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The Nutrisato project wins the Brain Chile programme, sponsored by Santander Universities

  • 325 people in 135 projects have participated in the Brain Chile programme, which promotes scientific-technological entrepreneurial projects for students, researchers and teachers.
  • Nutrisato, a fertiliser that boosts agricultural output, is presented as the programme’s winning project.

Madrid, 8 September 2016. The Brain Chile programme is a joint initiative of Santander Bank, through Santander Universities and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, through the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Centre, the Faculty of Engineering and the Directorate of Transfer and Development. This year, the winner of the programme was Nutrisato, a liquid formula. Its main active ingredient is natural and it has a huge fertilising potential, which is bio-stimulant and a natural enhancer of plants' defences.

With a low cost of production and harmless to soil, Nutrisato enables farmers to improve efficiency at a reduced cost. “There is a lot of potential in Chile, but funding is needed in order to grow. Lots of people have brilliant ideas but feel like they cannot turn them into a reality. There are more opportunities with the support of Santander Bank", assures Rodrigo Ferreira, a commercial engineering student at the University of Santiago, Chile and member of the winning team.

The support given to students, academics and researchers by the universities is crucial for Banco Santander’s mission to help people and businesses prosper. “This programme is a way of specifically responding to this objective and our intention is to extend this initiative at a national level”, states Claudio Melandri, general manager and country head of Banco Santander.

Most of the projects presented belonged to areas such as biomedicine, energy, education and the food industry. Projects that reached the final included a robot solar panel cleaner, a test to detect the aggressiveness of prostate cancer and a pencil that helps blind people communicate.

“Students and entrepreneurs are the main driving forces of the economy in many countries like Chile. Therefore, we are committed to encouraging these initiatives”, affirms Ricardo Bartel, director of Banco Santander’s Technology and Operations division and member of the Brain judging panel. In this regard, Rodrigo Machuca, director of Santander Universities in Chile, believes that this activity has sparked interest from entrepreneurs from all over Chile and accounts for the need to create opportunities that enable those with ideas to develop them and bring them to life.  “There is plenty of talent in our country; however, we do not always have the opportunities to demonstrate it. Santander is playing its part in this important challenge”, he assures.

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