Centelha Program: An impulse to create new enterprises

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On August 29, the Minas Gerais State Research Support Foundation (FAPEMIG) launched an event for the Centelha MG Program, an action that aims to stimulate the creation of innovative enterprises and disseminate the culture of entrepreneurship in Minas Gerais. The objective of the initiative is to make the generated knowledge in universities and research centers be transformed by companies into new products and processes to benefit the population. With this, it is expected to generate new opportunities for the population and the economic and social development in the state.

THE PROGRAM

The Centelha Program aims to stimulate the creation of innovative enterprises from the generation of new ideas. Another objective is to disseminate a culture of innovative entrepreneurship throughout the national territory, encouraging the mobilization and institutional articulation of actors in the local, state and regional innovation ecosystems of the country. The initiative is promoted by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) and the Financier of Studies and Projects (Finep), in partnership with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the National Council of State Foundations of Support to Research (Confap), and operated by the CERTI Foundation.

In Minas Gerais, the Program is expected to receive 1 million applications, allowing a multiplicity of projects with different themes and aspects. From the 1,000 innovative ideas presented, 200 projects will be selected in the first phase, which will be evaluated and screened. After this screening, in the second phase, will be made a selection of the top 100 for the third phase (final), 15 ideas will be selected to receive about R$ 66,000 to take the idea of the paper and transform it into a product ready for the market. Each phase is made up of skills for proponents to perfect their projects. One idea is to generate new companies, move the innovation ecosystem and bring solutions to the state.