One more year in the shadow of Covid 19 is coming to an end, bringing hope for next year. The pandemic in 2021 severely affected Brazil and stopped us in the second year in a row from holding face-to-face events. However, it did not stop us for developing and progressing in our bilateral cooperation on innovation. On the contrary, we kept the focus with online meetings and events, updated our Action Plan between the ministries (Brazilian Ministry of Science Technology and Innovations – MCTI and Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation – MEI), brought the Points of Contact (POCs) of the two countries even closer and got new bilateral projects approved, and on top of this also winning an award of a Hackathon in the area of life science.
Despite the Corona epidemic, the SBII platform was successfully developed and grown over the course of the project to include additional collaboration partners (Ignite), new communication channels, and the initiation of several new collaboration projects between the two countries. “With the addition of Ignite to the team, an additional networking methodology was added to the platform with focus on direct business to business Matchmaking. The collaboration with CISB (Swedish-Brazilian Research and Innovation Centre), OSI Brasília and SENAI/EMBRAPII was strengthened through regular monthly meetings. Within the Bioeconomy area a broad collaboration program was initiated between RISE and SENAI. Good progress has been made in the Smart Cities area with the addition of AI as a supporting and cross-cutting theme. A pre-study on AI was completed as a related project to map the Swedish and Brazilian landscape within AI and look for possible collaboration opportunities” explained leader of Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII), Michael Salter from Rise.
Also, very important for our cooperation, Vinnova renewed its support for the Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative – SBII project until 2023. helping companies, researchers, and society in general to become more aware of cooperation in innovation. The platform is essential to facilitate cooperation between Sweden and Brazil.
Updating the SBII Website
If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit the SBII website (www.sbii.org), this is the time. There you can learn more about the cooperation between Sweden and Brazil in Innovation. The site brings information about the SBII project that includes as partners CISB (www.cisb.org.br/, RISE and Ignite and support from OSI Brasília. It also has a description of the areas of collaboration, calls, events, and news. Follow also SBII on LinkedIn.
For 2022, matchmaking activities between Swedish startups and Brazilian companies, delegation visits, webinars in the areas of cooperation are already programmed. Besides this, calls are being planned and some are already confirmed as the Staff exchange for applied AI-research of Vinnova and the call between CNPq-CISB-SAAB.
To know about activities, events, calls, follow our OSI Brasilia Twitter and SBII Linkedin.
Ana Carolina Bussacos & Jacob Paulsen