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Santiago, march 2019 Cover Designed by professor Ricardo Vega M. from the UC School of Design. It was built digitally from the isotype of the UC Innovation Center, which was divided into sections that were distributed on a matrix, aided by a programming code in Processing. The colors used correspond to those shown in the Center’s graphic identifier, resulting in a structure that reflects the diversity and creativity associated with innovation. For more information, visit www.artnumerica.info. Writing and editing team Communications and Corporate Affairs team, UC Innovation Center Photographs Photoadvisor.cl Special thanks to the partners who provided images for this document. Design and diagramming delacalle.cl Printing PAN


2017/2018 IMPACT REPORT Inspiring, connecting and orchestrating innovation

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“Innovation requires us to imagine a better world. Our challenge as a university is to innovate in every discipline and field of knowledge. This will allow us to contribute to a richer and more fulfilling quality of life for our country.”

Ignacio Sánchez

President Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile April 2016

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CONRAD VON IGEL Executive Director Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center When I look back, I am very proud to see the results and impact of our work during these last four years and, at the same time, I think about the countless challenges we will have to face as a team in the future. The UC Innovation Center is an open hub for value-creation, that promotes a pro innovation and entrepreneurship culture and environment in the country, by means of meetings, network building and the development of joint projects between the University, society and the private and public sectors. During our as of yet short history, the focus has been on creating and consolidating a growing network of partners and the integration of several stakeholders and topics, including business innovation, a sponsored research office and highimpact entrepreneurship, all under an authentic value proposal. From 2019 on, we will look to intensify the central role that our strategic members and allies play in developing and offering the solutions both they and the country need. Because it is them, along with the projects we develop together, which better reflect who we are, what we do and the impact we want to make. Our role is to lay the bridges and provide spaces, guidance and the necessary tools to make it happen.

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We work with a strategic model that is groundbreaking within Latin America, a clear purpose of public service, and a genuine commitment to inspiring, connecting and orchestrating innovation. It is safe to say that there is no other place in Chile concentrating such a varied and complete offer, bringing together UC’s 18 faculties and 40 research centers, with a network of over 100 partner companies, an active portfolio of over 240 startups, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are eager to solve global innovation challenges, allied organizations around the globe willing to support these , and much more. Our work with these actors has been made possible by a tremendously committed team, composed of high-level professionals. I would like to highlight the passion and determination with which they have adopted the mission of generating and promoting an innovation and entrepreneurship culture in our country. In the following pages, I would like to invite you to see the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center’s Impact Report, where our network of partners offers a detailed account of our endeavor, taking part in a great conversation, where different visions aim at a single focal point: innovation.


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INNOVATION IN CHILE CONTEXT It is undeniable that during these last few years Chile has matured and experienced significant changes in innovation and entrepreneurship matters; some recent examples of this are the creation of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, the acquisition of the Chilean startup Cornershop by Walmart, the creation of R&D and innovation management in our companies, 30-day payment for SMEs achieved by the ASECH, a new way of facing great national challenges through 3xi encounters plus the initiatives that arise under their wing, such as Red Innovación Chile –RICh– (Chile Innovation Network), among many others. According to the 2018 World Economic Forum, Chile continues to be the leader in competitiveness in Latin America. In turn, the 2018 Global Innovation Index recognizes it as the best innovation ecosystem in the entire region, ranking it as one of the best 50 economies in terms of institutionality, business sophistication and generation of technology and knowledge. Notwithstanding these praiseworthy international distinctions, we cannot ignore a scenario that continues to fall behind and that is indispensable to revert in the face of global competition and the future of the country’s sustainable development: companies’ low capacity to adopt disruptive ideas, scarce global projection of local startups, and squalid investment in research and development, around 0.4% of the GDP, which account for innovation failing to become the nation-wide issue it should be. In order to respond to these new challenges, the UC Innovation Center supports partner organizations in the tackling of production paradigms and business models that are in danger of obsolescence due to accelerated technological transformations, both of a social and environmental nature, through the incorporation of culture, talent, technology and cutting-edge knowledge on the subject of innovation, as to guarantee their competitiveness over time.

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PEDRO BOUCHON UC’s Research Vice-President President of the steering committee As an institution that is internationally recognized for the quality of its research and the generation of new knowledge, Universidad Católica has strived to transfer this knowledge to society, promoting value-adding innovations and startups, with the purpose of improving people’s quality of life and contributing to make Chile a better country. In this spirit, the UC Innovation Center brings the work of 18 faculties together, inserting itself as an essential part of a greater commitment to a public service purpose, promoting the creation of the “UC Seal of excellence” that is significantly marked by concepts such as innovation and entrepreneurship. This way, the UC Innovation Center has become an icon of innovation in Chile and Latin America, promoting ongoing interaction among companies, the civil society, academy, entrepreneurs and the government, in a unique and privileged space, as to promote these values. The Center ’s work constitutes a substantial part of the value chain fostered by our University, focusing on the education of people and the transfer of the knowledge it generates to society. From the engagement of students and professors with companies that support investigation, development

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and innovation; to cooperation with UC Faculties in order to create synergic programs with the production sector; the Center has contributed directly to the excellence of the University’s endeavors. Nowadays, innovation and entrepreneurship as value-adding strategies are inseparable and are considered the engine of economic development. This national challenge must be addressed in a collaborative manner that reflects our society’s high level of diversity. In this sense, the international networks we have created as a university, as well as our presence within the national territory, by way of the Network of Regional Centers and Stations, allow for the generation of relevant information from Atacama to Punta Arenas, rendering account of the way the University develops strategic alliances to promote the generation of knowledge in the national ecosystem, and becoming an active platform at the service of the country. In our vocation of public service, we contribute relevantly on a national level by means of contests and programs addressed to students, professors and entrepreneurs, such as Jump Chile, BRAIN Chile, SinLímites and Red Semilla, which reflect our institutional focus, also

growingly appreciated in our curricular programs, for these are the necessary ingredients to educate professionals who are sensitive to a culture of change. The Center’s steering committee is composed by relevant actors from the business and academic worlds, who have the purpose of supporting the general direction of the Center’s work, focusing on middle and long term strategic matters, and whose main function is to advise the Center’s management. From my point of view as professor, entrepreneur, having collaborated with R&D departments in the private sector, as Vice Chancellor of Research of the University and President of the steering committee, I have been able to verify that in order to promote the transformations required by society, we must accept the responsibility and join the cause. I think it is fundamental to understand that this will only work if we all commit to it and collaborate in becoming involved in the great challenges posed by a world that is constantly changing.


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MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE

PATRICIO DONOSO

EDUARDO NAVARRO

ALFONSO GÓMEZ

Provost of Institutional Management Universidad Católica

General Manager Empresas Copec

Board Consultant

JORGE ANDUEZA

JULIE MCPHERSON

RAÚL CIUDAD

CRISTÓBAL UNDURRAGA

Vice-President Empresas Copec

Executive Director Artemis Chile

President and CEO Coasin Chile S.A.

CEO Aguamarina

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HISTORY As part of Universidad Católica Vice Rectory for Research, the UC Innovation Center is a unique space devoted to serve as inspiration, meeting point and source of ideas and talents for projects with high social, environmental and economic impact. The construction of the building was possible thanks to an important donation by the Angelini Group. Ever since its inauguration in 2014, the Center has promoted a pro-innovation and entrepreneurship culture and environment both in the university and in the country, by means of meetings, network construction and the promotion of joint projects between the University and the private and public sectors. Thanks to its management, in 2016 the Center was honored with the “Premio CBC” (Bienes de Capital / Capital Assets Corporation) award, and in 2017 it received the “Premio DF Iniciativa Empresarial” (Entrepreneurial Initiative) and the “Premio Felipe Álvarez” awards, the last of which was granted to the Jump Chile Program. Through the realization of programs and initiatives, it manages to put the talents of students and professors, and the University’s applied research, in contact with the challenges of the productive sector. With more than 100 partners, representatives of different industry sectors, and an ecosystem where more than 30,000 entrepreneurs have participated, the Center promotes interdisciplinary and associative work to inspire, connect and orchestrate innovation in the country.

