Finalists

 

LAUNCH CATEGORY

 

PROJECT: Zilper Trenchless (Venezuela)

A start-up originated in the MIT specializing in the development of construction technologies and machineries for the installation of hydraulic pipelines, especially in Latin America. Its vision is of significantly reducing the costs of the projects of installation/replacement of pipelines through the development of new technologies in a quite traditional industry.

Its flagship product is the “Assisted Dynamic Boring” (ADB) technology, which allows to install/replace pipelines with a reduction of up to 40% in the costs of the projects while minimizing traffic disturbance and environmental impact. The first prototype was successfully tested in a real project, in which 13 times more pipelines were installed for about one-third of the cost in relation to competitors. These results gained international recognition and boosted the first sale of the commercial prototype, which will be deployed for the installation of 400 meters of pipelines.

 

PROJECT: Ecofuels (Chile)

It is focused on the deployment of a new technology developed by the same venture, which enables the treatment of all plastic residues and mixtures that, at present, cannot be recycled by means of traditional methods for the generation of liquid fuels.  This process provides an innovative contribution to the adverse effects caused by the accumulation of these residues in landfills and in the ocean, and also by people’s energy generation, thus affecting the environment. The project is currently in the technological package stage for the development of equipment for fuel generation to be established at different locations. Main clients consist of recycling companies, waste managers and municipalities.

 

PROJECT: Le Qara (Perú)

A new biomaterial resembling leather that is unique worldwide, eco-friendly and of non-animal origin; it originates from microorganisms based on residues from plants and fruits by means of a biotechnological process. It is a zero-residue circular process: the perfect sustainable solution for the future of the fashion industry, since it reduces the impact the leather industry has on the environment.

 

PROJECT: Arthro Food (Colombia)

A venture committed to food security and rural women empowerment and to the mitigation of global warming, the loss of biodiversity, and deforestation by means of the production of innovative food, rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, which main ingredient are insects.

Various scientific papers have shown that insect production reduces significantly greenhouse gas emissions and the use of natural resources such as water, space and food as compared to the production of red and white meats.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, jointly with Colciencias and two universities of Colombia, the development of the social model to connect the value chain with rural women will begin; rural women will also receive a gastronomy training on how to introduce cricket flour into local diets. This approach will be helpful to address malnutrition problems in these communities.

 

PROJECT: Fresh Water Solutions (Chile)

A sustainable business initiative with social impact which is aimed at improving the quality of life of millions of people, by delivering purified water from the air to communities and/or homes located in areas where they lack this basic resource or where, if they have it, its intake is not recommended. In order to do so, a technology that allows the obtainment of purified water from the air is used, such technology expedites the natural cycle of water, which goes through a process of filtering, purification and sterilization allowing the obtainment of between 5 and 30 liters of water per day.

FreshWater only requires an electrical source to its functioning or to be linked to a solar source, without the need to be connected to a drinking water supply network. Based on a simple design, it is aimed at becoming a last mile solution enabling end user sustainability, without being dependent on third parties.

 

ACCELERATE CATEGORY

 

PROJECT: Grow Pack (Argentina)

It originated from two fundamental concepts: circular economy and biomimicry.

Lignin and cellulose are the most abundant organic compounds on the planet, all plants contain them. After studying its functionality in nature, Grow Pack developed a lignocellulosic composite through the use of the biomass discarded by the agricultural industry for the manufacturing of every-day-use and massively discarded elements. First products developed by the project include salad bowls, bowls, dishes and different types of single-use disposable containers for the gastronomy industry.

This initiative is aimed at identifying raw materials that not only imply a –sometimes high– operative cost, but also represent a potential environmental harm. By doing so, the problem of one of the bigger industries in Argentina transforms into a solution for everyone.

 

PROJECT: Gisensb (Argentina)

The project found the way to combine the power of nanotechnology with the power of microprocessors to develop ultra-sensitive portable diagnostic devices to monitor the health of patients with health conditions in which an early diagnosis, or real-time monitoring, can change their quality of life.

