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The Mining Lab Challenge program was created to support initiatives of entrepreneurs who wish to develop technological innovation projects for the mining and metallurgy industry.

Initiatives of entrepreneurs around the world will be identified and connected, so they receive an equity-free investment, that is, an investment with no corporate counterpart.

Nexa aims at being a venture client, acting as a client of the initial producer instead of taking part in the capital of your company.

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In order to take part, companies have to:

  • Be duly constituted and registered before the competent bodies and to be regulated according to the law and the constitutive acts of the country of origin.

  • Allocate exclusively for the project at least two people. At least one of them must be willing to work either in Brazil or Peru, in case the project is selected.

Faq

  • What is the Mining Lab Challenge?

    The Mining Lab Challenge is Nexa's open innovation program aimed at searching for innovative solutions to the demands of mining and metallurgy processes in Brazil and Peru.

  • I have an idea that fits the requirement of one of the challenges, but it hasn’t been put into action yet. Can I register it in the Mining Lab Challenge?

    No. Only projects that have at least one laid out process or product to be tested within’ 1 year (12 months) will be considered. The idea is to take the business model to the market in the short term, so only projects that are already at an advanced stage will be accepted.

  • My solution does not fit into any of the challenges. What should I do?

    You can include your solution at any time in the Insights Channel, available on our registration platform.

  • What is the time period for the development of the Project?

    The deadline for completing the project validation and testing stage is maximum 1 year (12 months) after the selection and having signed contract.

  • How many companies will be selected to participate in the Mining Lab Challenge?

    At the end of the process up to 12 companies will be selected.

  • If my project is approved, will I have to move to a specific city or work remotely?

    The projects will be selected according to the demands of each operation in the company's mining and metallurgy processes in Brazil and Peru. In case the project is selected to be applied in Peru, at least one member must be willing to work there for a period of time.

  • What is the Online Bootcamp?

    The online Mining Lab Challenge Bootcamp is an online training that provides the skills, mentoring and information needed to build a work proposal along with Nexa.

  • What is the On-site Bootcamp?

    Those selected in the online Bootcamp will move to the next phase, the On-site Bootcamp, in a face-to-face interaction. At this stage, the candidates will be assessed by the ability to adapt their projects to Nexa's demands.

  • Where do I register?

    At the Mining Lab Platform, an exclusive platform for applications.

  • What is the role of Neo Ventures in the Mining Lab Challenge?

    Neo Ventures is a corporate accelerator with expertise in programs that stimulate open innovation within organizations. Its role in the Mining Lab Challenge is to support interaction and activities between Nexa's team and the participants.

  • Will the selected company be able to participate in other programs or raise funds with other investors?

    The company selected by the Mining Lab Challenge cannot have any type of commercial agreement or any relationship, contractual or otherwise, with any market players in Brazil and/or around the world that may be considered a competitor of Nexa.

  • What will be Nexa's role during the project development process? Will the company provide resources? Does Nexa intend to buy a share of the selected companies?

    Nexa is committed to provide all sort of support to those selected in the Mining Lab Challenge. There will be promotion of partnerships for the co-development of new technologies and the possibility of probation in the factory environment. Coaching and mentoring are also part of the plan, aiming at assisting in the development of projects. The Mining Lab Challenge is equity free, that is, an investment with no corporate counterpart.

  • If the selected project works out, what kind of relationship will there be between the company and Nexa?

    It depends on Nexa's strategy, on the project's testing and validation. If results are proven, the company might become a supplier.

  • What are the selection criteria?

    The Mining Lab Challenge requires participating companies to be duly constituted and registered before the competent bodies and to be regulated according to the law and the constitutive acts of the country of origin.

    It is worth mentioning that at least two people have to be allocated exclusively for the project.

    At least one of them must be willing to work either in Brazil or Peru, if the project is selected.

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