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TIMELINE

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• Beginning of the construction of

the building. • Incorporation of founding

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Sketch by Alejandro Aravena, Architect.

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• Inauguration of the Center

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with former President Michelle Bachelet. • Incorporation of the first coinhabitants of the building. • Launch of the Jump Chile Program’s nationwide call.

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• Grant of the MINEDUC (Ministry of

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Education) Institutional Improvement Plan, meant to establish a hub for science and technology based innovation. • First version of BRAIN Chile Program. • Launch of the ELAN Network event in Chile, with the Center as its country coordinator. • Launch of SinLímites Program.

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• First version of Red Semilla Program.

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• Creation and co-execution of the

public-private 3xi initiative. • Establishment of RICh, the Chilean

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Innovation Network (Red Innovación Chile), as well as the Mentor Network of the UC Innovation Center. • Inauguration of the Business R&D&i Studies Laboratory.

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PARTNER NETWORK LITHIUM & GOLD PARTNERS

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AGUAS ANDINAS AguasLab, a new open innovation promoter in the San Joaquín hub This space of collaborative work, inaugurated at the end of 2017 on the ninth floor of the UC Innovation Center, was born as the company’s commitment to cultivating entrepreneurship and open innovation. AguasLab promotes the creation of virtuous knowledge circles in order to make the company’s processes more efficient and improve the quality of life of the community.

Innovating in urban development and industry 4.0 118 engineering, architecture and design students from the UC (Universidad Católica), USACH (Universidad de Santiago de Chile), UAI (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez), Universidad de Talca and Universidad Finis Terrae, devised solutions during the three intense days of the first “Creathon” held by Aguas Andinas in the UC Innovation Center. The initiative, which is part of the company’s Open Innovation Program, aimed at raising new ideas to address technological challenges and generate new opportunities for connection with

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communities through multidisciplinary teams of students. Within this challenge, a water faucet device was designed to allow residents for making a more controlled use of drinking water, and a system that allows for the detection of water turbidity in real time by means of optical sensors, among others.


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ARAUCO As a Lithium partner of the UC Innovation Center, Arauco has leveraged the intraentrepreneurship initiatives of the company through different actors of the sector. From its arrival to the seventh floor of the building in 2015, the company’s innovation team has collaborated with the University’s students and professors, as well as with companies and organizations linked to the Center, in order to prospect and implement new business opportunities.

Open Innovation Challenges The UC Innovation Center has become the venue for Arauco’s Open Innovation Challenges, sessions of intensive work that last multiple days and that bring together the company’s workers to generate solutions that are applicable to its production processes. To this date, three open innovation challenges have taken place, addressing safety, operational agility and technological issues. For the 2018 version, a total of 215 ideas were presented, sourced from workers in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and the United States, all of which aimed at boosting Arauco’s global strategy. “Arauco’s annual Open Innovation Challenge aims at revealing opportunities for improvement through a systematic innovation process. We have an easy interaction platform that allows all of Arauco’s workers to propose solutions for the issues presented every year. The process seeks to activate the innovation ecosystem as to generate collaborative solutions”, explained Arauco’s Innovation Manager, Francisco Lozano.

“Being at the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center has allowed us to become virtuously engaged with Chile’s innovation ecosystem. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest impacts has been the extensive amount of connections we have established through the ecosystem’s various activities, which have undoubtedly contributed to our innovation management.”

Francisco Lozano Innovation Manager Arauco

After one week of work, the 24 finalists refined their proposals with the support of the UC Innovation Center’s ecosystem. The winning team of this version devised a dynamic control tool to increase efficiency and agility of tasks associated with road construction.

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UC CENTER FOR LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS AND STUDIES The UC Center for Longitudinal Surveys and Studies seeks to promote and have a positive effect on the country in matters of public policies based on the use of data. In 2017 and 2018, the Center has become consolidated as the institution in charge of the most important social studies in the country: the CASEN survey, National Study on Drugs, National Health Survey, National Cultural Participation Survey, Social Care Survey and Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey, among others. These data have had an impact, changing discussions that are taking place in the country and enabling the evaluation of policies.

“In our relationship with the UC Innovation Center we have developed our line of action as the incorporation of a great variety of massive data produced in real time (Big Data) that may contribute to an intelligent decision-making process, both in the public and private worlds. For instance, we believe there are a great many resources to be tapped into in private companies, originating from the information they handle and that is not currently being used to make decisions or perform rigorous assessments. Likewise, we feel we are part of the social innovation ecosystem, together with being strong promoters of a model of academic, public and private collaboration which we have translated into an initiative called Chile Inclusivo (Inclusive Chile) that seeks to evaluate, identify and drive initiatives and interventions that have an impact by decreasing poverty and social exclusion, with the potential to escalate on a public policy and program level.”

David Bravo Director UC Center for Longitudinal Surveys and Studies

UC CENTER FOR ENERGY The UC Innovation Center has an essential value as a linking and unifying entity within the innovation ecosystem. In this regard, the possibility of gathering relevant actors in matters of energy supply and demand, is fundamental to capture the industry’s needs and generate projects that respond to them.

“For us, it has been an excellent experience to work with the Center and connect to its robust partner network. On the other hand, thanks to the vast experience of its R&D team, we have been able to leverage funding through technological contracts. This year, we have big goals, responding to the national context on the subject of energy. The idea, with the Center’s support, is to raise projects that, together with the public sector, will have an impact on society by way of the Center’s capacities.”

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UC CENTER FOR INNOVATION IN WOOD Pre-competitive innovation at the service of society The UC Center for Innovation in Wood (CIM UC, Centro UC de Innovación en Madera) is an interdisciplinary center focused on research on wood construction and on the transfer of this new knowledge, through teaching, extension and professional services. The CIM UC, where researchers from four UC faculties participate, has a board composed of forestry and construction industry partners, as well as partners from academia, who co-define its strategy. This way, in collaboration with six private sector partners, and under the excellence of the Universidad Católica, the CIM UC acts as a unique platform for associative innovation in a pre-competitive stage.

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Peñuelas Tower Chile is the first country in Latin America to build a six-storey, anti-seismic building in wood, incorporating ATS technology. The Peñuelas Tower, constructed in only five days at the end of 2018, is the first milestone in CIM UC’s proposal to cultivate a new construction industry based on wood.

“The UC Center for Innovation in Wood has meant extraordinary synergy among companies, institutions, the industry and the academy. Seeing our different actors commit to a common objective and how strengthened they become, makes us envision a future that is clear, sustainable, efficient and enriching for wood construction.”

Juan José Ugarte Director UC Center for Innovation in Wood

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FRAUNHOFER CHILE RESEARCH A bridge between the academy and the industry Fraunhofer Chile Research, together with Universidad Católica, created the Center for Solar Energy Technologies (CSET) which began operating in the UC Innovation Center in February 2015. The CSET began its second phase of operation in 2018, seeking to introduce a new format for research lines to position Chile as the region’s leader in knowledge and technology associated with solar energy. From the UC Innovation Center, Fraunhofer has articulated projects with other entities in the ecosystem, such as in the collaborative work with spin offs of the UC Astro-Engineering Center, as well as through the design of solar energy solutions for sustainable housing in Chañaral and El Salado, together with the UC Wood Innovation Center.

