MARÍA EUGENIA ESTENSSORO VISITED US

Politician, journalist and social entrepreneur, María Eugenia Estenssoro, born in Bolivia and naturalized as Argentinean citizen, visited CITES. She was received by its staff, headed by the Manager, Nicolás Tognalli. There, she toured through the facilities and deepened about the entrepreneur and life experience of each of the team members. Besides, she visited the spin-off Phylumtech and Nanodetección, where she learnt about the activities and objectives of those startups.

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The former senator of Argentina (she represented the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in the political party Coalición Cívica) showed herself very interested and amazed by the potential and the innovation she perceived in all the activities carried out at the core of CITES. It is important to highlight that she also had the opportunity to walk through the Corporate Building of Grupo Sancor Seguros in Sunchales and to participate in a meeting of Sancor Seguros Administration Board.

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Among her main achievements, María Eugenia Estenssoro created and was the first President of the Foro Internacional de Mujeres de Argentina, (International Women Forum – Argentina), an institutions present in dozens of countries which fosters the leadership of women in the public function and private sector. She also founded Fundación Equidad (Equity Foundation), where she currently presides. This is a nonprofit organization that implements social and educational programs using the computer and Internet as basic tools.

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PHYLUMTECH, AT THE EXPOSITION BIOJAPAN 2016

The company incubated at CITES, dedicated to the development of tools and solutions for the discovery of new molecules in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical areas, was invited to participate in BioJapan Expo 2016, carried out in the city of Yokohama, Japan. This is one of the most important events in the Asian Continent for pharmaceutical companies, where every year there are more than800 exhibitors and around 15.000 visitors.

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In the context of the Fair carried out October 12-14 this year, Phylumtech presented its products WMicrotracker ONE and WMicrotracker ARENA, in a stand shared with the Japanese company Screen Holdings Co. Both companies agreed on the joint distribution of products, with which, Phylumtech´s product will be distributed in Japan, China and Taiwan, obtaining access to a market of 15 billion people.

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On the other hand, Phylumtech will be in charge of bringing to South America an innovative technology that allows to carry out massive trials of compounds for cells and tissue culture in 3D.

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CIPPEC AND CITES CARRIED OUT THE SECOND FEDERAL SEMINAR ABOUT PUBLIC POLICIES AND ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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”.

ACERCA DE CIPPEC Y CITES
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.

CITES SIGNED A TECHNICAL SUPPORT AGREEMENT WITH SUNCHALES MUNICIPALITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND LAUNCHING OF THE PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLEX

In a meeting carried out on Thursday, October, 6th, the Mayor of Sunchales, Dr. Gonzalo Toselli and the General Manager of CITES, Dr. Nicolás Tognalli, signed an agreement to form a Technical Team, integrated by representatives of both organizations, which will assist the Regional Environmental Consortium in charge of managing the new Environmental Complex Sunchales.

This team will work on:

  • The development of the technical Project for the Environmental Complex Sunchales, for the Comprehensive Management of Solid Urban Waste.
  • The fostering of productive activities related with the recovery and/or recycling of waste, transformed in raw material for new projects.
  • The interchange of technical, bibliographical, statistic information and studies for the development of the referenced project.
  • The technical support for the design and implementation of the project.
  • The participation in communication and dissemination of the project towards the community; institutions; local, provincial and national authorities.

Mayor Toselli highlighted the importance of CITES for the development of the city and its national reach as the only private initiative with its characteristics, and at the same time he thanked the commitment with this project which has the purpose of moving forward in the generation of a waste treatment center to replace the current one.

On his part, the General Manager of CITES, Nicolás Tognalli, reinforced the social commitment of Grupo Sancor Seguros in general and of CITES in particular, adhering to this project which will, undoubtedly contribute to the benefit of the whole city.

CITES AND PHYLUMTECH, TOGETHER THE MAIN ACTORS OF THE AMERICAN PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

Recently, CITES accompanied Phylumtech, one of the incubated companies, to a road show with pharmaceutical industry benchmarks in Boston, U.S.A. Sergio Simonetta, CEO and Scientific Director of the entrepreneurship, graded the experience as a very positive one and he highlighted the support of CITES both before the trip and also during it, as well as the support offered in the coordination of interviews with main actors of the sector. “With this trip we have confirmed that our proposal is at the same level that the proposals of the pioneer companies of the sector, which allows us to enter the international startups market,” commented Simonetta.
On the other hand, before the trip to Boston, members of Phylumtech showed their products related to aging studies in the Annual American Congress of C. elegans. Such Congress was carried out in Wisconsin-Madison University, with more than 200 researchers from U.S.A and Asia. There, the startup launched to the market its new product WMicrotracker ARENA.
It is important to mention that Phylumtech is a company dedicated to the development of tools and solutions for the discovery of new molecules, in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical areas. The company works on the development and marketing of nine technologies and on providing services for the development of compounds. It mainly uses tiny animal models to carry out tests, which reduces the discovery time of new drugs, costs and the amount of larger animals (dogs, mice or monkeys) that are used in tests.

