The Network for Global Innovation announces the addition of the Parque Tecnológico Itaipu Brazil as the newest member of NGIN
Los Angeles, CA – March, 16 2018 – A LETTER OF AFFILIATION was signed this week by PARQUE TECNOLÓGICO ITAIPU (“PTI”) and the NETWORK FOR GLOBAL INNOVATION (“NGIN”) making PTI the Network for Global Innovation’s newest member. This collaboration covers a wide range of cooperative efforts including NGIN’s assistance with PTI’s clean energy incubator; partnering with PTI to develop NGIN conferences in Brazil, assisting Foz do Iguazu in further developing their world-class clean energy innovation ecosystem, and helping to introduce each other’s start-ups to each other’s respective market.
Ramiro Wahrhaftig, Director Superintendente CEO of PTI stated, “PTI’s joining of the NGIN marks an important component in of our strategy to connect PTI to the world’s other premier innovation centers. PTI is the clean energy technology innovation leader in Brazil and we look forward to becoming a more important part of the global community through NGIN’s network.”
Fred H Walti, President and CEO of NGIN, remarked, “We have been looking to enter the South American region since NGINs inception, but have been carefully looking for the right partner. There’s no doubt that PTI is that partner. PTI’s technology park has a staff of 500+ with a range of facilities including an incubator, numerous clean technology innovation labs and R&D projects, and three universities.”
The signing capped a week of activities hosted by PTI including tours of projects in biogas, organic medicine, sodium battery technology and electric vehicles. A highlight was a private tour of Itaipu Binational, the world’s largest generator of renewable clean energy. It is the world record holder of annual energy production at 103.1 million MWh. Itaipu is a binational undertaking operated by Brazil and Paraguay at the border between the two countries completed in 1984.
The partnership between PTI and NGIN includes membership in the Network for Global Innovation, development of a joint PTI/NGIN International Access Program, participation in periodic NGIN workshops and forums, and the sharing of best practices for incubation and commercialization of sustainable technologies.
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About PARQUE TECNOLÓGICO ITAIPU (PTI)
Created in 2003, PTI emerged from the mission enlargement of Itaipu Binacional: “Generating quality electricity, with social and environmental responsibility, boosting the sustainable economical, tourist and technological development, in Brazil and in Paraguay”. In partnership with the Institute of Applied Technology and Innovation (Itai) and the State University of Western Paraná (Unioeste), Itaipu articulated the implantation of an appropriate environment for the technological development. In this context, PTI is characterized as a strategic space for reaching the development proposed by Itaipu in the region and is positioned in the west territory of Paraná as one of the environments that promote innovation. (https://www.pti.org.br/)
The Network for Global Innovation (http://ngin.org), created in 2013, is dedicated to building a global commercialization ecosystem focused on helping clean technology entrepreneurs collaborate and prosper no matter where they reside. NGIN has 21 members in Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Italy, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico and the U.S. Its members include premier innovation institutions and take a wide range of forms: incubators, accelerators, technology parks, venture capitalists, universities, non-profits and government agencies. All share a common commitment to sustainable technologies, assisting entrepreneurs, and connecting to the rest of the world. NGIN is headquartered in Los Angeles at the La Kretz Innovation Center and comprises four programs used by partners in the U.S and internationally.
Fred Walti, NGIN CEO and Ramiro Wahrhaftig, PTI CEO, Sign the NGIN membership agreement at the PTI headquarters in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil on March 12, 2018.