Knowledge-based Start-ups in Mexico

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Over the last decade Mexico has implemented a variety of policies to support business innovation. Support instruments have included direct subsidies to firms in the framework of competitive calls and R&D tax credit schemes. Specific policies have aimed at supporting public-private partnerships and technological collaboration between public research institutes and higher education institutions and enterprises. In many instances support focused on  priority sectors or technology areas, but in recent years more emphasis has been placed on support to small and medium-sized enterprises and the build-up of technology transfer capacities. This report evaluates the performance of the knowledge-based sector in Mexico and provides policy recommendations for improving the financing, creation and expansion of innovative knowledge-based start-ups.



This review of the Mexican knowledge-based start-up sector was requested by the Mexican authorities, represented by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT). It was carried out by the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI). It is in direct continuation of the review of Mexico’s innovation policy which was published by the OECD in 2009; it updates the innovation review’s diagnostics and deepens its analysis of innovative entrepreneurship. The review was also requested in the context of the LACII (Latin American and Caribbean Countries Initiative on Innovation), a high-level policy dialogue on innovation in Latin America, launched in 2010. Ministers in charge of innovation in Latin American countries met in Guanajuato, Mexico in March 2011 and decided to base their dialogue in the future on background studies analysing the actual experience of Latin American countries with various aspects of innovation policy. Hence this report was commissioned as part of this broader effort to feed into the high-level LACII discussions.


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