About the AIT
Our renowned program the Academia-Industry Training (AIT) is open for admission. Created to bring innovative products to the market, AIT is a unique opportunity for researchers in the academic field to establish themselves as entrepreneurs. The program is organized by Swissnex in Brazil, in collaboration with the University of St.Gallen (CLS HSG), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI).
The AIT aims to assist researchers-entrepreneurs from Switzerland and Brazil in the development of their projects and studies for the market and the industry. The Training Camp – which consists of a training week in Brazil and Switzerland – offers opportunities for candidates to outline concrete strategies through workshops on business plan, market access and financing techniques. The week also includes pitching classes and chances for participants to get to know the Brazilian and Swiss markets with visits, networking meetings and immersion activities in the innovation and entrepreneurship environments of both countries.
Important information about the AIT:
The program aims to transform the participant’s applied research into high-potential startup;
The AIT assists participants in innovating and developing their entrepreneurial and business skills;
Consists of two training camps in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) and in Switzerland;
Up to 10 Brazilian projects/startups will be chosen
An Innovation Grant will be awarded to one breakthrough project.
We encourage you to apply if you are:
Brazilian researcher with an entrepreneurial spirit;
At the Master, PhD or Post doctorate level;
Proficient in English;
Looking to transform your research into a market innovation.
Applicants from Switzerland will be able to apply here from the end of April.
Call launch: 30 March 2021
Info session: 20 April 2021
Deadline for submission of applications: 9 May 2021
Selection interviews: week of 14 June 2021
Final result announcement: week of 28 June 2021
Training week in Brazil (RJ and SP): November 2021 (TBC)
Training week in Switzerland: April 2022
The Academia-Industry Training (AIT) program is possible thanks to the collaboration between the Swiss Secretariat for Research and Innovation (SERI), the University of St.Gallen as Leading House for the Latin American Region, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI).