First Academia-Industry Training Camp for Swiss researchers was held in Rio de Janeiro and Bangalore


swissnex Brazil and swissnex India are mandated by EPFL, the leading house for the Joint Research Agreements with Brazil and India, to organize and facilitate a week-long camp on innovation, management and creation of startup companies to give Swiss researchers an idea of the local specificities of Brazil and India and to establish valuable connections in their field. In April, all participants will attend a camp at EPFL in Switzerland.

In Brazil, six high-level Swiss researchers active in the area of health were matched with five carefully selected Brazilian researchers in an effort to forge new partnerships and find cross-border synergies. All participants share the desire to apply their research to the market and are looking to make a first step into the world of business. The health sector offers a fruitful platform to apply cutting-edge Swiss research to the Brazilian market where substantial potential is still to be exploited.

In India too, six high-level Swiss researchers from various domains collaborate with eight Indian participants working in similar fields. During the five days of the training they had the opportunity to visit and interact with local partners such as the Indian Institute of Management, ABB, Srishti Labs and the European Business and Technology Centre. Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems is the local co-organizer of the program, together with swissnex India.

The programme's aims are two-fold. First, it gives a strong introduction to entrepreneurship featuring workshops in business plan writing, market entry scenarios, funding strategy and pitching classes. Second, the goal is a deep understanding of the Brazilian health market and the Indian Information Communication Technology, CleanTech and Healthcare industry. This was achieved by visiting key institutions in Rio and Bangalore respectively, as well as focusing on networking events to maximize contact for the Swiss researchers with Brazilian and Indian players.

This week of vivid exchange is bound to strengthen the cooperation between young scientists in Switzerland, Brazil and India and create valuable partnerships that favor a
future technology transfer between the three countries. For the first week, AIT took the Swiss researchers out of their comfort zones and gave them the opportunity to be exposed to a new and quickly developing market. A week full of surprises was guaranteed.