The program presented 20 innovative ideas.

An injectable to create resistance in domestic animals against the poisonings by the bite of velvet snakes; an oven fueled with biomass, cascarilla and sawdust to dry coffee, and dietary lipids that allow energy metabolism to be modulated are three projects with UCR seal that aspire to consolidate as successful businesses after being part of the 20 innovative initiatives presented on Wednesday, February 28 by the National Program of Acceleration of Technological Innovation Projects (PITs).

The first, also called “Toxoide Botrópico”, aims to reduce the economic losses suffered by the livestock sector as a result of poisoning by snake bites.

The second, a coffee-drying oven named by its creators as “AC-10” and designed in large part by José Alberto Castillo, professor and researcher at the School of Chemical Engineering at the Caribbean Headquarters, intends to “support the micro-profit sector for ensure confidence and traceability in the processing of coffee, and, eventually, to small producers of cocoa in the indigenous and Caribbean area of ​​the country “.

The third, called “Dietary lipids”, is a project that provides new forms of assisted metabolic control, which allows, for example, to reduce the consumption of calories in overweight people and has been nourished by several researches done at the UCR.

These three projects form part of a broad list of innovative business ideas, which have been benefited in the PITs with non-reimbursable financing of $ 9,000 and with a process of co-creation and consolidation of their projects with teams made up of researchers, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and designers. , which aims to encourage them to become successful businesses.
PITs is a program of the Micitt, executed by the UCR through AUGE and Proinnova.

The project budget, according to Micitt, comes from three sources: ¢ 45 million from the UCR (60%) and ¢ 30 million (40%) from the Ministry’s Incentive Fund. To this was added the budgetary support of the Banking System for Development (SBD), which gave the program ¢ 149 million for the selected projects to develop the prototypes (current stage).

At this moment PITs is in the execution stage of SBD funds, which will culminate in August of this year.

Topics and frontiers

According to Luis Alonso Jiménez, program coordinator and Director of AUGE, PITs is supported by a triple helix link work, bringing together government, companies and universities.

From this alliance, was make the previous work to the start-up of the program, in January 2017. We defined, first, work topics and later, frontiers for the development of technological innovation projects that define the areas in which the country has greater chances of success to undertake.

In this way, health and wellbeing, agrofood, environment and energy, and intelligent society are the themes where the projects were grouped. Then, in each theme the borders were integrated, ten for each one.


For José Alberto Castillo, of the team that created the oven, they were favored with integrating different profiles into the project, such as designers, industry and academia, which provided technical and cientific knowledge, that allows them to materialize effective solutions for the agroindustrial sector, which they hope to expand.

In the case of Rodolfo Watson, dietary lipid team, they not only were benefit with the SBD financing, but also managed to generate important future projections for the project.

Guillermo León Montero, of the team that created the vaccine, highlight that with PITs they enriched their vision about the contributions the ICP can make to the national economic development with business-type elements that until now had not been considered.

Another benefit is the possibility of learning methodologies like Lean Startup and Design Thinking, in order to strengthen the value proposition of your projects, as well as personalized mentoring.

Jafeth Mora Rojas

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