Doctoral Student’s Startup Among 20 Most Innovative in Latin America

A Johns Hopkins doctoral student’s business startup has been selected by the Inter-American Development Bank as one of the 20 most innovative in Latin America.

Americo Amorim, who is in the online doctor of education program at the School of Education, founded Escribo, a Brazilian company that creates educational programming in a variety of electronic formats.

His app, Frei.re Lab, named after Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, offers 10 types of digital interaction, including games that help with reading, writing and math. Teachers and students can create games and share them with each other. In July it will be released in English.

Amorim’s startup is a finalist in the Economia Naranja Challenge. The winners will be introduced to investors at an event hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. First prize is $30,000; second prize, $20,000; and third prize, $10,000.

To win the challenge, Amorim needs you to vote for his Frei.re project. Visit www.nexso.org/solucion/sl/acb78cb6-f6fc-4e7a-8a1f-83f946886874, click on the heart and confirm your vote by email.

Amorim, who lives in Brazil, joined the online doctor of education program in 2015. His research focuses on student achievement in early literacy, out of which the Frei.re Lab app was developed.