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ProLíder 2021 >> Program in Details

ProLíder unites the best of theory and practice in developing leadership aimed at the creation of nationally transformative ventures and public projects.


ProLíder is part of Four University, the structure that comprises all of Instituto Four's training programs.

ProLíder and Four University



Four University is the fulfillment of Instituto Four's dream of forming the next great generation of national leaders, focusing on political and entrepreneurial leadership.


As of 2021, ProLíder is divided into two cycles. In the basic training cycle, constituted by the first half of the program, participants will have access to a detailed overview of Brazil's main problems, with great references, and will learn about leadership, strategy and decision making.

Upon reaching the middle of the program, everyone will be part of the ProLíder Case Challenge, a problem-solving competition in which our participants will face complex challenges from our partner organizations. After the Case Challenge, ProLíder participants will be allocated, according to their wishes and their life plans, to one of the schools of the University: the Four School of Public Leaders, for those who wish to act in the public sphere of society, and the Four School of Entrepreneurship, for those interested in creating perennial, sustainable, scalable companies, with potential for national impact.

Your journey as a ProLíder 2021 participant

As of its sixth edition, ProLíder will comprise phases. Its two initial phases are focused on creating a deep understanding about the current state of Brazilian and what it means to be a true leader. The third stage is the beginning of the transition from a theoretical program to an actionable program: the Case Challenge. The fourth stage of the program, which formerly involved the creation of business ventures, was transformed and its methodology was adapted for the creation of the Four School of Public Leaders and Four School of Entrepreneurship.


In 2021, ProLíder participants will apply to the program and, throughout their admissions process, they will determine the path they intend to follow: politics or entrepreneurship. After the end of ProLíder’s 2021 Case Challenge, they will be allocated to the Four School of Public Leaders or the Four School of Entrepreneurship, according to their preferences stated in the ProLíder 2021 admissions process.


Find out more about the content of the program and the schools below

Program Contents

Learn more about each part of our program’s methodology here.

General Cycle: for all participants

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Specific Cycle: Entrepreneurship or Politics

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Course Contents

1st Step: Building diagnostics about Brazil

Integration Immersion

At the beginning of the program, those approved will take part in discussions and activities that will allow them to get to know other participants. There, they will be introduced to ways of making the most of all the opportunities the program has to offer.

Each subsequent ProLíder class is part of a great story involving previous classes and the people who built the program. Therefore, this immersion is also the moment where the baton of one class is “passed on” to the next. Teachers, fellows from previous years, and important people in the history of the program and Instituto Four speak about immersion in order to convince everyone the importance of that event and what it means to be part of ProLíder.

Discussions about Brazil with Experts

The first phase of the program will focus on acquiring in-depth knowledge on topics of public relevance in Brazil. In these formative activities, debates will be guided by renowned experts in their respective fields; these are people who already make a difference through their daily lives and who will share the challenges they face.

10 Main Topics of Discussion

The topics discussed at ProLíder involve fields relevant to Brazil, such as the economy, education, infrastructure, international business, politics, health, public safety, Brazilian society in general, sustainability, and technology and innovation.


Each of these topics comes with unique materials for prior reading, discussions between groups, and debates seeking solutions for problems in each field.

Discussion Groups

Before each class in the first phase, ProLíder participants are allocated to small discussion groups so that they can take a stance on the topic they have just studied, as well as learn about the perspectives of their classmates. These groups are meant to give depth to the knowledge of class members and, as a result, increase the quality of debates in the program.

>> Learn more about discussion groups and your routine at ProLíder

Pre-class Materials

To keep the quality of discussions high, participants will have access to various materials prior to classes in order to better understand the program's discussion topics - articles, videos, texts, among other resources. Using these materials, participants will make summaries of what they have learned and will be able to take a step further in understanding the earlier diagnostics on Brazil.

>> Learn more about prior reading materials and your routine at ProLíder

2nd Step: Leadership Training

In order for participants to start engaging in action and creating high-quality ventures, it is important that they are familiar with the environment in which entrepreneurship and project management takes place. Therefore, during the intermediate points of ProLíder, participants will have discussions with great Brazilian entrepreneurs and will also have the opportunity to solve real cases faced by partner companies and organizations.

The 2nd phase is designed to complement the 3rd phase: while one emphasizes theoretical concepts of personal development and leadership, the other will give you the opportunity to apply what you've learned in solving real problems.

Tools for Business and Project Management

There exists a very important technical side to successful project creation, beyond simply leadership skills. For this reason, ProLíder participants will receive training on project management, administrative tools, and skills from people who have been working with them for years.

Inspiring Panels with Great Brazilian Leaders

Important Brazilian leaders in business and politics will be invited to talk with our participants, so that they can share the challenges they face and their visions of the future for Brazil and the world. These panels tend to be shorter in duration than classes, since classwork includes materials for prior reading, and the panels tend to be distributed over the course of the whole program.

Classes about Strategy and Decision-Making

In inspirational panels and other, more specific classes, participants also learn about strategy and decision making, important subjects related to leadership. The processes and unique visions of great leaders are studied, so that each participant can form their own way of strategizing and making decisions.

Discussion Groups

Before each class in the first phase, ProLíder participants are allocated to small discussion groups so that they can take a stance on the topic they have just studied, as well as learn about the perspectives of their classmates. These groups are meant to give depth to the knowledge of class members and, as a result, increase the quality of debates in the program.

