Innovative and Entrepreneurial Universities in Latin America

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The review examines how higher education institutions are supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in their surrounding communities. The study focuses on eleven universities located in six countries in Latin America: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

The study finds that selected institutions are actively supporting entrepreneurs (university students, but also local entrepreneurs) through courses, incubation and acceleration activities. It also shows that universities are actively engaging with external stakeholders in their surrounding communities, to spur innovation through joint-research, organisation of events (such as festivals, competition). It finds that that while COVID-19 pandemic brought about some challenges, universities managed to stay afloat and keep a steady stream of support to entrepreneurs and partners. The review also illustrates the challenges that universities face when developing these activities (lack of funding, unclear regulation for intellectual property development, etc.) and highlights some opportunities that universities should leverage, particularly in the current context.


Resumen ejecutivo

Las instituciones de educación superior (IES) latinoamericanas colaboran cada vez más con actores de sus ecosistemas productivos para sostener la innovación y apoyar a emprendedores. Se han convertido en instituciones claves para promover el liderazgo, la innovación y la sostenibilidad en sus propias comunidades. Tal como lo destaca el informe, todas las instituciones estudiadas han adquirido a lo largo de los últimos años un rol central en sus ecosistemas productivos, una tendencia que se comprueba en las universidades de América Latina.

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