Petrobras announced today (25) the 29 pre-selected companies in the 4th call for the Startups Module, of the Petrobras Connections for Innovation Program. The selection, at the national level, received proposals from companies in the Midwest, Northeast, South and Southeast regions. The last stage is scheduled for the end of September, when the pitch daythe presentation to the executive committee that will define the winners.
The public notice, in the total amount of R$ 20 million, brings challenges distributed in seven technological aspects: robotics, carbon reduction, digital technologies, energy storage and generation, corrosion, geological modeling and inspection technologies.
Investment in approved projects depends on the level of complexity of the challenges. At the end of the dispute, the winning companies can receive amounts of up to R$ 500 thousand, for the technological challenges soft techbased on software eventually integrated into hardware already mature, or up to BRL 1.5 million for deep tech, which involves advanced research, including those based on high-performance software, new hardware platforms and new materials.
O Startups module seeks innovative solutions to the challenges presented. The selected companies have the support of the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae), Petrobras’ partner in this module of the program, and the expertise of the company’s technical staff in adapting the selected proposals and preparing for the pitch day.
The winners of the final stage receive financial investment and mentoring for the projects and business model and, at the end of the development of the projects, the companies are qualified to become Petrobras suppliers, with the potential to scale in the national and international industry.