26 October, 2016 Lucas Moreno


El evento reunió a funcionarios y actores políticos, especialistas nacionales e internacionales, académicos, empresarios, emprendedores e inversores de capital emprendedor.

The event gathered public officials and political actors, national and international specialists, academics, business persons, entrepreneurs and investors of entrepreneur capital.
On Monday, October, 24th took place the Second Federal Seminar “Hacia un ecosistema productivo de alta tecnología en Argentina” (Towards a productive environment of high technology in Argentina), organized by the Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) and the Center for Technological, Business and Social Innovation (CITES) of Grupo Sancor Seguros. The event, carried out at the Cultural Center of Science of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation, had the participation of the main referents within the public and private sectors of science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and entrepreneur capital.


The first edition of the event, carried out in 2015, identified strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities in the face of consolidating a productive and competitive high-tech network in the country. So as to keep on contributing with the building of better public policies that consolidate the environment, the 2nd Seminar tried to deepen over two points of the productive network: the easing context for the generation of new technology-based start-ups and the processes of technology transference to already set up businesses.


The opening was in charge of a panel which speakers were Jorge Aguado (Undersecretary of Politics in Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation), Mariano Mayer (Secretary of Entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises of the Nation), Eduardo Matozo (Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Santa Fe Province), Alberto Lamagna (Vice president of the National Atomic Energy Commission), Ángel Cárdenas Sosa (Senior Executive Private Sector of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America) and Julia Pomares (Executive Director of CIPPEC). In this opportunity they discussed about the need of consolidating a shared future vision for the productive environment of high technology in Argentina, through the different points of view of the political actors that lead the topic. Mayer pointed out there that entrepreneurs are “the new innovation and development models, that generate opportunities,” and he added that the objective of reaching poberty zero in our country requieres the contribution and strengthening of the different kinds of entrepreneurs.


The panels
After that, there was a panel integrated by Arturo Torres (National Director of Entrepreneur Capital of the Nation); Marta Cruz (Director of NXTP Labs); Sebastián Stranieri (Founding partner of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Argentina); Sergio Simonetta (Phylmuntech CEO), Karen Mirkin (Business Developer of Wayra) and Martín Marlatto (Business Developer of CITES), who shared and analyzed the different possible strategies for the development of management capacities for techno businesses, as well as the challenges for the development of scientific-technological entrepreneurs and proactive managers.


After midday, there was a third panel, which had the participation of Juan Soria (Director of Technology Transfer of CONICET); Leandro Vetcher (Business Developer of Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator – Harvard); Paula Prados (Manager of INIS Biotech); Laura Pregliasco (Founding partner of ZumIn); Walter Abrigo (CEO of Incutex) and Gerardo Marchesini (CTO of CITES). Through the debate, they suggested improving ideas to increase the quality of coordination and integration of the network of relevant actors, and at the same time they analyzed the failures and improving opportunities so as to move forward a better dynamic.


After a networking activity, started the panel called “The role of Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Funding”, in which the vision of funds was analyzed and mechanisms to improve the global dialog with the environment were proposed. The speakers of the panel were Martín Soto (Undersecretary of International Financing Relationships of the Nation); Oren Gershtein (CEO of Ideality Roads); Adolfo Rouillon (Director of Congelados del Sur); Nicolás Pichon-Rivière (Partner in Pegasus Capital) and Diego Flaiban (Investment Senior at the Inter-American Investment Corporation and member of Inter-American Development Bank).


After their speeches, Jorge Aguado (Undersecretary of Politics in Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation); Héctor Otheguy (General Manager of INVAP); Eduardo Matozo (Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Santa FE province); Santiago Sacerdote (General Manager of Y-Tec) and Nicolás Tognalli (Manager of CITES), analyzed the role of big companies, SMEs, startups and the academy in relation to patent licensing, financing and tax environment with the objective of identifying improvement opportunities.

The closing of the event, had the participation of Alejandro Simón (General Director of Grupo Sancor Seguros); Omar Perotti (National Senator, President of the Commission of Science and Technology), Alberto Torres (representing the Ministry of Production, Science and Technology of Buenos Aires Province) and Jorge Mandelbaum (President of CIPPEC).

Perotti pointed out: “This productive ecosystem to be built requires committed actors so as to take it to the highest levels. We need to take innovation to the territory, to town halls,” and he added: “People who have the ability to undertake projects, have the ability to see opportunities where other people do not see them and thus this is a strategic sector for consolidating the economy of a country.” He then added that, “from the State we have to protect exportation of the knowledge industry we have been building.”

Mandelbaum, on his part, expressed: “This kind of events helps us consolidate CIPPEC mission, which consists of proposing public policies oriented, among other things, to the development of the entrepreneur environment.”

At the closing, Simón explained that Grupo Sancor Seguros generated CITES as part of its initiatives to contribute with the development of the country, doing it, in this case, through the knowledge economy. Besides, he highlighted that “it is necessary for private sector to increase its investment in Research and Development”.

CIPPEC is an independent, non-party, non-profit organization that works for a just, democratic and efficient State that improves the quality of life for people. To do so, it concentrates its efforts in analyzing and promoting public policies that foster equity and growth in Argentina. Its challenge is to translate into concrete actions the best ideas that arise in the areas of Social Development, Economic Development and State and Government.
CITES, on its part, is the first one stop-shop tech-incubator of private management in Latin America that supports the creation of technology-based companies in Argentina, offering financial, technological and entrepreneur management support. It allows the contribution to the development of regional economies thanks to its social, business and technological support, and the benefits of its activity have a direct impact on several sectors.