Sitawi and UBS promote special night for impact entrepreneurship

Sitawi Financeira do Bem holds, in partnership with UBS, its second dinner and wine auction to leverage resources and boost Social Finance and Impact Business in Brazil. The event will take place on September 25, at Bistrot Parigi, located in Shopping Cidade Jardim, in São Paulo.

Sitawi and UBS believe in investments that multiply impact through social projects and businesses across the country. The union of the two organizations seeks to create a communication platform to promote the theme and shed light on the positive impact generated by organizations in different fields of action: health, education, human rights, accessibility, inclusion, among others. All proceeds from the Auction will be allocated to projects that encourage positive socio-environmental impact in Brazil, supported by Sitawi.

The event also includes the holding of the Visionaris award ceremony – UBS Social Entrepreneur Award to support the work of outstanding social entrepreneurs. In 2018, the theme of the award is “Improving Scalability”. In this edition, Gastromotiva, Instituto Horas da Vida, Solar Ear and Turma no Jiló were the finalists.

More than 100 guests will closely attend the awards ceremony and participate in the Wine Auction to benefit Sitawi's initiatives, which will feature exceptional wines donated by collectors such as Château Mouton Rothschild 1966 Premier Grand Cru Classé, Château Latour 1977 Premier Grand Cru Classé and Quinta do Sibio? José Duarte d'Oliveira 1893. The auctioned wines were collected, transported and, during the period in which the auction date was awaited, properly conditioned in acclimatized cellars.

Jorge Lucki, one of the greatest connoisseurs of wines in the country, Renato Moysés, official auctioneer and founder of Super Bid, and Ana Maria Carvalho Pinto, specialist in events of this nature, make up the team of experts for the night. We also leave here a special thanks to our Silver Sponsor Hugo Leonardo Advogados. And to our supporters: Art des Caves, Bistrot Parigi, Casa Alvares and Galeria dos Vinhos.

Sitawi believes that financial mechanisms can and should be used for positive social impact. Thus, in 10 years, there were more than 100 operations, including loans and socio-environmental investments, which allowed organizations to have capital to carry out their initiatives and generate a positive socio-environmental impact on society. Since its founding, Sitawi has allocated over R$20 million to the social sector in Brazil, reaching over 300,000 people in various dimensions from education to income generation.

About Sitawi:

Sitawi Financeira do Bem is a pioneering organization in the development of financial solutions for social impact and in the analysis of the socio-environmental performance of companies and financial institutions. Founded in 2008, its mission is to mobilize capital for a positive socio-environmental impact. Sitawi has offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Learn more at:

About the Visionaris Award:

As a demonstration of its commitment to society, UBS created the Visionaris – UBS Social Entrepreneur Award to support the work of outstanding social entrepreneurs. For this purpose, UBS AG joined Ashoka in 2004, an international organization founded in 1980 with the purpose of collaborating with the professionalization of social entrepreneurs around the world. For UBS, a social entrepreneur is an extraordinary person who possesses the vision, creativity and determination of a business entrepreneur, but uses these qualities to design systemic solutions to tackle complex social problems.

The theme of Visionaris 2018 is “Improving Scalability”: achieving social impact is not just about starting a model that works. Once a social enterprise has demonstrated its success, scaling up the successful operating model becomes imperative. This year, the goal is to identify social ventures that have generated proven social impact in an innovative way and design a viable, effective and sustainable model to scale your intervention model. The aim is for the economic prize received through Visionaris to be used by the winner to implement this model. Learn more at

Discover the finalist projects of the 2018 UBS Visionaris Award:

– Gastromotiva – David Daniel Hertz

Gastromotiva develops projects that use gastronomy as a tool to benefit people in situations of social vulnerability. Through rigorous and free training with a pedagogical method that sees beyond technicality, it focuses on the integrality of teaching and on the human. Job vacancies are offered to all trained young people at the restaurant chain that supports Gastromotiva and, since 2006, more than 3,500 students have graduated from the cooking training course in Brazil. The organization also operates in South Africa, El Salvador and Mexico.

– Hours of Life Institute – João Paulo Nogueira Ribeiro

Instituto Horas da Vida offers free health services and products (consultations, exams and glasses) to beneficiaries of partner social organizations that work in the areas of health, education and culture. In this sense, it connects beneficiaries of social organizations to a network of partners formed by hospitals, laboratories, medical societies, pharmaceutical industry, universities, opticians and pharmacies. Since 2013, it has offered the equivalent of 3 million reais in health services.

– Turma do Jiló – Carolina Resende Videira

Turma do Jiló serves public schools in the municipality of Santana do Parnaíba, in São Paulo, with its own inclusive education program. The organization's actions allow for the removal of physical and behavioral barriers that prevent the inclusion of all students, including those with disabilities. Through music, the concepts of diversity and inclusion are developed; provides families with legal and psychological advice; and adjusts the school space so that it becomes accessible. Since its founding in 2016, 5,000 students and families have benefited, more than 250 teachers have been trained and 7 elementary schools have been served.

– Solar Ear – Howard Weinstein

Solar Ear develops products and processes to combat and mitigate the effects of hearing loss in developing countries, from detecting the problem to producing and distributing solar-powered rechargeable hearing aids. The purchase of inputs for the production of the devices is centralized by the headquarters and the devices are assembled by deaf workers in social franchises in order to integrate them into the labor market. The device distribution model varies according to the reality of each country, and can be carried out by public authorities, private clinics or micro-entrepreneurs.

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