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  • The challenge "Innovature" encourages the participation of Latin Americans with responsible and sustainable ideas to revive the economy

July 24, 2020. CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through its initiative named Activa and in collaboration with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Reforestamos México, Fair Connection and World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the call for the Latin American challenge "Innovature" which aims to solve social, environmental and economic problems that have increased the effects of COVID-19, through proposals and solutions based on nature with the potential to be scalable and replicable.

"We are looking for Latin Americans with ideas or concerns, about new ways to interact with the environment in a responsible and sustainable way, which leads to development based on the regeneration of systems and not just on extraction as most of the current business models do. We know that there is a lot of talent in Latin America that has good ideas and we want to support them to achieve a society more connected to nature," said Jean Pierre Morales, director of the ACTIVA initiative, which is part of the Secondary Forests project that CATIE is implementing in four Central American countries to promote private financing links in secondary forests.

Morales also mentioned that this challenge seeks to have participants present proposals for solutions based on nature that inspire, focus and support ecosystems and the services they provide, and thus support Latin American entrepreneurs with advice to improve their ideas and achieve greater impact.

"This initiative will allow us to identify and support businesses linked to nature and forests, so we can raise awareness about the importance of ecosystem services for our lives," Morales said.


About the challenge

To be part of the challenge, participants must form teams of three to five people over the age of 18 and must register their proposal by August 28, 2020.

The solution proposals must solve a socio-environmental problem in the Latin American region and the solutions presented can be of the following types: use and access to new technologies, associative models, disruptive business models, development models, financial models, public policies, new processes, education, new products and services, among others.

In addition, in order for the teams to improve their proposal and advice, they will have workshops and training with mentors specialized in technical and business issues. Teams will be told the day and time to attend the workshop or with their mentor.

With regard to the evaluation of proposals, creativity, innovation, use of scientific information and impact will be assessed.

As a final part of the challenge, the selected teams will present their proposal on October 26, 2020 to a jury that will recognize the 10 best ideas.


All 10 teams will receive:

  1. An acknowledgement certifying their achievement
  2. Two-month accompaniment

  3. Support in exploring financing capabilities and potential buyers

  4. Participation and presentation of its proposal at the annual meeting of the WRI 20x20 Initiative in person or virtually (travel costs will be covered by the teams)


For more information about the Innovature challenge you can contact the Director of ACTIVA, Jean Pierre Morales at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See full details about the challenge and calendar in the attached images or visit the following link here and the ACTIVA initiative's social networks.

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More information:

Jean Pierre Morales
Secodary Forests Project Coordinator
Director of Activa
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Written by:

Priscilla Brenes Angulo
Commuication´s Assistat
Information Technology  and Communication
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