AWC 2020: the entrepreneurial journey begins

AWC 2020: the entrepreneurial journey begins

Ideas ranging from a work chair specific for treating scoliosis amidst the home office increase, to a greenhouse for planting food in small rooms and finally to an algorithm to restrain the use of social media. The 19 groups who will take part in the Academic Working Capital 2020 program have already been selected, with solutions from multiple applications and a common goal: contribute to the challenges of a post-pandemic society.

Applications were opened from 6/29 to 8/19 and the proposals received were evaluated between 8/20 and 8/23 by a panel comprised of program coaches, scholars, and entrepreneurship experts.

The presented projects meet several areas such as education, health, sports, environment and technology, for instance that of Nyella group, which proposes a biodegradable internal absorbency pads made from banana peels; the Autobac, an automated arm for feeding lime industrial furnaces; Billíngua, a learning tool for the hearing impaired; and DiagoNow, a diagnostic tool that uses artificial intelligence.

With a nationwide reach, this AWC edition will be attended by over 60 undergraduates from several country institutions, whereas 63% of projects come from universities located in the Southeast, 21% from the South and 16% from the Northeast regions. In addition to the geographical distribution, female participation also comes to attention, in which one third of the selected young people are women.

The AWC 2020 cycle begins on 8/29 with the day one Workshop I online activities, and continue on 9/12 with the second day activities. Afterwards the first follow-up stage begins, which stretches over September, October and November. This first program stage will be focused on the definition of the issue the solution intends to solve.


Check out the list of the selected teams which will take part in AWC 2020:

Seguro Sob Medida
Automated tool for developing insurance profiles
Higher Education School of Engineering and Management (ESEG/SP)

Automated arm for feeding industrial lime furnaces
Federal Institute of Minas Gerais (IFMG)

Saúde Touch
Telemedicine application
Mauá Institute of Technology (SP)

Selas Equinas
Special saddles for horses that prevent harm to the jockeys’ or horses’ backs
Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-Minas)

Organa Kypséli
Bioprinter for tissues and organs
Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP)

Calças Beisebol
Tool for product recognition
University of São Paulo (USP)

Distance Education platform with collaborative learning
University of São Paulo (USP)

Social media algorithm for regulating and restraining interactions
University of São Paulo (USP)

Rocket propeller with affordable price
University of São Paulo (USP)

Growing Future
Greenhouse for planting food in houses and apartments
University of São Paulo (USP)

In Vivo
Application that diagnoses excessive Internet and social media use
Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB)

ASC – Axis Smart Chairs
Work chair specific for treating scoliosis
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

River Meter
System for measuring river pollution levels
Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)

Diagnostic tool that uses artificial intelligence
Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)

Platform for vacant restaurant rooms coworking
Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

Learning tool for the hearing impaired
Federal University of Ceará (UFC)

Surgical kits tracking tool
Federal University of Ceará (UFC)

Certifier aimed at animal feeding
Federal University of Paraná] (UFPR)

Biodegradable internal absorbency pad made from banana peel
Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)