Petrobras released the list of winning companies from the first selection of innovative solutions based on the new Legal Framework for Startups (MSL). They may receive up to R$1.6 million per proposal, depending on the challenge, for the development and testing of solutions in productive environments, totaling up to R$12.9 million in investments. It is the highest value per proposal ever used by the company, reaching the limit established by the new regulatory environment created by complementary law 182/21, which entered into force this year. The selected startups presented proposals in the areas of robotics and digital technologies applied to oil and gas, corporate solutions, health and safety.
“Research, development and innovation expand the creation of value associated with new business models and Petrobras directs efforts towards the adoption of methodologies and mindset that support a culture of digital innovation focused on generating results and rethinking processes. Establishing partnerships and getting closer to the open innovation ecosystem are part of this movement”, says Nicolás Simone, director of Digital Transformation and Innovation at the company.
The five companies that had proposals selected for the Fast Track challenges, focusing on innovative solutions already applied in the market or being validated, are now going to the negotiation and conclusion phase of the Public Contract for Innovative Solution (CPSI), scheduled for January 2022. The 21 companies with selected proposals on the Inception route , which , in general, involve innovations with greater complexity for implementation or a lower degree of technological maturity, they will undergo a period of up to 6 weeks of technical interaction with Petrobras mentors who will support the detailing of the work plan and maturation of the business model to be run. At the end of this period, a pitch day will be held in which the proposals will be evaluated by a final panel that will select the companies to be hired.
The selection is part of the Solution Test Module of the Petrobras Connections for Innovation program, which focuses on accelerating the implementation of innovations, with or without technological risk, that have a high potential to generate value for the oil, gas and energy sector. The module seeks innovative startup solutionsand other companies to carry out tests in a productive environment. The signed CPSIs will be valid for up to 12 months, extendable for another 12 months to validate the technological solutions. In addition, the framework allows, after the innovation contract, the solution with the best performance, and which has been shown to add value to Petrobras' business, to be contracted for a period of two years, extendable for another two years, for supply in scale . These two phases together will speed up the implementation of solutions at the company and the consolidation of these suppliers in the market.
The rules of the new legal framework are already incorporated into the Petrobras Bidding and Contracting Regulation (RLCP), available on the Supplier Channel.
This year, Petrobras launched another four public notices within the Petrobras Connections for Innovation Program. The company is one of the main investors in open innovation in the country, with more than R$ 35 million in investment in the year 2021.