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Advisory Council met for the second time for the II Seminar “Towards a productive environment of high technology in Argentina”, organized by CIPPEC and CITES

On Wednesday, 31st, August, in the Capital Federal Branch from Grupo Sancor Seguros, it was carried out the second meeting on gthe Advisory Counsil for the II Seminar “Towars a productive environment of high technology in Argentina”. During the event, it was proposed and discussed the content for the agenda and for the panels at the seminar, which shall be carried out on October, 24th. Moreover, there was an exchange about the participation of potential actors.

As part of its functions, the Council formulates strategic recommendations, as well as it proposes and orientates the objectives for the carrying out of the 2016 edition of the Seminar; it contributes on the identification of topics of vital interest for the debate during the activity; it advises on the definition of key actors and strategic partnerships which shall be present in order to insure the event success; and it acts as Editorial Council of the Seminar Reports and dissemination products that can be developed. It is important to highlight that the Council combines figures from the public and privates sectors, civil society, the scientific-technological complex and it represents different geographic areas, keeping a federal approach.

Counselors for the initiative are: Mariano Mayer, Undersecretary of Entrepreneurs and SMEs from the Ministry of Production of the Nation; Martín Soto, Undersecretary of International Financing Relations of the Ministry of Finance and Public Finance of the Nation; Jorge Aguado, Undersecretary of Policies of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation; Héctor Otheguy, General Manager of INVAP; Juan Carlos Soria, Director of Technology Transfer of Conicet; Esteban Campero, Undersecretary of Entrepreneurs; Arturo Torres, Director of Entrepreneur Capital; Susana García Robles Projects Director of FOMIN; Gabriela Macagni, Executive Director of Endeavor; Marcelo Olmedo, President of Promedon; Adolfo Rouillon, Founder of Congelados del Sur; Hugo Sigman, CEO of Grupo Insud; Hernán da Cunha, from Grupo Bagó; Eduardo Estrada, Attaché of the General Direction of Grupo Sancor Seguros; Laura Ge, advisor of Grupo Sancor Seguros; Nicolás Tognalli and Carlos Ingaramo Manager and Vice President of CITES; Natalia Aquilino, Agustina Suaya y Federico Frascheri, Director, Coordinator and Analyst of CIPPEC, respectively.

ABOUT CIPPEC AND CITES

CIPPEC is an independent, non partisan and non-profit organization that works for a fair, democratic and efficient Estate which improves people´s life. Therefore, it concentrates its efforts in analyzing and fostering public policies that encourage equity and growth in Argentina. Its challenge is to translate the best ideas into concrete actions. These ideas arise in the areas of Social Development, Economic Development and Estate 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 base companies in Argentina, offering financial, technological support and management for entrepreneurs. It allows the development of regional economies thanks to its social, business and technological contributions, and the benefits of its activity have a direct impact in several sectors.

Grupo Sancor Seguros headquarters for the 1st Work Session organized by MINCyT of Santa Fe province

On Tuesday, 16th, August it was carried out the “1st Work Session: strengthening of innovation platforms of Santa Fe province”, organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of provincial government. Such event took place in the Auditorium of Corporative Building from Grupo Sancor Seguros, located on 257 km 257 of National Road Nº 34 (Sunchales).

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At the activity attended the Governor, Miguel Lifschitz; from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Santa Fe, Eduardo Matozo, among other actors from the public an d private sectors related to the topic. It was intended for technological parks, poles and clusters, incubators and business accelerators located in Santa Fe territory, as well as to units of technology transfer and universities. The aim was to easy the meeting between innovation platforms so as to Exchange experiences and socialize their respective actions.
During the event, and after the opening, there were different presentations from the Ministry of Production of the Nation; Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation and of Santa Fe province. There was also offered information about the 2nd Seminar “Cites and Grupo Sancor Seguros supporting the development of the Entrepreneur environment in Argentina” and about BioArgentina, an event encouraged by the Argentine Chamber of Biotechnology. Besides, there was a workshop with innovation platforms.

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Finally, the call “Development of strategic plans for innovation platforms” was launched. This presentation was led by the Governor Lifschitz and Minister Matozo together with the Mayor of Sunchales, Gonzalo Toselli and General Manager of Grupo Sancor Seguros, Alejandro Simón. The aim of the call is to grant non refundable support to innovation platforms in Santa Fe province for the generation of a strategic plan.

CITES carried out the launching of its Startups Program Edition 2016

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On Thursday, 4th and Friday, 5th this month in en Sunchales (Santa Fe), it was carried out the presentation event of the 2016 Edition of CITES Startups, pre-incubation program which has the aim of deeply getting to know teams, business cases and technologies behind the enrolled projects, in order to determine if such projects are aligned with the strategic vision of the incubator. This event will continue from August to November, moment in which projects to be incubated next year will be selected.

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In its facilities, the company Grupo Sancor Seguros received the teams of the 20 projects that were preselected over a total of 92 enrolled projects from all Latin America, who shared lectures from national and international speakers and carried out the corresponding elevator pitch.

