Petrobras launches R$ 20 million public notice with 30 challenges for startups

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Petrobras launched this Tuesday (17) the fourth public notice for the Startups Module, of the Petrobras Connections for Innovation Program, in the amount of R$ 20 million. The public notice brings 30 challenges distributed in seven technological verticals: robotics, carbon reduction, digital technologies, energy storage and generation, corrosion, geological modeling and inspection technologies.

Investment in projects depends on the level of complexity of the challenges. At the end of the selection process, the winning companies can receive amounts of up to R$500,000 for the “soft tech” challenges, or up to R$1.5 million for the “deep tech” challenges.

“The company is one of the main investors in open innovation in the country, with around R$36
million in investment over three years just in the Startups Module of the Petrobras Connections for Innovation program”, says the director of Digital Technology and Innovation at Petrobras, Juliano Dantas.

According to the executive, the program contributes to the development of innovative technologies and services, accelerating the incorporation of innovations in the company.

“In previous editions of the Startups Module, object of this public notice, we selected 37 companies to develop solutions, accelerating the incorporation of innovations in the company and, at the same time, opening doors for startups in an industry increasingly intensive in Innovation”, he added. .

The selected companies have the support of Sebrae – Petrobras’ partner in this module of the program – and the company’s technical staff for activities such as adapting the proposals selected in the first stage and preparation for the pitch day (presentation for the final panel of judges).

Final stage winners receive financial investment and mentoring for the projects and business model. At the end of the entire process, companies have the opportunity to become Petrobras suppliers, with the potential for scale in the national and international industry.

Applications for the public notice are open until June 29, and the announcement of those selected in the first stage of the process is scheduled for July.


The startup CTR3SM, selected in the 2020 public notice, is an example of the program’s potential. This month, the company concluded the Harpia project, a robotic platform consisting of a remotely piloted aircraft, equipped with sensors and cameras, and software, which combines Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision.

The technology is able to accurately detect the type, degree of corrosion and repair needs of a surface.

The equipment, similar to a drone, will be used for inspection of large industrial areas that are difficult to access. In addition to reducing costs and hours worked, the resource avoids exposing people to risk. Because it manages to capture images that are inaccessible to human eyes such as birds of prey, the platform was named Harpia.

Petrobras currently has a contracted portfolio of more than R$ 3 billion, with more than 150 technological partners, in the various types of contracting and cooperation agreements, the company said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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