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“The Center’s ability to generate contact and collaboration networks, based on the great existing potential at Universidad Católica, has been a very important contribution to the fulfillment of our mission of creating collaboration bridges between the academy and the private sector, for the development of a solar industry in Chile. We want to strengthen our engagement and coordination with the UC Innovation Center, in order to contribute jointly to the development of a Solar Economy for Chile.”

Marco Vaccarezza Business Development Manager Fraunhofer Chile Research


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COPEC-UC FOUNDATION The COPEC-UC Foundation is a strategic alliance between Empresas COPEC and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, created to promote scientific and technological development in the country. Since 2015, the Foundation has played an important role in the UC Innovation Center, promoting the creation of strategic alliances to strengthen applied research in matters of natural resources within the country, and disseminate science and technology breakthroughs throughout the ecosystem. In 2018, the COPEC-UC Foundation strengthened its relationship with the ecosystem by linking up with the UC Innovation Center as a Lithium partner. Holding a space on the ninth floor of the building, the organization seeks to deepen its initiatives to support young scientists’ R&D and offer a collaborative workspace for students of the University.

Meetings for scientific and technological dissemination 2017: Nutrition 3.0 Specialists in food trends, industry regulation and innovation from the Netherlands, Japan and Spain, presented the latest breakthroughs in functional foods and natural additives to the national ecosystem. 2018: Artificial intelligence Simulation of human movements and robots for retail auditing were some of the technologies presented by international and national computer scientists.

“The Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center adds value to the COPEC-UC Foundation in different ways, such as through our participation in the SinLímites Program, invitations to its diverse thematic activities, and sharing the building’s premises, which increases our interaction with multiple organizations of the innovation ecosystem. In the future, we are interested in the value it may offer us through the relationship with the Center’s partner companies that may be interested in the technologies developed by the Foundation “.

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Inauguration of a space for technological experimentation Committed to strengthening its connection with entrepreneurship, in 2018 Inria Chile launched an offer of value that is complementary to the ecosystem’s incubation instruments and programs, supporting the development and technological validation of startups from proof of concept to product. Atelier Inria is a cornerstone of this offer, a collaborative workspace located on the second floor of the UC Innovation Center, that combines experimental equipment with digital technologies, technical support and collaborative networks within the ecosystem, together with hardware and software tools for the validation of technology-based projects. Atelier Inria Chile seeks to reduce entry barriers for research and development in Chile by making space, tools, knowledge and support available, so that entrepreneurs, researchers, and inventors can validate their hypotheses and/or early-stage projects by means of advanced technologies.

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“As Lithium partners, we hope to extend our collaboration network, as well as to identify new challenges with high value generation. Our space at the UC Innovation Center, Atelier Inria Chile, will serve as a presentation letter and platform to attract and support new collaborations.”

Nayat Sánchez Pi Executive Director Inria Chile


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GEO ASSAY “We arrived at the UC Innovation Center as a result of a report that we saw on television about the UC’s development and research in geopolymer matters. In Geo Assay we are developing similar research with tailings; however, their development was quite advanced, so it seemed an excellent idea to work together by establishing a link with academia. We consider that there is a great opportunity to complement our experience and development in mineral analysis research, with the scientific advances in constructive elements that UC has made, since they have a fairly important R&D base to sustain the developments in our company. Being a part of the UC Innovation Center’s partner network opens up the possibility for us to be in contact with a Center of excellence that is at the forefront of innovation, and to present mining companies that produce tailings an opportunity to add value to those liabilities, reducing the environmental impact of such a relevant productive sector in the country, as is the mining sector.”

Feliciano Herrera Director Geo Assay

SONDA SONDA has been operating since 1974 in a market where innovation is the main driver for growth. This vocation for innovation has allowed the company to become the Latin American leader in IT solutions and services for companies and both public and private organizations. At present, SONDA is a relevant player in the digital transformation strategies that most companies face in all the countries of the region. The objective of the company is to support its customers in operational improvements and business transformation, aiming to solve the new business challenges of its customers in a highly competitive and hyper-connected scenario. To

achieve this, it is working on the development of new digital solutions incorporating disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data or Analytics, Internet of Things and Blockchain, among others. The company adopted a model of applied innovation without borders, participating in an innovators’ ecosystem composed of technological partners, niche companies -startups-, and actors from the university environment. Plans to capture young talents have also been important and have been achieved through connections with the most important universities.

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ASOCIACIÓN DE AFP DE CHILE (CHILE’S PENSION FUNDS ASSOCIATION) “Living in the now is perceived as a social norm, and even when retirement is a natural stage of life, people are predisposed to the present, which leads to their retirement saving levels not being sufficient to finance old age. This is one of the main challenges faced by the Asociación de AFP de Chile, who seeks to address it with the alliance it has with the UC Innovation Center since 2018. We believe that this problem is not an isolated phenomenon, but rather a multivariable problem that must be approached from different disciplinary perspectives, due to which we expect this alliance to support us in creating new ways to address this challenge through a process of strategic innovation, from the academy”, explains Isabel Retamal, Development Manager of the Asociación de AFP de Chile.

It is in our interest for this link to allow us to acquire an external and interdisciplinary view in the different instances the UC Innovation Center offers us: the SinLímites Program, the activities of the Innovation ecosystem and the Business R&D&i Laboratory.” Isabel Retamal Development Manager Asociación de AFP de Chile

ENTEL Innovation is in our DNA The purpose of the company is to bring the infinite possibilities of new applied technologies closer to daily life, supporting the transformation of society, improving the quality of life, the productivity of companies and, therefore, the country’s competitiveness. In order to materialize this purpose, year after year, Entel has invested in building a worldwide reference technological

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platform. On the other hand, in 2018 the company opened to the Open Innovation ecosystem, which will accelerate its ability to innovate in the digital services of the future. In this context, the alliance with the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center becomes strategic in order to connect with the academy, the students and the future entrepreneurs of Chile. Instances

of joint work, such as the SinLímites program, which facilitates the exchange of knowledge between the academy, startups and the company, mark a milestone in the ecosystem. Likewise, the spaces for dialogue, lectures, and seminars allow for the approach of interlocutors, in order to visualize the new solutions that will give way to a greater and better-connected Chile.


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FUNDACIÓN PARA LA INNOVACIÓN AGRARIA (FIA) (FOUNDATION FOR AGRARIAN INNOVATION) Incubating and accelerating entrepreneurship projects in the agricultural sector Fundación para la Innovación Agraria (FIA), together with the UC Innovation Center, have brought together entrepreneurs from the agricultural sector with stakeholders of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, in order to achieve the success of their initiatives. Strengthening a network of technological and business entities around the agroforestry sector has been a major challenge for FIA.

For this purpose, it chose the UC Innovation Center to provide innovation and entrepreneurship training in the development of innovative solutions to solve problems in the sector. Within the framework of this alliance, ten projects have been incubated and accelerated, and joint efforts have been made to connect innovators with the ecosystem.

Outstanding initiatives Ki-nua: Instantaneous powdered food supplement based on quinoa and native Chilean organic berries, intended for people who do not consume animal protein. With the support of the Center’s Entrepreneurship Department, the executors furthered their business plan and improved product definition.

AUA Rainwater: Sanitized rainwater to which native berries are added by means of a lid with a double chamber that releases the polyphenol concentrate at the moment the drink is going to be consumed. For this purpose, its creators developed a system for obtaining and collecting maqui, murta, and calafate berries, ensuring sustainable handling.