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During Thursday there were offered the lectures of “Why to incubate your venture at CITES”, by Oren Gershtein (Israeli entrepreneur, specialist in technological incubators and strategic advisor for CITES) and “Propiedad Intelectual” (“Intellectual Property”), delivered by Ilan Reiss, lawyer specialist in the subject living in Israel. Other speakers were Juan Soria, Director of Technology Transfer of CONICET and Gabriel Tonetti, Corporative Manager of Strategic and Technological Innovation of Arcor. On his part, Nicolás Tognalli, CITES Manager and Martín Marlatto (CBDO) carried out an institutional presentation of the Startups program, respectively.

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Friday was left for the program Demo Day, during which the 20 preselected projects were introduced (mostly from Argentina, but also from Uruguay and Colombia), among which there were the two winners of the program CITES Ideas 2016.
“We have already selected the 16 projects with which we will continue working in order to know them deeper and in November we will define the ones that are going to be incubated here in Sunchales. It is about initiatives related to Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, ICTs, among others. Through this kind of actions we continue to be a key factor within the entrepreneur environment in science and technology of the country”, highlighted Nicolás Tognalli.

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It is important to remark that the projects that result chosen will have the opportunity of getting investments of up to USD 500.000 and to be incubated during two years in CITES, the first technological incubator in Latin America focused and specialized in developing complex, disruptive, high impact and worldwide high-tech startups. Besides, its value proposal includes active management and international business advise; access to laboratories totally equipped; technological, market, legal and financing support; and access to mentors, strategic partners, experts, entrepreneurs and investors at a global level.

CITES chose the three winning projects for its program CITES ideas 2016

CITES released the three selected projects of its program CITES Ideas – MVP Program 2016 within its list of 10 finalists.
The company of Grupo Sancor Seguros launched for the first time this call with the objective of transforming IT ideas into MVPs (Minimum Viable Projects) within acceleration program of three months. The program focused in those technological booming areas such as Internet of Things, Security / Cryptography, 3D Printing, SaaS / PaaS / IaaS and AI / Machine Learning / Expert systems, with application in the fields of Fintech/Banking, AgroTech, HealthTech, InsuranceTech and Data Analytics. While registration to the program was opened, 122 projects were registered from different parts of the country, Latin America, Canada and United States.
Winning projects will receive financing of up to 20.000 dollars for the development of a MVP, advice with the Israeli agency Dr. Eyal Bressler Ltd. for the strategy for protecting intellectual property, mentoring and also the possibility of entering CITES Startups 2016 (pre-incubation program to CITES) and of receiving an investment of 500.000 dollars.

The three selected projects

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BSE (Security and Cryptography/HealthTech): system of tools for the acquisition of medical biometric information for insuring identities in patients in care processes. The proposed technology could have applications in FinTech/Banking and security.

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3DLab (3D Printing / Scanning/ HealthTech): mobile application and platform in the cloud to make 3D scanning, automatic land marking and acquisition of anthropometric variables which allow the quantification of body shape. Through a simple and noninvasive procedure, variables are calculated in order to analyze body shape, allowing the diagnosis of obesity or similar conditions, being able, at the same time, to access the medical record in order to know specific details, their temporal evolution or reference value.

CloudCero

CloudCero (Cloud/Data Analytics): intelligent system for the management of different services and providers of cloud infrastructure, centralized and with the ability of making management suggestions (cost optimization, efficiency, scalability, etc.) by artificial intelligence techniques. Mainly, it is designed to ease management and administration of services in the cloud on a large scale.

CITES ideas 2016 had its Demo Day in sunchales

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On Friday, May, 6th, in the co-working space the Center of Technological, Business and Social Innovation (CITES) has in Sunchales, Santa Fe province, it was carried out the Demo Day of CITES Ideas 2016, the initiative that the company from Grupo Sancor Seguros launched for the first time this year with the objective of transforming IT ideas into MVPs (Minimum Viable Projects) within an acceleration program of three months.

It is important to highlight that while registration to the program was opened, 122 projects were registered from different parts of the country, Latin America, Canada and United States which must have an application in any of the following fields: Fintech/Banking, AgroTech, HealthTech, InsuranceTech and Data Analytics.

At the event attended members of the 10 projects that were selected as finalists (Quiena, BSE Salud y Deportes, VAQapp, 3Dlab, Threedo, Disruptive Science, Coffr, CloudCero, Bitpayments y Primus) and which are competing for a financing of up to 20.000 dollars, development of the strategy for protecting intellectual property with an agency of Israel, mentoring and the possibility of entering Cites Startups 2016 (pre-incubation program to CITES) and of receiving an investment of 500.000 dollars.

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In the first place, Nicolás Tognalli, CITES Manager, welcomed the attendees and provided an institutional presentation. Then, the awards in cash were granted to the corresponding winners of CITES Ideas – Coding Contest: a brief problem solving contest through digital computers programming. Next, Oren Gershtein (Israeli entrepreneur, specialist in technological incubators and CITES advisor) delivered the speech “Why to manage your venture in CITES”.

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Finally, the finalist projects were exposed by their respective entrepreneurs. In the following days, CITES jury will deliberate in order to determine the three winners.

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