This technology is based on the harnessing of nanographene’s properties together with the incorporation of highly-specific biological systems that result in sensing platforms which are able to detect minor modifications in biomarkers concentrations, using just a single drop as a sample. Together with biosensors, an electronic device was created that is able to decode the information generated therein and convert it into a result that can be sent via Bluetooth to be easily read and registered by means of a mobile app.

 

PROJECT: Ponce (Argentina)

A service based on the IoT (Internet of Things) geared towards the service of monitoring irrigation equipment.

 

PROJECT: CAECUS Lab (Argentina)

This inclusive products development company has its first product: Smart Glasses, which allows visually impaired people to integrate into urban environments and enhances their abilities. It improves self-sufficiency, confidence and provides safety when going out to the street.

Thus, the concept of on-site assistant transformed into remote assistant thanks to technology. It is also presented as an excellent support tool to the cane traditionally used by visually impaired people.

 

PROJECT: Acqua Garden (Argentina)

Production of green leaves free from agro-chemicals, in high density and at a large scale in urban centers with high demographic concentration. For this purpose, patentable technology was developed, by means of which 90 kilograms of green leaf per square meter per month are cultivated. This technology is aimed at supplying the city of Buenos Aires for the consumption of green leaf in an area similar to the one of Abasto Shopping (116, 646 m2). Since production is local, by means of using collaborative economy systems, we reduced the cost of distribution/logistics, as well as its times. Thus, consumers are given the opportunity to receive a fresh and quality product at a competitive price.

 

PITCH CATEGORY

 

PROJECT: Sorui (Argentina)

Every year in Argentina, millions of tons of contaminant plastic residues are produced. A large proportion of that figure is due to the use of disposable products, and disposable cups are a great exponent within that group. They are used for minutes only and disposed afterwards: it takes millions of years for them to decompose, thus becoming a dangerous source of contamination.

Sorui emerged as a solution to this problem. It offers the possibility to replace disposable plastic cups by means of the use of machines of biodegradable cups that can be used for any type of drink and degrade naturally in less than two weeks. This initiative makes the production of cups with a material produced from algae extracts possible. These machines manufacture cups automatically and they work as dispensers.

 

PROJECT: Bonefit2019 (Argentina)

This project focuses on the production of an artificial bone in order to solve the problem of bone loss due to trauma or pathologies. It is custom made for each patient and it is modeled from CT images and materialized by means of a 3D printer. Manufacturing of this product is feasible through the development of a printing filament with degradable, biocompatible and osteo-inductive features, used for the printing of the intelligent internal microarchitecture, which favors angiogenesis and ensures regeneration of large volumes of bone with outstanding mechanical properties. It is worth mentioning that, after a period of time, the scaffold (printed bone) is naturally reabsorbed by the body.

 

PROJECT: Iwa Ingenieria (Colombia)

In the world, there are 1.3 billion people living in total darkness, and in Latin America the figure amounts to 23 million.

This project focuses on the installation of lightning by means of a renewable energy deriving from plant’s photosynthesis. This technology is aimed at closing the gap between urban and rural areas, making use of the surroundings for energy generation. This device transforms chemical energy from the soils and plants into light. Also, it can be used in any crop, plant pot or garden, thus supplying oxygen, decoration and light.

The commitment of generating a positive impact inspired a model to help others, in which every person paying for the use of the system gives a person in need the opportunity of receiving it completely free.

 

PROJECT: Editessolutions (Argentina)

The project introduces new technologies to offer self-sufficiency, comfort and a better quality of life to people with disabilities.

 

PROJECT: Photio (Chile)

This project solves the problem of air pollution and its effects on people’s health. Inspired by plant’s photosynthesis process, a nanotechnological solution was developed consisting of a group of nanoparticles that are added to paints or asphalt. These nanoparticles when exposed to UV radiation, either naturally when exposed to solar radiation or either artificially by means of structures created to optimize the reception with UV lamps, allow to continually decontaminate gas emissions from all types of sources at an industrial and at a household level.

The technology, which was developed based on the photocatalysis process, efficiently eliminates nitrous oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile compounds, even organic material and bacteria from the environment.