Incentivando la Innovación Colaborativa en la Industria Minera

Ministerio de Minería
Mining Center

Associated with the Generation of Knowledge and Prototypes


Ideas represent a basic input in the innovation process. For this reason, it is very important to establish mechanisms for the collection and systematization of proposals that may be generated within the company. This will probably lead to commercial benefits of the solution generated in the future.

Within the company there must be an innovation leader (executives, directors, managers, etc.) whose job is to direct and actively support the projects.

Innovation is the result of a process and not an isolated instance; therefore, its execution can be systematized. Defining objectives, stages of development, and progress indicators clearly allows greater control over the developments, giving a certain level of predictability of the results. In this regard, systematization allows to minimize losses in case of negative results.

It is extremely important that those in charge of technological innovation projects maintain fluid communication and constant feedback from clients and potential clients for the success of the solution. Thus, it is possible to detect the real need of the public that will benefit from the advance.

Within the context of collaborative innovation, there is the possibility that different companies develop new products and services jointly, which implies sharing risks and benefits. This type of agreements is used mainly for projects that require a large initial investment. Each participating entity can make different types of agreements that have to do with capital, technology, personnel, contacts, etc.

In the current technological market, there are many available technologies that can potentially be applied in different environments. Companies have the possibility to access the market and create their own solution based on what already exists. Although an initial investment is required, the purchase of technology allows to quickly launch new products and / or services. This brings an advantage to the entry of the solution into new markets, in terms of speed.

Research centers are entities that stand out for their ability to generate new knowledge. To develop successful innovation projects, the R & D center must contemplate all the stages of the innovation process, also considering the phases of implementation, transfer, and commercialization. This type of guidelines allows the establishment of collaborative dynamics between the research center and other stakeholders of the mining ecosystem, enabling joint work.

Technological innovation necessarily implies a certain level of risk. The higher the level of disruption, the greater the risk. In this scenario, an innovation project must provide a reference on the changes it will generate, mainly answering the questions: what the new solution will do and to what extent this will happen. Quantifying an innovation project facilitates the decision-making of the company.

A Start-up is a company that is still in an initial stage, but it has high growth potential. Investing in them is, for large companies, a good way to diversify their investment portfolio at low cost. For this, it is key to analyze the company in its embryonic stage.