In this activity, the Institute gave special recognition to the alumni of the School of Agronomy, who formed the first innovative company established from their training in the house of study.
The initiative seeks to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as showcase success stories of individuals or corporations in this field.
The University of Talca, together with the ForoInnovación Foundation, launched a new edition of the Avoni National Innovation Award, an honorary recognition considered one of the most important in Chile and which seeks to showcase the success stories of individuals or corporations in terms of innovation .
Carlos Torres Fuchslocher, Rector of Utahalca, appreciated that the Institute has been considered as the venue for the launch of the award in the South-Central Macro-Zone (O’Higgins, Moulay, Ñuble and Bío Bío) and affirmed its commitment to innovation. House of study.
“Talka University is convinced that innovation and entrepreneurship are powerful tools to promote sustainable development in the Maule region and the country. We feel a deep commitment to this challenge and we look forward to working with our academic, civil servant and student community as well as Strive tirelessly to foster a culture in a productive and social environment.
For her part, the director of the Foroinnovación Foundation, the organizing body of the award – Francisca Martin expressed that “we are very pleased to welcome UTalca to our award. We want to democratize innovation and teach people how to that it not only has to do with technology, but must have the skill to really make a difference and solve a problem in society.Likewise, he extended an invitation to apply for the awards via avonni.cl.
Regional officials valued the relationship between innovation institutions and universities. The Consortium of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation of the Central South Macrozone, Sofia Valenzuela, expressed that “this initiative deserves attention because it helps students from different disciplines to create innovative scientific-technological companies.”
While the director of Corfu Maule, Paulina Campos, valued this activity because it “contributes to manifesting the practice of innovation to change the world. Such initiatives are a direct support for all innovators in the sector.
During the day, an interactive panel was held with the participation of the finalists and winners of the Avonlea Awards. In this space, Blanca Zúñiga, academic and director of the School of Architecture, who was a finalist of “Avoni 2021 Ciudad Nuevas Aguas Andinas”, presented her experience.
Within the framework of the ceremony, the Institution recognized Bio Insumos Nativa, a company founded in 2002 by alumni from agronomy careers to commercialize a technique developed in the Plant Health Laboratory for the control of diseases through native microorganisms. was created for. , This biotechnological corporation, based in the Maule commune, has developed a portfolio of agricultural and biological inputs, with a presence in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Argentina, among other countries.
Walter Hettich, technical manager of Bio Insumos Nativa and alumnus of Agronomy at the University of Talca, expressed that “this recognition means a lot to us, it is like your father rewarding you for your effort. We have shown That innovation can be developed from regional universities. In our case, we were the first regional company to receive a patent for the development of agricultural products in the United States.