A new generation of entrepreneur students received the final prizes of the Despega USACH 2018 Competition last Wednesday, December 19. Seven winning teams stood out with science and technology based projects.
The awards ceremony that took place on the terrace of Hotel San Francisco finalized the 2018 process of this contest for undergraduate and graduate students of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, organized by the Vice-Rectory of Research, Development and Innovation; the Directorate of Technology Management; and the INNOVO Center. This 2018 call drew the participation of close to 150 students with 70 project applications of which the 20 most outstanding were shortlisted for the final award
The awards ceremony was led by the Vice-Rector for Research, Development and Innovation, Dr. Julio Romero, who pointed out that after 4 years, “Despega USACH is not only a birthplace of new entrepreneurs arising among our students, but also an opportunity for profound learning that has enabled our students with wisdom to face the innovation challenges of our country.”
“This is why we have supported all the versions of Despega USACH with training, financing, incubation, and international internships for the most outstanding projects. All of them are highly innovative endeavors that are driven toward addressing relevant topics in different markets, sectors and industries,” said the Vice-Rector.
Of the 20 entrepreneurship finalists that participated in an intensive business training program taught by the INNOVO Center, the seven most outstanding projects won the awards for their capacity for innovation based on scientific and technological knowledge and development.
In the Advanced Stage category of the competition, 4 projects were awarded with a full international internship in Texas, United States, in the Velocity TX business accelerator of Texas Research & Tech Foundation.
In this category the winning projects were:
Urban Spark: Electrogenerator Tile that uses pedestrian flow to generate electrical energy.
Protofachada: modular architectural component made of recycled plastic, which has a positive impact due to the use of recycled materials, leaving a reduced carbon footprint in its manufacture.
Drasbio: a proposal to replace disposable plastic products with biodegradable organic products made from agricultural waste.
Redciclach: smart system for recycling high -value residue (cans and plastic bottles) that rewards users for the act of recycling.
In the Early Stage category, three projects were awarded three million pesos to continue the development of their prototypes and technologies. These projects were:
Turtbag: travel luggage with an easy to use retractable wheel system that may be used only when needed, preventing any damage they may suffer as a result of suitcase mishandling.
Innovapanal: mobile application to support apicultural production that enables recording and measuring in the field.
Redify: technological tool in the form of an App designed to optimize the process of networking for entrepreneurs.