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LIPIGAS Innovation in the center of the business In its ongoing search for integral and efficient energy solutions, Lipigas has placed innovation at the center of its decisions, connecting it with the Company’s expansion and diversification strategy in Chile, as well as in Colombia and Peru, where it also operates. With the aim of promoting various initiatives and actions that build a culture inclined towards transformation, it joined the UC Innovation Center in 2016. B e si d e s it s co re l i q u ef i e d g a s (LPG) business, the company also commercializes natural liquefied gas (LNG) for industries and natural gas distributed through networks, providing residential, commercial and industrial clients easier access to cleaner and more efficient energies. In addition to

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this, the company has also entered the market of electricity generation, from LPG and LNG, for major clients. Thus, Lipigas aims at developing projects that use leading-edge technologies to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency for domestic purposes or for different productive processes, such as smaller businesses and industries. This approach has implied a substantial modernization process of both equipment and processes, four of which were co-developed with Universidad CatĂłlica students through the SinLĂ­mites program.


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SURA ASSET MANAGEMENT CHILE

SURA - UC Innovation Center Alliance “The social development strategy of SURA Asset Management aims to promote more and better opportunities for our stakeholders, and that is why we focus on those dimensions that enhance the sustainable growth of economy, the formal creation of work, and productivity. This strategy marks our commitment to sustainability by addressing three dimensions: Education, Training for workplace skills, as well as Innovation & Entrepreneurship. It is in this context that we created an alliance with the UC Innovation Center to create Jump Chile seven years ago, which is the largest university entrepreneurship contest, motivating students to start up from an idea, and

that additionally, since 2017, created a special category called Desafío SURA, (SURA Challenge), which focuses on the development of solutions for the elderly, a very relevant challenge for a rapidly aging country, such as Chile. We are convinced that entrepreneurship and innovation are levers of well-being for all Chileans, and in this sense, we considered the UC Innovation Center a fundamental partner to promote these initiatives that we hope will continue to consolidate.”

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UC TALENT The knowledge and creative potential of Universidad Católica 18 faculties converge in the Center, offering human capital of excellence -both professors and undergraduate/ graduate students- to organizations, in order to solve their innovation challenges.

ADVANCED HUMAN CAPITAL FOR THE INDUSTRY In order to improve business production processes and explore new business models, the Center identifies and inserts postgraduate professionals from more than 100 Master’s and PhD programs of Universidad Católica. The Center offers advice to outline the needs of each company and accompanies in the application process for public subsidies for the hiring of professionals with a Doctor’s degree.

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IFI Cargill-UC Project In order to support the development of its Integral Fish Health Center, Cargill initiated a collaborative project with the support of the UC Innovation Center and Corfo’s Integrated Development Initiatives program. This project, which considered a CLP $221 million investment, has allowed the company to strengthen its research capabilities through advanced human capital through the Universidad Católica. Within the framework of this collaboration, a total of nine researchers with a PhD and PhD candidates took part in company projects and internships, supporting the company’s research fields on new functional diets for fish and antiparasitic products, among others.

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TALENTO UC

SINLÍMITES The SinLímites program connects UC students with the UC Innovation Center’s partner companies in order to solve the innovation challenges that exist in their production processes. The program also allows companies to prospect technology and explore new business models with the support of multidisciplinary teams.

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INRIA: Interactive seismic education In its second SinLímites challenge, the Inria Chile Research Center developed an interactive tsunami visualization system, with the support of Geography and Civil Engineering students.


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Combining Design Thinking with teaching methodologies, the aim was to create a program that involves children in education, through interactive missions and tasks to learn traffic signs and rules. The project is divided into four extra-

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ISA Intervial developed an educational road safety program for schoolchildren, with the aim of drastically reducing the number of accidents. This interdisciplinary challenge applied the knowledge of students from Pedagogy, Sociology and the Advanced Design Master’s degree.

programmatic school sessions, focused on non-reading children from 5 to 7 years of age. The educational program is being implemented by the company and will be piloted in schools near Ruta del Maipo highway, in Santiago. In a next stage, it will be tested in institutions that are close to the company’ five concessions in the capital city, in order to transfer its impact beyond.

Bice Vida: Optimization of the customer acquisition process Together with Civil Engineering students, BICE Vida generated a new predictive model for accident behavior, in order to optimize the prospecting of complementary health insurance clients. From a study of twenty variables guiding the pre-selection, the SinLĂ­mites challenge reduced them to six, alleviating the process of product pricing. The challenge responds to the needs of the sales area of the company in order for it to more accurately estimate the medical

behavior of its customers, allowing for it to focus resources that will generate a greater closure rate. According to the company forecasts, the implementation could translate to over CLP $1,000 million in savings. The model is currently in the stage of commissioning in the technical area of the company, which is training the corresponding teams for them to implement it in their production processes.

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RED SEMILLA The Red Semilla program supports interdisciplinary research and innovation projects, lead by UC professors and researchers, as well as companies and the public sector, who, with original proposals, help strengthen the contribution of the University to the development of the country.

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BIODESIGN: New biomanufacturing materials from fungi In order to create a cultural transformation through new alternatives in the fields of design and architecture, researchers from the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the School of Design develop new materials based on the mycelium of native fungi and forestry waste. The development lines of BioDesign, supported by the Red Semilla Program, seek to replace biomaterials with synthetic polymers used in the production processes of different sectors, such as the textile or construction industries. This challenge, according to the researchers behind the project, becomes more relevant in the context of a global ecological crisis which increasingly demands the development of circular economies. Technology, the researchers say, is only the beginning. “BioDesign opens up the possibility of designing distributed economy models, where different territories can take advantage of their own bioresources to adapt manufacturing formulas and generate new possibilities for value generation”, explains the project’s coordinator, Anibal Fuentes. After an extended research process to systematize the reproduction and growth processes of organisms during the last two years, BioDesign has already begun to manufacture the first proposals for constructive systems.

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FISHEXTEND: Edible films to extend the shelf life of fish and shellfish

Led by researchers from the UC Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses, this project extends the shelf life of fresh salmon by means of an edible coating. The film, which is applied before packing, is enriched with active natural compounds that increase the durability of seafood and fish. By protecting the product from microorganisms, oxygen and water, FishExtend intends to extend the life of fresh salmon up to 26 days. This project, supported by the Transfer and Development Department and the Global UC program in order to validate it commercially and technologically, was also financed by Copec-UC Foundation’s young researchers program.

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In 2018, FishExtend strengthened its relationship with the UC Innovation Center through the Red Semilla Program, by giving it a privileged space in the national innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The same year, this startup was also part of BRAIN Chile’s 36 final projects, through which it participated in design and business validation workshops, consulting on the development of prototypes, and mentoring with the industry. In this last dimension, the Mentor Network of the UC Innovation Center also supported the team of researchers in the commercial development process. FishExtend is currently carrying out the first tests on an industrial level and is in talks with partners and investors, in order to evaluate its commercialization.


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NEFRING: The home of tomorrow How up-to-date are homes when facing the environmental, social, cultural and technological changes of the new millennium? This question prompted the creation of the NEFRING project (“New Equipments for Residing”), which looks to answer the growing demand for homes designed for the 21st century, with the support of the Red Semilla Program. According to United Nations figures, the global demand for housing units will reach an amount of 500 million. More importantly, a growing number of its future buyers belong to the Millennial generation, a group that exceeds five million people, according to the 2017 Census, in Chile. In order to meet the new home needs, NEFRING combines the capabilities of five UC faculties: Architecture, Design and Urban Studies; Engineering; Medicine; Social Sciences, and Art. After going through the Red Semilla Program, NEFRING has concluded the process of market and user research and analysis, generating maps that graph the ways users make use of their homes, for example for leisure activities, social instances and as workspaces. Companies 3M and Sodimac currently collaborate with the project on ESO (an acronym for “Space, System and Organism” in Spanish), an adaptive architectural and technological configuration developed within the framework of the initiative. NEFRING designs tools for a smart home, through energy self-management, sensors and information processors for thermal comfort management, acoustic insulation solutions, as well as waste and recycling process systems, among others.

