Walter Rosenthal: «We seek to put collaboration at the service of innovation»

About four months ago, the “Innovation Hub” was created in Peru, whose main challenge is to help companies innovate, but based on the collaboration of all industry players.

Along with this, they seek to generate a greater relationship with the ecosystem, both Peruvian and Chilean, for which during this month they organized a mission to Chile, whose objective is to strengthen the network of links with the national industry.

Innovation is key to the future of mining and if it develops collaboratively, the result can be even better. This is how they understood it in Peru, where four months ago they created the “Innovation Hub”, an organization that brings together a number of different players from the mining industry with the challenge of adding collaboration as a recurring activity of the Peruvian mining sector, and which had its premiere in society in the 34 version of Perumin, the main mining fair in Peru and one of the most important in the world.

Walter Rosenthal, partner of Quintil Valley and coordinator of the organization, explains: “Through this initiative we seek to provide companies with a series of services that are complementary to their innovation management structure, for example, open innovation programs, training, determination of common challenges and challenges, link with the ecosystem and accompaniment to cause the exchange of good practices among the actors that are part of this Hub ”.

What are the objectives of this organization?
The main challenge of the Hub is to help companies innovate, but based on collaboration. We seek to put the collaboration at the service of innovation. Therefore, every step you take, do it thinking about how that movement can activate collaborative processes between partner companies and within the same companies. Also help companies to relate to the ecosystem and in that way they can interact with all those infinite capacities that are distributed outside the mining companies.

What are you currently working on?
Currently, the Hub is moving forward in the process of finding innovative solutions for a set of 12 challenges, common challenges, which are in various areas such as production, community relations, the environment, among others. During the last six weeks of 2019, it received a set of 245 innovative proposals and now they are in the process of selecting and prioritizing a first pre-selection of 43 initiatives. Nowadays, what the companies associated with the Hub do is associate with these entrepreneurs, understand the details of their proposals and explore together what could be a work plan for a pilot project that can materialize in any of these partner companies and that the knowledge is available to all the members of the Hub. In addition, during this month there was a tour of linking with the Chilean ecosystem, where a series of meetings were held with different actors from the scientific world, from companies, unions, government, State, and other organizations such as the Alta Ley Corporation, in order for companies to establish contact, possesses the identity of the Hub in the Chilean ecosystem and also be able to interact with solutions that are relevant and that have been generated from innovation in the Chilean market.

What ties do they have with the Chilean industry? Do you think it is important that there is a collaborative work between both countries in this area?
This first mission is to strengthen the network of links with the national industry. For this, we have the intense collaboration of the Alta Ley Corporation, who has a strategic role in the design and articulation of the agenda, making available their contacts and references. The framework of the “Andes Open Challenge” call has also been a joint work, associated with the open innovation program and which was recently closed, with a group of actors such as research centers, universities and investment funds.

Undoubtedly, the challenges facing the industry, both Chilean and Peruvian, coincide in many aspects, therefore, the collaboration of the industry of these countries is very valuable, it has been historically, but there is always the option to intensify it. This mission that is being done to Chile, seeks that, to establish this bridge and from the relationship between people, to be able to cultivate these institutional links and will face these challenges through collective innovation projects.

How do you see mining in the upcoming years?
The opinion that the Hub has about the challenges of the industry in the coming years is that it is an industry that will continue to grow, and for it to continue to do so, it has to meet a series of challenges in the field of energy efficiency, of generating clean energy to integrate it into its operations and above all to relate with the communities where it operates and intends to operate. In this way, innovation is a set of opportunities to face these challenges and, without a doubt, the industry that we are going to see in the coming years will be a thriving industry, which will increasingly add an effort to innovate and in that way to move forward in solving the challenges of the future.