Brazilians do not produce innovation only in Brazil


One of the organisms present here and in other 28 countries is the British Network of Science and Innovation. His role, according to Carolina Costa, deputy director of science and innovation of the British Consulate in São Paulo, is to promote cooperation among countries and the UK. "This presence is at least a demonstration that the British government has Brazil as a priority in international cooperation for innovation," she says. One of the activities of the director and his team is to map the cooperation opportunities in Brazil - Especially, find companies interested in partnership opportunities "In addition, we also have specific requests from government agencies, companies and universities participating in the British ecosystem innovation, "she adds.

Among the sources of funding for these projects, Carolina highlights the Newton Fund, from the British government, which allocated £ 27 million specifically for science and innovation initiatives in Brazil in the period that goes from 2014 to 2017. With an equal amount of Brazilian government, these partnerships with the UK are supported by a total of £ 54 million, or approximately R$ 260 million. In the research area, calls have been launched to work on issues such as neglected tropical diseases, water, environment and energy. For innovation field the calls will be launched in August, says the director.

The Swedish-Brazilian Research and Innovation Centre (CISB) has different themes for partnerships between Swedish and Brazilian entities. They are:  defense & security, sustainable energy, transport & logistics, urban development and aeronautics. Founded in 2011 with support from Saab, CISB results from technology and innovation agreements celebrated between the governments of Sweden and Brazil, tells the director Alessandra Holmo. In addition to Saab, more institutions are member of CISB, such as Scania, Volvo, six Swedish universities, the Aeronautics Institute of Technology and SENAI.

The results have been encouraging, says the director: "Since November we have had 42 bilateral missions, 26 from Brazil to Sweden and 16 from Sweden to Brazil. "Better yet, Alessandra tells that 26 pre projects had already been submitted to CISB involving 33 institutions, of which 26 are Brazilian, 1 from Germany and the rest from Sweden.

For that to happen, Alessandra explains that in November of the last year CISB organized a workshop with ITA, in São José dos Campos, which enabled the discussion and development of projects in different areas. "The groups presented and discussed the first ideas of collaborative projects in propulsion, materials, manufacturing and aircraft design," explains Alessandra. The participation of Saab Company and the focus on aeronautical themes are related to the transfer of the Swedish technology to Brazil, due to the sale of 36 Gripen fighters. So far, about 80% of the projects are linked to aeronautics, but Alessandra ensures that many will still be developed on issues such as sustainable development, transport and logistics and urban development, for example.

The Canadian province of Ontario also operates since September of 2013, a program that encourages agreements between Canadian and Brazilian companies interested in innovation and expansion of markets. "We want to help our clients to find opportunities and partners in the Brazilian market, and also create innovation partnerships - whether between Brazilians innovation centers and Canadians companies or vice versa, schools, or companies from both countries" explains Todd Barrett, commercial consul of Ontario in Brazil.

Another work program aims to attract investments. "We are interested in companies that want to go to North America and are interested in Canada as a possible destiny," he says. Last year, the first year of program operation, some Brazilian companies in the IT area were invited to spend three months operating in a Canadian innovation center in Toronto. "On the side of Brazil, we have a partner who offers its space for Canadian companies to experience the features and the Brazilian market," says Barrett.

These facilities, he said, allow for a "soft landing", so a bit soft for businesses in both countries.

In the attractive list for Brazilians interested in taking innovation to new markets, the consul highlights the business relationship between his country and the United States, which is the most intense in the world. "About 500 kilometers of Toronto we have a market of 30 million people in cities like New York, Boston and Chicago”. Another highlight that he mentions for startups and innovation firms in Canada are tax incentives for research and development.

"The Canadian government returns to companies up to 60% of the amount invested by them in research and development," he says.

The Italian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has been working for seven years  on programs related to innovation, says its general secretary, Francesco Paternò. "The first project was the integration of 'business innovation centers' of Italy with Brazilian incubators. We realized that the level of Brazilian incubators was already very advanced, nothing behind of the rest of the world, "he praises. "We are facilitators of trade, a mission that is in our by-laws," he says. In this respect, the chamber seeks to promote the approach of the Brazilian market with innovation in various fields. One example is the unmanned vehicles controlled by satellites. "This is a great future industry because they cater for civil protection, analysis and testing in high-risk locations and missions, for example, the surveillance of territorial waters," he adds.

The partners sponsored by the Italian chamber count with the support of scientific institutions like the Polytechnic School of Milan and Turin, and also of  Nazionale  dele Ricerche Center , an organization that concentrates the main research and development efforts of the Italian government.

The Brazilian-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry inaugurated its Innovation and Technology department in 2013. According to Thomas Timm, vice president of the agency, the aim is to facilitate access of Brazilian industry to strategic information through events, courses, discussion groups, business meetings and other activities. For these actions, the chamber usually brings German speakers, including experts in innovation as "Industry 4.0", "This new process is already recurrent in Germany because it was the country that implemented this concept and works in his development," he explains. The concept of "Industry 4.0" allows the creation of virtual factories to simulate processes in computer, so that - in theory- the entire operation of a new factory to be perfect from the first day.

Projects and Innovation stimulus activities are always developed from needs of companies associated with the chamber, Timm says: "Innovation and Technology department acts as a platform to bring together the demands of business and offers innovative solutions and technologies" says.

One of the strategies adopted by this department is called "Innovation Speed Dating". It's a business roundtable during which representatives of anchor companies like Mahle, German Hospital Oswaldo Cruz and Mercedes-Benz can find the leaders of small and medium enterprises and startups also able to offer solutions to the problems brought from the biggest companies. Among the incentives to new ideas, the organization annually organizes the Brazil-Germany Innovation Award. Last year, the winner was the Nanovetores Company with a project that adds functionality to fabrics nanocoated assets, providing summer clothes with a feeling of freshness and fitness meshes with moisturizing capsules, for example.