Nissan Institute receives teams in second phase of Inova-san

October 6, 2019
Feeding stage to involve mentoring cycles
 
Inova-san, the Nissan Institute’s entrepreneurship education and open innovation program, is in full swing. Last week, the institute hosted a welcome event at Nissan’s plant in Resende for representatives of the 21 groups that made it through to the “Feeding” phase of the program.
 
As well as having a technical tour of the plant, the participants attended a talk about entrepreneurship by Igor Ponchio, of Theia, an education company, and they took part in a workshop on empathy and people’s expectations and desires within the program.
 
During this new stage, which will run from October until the beginning of December, the teams will have a 50-minute mentoring session with a different mentor every week. “The aim is to give the participants access to various mentors and thereby help them broaden their perspectives through contact with people of different backgrounds. The mentors need to encourage each team’s development based on their own experience in one of Inova-san’s thematic areas (Social Enterprise, the Environment, and Intelligent Mobility), as well as the new content posted on the platform every week,” says Juliana Rosas of the Nissan Institute. Other planned activities include a visit to Nissan’s plant, a training course involving concepts and tools used in Nissan’s production processes, and a “Fab Lab” workshop with the Rio de Janeiro State Federation of Industry (Firjan) in Resende.
 
The participants will give their final presentation on “Demoday,” to be held in December at Nissan’s plant. Before then, there will be a new selection process to choose nine finalists – three in each category. Despite being well structured, developing an initiative of Inova-san’s dimensions has not been easy, Rosas says. “The program was a great challenge. We don’t know of any other similar initiative in this region, and we wanted to have a local project. This has helped us engage more with teams. It’s a long project, but we believe it has great potential to transform people’s lives in southern Rio de Janeiro State and we believe the ideas presented will really leave the drawing board”, she says.
 
After selecting the finalists, the Nissan Institute will continue to encourage and facilitate the creation of connections and partnerships to help the winning projects to be implemented.