Latin America and the Caribbean

Start- Up Latin America 2016 just started


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The experiences of Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru’s in startup promotion are being reviewed. The ongoing assessment shows that Latin America is a region in motion: the policy mix of targeted tools has been modernized and new actors and forms rose up in start-up promotion since 2012.

A progress report was presented and benefited from comments from high level participants at the Startup Nation Summit (SNS) in Monterrey (Mexico) on November 20, 2015.

“Startup Latin America 2016: Building and Innovative Future”

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 Startup Events:

  • High Level Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Startups: Agents of Innovation in Latin America, Mexico City, Mexico, August 11-12, 2015
    Download: Agenda - Paper

Start-up Latin America: Promoting Innovation in the Region

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Start-ups are gaining momentum in Latin America's innovation strategies. Start-up Latin America: Promoting Innovation in the Region analyses the role of policies in promoting the creation and expansion of start-ups. It provides a comparative snapshot of recent initiatives in six countries in the region – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – to identify good practices and foster knowledge sharing to improve innovation policy design and implementation.

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Start-up events:

  • Pre-launch, 25 July 2013 - Panama City

Start-up Latin America: Promoting Innovation in the Region was pre-launched in Panamá City at a plenary session of the First Regional Telecom Congress (23-26 July 2013) in the frame of the associated meetings of the XXIII Iberoamerican Head of States and Governments Summit. The meeting gathered Ministries, regulatory agencies, CEOs of major telecom companies, experts and representatives of major international organisations to discuss the challenges to close the digital gap in Latin America by 2020.

  • ‌Presentation to the OECD Development Centre Governing Board Seminar, 3 October 2013 - Paris

Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, Director of CONACYT, Mexico discussed the report with the Governing Board of the OECD Development Centre at a seminar in Paris, on 3 October 2013.

  • Launch, 27 November 2013 – Aguascalientes, Mexico

CONACYT México, SEGIB and the OECD Development Centre launched “Start-up Latin America: Promoting Innovation in the Region” on 27 November in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in the framework of the 5th Mexican National Innovation and Competitiveness Day. Policymakers from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico participated to the launch and discussed the challenges of implementing policies to promote Start-ups.


For information or comments about the report, contact Ms. Annalisa Primi, Senior Economist, OECD Development Centre:


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