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.



Knowledge-based small and medium-sized enterprises in Mexico

An emerging issue in innovation policy

This chapter reviews how the issue of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises has been addressed in the evolution of Mexico’s S&T policy mix over the last decade. It presents some recent public initiatives of a policy, legal or regulatory nature which, along with private ones, have contributed to the gradual build-up of a fragmented innovative ecosystem that could help broaden the pool of knowledge-based start-ups and ensure their sustainable development. It highlights some of the framework conditions and innovation performance features that may weaken the dynamism of new technology-based firm creation in Mexico.


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