Nissan Institute launches program for university students

August 1, 2019
Inova-san focuses on entrepreneurship training and impacts
In order to boost education, innovation and entrepreneurship in the southern part of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the Nissan Institute today launched the Inova-san Program, in partnership with Rio Sul Valley, a local innovation community. University students in the region will be challenged to develop solutions to tackle local issues related to one of three areas: the Environment, Intelligent Mobility and Social Enterprise.
“Education for citizenship is the Nissan Institute’s main cause, while technology and innovation are cross-cutting themes. Through Inova-san, we want to both challenge university students and support them with their ideas to develop innovative solutions and high-impact initiatives for the region,” explains Rosane Santos, Nissan’s senior sustainability manager for Latin America and the Nissan Institute’s president.
Participating groups must be multidisciplinary and contain up to five people, including at least three university students. Groups can sign up as of today, even if they only have an initial idea, and they can provide more details about their project on the platform by the deadline for registration, September 22.
During the contest’s different stages, the Nissan Institute will offer students the opportunity to take part in a series of enriching activities and experiences to help them develop their projects, such as brainstorming sessions with specialists, a visit to Nissan’s plant in Resende and mentoring programs.
The authors of the three winning projects will receive a technology, innovation and entrepreneurship immersion trip to the city of São Paulo. They will also be given access to courses offered by the program in partnership with the Rio de Janeiro State Federation of Industry (Firjan) and the Brazilian Micro and Small Enterprise Support Service (Sebrae). The institutions where the winning participants study will also receive a special prize: a series of Nissan car parts to study and the opportunity to conduct research in technical cooperation with Nissan do Brasil’s plant.

Here are the stages in the Inova-san Program:

  • August 1 to September 22: Registration
  • September 14: All entrants will be invited to participate in an “ideathon” (ideas marathon), to be held at universities in the region, to allow them to present, discuss and refine their ideas.
  • September 23: End of first stage and announcement of projects selected for the next one. The 21 chosen groups will be invited to visit Nissan’s plant in Resende and they will have regular mentoring meetings with trained mentors.
  • December 6: End of second stage and announcement of three winning projects. The groups will receive a technology, innovation and entrepreneurship immersion trip to the city of São Paulo. They will also be given access to courses offered by the program in partnership with Firjan and Sebrae.
    To register and find out more information, visit

    Basic rules:

    The participating teams must have at least three and no more than five members. In addition:

    • At least three team members must be university students from the same higher education institution;
    • University students are deemed to be anyone doing an undergraduate, technology, master’s, PhD or another type of graduate course;

      Students on the same team must be taking at least two different courses. Teams composed of people who are all taking the same course are not allowed;

    • In the case of groups with four or five members, one of the slots may be taken by a university professor or “wildcard” participant, who does not need to follow any of the above rules;
    • Teams composed entirely of students are permitted. In this case, four participants must follow the above rules, while the fifth member (the “wildcard” participant) may or may not be from the same higher education institution;
    • A university professor on a team may or may not be from the same institution as the students;
    • Each person, whether a student, professor or “wildcard” participant, may only be on one team;
    • All the participants must be at least 18 (eighteen) years old at the time of registration.