By Daniel Hunter
Innovative UK technology companies are visiting Brazil in November to explore business opportunities aimed at tacking climate change and improving resource efficiency.
Entrepreneurs from seventeen British companies with innovative clean technologies will participate in the week-long Clean and Cool Mission to Brazil, organised by the UK’s innovation agency, The Technology Strategy Board, together with The Long Run Venture and UK Trade and Investment.
Among the delegation will be businesses whose solutions address some of the greatest challenges facing Brazil, from combating deforestation and providing clean, safe water in remote regions through to cutting pollution and traffic congestion in towns and cities.
Discussing the Mission, David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, said, “I would like to congratulate the seventeen companies that have been selected for TSB’s Clean and Cool Mission in Brazil. The Brazilians are very keen to look at the new technologies coming from Britain, to work with us, to buy our products and our businesses are ready for Brazil. I am confident that this will be yet another highly successful Mission that underlines our credentials as a nation of entrepreneurs.”
David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board, explained: “The aim of the Mission is to foster partnerships and collaborations between British cleantech companies and Brazilian government agencies, businesses and investors.
“Brazil is the fifth largest market in the world with a broad and sophisticated industrial base. This week-long event will open up the Brazilian market to the Mission businesses, boost Britain’s growing clean technology sector and drive inward investment to the UK.”
Simon Carter, Deputy Director, Head of Renewable Energy at UKTI, concluded: “UKTI is delighted to sponsor the Clean and Cool Mission to Brazil. It signifies a positive relationship between a growing and innovative market and represents a great opportunity for some of the brightest and best UK companies in this important sector.”
Commencing on the 30 October, the seventeen companies will spend one week immersed in Brazil’s cleantech business, innovation and investment communities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. They will have an opportunity to extend their international operations in sectors ranging from waste and water, agriculture and forestry, bio energy and wind to smart buildings and transport.
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