Launch your Innovation will attract over 30 emerging innovators to compete for two scholarships to Germany
As part of Exponor 2019, this program seeks to give technological entrepreneurs a head start in the mining and industrial market, offering the opportunity to present innovations to the companies participating in the exhibition, with the chance to win two all-expenses-paid scholarships to Germany. A virtual reality simulator to avoid accidents, swarms of autonomous robots for solar plants and artificial intelligence systems, together with another thirty innovations addressing the operational challenges of the mining industry will be on display at Exponor 2019 thanks to "Launch your Innovation". This program has just published the national shortlist of 33 tech entrepreneurs who will compete for two scholarships for a study visit to Bayern, Germany. At the third edition, a highlight of Launch your Innovation has been the major presence of innovations from the Region of Antofagasta, up from 25% in 2017 to 51%, which was highlighted by the President of the Antofagasta Industrial Association (AIA), Marko Razmilic, organizers of Exponor 2019. "Without a doubt, innovation is a top priority for mining today, as we move in leaps and bounds towards an industry 4.0. As a trade organization and the organizer of Exponor, we make every effort create spaces that give technological entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their innovations, and in this sense, we are very happy that the Region of Antofagasta is standing out, especially at this latest edition of Launch your Innovation, where they make up over 50% of the technological ventures being presented", the industry leader noted. Scholarship to Germany With the aim of continuing to support innovation, Launch your Innovation will reward two technological ventures with a scholarship for a six-month study visit to an incubator in Bayern, Germany. The Scholarship will provide access to three months of online study and three months in person with all expenses paid, thanks to the sponsorship of the Representation of the State of Bayern in South America, Antofagasta Minerals and SQM. Additionally, as part of the program, 10 entrepreneurial ventures will be selected for the opportunity to present their product and/or service at the "Innovation Catalyst Pitch", an activity that will be attended by executives from mining companies present at Exponor 2019. This activity will take place on Thursday May 30th from 11:00 to 13:00 at the New Business Salon. All 33 shortlisted participants will take part as exhibitors and will exhibit at the Iodine Pavilion for the four days of the exhibition. To get to know the participants, visit the Exponor 2019 website, www.exponor.cl.