In 2020-2021, we highlight 13 innovation meetings that resulted in the presentation of 91 projects for 6 companies: the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels; IHARA, multinational in the field of agricultural pesticides; BAYER; the Military Police of Minas Gerais; Brazilian company that manufactures agricultural pesticides OuroFino Agrogenética; and TIAL, a Brazilian fruit-based beverage industry. From these meetings, the companies selected 35 projects to explore synergies and consequently negotiate development partnerships. Of these, 16 are already approved by the companies, and 5 partnership contracts have already been signed, totalling 705,000.00 thousand reais in investments so far.
What is innovative about it?
Interaction between the University and the market happens in a timid and isolated way. With the Innovation Day Program, it was possible to join efforts, optimize resources and synchronise activities, bringing researchers and companies closer together. Innovation meetings allow strategic areas of companies to dialogue directly with researchers, exploring synergies for partnerships that can result in private investments for research and laboratories, transfer or licensing of technologies, patents, agreements or even potential spin-offs. The methodology is pioneering and was structured considering the differences in values between the university and the companies. Having defined the strategic sector, the prospecting and selection of potential companies in that sector begins, the needs of the companies are then disseminated to the UFV researchers. Through the correlation report between needs and competencies, it is possible to prospect key researchers using the institution's database. After the pre-selection of projects by the companies and the construction of the agendas, the Innovation Day begins, which can be in person or online.
Who are the main users?
Researchers receive private resources for the development of research and equipping laboratories. Companies have access to innovative solutions and new products and services. tecnoPARQ has visibility as an environment for innovation, and society and the country has quality national technological development.
Who runs it?
The Innovation Day is an initiative coordinated by the tecnoPARQ/UFV liaison office (Innovation Link). The actions are operationalized and financially maintained by tecnoPARQ, and have institutional support from the Technological Innovation Center, the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, and the Dean.