Deerfield / IL. (mdlz) In Brazil, there are 32 percent more mobile phones than residents of the country. That are more than 260 million active mobile lines according to research from AnaTel. This is one of the reasons why Mondelez International Inc., the world´s pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, chose Brazil as the first country to launch a Mobile Futures program after its successful roll-out in the United States.
Mobile Futures aims to ignite the company´s consumer connections by collaborating with some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the mobile space – start-up entrepreneurs. For the U.S. edition, Mondelez International received hundreds of applications and selected nine start-ups in the areas of social TV, mobile at retail and SoLoMo (social / location / mobile). This process resulted in the launch of seven new mobile pilots in just 90 days with Power Brands like Oreo and Chips Ahoy! biscuits as well as Trident and Stride gum.
«The Mobile Futures program has been an extraordinary experience for us and we are thrilled to expand to Brazil for the next wave», said Bonin Bough, Vice President of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at Mondelez International. «Brazil not only leads in mobile technology, it is a primary growth market for us. Our goal is to become one of the top mobile marketers in the world, and the expansion of Mobile Futures to Brazil demonstrates our commitment to get there».
Mobile Futures – The Future in 90 Days
Announced at Demo Brasil, a global start-up event happening for the first time in the country, Mobile Futures Brasil will pair Mondelez International Power Brands with Brazilian start-ups that have «shelf-ready» technology in some of the most exciting areas of mobile, such as SMS, Mobile at Retail, Social and Apps.
Five start-ups will be selected to partner with some of the largest brands in Brazil. The partnership will kick off with a week-long immersion session, where the brand teams will work alongside their partners to fully experience the startup culture. The teams will then have 90 days to plan and activate mobile pilots.
«Today in Brazil, we invest more than 15 percent of our total marketing spending in digital and we believe there are many more opportunities», said Natacha Volpini, Digital Media Manager at Mondelez Brasil. «Through the Mobile Futures Brasil program, not only will we support the start-ups, but we will also bring home their innovative spirit. We are creating a culture of ‘intrapreneurship’, reflecting new ideas and ways to connect with our consumers».
The program is supported by Bob Wollheim, specialist in the digital entrepreneurship area and Chief Executive Officer of S_kull – disruption lab of Flag, in conjunction with Gina Waldhorn, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Evol8tion, an innovation agency based in New York, that worked on Mobile Futures in the United States. Other partners include: Endeavor; Wayra; 21212; Papaya Ventures; Aceleratech; Pipa; Redpoint e-ventures; Anjos do Brasil; e-bricks digital; .Mobi; Startupi; Demo; Revista Pequenas Empresas Grandes Negocios; ProXXima and BR Innovators.
«This initiative demonstrates to the world the level of mobile innovation that can be created by a company like Mondelez International», said Wollheim. «In the future, leading companies should all act like this, taking entrepreneurship inside out».
Mondelez Brasil is looking for new Brazilian startups (less than four years old) that own a functional mobile technology that´s ready to be implemented. Startups should have received external investment or been part of an incubator or accelerator program.