The NORCAT Open Innovation Platform seeks to identify and engage innovative companies with potential technology solutions to solve some of the most challenging issues facing the global mining industry.
Through our platform and services, we create opportunities to expedite product development and further technology adoption and deployments of emerging technologies that are poised to transform the global mining industry.
Curated research service to identify tech companies that have potential solutions that are aligned to the priorities of your mining company.
Identify and accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of solutions to address the global mining industry's intractable challenges.
Participate in pitch events featuring technology companies showcasing their solutions at the NORCAT Underground Centre.
While working with tech companies and major mining companies, we identified a need to build a more strategic and reliable pathway to solve not only the specific challenges facing the mining industry, but also the indirect issues facing the environment, human safety, and innovation at all levels of the value chain.
"We are excited to be working with NORCAT and leverage the Open Innovation Platform to help Vale expedite the identification, development, testing, and subsequent deployment of solutions that not only address our challenges but also offers support to the mining industry more broadly. NORCAT’s network across multiple sectors and geographies coupled with their unique operating test mine and innovation and product development service offerings makes them a welcomed partner."
- Anthony Downs, Manager, Innovation Scanning & Curation for Vale's Base Metal Operations
"The challenge under the Open Innovation Platform hosted by NORCAT in partnership with Vale has been very valuable for us. On the one hand, due to the depth of the problem posed, that is, not technically trivial and at the same time with great potential to be replicable far beyond the specific case. NORCAT has played a fundamental role in managing the relationship. It has helped a lot in defining the common path between Vale and SK Godelius. This involves dealing with multiple dimensions, operational, innovation and engineering, which often have different urgencies and priorities. This has been especially important in times of pandemic, where an important part of the interaction has had to be virtual. In short, NORCAT has made a decisive contribution to the viability of our project."
- Fernando Bracco, CEO and Founder, SK Godelius
"This is an exciting opportunity for Podco to showcase our experience and agile product development. It’s a very forward-thinking program put together by NORCAT in partnership with Vale. I believe the collaboration between Podco and the Vale Open Innovation Team will lead to the best possible solution."
- Stephen Podrucky, Product Designer and Founder of Podco Inc.