IDEA TO PRODUCT™ COMPETITION LATIN AMERICA 2014

August, 7th – 9th, 2014

Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora - Minas Gerais – Brazil

Introduction

Do you want to develop businesses marketing new and exciting innovations? Is working on multi-disciplinary teams for you ideal? Does creating and presenting your innovation to an audience sound energizing? Not the least, do you want to win valuable prizes?

Then Idea to Product Competition Latin America is the opportunity you have been looking for.

The Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora and the Centro de Empreendedorismo e Novos Negócios of Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGVcenn will promote in 2014 the 7th edition of the Idea-to-Product Competition – Latin America. The Idea to Product® Competitions, founded at The University of Texas at Austin, are early-stage technology commercialization plan competitions that aim for unique product ideas with clear market demand that use innovative technologies.  The goal is educating and developing the next generation of technology entrepreneurs. The program is particularly interested in matching technologies resulting from a university’s fundamental research programs with potential markets. The winning team will be automatically invited to participate in the Idea-to-Product Global, with the winners from others local competitions. The Latin American contest wishes to bring to Brazil a representative from each of the most important schools from all 33 countries in the region.

Idea-to-Product Latin America is an innovative competition inspiring the innovative spirit in students around Latin American countries where participants develop a technology commercialization plan to confirm the validity and market potential of a new, innovative, and competitive product. Students then present the commercialization plan to a group of knowledgeable judges. I2P’s mission is to create a competitive Latin American forum in which to enhance cross-disciplinary studies in entrepreneurship, research, technology & emerging markets.

Deadlines

  • July 4th, 2014 - Deadline to fill the Team Registration Form. Please read the Team Registration Form Guidelines before sending your form. The maximum length is 2 pages, considering a 12 point font with single spacing in a MS Word document.
  • July 11th, 2014 - Announcement of teams qualified for I2P Latin America 2014 at www.ideatoproductla.org. Qualified teams should be in Juiz de Fora from August 7th to August 9th.
  • July 25th, 2014 - Deadline to qualified teams to submite the 5-Page Report. Please read the 5-Page Report Guidelines before sending it in a single PDF or MS Word document (not more than 5 pages, not less than 10-point font or 1” margins) to i2p@ideatoproduct.org.

Forms can be completed in Portuguese, English or Spanish. We wish all participants the best of luck.

- Remarks - 

BCHEM SOLUTION, FROM UFMG, WINS IDEA TO PRODUCT™ COMPETITION LATIN AMERICA 2013

Bhem Solutions, from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, with judges Luiz Langbeck (L), Marcelo Tambascia and competition director Rene Jose Rodrigues Fernandes (R).

Bhem Solutions, from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, with judges Luiz Langbeck (L), Vanessa Vitoriano da Silva, Marcelo Tambascia and competition director Rene Jose Rodrigues Fernandes (R).

August 31st, 2013 – BChem Solutions, from UFMG, was the winning team for the 2013 Idea to Product Competition – Latin America. BChem has a innovative catalyst for the production of biodiesel as a byproduct from used vegetable oil.

Championship Results

Winner: BChem Solutions

1st Runner Up: Hidrata R

2nd Runner Up: Nanolysis

Honorable Mention: Terminus

Challenge Round Results

3M Challenge Winner: Hidrata R

Grupo Boticário Challenge Winner: Terminus

Outstanding Presentations: Terminus and Nanolysis

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