>> Learn more about discussion groups and your routine at ProLíder

Pre-class Materials

To keep the quality of discussions high, participants will have access to various materials prior to classes in order to better understand the program's discussion topics - articles, videos, texts, among other resources. Using these materials, participants will make summaries of what they have learned and will be able to take a step further in understanding the earlier diagnostics on Brazil.

>> Learn more about prior reading materials and your routine at ProLíder

3rd Step: ProLíder Case Challenge

During the 3rd phase meetings, participants will take part in the Cases Challenge, a competition where complex problems are offered by our partner companies for participants to solve. In the Challenge, they will be divided into groups and assigned to help different organizations. They will be responsible for monitoring the development of the problem and will propose solutions. The products of each team will be evaluated by members of the partner companies and the best will be awarded.

The third stage of the program highlights our action learning philosophy: participants will be repeatedly urged to solve real problems and face processes that capture the essence of the difficulties faced on a daily basis by key decision-makers.

Leadership development is also done through the interactions between ProLíder participants and companies, so that each participant starts to understand their own limits and abilities. Thus, we seek to give the participants a sense of both how to solve a complex problem and how their relationships with future colleagues will be.

The past two phases were designed to be complementary: while the 2nd phase highlights theoretical concepts of personal development and leadership, the 3rd will give you the opportunity to apply what you've learned against real problems.

All cases, regardless of whether they are focused on politics or entrepreneurship, will be tied to the five fields of interest of the 4th stage of the program: education, infrastructure, innovation & technology, health, and sustainability.

With a focus on Entrepreneurship: Cases from ProLíder’s partner companies

Program participants who choose to focus on entrepreneurship will solve issues common to private sector companies. The cases will involve real problems that ProLíder partner companies face in their operations.

In addition to the general objective of the 3rd stage, that being practical application of theory, the specific objective of entrepreneurship-focused cases is to acquaint our participants with the reality of a company that works in the private sector, with all its inherent challenges, so that they can anticipate and innovate to overcome the difficulties that will arise when they begin creation of their own businesses.

With a focus on Politics: Cases on Public Management and Politics from ProLíder’s partner organizations

Program participants who choose to focus on politics will solve problems common to public sector and third sector organizations involved in politics. The cases will involve real problems that the partner organizations face in their operations.

In addition to the general objective of the 3rd stage, that being practical application of theory, the specific objective of politics-focused cases stage is to acquaint our participants with the reality of an organization working in the 1st or 3rd sectors of Brazil, with all its inherent challenges, so that participants can anticipate and prepare against the difficulties that will emerge when they begin creation of their own businesses.

Pre-class Materials

To keep the quality of discussions high, participants will have access to various materials prior to classes in order to better understand the program's discussion topics - articles, videos, texts, among other resources. Using these materials, participants will make summaries of what they have learned and will be able to take a step further in understanding the earlier diagnostics on Brazil.

>> Learn more about prior reading materials and your routine at ProLíder

4th Step - Entrepreneurship: Creation of transformative businesses

The fourth phase splits participants according to the path they each wish to follow, something they determined in the Selection Process: they can opt either for learning about the creation of political projects or learning about the creation of businesses. In either case, these initiatives are meant to help solve the societal problems that were diagnosed in the previous stages.

The specialization in entrepreneurship will help those participants who decide to create businesses in structuring high-level companies and having a real impact on major problems that exist in Brazil.

Creation of Nationally Transformative Enterprises

During the fourth phase of ProLíder, participants who chose the path of entrepreneurship will split into groups and create enterprises with a high potential for causing national transformation, having experts in entrepreneurship and project management beside them.

Classes about Business Creation

The latest classes will be saturated with panels on topics relevant to business creation, such as legal issues, structuring aimed at scalability, financial sustainability, and other recurring challenges in an entrepreneur's endeavors.

These panels are complemented by specialized workshops with a technical focus, designed in order to prepare participants against the biggest problems they will face during the development of their projects. All activities in the 4th phase of this are led by a facilitator, who is responsible for execution and participant assimilation.

Individualized advising and help

All program projects will receive, in addition to classes involving project group members, individualized support where they can share their specific challenges with the ProLíder team and receive support in planning solutions to those challenges.

4th Step - Politics: Creation of impactful public projects and mandates

The fourth phase splits participants according to the path they each wish to follow, something they determined in the Selection Process: they can opt either for learning about the creation of political projects or learning about the creation of businesses. In either case, these initiatives are meant to help solve the societal problems that were diagnosed in the previous stages.

The specialization in politics will help participants who decide they want to create bills, public policies, and other transformative and majorly impactful projects in both the legislative and executive sectors of government.

Creation of Transformative Political Projects

During the fourth phase of ProLíder, participants will split into groups and create political projects that seek to solve the problems identified in earlier diagnostics, having experts in the field as facilitators beside them.

Classes about the creation of public initiatives

The latest classes will be saturated with panels on matters relevant to working in the public sector, such as the prerequisites for creating political projects, structuring public policies aimed at scalability, sustainability, involvement in social issues, and other challenges that are part of the life of a political leader.

These panels are complemented by specialized workshops with a technical focus, designed in order to prepare participants against the biggest problems they will face during the development of their projects. All activities in the 4th phase of this are led by a facilitator, who is responsible for execution and participant assimilation.

Individualized advising and help

All program projects will receive, in addition to classes involving project group members, individualized support where they can share their specific challenges with the ProLíder team and receive support in planning solutions to those challenges.


ProLíder is an initiative carried out by Instituto Four.

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