USACH Students, winners of the Advanced Phase, are currently looking for funding to continue strengthening their entrepreneurship.
This is the case of B-Morph, the project of architect María Ignacia Lucares, an innovation in coating for buildings that absorbs harmful gases from the atmosphere and plays a role in cleaning in cities.
They are currently seeking funding to commercially enhance the company. As the CEO of B-Morph states, they have already applied for CORFO programs and foreign programs. Also, they continue working with the Laboratory of Exploration of Architectural Materials of the School of Architecture of Universidad de Santiago, and with the Polymer Laboratory of the Department of Chemistry of the university.
After meticulous planning, María Ignacia Lucares declares that they are visiting the old continent in search of financing and to expand their view in the market. The European countries where they have had important discussions are Italy, Czech Republic and Austria. In addition, the team was selected to exhibit at the Conference of Advanced Building Skins in Bern, Switzerland, to be held on October 28-29, which is also one of the objectives for B-Morph.
Another project coming from Despega USACH that has drawn attention is Redciclach, smart containers at low cost, which are also complemented through an app. Using QR codes, users are able to accumulate points for recycling, that may be exchanged for different benefits.
Since the start of the USACH entrepreneurship, Roberto Peña, professor at the university and one of the founders of the project, declares that they continue to applying for different sources of funding, such as including Santander Ideas X, which they have been awarded. They are also finalists in CBC Chile, an important entrepreneurship contest that selects participants to the world meeting to be held in Copenhagen.
He notes that the project has changed in recent months, where not only the monetary situation has been strengthening the entrepreneurship. Several experiences they have lived have helped them consolidate important aspects, such as the pitch, the growth of networks of contacts, and the access into the challenging ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Another project with good expectations for 2019 is Drasbio. This project is close to completing the prototype. Its team also points out that the trip to the Velocity TX accelerator caused the venture to undergo several changes, where the business model changed, as well as the focus of the material and the market.
The team of the project which is trying to change plastic for 100% biodegradable materials affirms that they are on the right track, and they plan to finish the tests of the material and reach a commercial prototype this year, says Fernanda Ramírez, one of the women who participate in the team.
Additionally, Drasbio is participating in the contest BRAIN CHILE, where they bet that they will get more funding and continue to strengthen the project.