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.



Across the OECD, knowledge-based small and medium-sized enterprises, and more particularly start-up enterprises, are playing a growing role in employment and value creation. Increased attention is being given to the promotion of these enterprises in innovation policies. This introduction sets the framework against which Mexico’s innovation policies and support programmes that impinge upon the dynamism of knowledge-based start-ups can be analysed and recommendations to improve their efficiency can be made.


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