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SINLÍMITES WORKING DAY, SEVENTH GENERATION, 2018

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SPONSORED RESEARCH


SPONSORED RESEARCH The Center accompanies businesses from the detection of opportunities and all the way to the installation of customized innovation projects, putting the infrastructure and applied knowledge of Universidad CatĂłlica at their disposal.

In 2017, the Center lead the University’s efforts in establishing the institutional framework for sponsored research projects, so as to facilitate the development of R&D projects centered on challenges defined by clients, such as a private companies, NGOs or government agencies. This new normative framework, which standardizes and regulates the university-company relationship in this type of projects, was possible thanks to an Institutional Improvement Plan granted by the Ministry of Education, which has been executed in collaboration with the Faculties of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry. As a result of this work, the Center has developed R&D projects to solve industry challenges and has also served as an important ally for the University’s Transfer and Development Department, and its management of university-industry consortia.

Industry dual doctorate degree Since 2015, the Center has collaborated in the design of a doctoral model linked to the private sector. It is a new education proposal within the UC, involving the design of a curriculum, a graduation profile and research results, devised in collaboration with the industry. A graduate of this degree distinguishes him or herself with their ability to develop research projects that are in sync with industry needs. During 2018, this lead to the initial formulation of two dual doctorate degree programs: the Doctorate Degree in Engineering, carried out by the Faculty of Engineering, and the Doctorate Degree in Sciences and Technological Development, corresponding to a multidisciplinary doctorate co-developed by the Faculties of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry.

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BIOMEDICINE A new solution for cancer treatment In order to advance the state of the art in cancer pathology management, the School of Medicine has worked with Nanotec in developing a new therapy for the treatment of breast cancer. This project seeks to insert metallic nanoparticles into platelets, small cells that circulate in the blood and assist in forming blood clots. The company, which specializes in the development of nanoparticles, seeks to explore, together with the UC, the antimicrobial properties of copper and silver to inhibit the growth of microorganisms that are harmful to humans. Synthesized at a nanoscale and transported inside platelets, these particles could lead to a much more focused and less invasive cancer treatment. Through the development of a therapy, Nanotec seeks to address the side effects associated with traditional cancer treatment, which may cause rejection issues by the body, hair loss and changes in skin color, among others.

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ENERGY UC Energy Center: Leading the discussion on energy transformation

From its inauguration in 2017, the UC Energy Center has set a standard in fostering debate and collaboration related to the challenges of energy transformation that affect the country.

Plan summoned the deans of the faculties of History, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Economic and Administrative Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Architecture, Design and Urban Studies.

After promoting the launch of the Agrupación de Movilidad Eléctrica de Chile (AMECH, Electric Mobility Group of Chile), which brings together public and private sector organizations to promote emission-free technologies and transportation methods, the Center discussed the University’s strategic lines of action in energy matters in face of the next decade. This UC Strategic Energy

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In order to detect opportunities for the development of the national energy infrastructure, the UC Energy Center discussed with representatives of the private sector, raising sectoral challenges for more sustainable mining, and insulation construction matters for existing homes, among others.


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Reuse of mining production waste for energy generation Along with Salmag, researchers from Universidad Catรณlica are conducting two lines of research in order to reduce the waste generated in lithium carbonate production. Concentrated Solar Power plants have increased significantly on a global level during the last decade, becoming a reliable and competitive source of electrical energy. For their operation, these plants require high amounts of salt compounds, which, used in the liquid state, allow for the storage of the energy generated by the solar energy infrastructure. It is estimated

that the amount of salt required by 2025 will exceed five million tons, with more than 80 million required by 2030, making efficiency in the use of resources a priority for the energy matrix. Researchers from the Faculties of Engineering and Chemistry are conducting a project that uses the salt waste resulting from the lithium carbonate generation process. With them, they will seek to generate a salt compound that allows for increasing the efficiency of concentrated solar power plants in the north of the country.

Another line of research uses bischofite, another byproduct in the lithium extraction process, to reduce the incidence of dust in photovoltaic plants. Estimates of efficiency losses in photovoltaic plants due to dust, amount to 15%. Together with the company, the University will investigate applications of this salt, which is used as a stabilizing agent for unpaved roads, to reduce the amount of dust in photovoltaic plants.

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MINING Unprecedented hydrogen engines for mining At the beginning of 2017, the UC Innovation Center collaborated with professors from the School of Engineering in exploring industry collaborators for an international consortium for dualcombustion engines for mining trucks, that use hydrogen and diesel. This project, co-financed by Corfo, considers an investment of CLP $12,500 million. The consortium, in which researchers from the UC Engineering Faculty participate, is composed of the following companies: Alset, Engie, NTT Data (Japan), CompaĂąia Minera del PacĂ­fico, Anglo American Sur, BHP Chile, and Universidad de Santiago.

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Supporting the development of energy storage technologies In 2015, Albemarle signed a cooperation agreement with the UC for the development of energy storage technologies. In this regard, the UC faculties of Chemistry and Engineering have collaborated with the Chicago based Argonne National Lab and Albemarle Corporation to manage magnesium content in lithium carbonate, obtained in the process of lithium extraction. Advances in this area allow the mining industry to obtain better materials for new battery generations, capable of storing a greater amount of energy and with longer charging cycles. A second stage of the project conducted a complete analysis of the samples

that undergo the brine purification, to sophisticate the recovery process of lithium carbonate. In this task, the researchers performed prospective studies of the entire chemical composition of the brine, in order to identify elements aside from lithium which may be in concentrations that would make them relevant for the company to recover. Magnesium management in lithium carbonate may represent a differentiating product in the market. If we manage to control the content of an impurity during extraction and treatment of the ore by simplifying the recovery process, this will mean significant economic advantages for the company.

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FOODS Cargill-UC Alliance for aquaculture and fish health innovation Since 2016, Cargill has maintained a close alliance with Universidad Católica, devoted to strengthening the fish health area of the company through research and development projects with the Faculties of Engineering, Medicine, and Biological Sciences. The UC Innovation Center has assisted Cargill in incorporating professionals with a doctorate degree in their facilities, in order to develop their lines of research on branchial amoebiasis of salmon and improvement of fish immunity through functional diets. Currently Cargill collaborates with UC researchers to develop three lines of research related to bacterial and parasitic pathologies in aquaculture beyond SRS and Caligus. The company also created its first “Cargill Challenge” as part of the alliance, the company’s first open innovation program in the world, focused on developing and training local suppliers, working collaboratively in response to the phytosanitary challenges of the salmon industry.

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Functional Ingredients and Natural Additives (IFAN) The IFAN consortium is a strategic technological program co-financed by Corfo, launched in December 2016. Its objective is to diversify and improve the offer of functional ingredients and natural additives for the Chilean food industry. For that purpose, IFAN brings together over 10 companies, four universities –including Universidad Católica- and more than 50 researchers, working in 15 projects that are currently under execution.


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IFAN Consortium UC Projects

Development of gourmet seaweed

Bioactive peptides and tagatose

Sweet potato flour

This project explores the culinary potential of different Chilean macroalgae. Through an interdisciplinary work between the experimental kitchen and the laboratory, different organoleptic parameters are evaluated, and the process engineering is applied iteratively. Following this methodology, the objective is to extract flavor from the algae, obtaining products and ingredients that can be used in the kitchens and tables of Chile and the world. The work team includes food engineers, chemists, chefs, and biologists from the Universidad Catรณlica, Universidad de Magallanes and INACAP, and the UC Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses.

