Start-up Latin America

Promoting Innovation in the Region

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This report reviews the policy mix to support knowledge-based start-ups in six countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. It discusses role of public policies in supporting the creation of start-ups, it presents an overview of the rationale and scope of state intervention and it summarises the experience of OECD countries, focusing on Australia, Finland and Israel. The report provides a comparative assessment of the experience of the six Latin American countries. Following the literature and the experience of countries it develops a taxonomy of instruments targeted to promote entrepreneurship and it compares the policy mix available in the different countries in Latin America. It also identifies recommendations to improve the policy framework for start-up promotion in Latin America. Country notes are available for each of the six studied countries. The report has been elaborated in the framework of the Development Centre's policy dialogue on innovation policies in Latin America.

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Promoting start-ups in Argentina

OECD Development Centre

This chapter presents an overview of public policies recently introduced in Argentina to support start-ups. It highlights the growing role of innovation policies in the country and the creation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. It then looks at specific policies to promote start-ups. Argentina offers support for the seed and start-up stages; however, financing and the regulatory framework for start-ups’ expansion and acceleration are less developed. The country’s sectoral technology funds and solid scientific and research base in sectors such as software, design and biotechnology are important assets whose impact on start-up creation could be strengthened.

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