More than a hundred experts from the public and private sectors were part of the jury of the 12th AVONNI National Innovation Award, organized by ForoInnovación Foundation, the Chilean national newspaper “El Mercurio”, the Chilean National Television (TVN) and the Ministry of Economy.
The 35 selected projects were chosen based on four fundamental criteria: innovative merit, creation of value, competitive advantage and communicational value. A final jury composed of authorities from the political, business, academic, scientific and professional world, will decide on the final winners.
The Center for Agro-aquaculture Nutritional Genomics (CGNA), is one of the four finalists in the category for Environment and Natural Resources, for the development of SustiLac-CGNA®, the first dairy substitute of vegetable origin for dairy calves, developed in Chile . The CGNA was already awarded the Avonni prize in 2014, for the development of AluProt-CGNA®, a type of lupine with the highest degree of protein in the world.
SustiLac-CGNA® is a non-dairy drink for the feeding of dairy calves. It is the first product of its kind developed in Chile and reduces the feeding cost by 30%. Its formulation contains Grit AluProt-CGNA® protein, vegetable oils with good fatty acid balance, low fiber cereals and a vitamin core. Cavitation technology is used for its manufacture. Its mainly being used is the feeding of dairy calves in automated and manual systems, which with an adequate dose allows a better daily weight gain, in relation to other substitutes avalable in the market. According to Dr. Haroldo Salvo-Garrido, Director of CGNA: “The fact that AVONNI has awarded an initiative which come from La Araucanía Region, shows that science and innovation can be carried outside the Santiago area, as being Chile a highly centralist country. This innovation implies a market of US $ 11,000,000 per year in the poorest region of the country, where small Mapuche farmers and local industry, are working on an inclusive business model. It is very important to highlight that the added value of this product will stay locally. AVONNI is a highly competitive prize, so having been selected gives us tremendous support and proves the quality of our work“.
The AVONNI award was created to raise social awareness about the significant and valuable contribution of innovation, in order to achieve higher levels of development. This award allows to give visibility to the concept of innovation with the support of media partners as organizers of the contest, generating public opinion and debate. The mission of the AVONNI Award is to identify, disseminate and promote innovation in Chile, through the recognition of high-impact projects that serve as an example and encourages society to follow that path. AVONNI was created from the ForoInnovación Foundation in 2007 with the support of the Ministry of Economy and the Chilean National Television. At its start there where four categories: Business Innovation, Innovative Entrepreneurship, Public Innovation and Innovation of the year. Thanks to the succes of the initiative, which reached 200 applications per year, in 2009 the newspaper El Mercurio joined as a second media partner, and the categories were expanded to other areas of knowledge and social impact.
Environment & Natural Resources
This category seeks to reward the most innovative processes, models, technologies and solutions for the use of available natural resources. Chile’s economy has historically depended on natural resources, so innovations in this area have a high impact for the country’s development. There is a permanent challenge to get a balance between exploiting these resources, while preserving the environment, so these kind of initiatives must be recognized, as they are key to improve Chile’s economy in a sustainable model.