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USM and its basal centers received a delegation of Mexican entrepreneurs in "Ruta de Innovación"

Representatives of eleven entrepreneurship projects came to the country with the purpose of knowing the Chilean market and the possibilities of entering the local scene.

Representatives of eleven entrepreneurship projects came to the country with the purpose of knowing the Chilean market and the possibilities of entering the local scene.

 In the context of the Softlanding Program, an initiative of iF Valparaíso 3IE, which seeks to support foreign startups to become part of the Chilean ecosystem, a delegation of Mexican entrepreneurs visited the Federico Santa María Technical University in an activity called "Ruta de Innovación". They learned about the work of the Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTTL); the Technological Scientific Center of Valparaíso (CCTVal); the 3IE Institute and the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E).

"In 2016 we signed a collaboration agreement with Start Blue Up, one of the main accelerators and investment fund incubators in Mexico, and through the National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM) in that country, it was possible to bring these success stories so that they could know the Chilean market and its possibilities of expansion ", explained Constanza Fuentealba, Coordinator of Innovation Projects of iF Valparaíso 3IE.

Referring to the event, Alejandra Brusco, Engineer of Project and Technological Transfer of the OTTL, highlighted the importance of generating instances where the good practices that are being carried out in the university can be made known. "This produces confidence in the ecosystem and in the industry, which allows companies and other actors involved in the world of entrepreneurship to establish links with the university," he said.

Collaboration and internationalization

When asked for his opinions regarding the "Innovation Route", Jorge Puflea, CEO and Co-founder of Start Blue Up, said: "I think the University is fantastic because it is very fast in research, in the connection and in the technological transfer, something necessary to spread innovation. It makes a fairly replicable model in other sectors of Latin America. "

Regarding the scope of national entrepreneurship, he said that he considers it to be advanced, and that in the (Latin American) region there are two strong ecosystems: the Chilean and the Mexican. "I think Chile is the one that starts things and Mexico takes them and develops them, but I think the Chilean entrepreneur lacks internationalization to evolve faster," he said.

For Iván Martínez, CEO of Radar Biker, a project focused on lovers of motorcycling, "the Chilean ecosystem is very attractive, since it shows that there is a genuine interest from the government and the teaching institutions to benefit the entrepreneur. I compare it with Mexico and that it is much more commercial, and here it is more collaborative ".

According to the analysis of Carlos Vera, Manager (i) of the OTTL, "the efforts that the USM is doing in this area, is related to the improvement of the country's productivity, therefore the goal is: to increase our competitiveness and become in technology exporters, because we have technical tools and the financial and legal capacities to achieve greater development ".

The itinerary of the "Ruta de Innovación” included a visit to the facilities of the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, AC3E, where the delegation of Mexican entrepreneurs observed the work done in the Development Laboratory and its modern equipment. . For example, entrepreneurs had the opportunity to appreciate in situ, the innovative and sustainable Electric Car.

"For us is very important to be part of these activities, because it allows us to show -on a national and international level- what we do, especially the quality of the scientific research of technological innovations that generate impact in society, It also makes it possible to publicize the capabilities that exist in Chile, "said Jaime Ramírez, Development Manager of AC3E.


The visit to the Technological Scientific Center of Valparaíso, CCTVal, featured the presentation of projects in the area of innovation and technology transfer, as well as a guided tour through high-energy physics laboratories, in which particle detectors are manufactured to the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

In this context, the researcher Christian Romero, who presented his projects to the Mexican group, highlights the importance of the initiative promoted by the IF Valparaíso 3IE and states that "one of the most important things about participating in tours and visits, is the opportunity to interact with people in this generates synergies in the form of exchange of ideas that could generate new ideas. It is also important for the CCTVAL to be known, since the reputation in science and innovation is a key component to sustain what can be produced in terms of scientific publications and as products derived from science. The internationalization of our center is an important objective. "

Escrito por Super User 13 · Jul · 2018