A boost to the regional and national innovation ecosystem: Exponor 2019 confirms "Launch your Innovation" contest and opens applications
Around 30 emerging technological innovators will have the chance to present their innovations to large mining companies and the industry at the international exhibition, to take place next year. As one of the new pillars of the mining industry, innovation has taken on added relevance within large mining companies thanks to its role in resolving operational problems and optimizing productive processes. With the aim of continuing to contribute to this challenge, EXPONOR 2019 will open its doors once more to "Launch your Innovation", a program that seeks to connect demand within the mining-industrial market with technological offerings developed in Chile. Applications are now open. "Launch your Innovation" was founded to provide a space for emerging technological innovators with a technological innovation focused on the operational challenges of the mining-industrial market to present their solutions directly to the companies present at EXPONOR 2019, forming networks with mining and industrial users. In this respect, the General Manager of the Antofagasta Industrial Association, Fernando Cortez, indicated that "innovation has become a priority within the industry, and as a trade association we are making every effort to open up more spaces for emerging technological innovators to showcase their innovations, strengthening the innovation ecosystem at both the regional and national level".
The innovators that have taken part in this program in the past have been exposed to new experiences. One example is Ingeoserv, a company that participated in the 2017 version of the program with its innovation "GeoLidar", a laser system that can be installed on a drone or any kind of vehicle. Its function is to carry out a 3D scan of topography in hard-to-reach areas. Commenting on his experience of Launch your Innovation, Álvaro Bravo, general manager of Bencus Ingeniería, said that "it was a very positive experience. The chance that "Launch your Innovation" gives you to be at Exponor and show potential clients how you are innovating practically opens up the market to start-ups". In this sense, Bravo added that "the reception from the industry was very positive. We already have a meeting set up with a mining company and our technology has now been tested at another site. This shows that we are on the right track – and we are very grateful for opportunities like this one".
"Launch your Innovation" at Exponor 2019 is open to emerging innovators; that is, all individuals or incorporated organizations with an innovative technological product oriented towards the mining market. Individuals must be over 18 years of age, while companies must be less than five years old counting from the date that they began operating or invoicing. Products must have a strong technological component and must be in suitable conditions to enter the market. Applications are open as of August 7th this year, and should be submitted by sending the "Application Presentation Template" in PDF format, along with a presentation or video no more than three minutes long and a company logo in high-resolution JPG format to the email lanzatuinnovación@exponor.cl. The application process will end on December 31st and the successful candidates will be announced on January 21st 2019.