Start-up Latin America 2016

Building an Innovative Future

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Start-ups are gaining momentum in Latin America. Start-up Latin America 2016: Building an innovative future reviews the dynamics of start-ups and the policies for start-up promotion in four countries in the region –  Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The report reviews the policy mix for start-up promotion and highlights the progress made by each country and future challenges. It identifies good practices in promoting start-ups and lessons learned in Latin America in the design and implementation of policies.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

OECD Development Centre

Founding new enterprises and innovation are key elements of production transformation strategies. Innovative start-ups can contribute to closing productivity gaps and moving countries towards inclusive development. There is growing worldwide interest in actions to promote the creation and expansion of start-ups. Today’s start-up world is diverse, and public policies for start-ups exist in OECD countries and developing countries. Although the innovation and production systems of emerging countries are still nowhere near as dense as those of OECD countries, the start-up landscape has become more dynamic, with innovative solutions emerging and mindsets changing in emerging and developing countries.

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