One of the by-products of the cheese industry is milk whey, which contains many interesting nutrients, among which whey and lactose proteins stand out. In spite of its nutritional value, approximately 50% of the volume of this raw material is discarded.

This project, led by the Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, developed sweet potato and cassava flours for the food industry as nutritional additives and ingredients. To achieve this, the research team researched the sweet potato varieties and the cassava clones that exist in the country.

Peptides with different bioactive properties beneficial for human health, can be obtained from these proteins. This project is explores and studies the obtention of functional peptides, their purification, and application as ingredients in the food industry. Additionally, processing lactose through chemical modifications -hydrolysis and isomerization- is being studied to obtain tagatose, a sweetener characterized by having a sweetness similar to that of table sugar - sucrose - but with one third of its calories. This project is led by the Animal Science Department of the Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering.

For the sweet potato, an in vitro multiplication protocol was put in place to allow for the conservation of genetic material relevant to the project. The seedlings were developed in the laboratory, adapted ex vitro and hardened before being transplanted and evaluated. From the sweet potatoes harvested, samples were taken to formulate flours experimentally. These were then subjected to proximal analysis in order to determine their nutritional content and caloric contribution, as well as the presence of anthocyanins and other pigments.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP


ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENTREPRENEUR AT THE CENTER OF THE ECOSYSTEM Fostering entrepreneurial culture throughout Chile, as well as developing entrepreneurial skills for each stage of a startup’s maturity, represents a fundamental element in the Center’s cause. The Center promotes programs and services that allow entrepreneurs to advance all the way from an ideation stage towards global markets, supporting them through incubation, acceleration, and growth.

BIRTH OF MENTOR NETWORK In 2018, the Center launched its Mentor Network, an initiative designed for startups with high impact potential. This new program of the UC Innovation Center, co-financed by the government agency Corfo, offers startups mentorships by general managers, serial entrepreneurs, and highly-experienced university professors. Mentors who belong to the Network have the opportunity to connect with new technologies, startups, trends, and other mentors.

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The Mentor Network offers entrepreneurs five mentorships with an expert assigned to their startup, induction sessions, networking events and specialized workshops, for a period of five months. Currently, the Network includes a community of 100 leading experts, who have mentored 60 startups.


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10 YEARS OF JUMP CHILE: THE LARGEST ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION IN THE COUNTRY FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS With nine versions, a community of more than 20 thousand entrepreneurs from 80 higher education institutions in the country and Latin America, Jump Chile has received applications for 11,540 projects. In 2018, the largest university entrepreneurship competition in the country celebrated its 10 year anniversary, since its original version in 2008 as “Jump UC”, at that time an exclusive program for the students of Universidad Católica. “The focus has always been on participation being something simple and on the prize for the first place, one million pesos that year, serving as a motivation to generate enthusiasm among all of the University’s students”, recalls

Matias Rivera, who created the program with the initial objective of replicating the MIT 100K, the famous contest of the prestigious Boston university.

transportation, work or mobility. In its second iteration in 2018, 40% of the ideas submitted to the contest corresponded to this challenge.

An emphasis on interdisciplinary teams was present from the beginning of the contest, with the purpose of presenting an advanced pitch of the project before a jury composed of prominent entrepreneurs, businessmen and investors.

In 2017, Jump Chile was awarded the Felipe Álvarez Prize, granted in memory of professor and Vice Dean Felipe Álvarez, of the Faculty of Science, Physics, and Mathematics of the Universidad de Chile, for his great impact on regional entrepreneurship.

Year 2017 was marked by the implementation of Desafío Sura, (Sura Challenge), a special category of Jump Chile focused on solutions that improve the quality of life of people over 60, whether in the fields of health, infrastructure, entertainment,

As of December 2018, Jump Chile has received 11,540 applications, among them 79 winners, and more than 25,000 entrepreneurs are part of the community.

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OLIBER: Orthosis created by students lands in new markets At the end of 2016, a simple and very high-impact solution, created by three design students from Universidad del Desarrollo, began its history after winning Jump Chile’s Silver category prize. Oliber, a glove-shaped orthosis, aids people with atrophied hands, product of amputation, arthritis, osteoarthritis or other causes. Oliber uses a magnetic mechanism that attaches objects by means of metal plates, to facilitate activities like eating, writing or toothbrushing. “We went to Padre Hurtado Hospital to observe and determine needs, and we came across the curator of DebRa, the Children’s Epidermolysis Bullosa Foundation. That’s when we thought, why don’t we do something with them?”,

recalls Camila Vivallo, who together with Bárbara López and María Ignacia Calaf, used Needfinding and Design Thinking methodologies to grant patients greater autonomy. Through Jump Chile, Oliber traveled to Silicon Valley to present the project at the 2017 International Business Model Competition, where it expanded its networks as one of the competition’s semifinalists. With a certified product for the treatment of people with hand issues, today Oliber maintains a strategic alliance with the DebRa Foundation and already has commercialization orders in 18 countries. “Winning Jump 2016 fully pushed us

into the market and made this thing real. At the same time, they supported us by participating in the UC MBA and giving us a complete plan to develop a new massive line of products to help us keep our business sustainable,” said Vivallo.

KIMCHE: Early warning system that anticipates school risk cases Thanks to Big Data technology, this startup provides teachers and school managers with new ways to interpret data, in order to take remedial actions to improve management of the educational establishment and promote more personalized education. Kimche started in 2017 with favorable results on its application to the Ruta5 acceleration program. With an important institution like the UC Innovation Center believing in the project, Lucas and Sebastián, creators of Kimche, decided to give up their respective jobs and take a big leap to create Kimche. At the end of April 2017, they took part in their

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first workshops and entrepreneurship mentoring, with the challenge of making a sale before the end of the program, which they did, obtaining their first contract. All their effort began to bear fruit with the awarding of a Corfo seed fund in July, together with the Sábado magazine’s 100 young leaders award, and their entry into the top 6 startups of the UC Innovation Center’s internalization route, allowing them to make an international prospecting trip to Colombia and Mexico. These milestones made 2017 a fabulous year for Kimche.

“Kimche turned out to be a true technological revolution for schools, which has been confirmed in 2018, a year in which the platform closed with 42 schools on its platform. Thanks to the Mentor Network and the Coworking Center of the UC Innovation Center, Kimche is advantageously positioned to face the new year,” declared founding partner, Lucas Espinoza.


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AGROCOUNTER: Automatic plant counter for planting companies In Chile, about one billion vegetable seedlings are produced each year. Their management in nurseries is largely performed manually, resulting in inefficient inventories and a high incidence of errors, which can mean up to a 10% loss in seed production. AgroCounter offers an integral service that allows for automation and management of seedling count in

greenhouses, using artificial intelligence algorithms on images, and obtaining information on the percentage of germination and plant growth. This project arose as part of an innovation challenge within the SinLímites Program, where Agronomy and Engineering students collaborated with Monsanto Chile to address this challenge. After the SinLímites Program,

in 2017, the students behind AgroCounter founded the startup with the support of Jump Chile, validating and refining their value proposition. In 2018, AgroCounter continued to improve its systems through an intensive Bootcamp week in BRAIN Chile, as one of the 12 finalists of the contest. .

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A METHODOLOGY WITH INTERNATIONAL IMPACT Seedstars Seedstars World is an international competition for startups from emerging markets that looks for the best technological ventures in their initial growth stages. In October 2018, in conjunction with Incuba UC, the UC innovation’ Center’s accelerator, and with the support of the government agency Corfo, the sixth version of the competition in Chile was held at the Center. Queplan.cl, a free platform that lets the user compare different health plans in order to identify the most convenient, won the competition in Chile, after being mentored and having participated in a series of pitch workshops and presentations. One of its founders traveled to Lima to participate in investor and mentoring sessions, in preparation to compete with startups around the world for a prize of up to 500 thousand dollars in Switzerland.

