & Carbon Capture
Recycling & Upcycling
Technologies that capture carbon or upcycle products for the automotive or construction industries.
Industry-specific sustainable solutions; inventory or picking optimization; loading dock optimization.
Solutions targeting metals (ferrous and non-ferrous), construction waste, and e-waste.
Value Chain Integration
Industrial proptech; add-on solutions for utility; building management; and resource optimization.
Technologies with a simple integration layer and advanced usability to process and analyze data from different companies and ERPs in the same value chain.
Nov 14 – Feb 28, 2022
July 12 – 30, 2021
August 10 – 25, 2021
September 9, 2021
Sep 27 - Nov 14, 2021
Take Your Business To The Next Level
Deep dive into your sales process, receive immediate feedback and a tailor-made training and coaching program
Plug into Gerdau’s network of clients, suppliers, and partners, receiving introductions to new potential clients
Get a consumer session to gain direct feedback from the industry
Get an Investment
The program is cost and equity-free
Irrespective of funding stage, get an investment evaluation from Paris Ventures (Gerdau’s Corporate Venture)
Receive transparent feedback, with suggested lines of actions
We’ll wait for your company to be ready to open a funding round
Explore international potential
Support the construction of a business case to take your company to one of the eight countries where Gerdau is present
Discuss the best partnership model to expand (JV, licensing, investment, other)
Cícero Rodrigues Sallaberry Founder/CEO of Construflow
Pedro Roso Founder/CEO of Docket
Alberto Antonio da Silva CEO CMC Modulos Construtivos
We expected a practical program, but agile too? That was a welcomed surprise!
The program was transformative for our company and clients.
Gerdau helped us expand and consolidate our market in ways we never expected.
Pedro Guizardi General Director of Dersalis
Antonio Fascio Founder/CEO of Orcafascio
One of the most important aspects was the interaction with Gerdau’s partners with whom we started a very impactful new project.
Thanks to their program, our clients' experiences will only get better from here. We discussed sales, how to introduce our product and foster relationships with meaningful synergies.
Gerdau’s North American business divisions manufacture long and special steel products for the agriculture, energy, industrial, construction, automotive, and manufacturing markets. We operate 9 mills in the U.S. and 3 in Canada. Our mills utilize efficient and clean production practices, including the use of electric arc furnace (EAF) technology. In the US, 100% of the production comes from recycled scrap metal - this makes our steel one of the greenest choices available.