BRAIN CHILE BRAIN Chile is an acceleration program for science- and technology based startups, from Latinamerican higher education institutions, promoted by the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center, the School of Engineering and Universidad Católica’s Transfer and Development Office, together with Santander. In 2017, it began its pilot for the international expansion of the program. Thanks to the connection of Santander Chile with Mexico, the first call was made abroad, with 28 applications from the North American country. With this newfound experience, in 2018 the call was opened to different countries, receiving applications from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and the United States; with Peru’s project as the first international startup to reach the acceleration stage. The success of the program and an increasing participation of Latin American teams, contributed to the creation of a pilot to carry out the competition in other countries. As a result, in 2019 the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education will launch the BRAIN Mexico pilot.

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NeuroRehab Technologies In the 2017 version of BRAIN Chile, a team composed by three neuroscientists presented a solution aimed at the treatment of cerebrovascular accidents, a neurological disorder that is the second cause of death worldwide. This solution, designed by a group of professors from the UC Faculty of Medicine, reconnects the motor system and the brain of the patient by means of simultaneous stimuli. This technology seeks to reduce the daily rehabilitation burden and the costs associated with treatment. After raising over CLP $9 million in seed capital during the final of the science- and technology-based program, NeuroRehab Technologies began collaborating with Clinica Alemana in the validation of the treatment for cerebrovascular accident patients in 2018.

Simultaneously, the startup has continued to develop its business model with Incuba UC, the UC Innovation Center’s business accelerator, working with physiotherapists and occupational therapists, among others, to validate a less invasive treatment. “Fortunately, we have verified that there is an important space in the market for technology such as the one we propose,” said neuroscientist Sergio Ruiz. “This was important insight for us and an opportunity for the project to grow”. Today, together with the UC Transfer and Development Office, the startup has initiated a process within the University to establish a spin-off with the technology and continue with the development of the treatment.

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SINGLE STOP FOR HIGH-IMPACT STARTUPS The Center has become a single stop in the country for entrepreneurs who want to create or develop a startup with a view to escalation and internationalization. That’s why, the offer developed by acceleration programs and Incuba UC, the UC Innovation Center’s business accelerator, has been fundamental.

InstaGIS

BioFiltro

Levita Magnetics

In 2013, Julian Garcia and Fernando Ovalle created InstaGIS, a platform that allows for mapping with data sourced from, for example, social networks, to improve an organization’s decision making with real time geo-referenced information.

In 2011, Matias Sjögren and Rafael Concha won the first place in Cleantech Open, an international competition for clean companies, with the environmental innovation BioFiltro and its product “BIDA”. This solution consists of a bioreactor used for the treatment of water in industrial waste, that uses earthworms and bacteria instead of chemical products. This technology also generates by-products that can be used as animal feed and fertilizers.

Since its foundation in 2011, the startup of UC doctor and professor Alberto Rodriguez, has raised more than US $20 million in capital. The solution, initially supported by Incuba UC from 2012 to 2014, allows for less invasive surgeries thanks to a medical platform that uses magnets placed inside the patient’s abdominal cavity for procedures.

Through Incuba UC’s Softlanding program in Silicon Valley, InstaGIS participated in the 500 Startups venture capital fund in 2013. Upon its return in December 2015, it raised more than US $2 million in investment rounds with a private venture capital fund. Today, the startup, operating from San Francisco, generates an average US $1,5 million in annual sales.

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As part of Incuba UC from 2012 to 2014, the startup’s business continued to grow with more than CLP $53 million in seed funding. To date, the company operates in 153 plants in eight countries, and since 2016 it has been appraised as one of the country’s Little Ponies.

The company is currently preparing new investment rounds in order to continue developing technology. In 2017, Levita Magnetics’ solution was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for bariatric and gallbladder surgeries.


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INVESTMENT FUNDS In the UC Innovation Center’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Alerce VC Fund, an investment fund managed by Endurance Investments and includes Universidad Católica and Corfo among its contributors, is a stakeholder that offers support to startups related to medical devices, agronomy, food, biotechnology and SAAS (software as a service) among others, with funding and strategic support. In its first two years of operation, it has invested about US $4 million in early-stage startups.

SCALING AND INTERNATIONALIZATION The UC Innovation Center is a platform to scale startups with high impact potential. Through Incuba UC, startups take part in a fourmonth acceleration process, allowing the most advanced startups to explore new markets in countries such as Colombia, Mexico and the United States. Startups selected by the incubator also have access to mentoring programs in Silicon Valley and business prospecting trips to Latin America.

Eco2Mix

TeamCore

After numerous investor rounds, founder Waldo Moraga adjusted his value proposition to raise more than US $300 thousand in capital in 2018. Currently established in California, the startup has increased its sales tenfold in a year.

The intelligent work management system created by Sergio Della Maggiore uses automatic learning algorithms to speed up sales teams in large consumer goods companies. After being mentored in Silicon Valley as part of Incuba UC’s Geek Camp program, the startup detected a growing opportunity in the industry, and started their business in Chile at the end of 2016. Today the company provides services to multinational companies in Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, doubling their sales every year.

This startup presented a system that reduces the acid content of water present in hotel and thermoelectric plant cooling towers, as well as in agricultural irrigation.

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ENVIRONMENT As a regional promoter for innovation, the Center generates numerous instances that encourage connection among companies, startups, students and professors.

NETWORKS

3xi 3xi is an initiative that is both diverse and crosscutting to all society, promoted by a group of people with an interest in the country and its future, who have a singular purpose: restoring trust and generating a culture of encounter to create a better Chile.

In each of the instances that foster dialogue between unlikely peers, the 100 participants come together to promote a new meeting and encounter culture under the motto “to inspire, include and innovate ourselves.”

The initiative is led by the Confederación de la Producción y del Comercio (CPC, Production and Commerce Confederation), Asociación de Emprendedores en Chile (Asech, Chilean Association of Entrepreneurs), Comunidad de Asociaciones Solidarias (Community of Charitable Organizations), Sistema B, the UC Innovation Center and Virtus Partners.

in different regions of the country, uniting people from different fields, interests and skills to change Chile. At the end of that year, 3xi was chosen as the “Best Business Initiative” by the Diario Financiero newspaper, for bringing together various organizations with the purpose of generating new spaces of trust among Chileans, granting value to diversity and the joint development of the country.

Since its creation in 2017, 3xi has held ten large scale meetings

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Red Innovación Chile (RICh) In 2017, in the spirit of 3xi, Red Innovación Chile (RICh, Chilean Innovation Network) was born, with the purpose of bringing together public, private and academic institutions working on different topics related to innovation. By way of partner meetings, work is done collaboratively to solve national problems, strengthening these capacities in the different sectors and organizations of the country.

At the end of 2018, the network has 90 partners from seven regions of the country: Antofagasta, Valparaíso, Región Metropolitana, El Maule, Biobio, Araucanía, Magallanes and Antártica Chilena.

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ELAN Network The European & Latin American Technology Based Business Network (ELAN) is an international initiative created by the European Union, whose main objective is to generate technologybased business opportunities between European and Latin American SMEs. The network focuses on strengthening the following sectors: -

Renewable energy Biotechnology and Bioeconomy Environmental technologies ICTs Health Nanotechnologies New materials

The UC Innovation Center coordinates the network in Chile, with the collaboration of Corfo, Sofofa, EuroChile, and Inria Chile, thus having representation in academia, industry, research centers of excellence, and the public sector. In this framework, and in collaboration with different European technology centers, such as Tecnalia, TNO and VTT, two Memorandums of Understanding have been signed, three technological Missions (Holland, Finland and Belgium) have been carried out and three highattendance events on renewable energies and healthy food have been held.

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Innovación 2050 In October 2018, the international meeting “Innovación 2050: Social and Technological Megatrends” was held, which promoted and installed innovation capabilities around large megatrends that will impact the quality of life of people this century. Innovación 2050 included the participation of international keynote speakers and national experts who, through presentations, panels, and workshops covered the opportunities and challenges that Chile will face regarding megatrends such as digital transformation, population aging, and sustainable cities, among others. The meeting, which was supported by Corfo, was held at the UC Innovation Center and at the headquarters of DUOC UC in Concepción.

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COLLABORATIVE WORK SPACES

FABLAB UC: Teaching a creative agent mindset

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FabLab UC is one of the iconic spaces within the UC Innovation Center. Located on the third floor of the building, it is a collaborative work environment that

Through digital manufacturing Schools, the UC FabLab seeks to contribute to technological appropriation in the country, helping to transform a mentality

offers rapid prototyping of products, user testing, and customer research. One of its important fields of work is related to training, allowing people and companies to learn and incorporate design methodologies in the execution of projects.

of consumer users to one of creative agents. UC FabLab offers services to companies, allowing them to develop sophisticated prototypes with digital manufacturing tools. It performs prototyping sessions, devoted to addressing specific problems

of a company, identified by its team. This way, UC FabLab has led NestlĂŠ, Savory, and Aguas Andinas in the determination of problems and generation of solutions. As part of the value offer to partner companies, such as Abastible and CCU, the rapid prototyping laboratory offers training in digital prototyping, artificial intelligence, and electronic technology.


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To this date, 116 children from 23 communes in Santiago have participated in training instances during summer. During these instances, students from 12 to 15 years of age learn to develop technological projects, turning their ideas into reality through digital manufacturing. FabLab UC’s emphasis on creative methodology and technological appropriation is complemented by the efforts of the UC Innovation Center to reduce the country’s dependence on raw material exports, in order to advance towards a knowledge economy.

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Creation of Business R&D&i Studies Laboratory

At the beginning of 2017, the UC Innovation Center’s Business R&D&i Research Laboratory was created as an answer to the lack of empirical evidence on best practices, behavior, culture, and processes related to the business activities of R&D&i and entrepreneurship in Chile, as well as a lack of information related to the relationship between universities and the industry. Their work is reflected in research, public policy evaluations, business innovation and R&D indexes and analysis, which allow for relevant evidence and knowledge for better strategic decision making on these matters, both in the public and private sectors. With the private sector, this lab gathers information and publishes studies that evaluate R&D and innovation management performance, providing guidelines to strengthen capabilities in this area, in order to have an impact on competitiveness. As for the public sector, the lab’s collaboration centers around the evaluation of public policies that promote R&D and innovation in the private sector. The lab also publishes studies based on the Chilean industry in these matters, in order to promote more efficient public policies for the promotion of innovation, R&D and entrepreneurship. For higher education, the lab offers valuable data that contributes to research and knowledge generation related to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Chile.

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Among the lab’s current publications are: Radiography of Innovation in SMEs, Promotion of Innovation: Innovation Voucher Results and Technological Contracts; Gaps for Entrepreneurship in the Pacific Alliance; Effects of the University-Company Relationship in R&D projects on exports of Chilean companies; and Mining supplier innovation cases in Chile.


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EDULAB: SOPHISTICATION OF WORK IN THE CLASSROOM Led by the UC Transfer and Development Office, EduLab seeks to transform knowledge generated in the University into high-impact educational solutions, through networking, in order to promote its effective transfer to the public and private sector.

MEMO This entertaining educational software stimulates the development of several key functions in various processes associated with learning. MEMO is presented as a game of daily activities, such as getting dressed, playing at home, and hiking, among others. In 2018, a license agreement was signed with Ediciones SM Chile to market the software.

Küwü This haptic pencil let’s children make wool drawings on a Velcro surface, allowing for their appreciation not only through sight, but also through touch. In July 2018, Küwü’s team visited Boston in order to validate this inclusive toy in the North American market and to prospect partners in order to leverage it to global markets.

MAFA Designed for Chilean public nursery education, this system includes both physical and digital systems that allows for the modelling of learning environments. MAFA was designed in an interdisciplinary manner with the participation of pre-school educators, children and various educational institutions. In 2018, a license contract was signed with Junji (the National Board of Early Education) for the system to be used in its kindergartens.

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Sylvester Turner, (July 2018)

Sylvester Turner’s photo taken from Facebook

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Visit of Mayor of Houston, Texas, Sylvester Turner.

Pedro Bouchon, José Miguel Aguilera, Adam Melonas and Alfonso Gómez, (January 2018)

Adam Melonas, American, chef and creator of Chew Innovation, participated in meetings with prospective UC researchers and representatives from the public and private sectors.

L e a d i n g a c o l l a b o ra t i ve agenda with the ecosystem of national entrepreneurship, the Ambassador of Thailand, Ms. Sarikarn Pholmani, strengthened the bonds of the Asian kingdom with the University, in anticipation of the signing of a collaboration agreement with the UC.

Francisca Rojas, Marcela Briones, Conrad von Igel, Sarikarn Pholmani, Alex Parnas, Duanpon Darongsuwan, Andrea Manríquez (June 2018)

The distinguished researcher of the Basque Culinary Center, Juan Carlos Arboleya, and the co-creator of the Business Model Canvas, Yves Pigneur, gave master classes at the UC Innovation Center.

Juan Carlos Arboleya (February 2017)

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Yves Pigneur (March 2017)


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FROM THE CENTER TO THE WORLD The Center actively promotes the generation of new networks and alliances, positioning Chile as an innovation and entrepreneurship hub, and drawing up best practices on these matters to implement them in our country. In 2018 the Executive Director of the UC Innovation Center, Conrad von Igel, presented the “UC Seal” of innovation and entrepreneurship at the IVth International Universia Rectors Meeting, in Spain. That same year in August, the Center traveled to Mexico to present the methodology of the Jump Chile startup program to professors from the Monterrey TEC and Universidad Nacional de Mexico.

Conrad von Igel in the IVth International Universia Rectors Meeting

Entrepreneurs from the Center’s portfolio have also had the opportunity to travel to Thailand and Peru to expand their business networks.

Teachers from Monterrey TEC, Toluca Campus, trained by the Jump Chile team

Munani and antimicrobial scissors with part of the Incuba UC team in Thailand

QuePlan competing in Seedstars Lima (2018)

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INNOVATION MANAGEMENT

The Center promotes and disseminates megatrends, disruptive technologies and innovation experiences among organizations from different industries. It also promotes instances of connection that foster the association between companies, entrepreneurships, institutions, students, academics, professionals, and the public sector.

The Innovation and Inspiration Culture Program considers weekly activities that present the latest megatrends, disruptive technologies, UC research milestones, and innovation experiences of partner companies.

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Degree on Development and Innovation Management In 2018, the Center, in collaboration with the UC School of Engineering and the Executive Class Program, launched a diploma course designed to generate a cultural change within organizations. This online diploma course enables skillful understanding and use of the main concepts and tools of innovation management, allowing its alumni to identify different strategies in order to generate efficient and productive innovation processes.

InCompany Modules Educational immersion spaces in course and workshop format. This modular service launched in 2018 builds upon a flexible curriculum system, specially profiled with and for each company according to its needs, developmental stages, and strategic focuses.

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