CIPPEC and the Center for Technological, Business and Social Innovation (CITES) from Grupo Sancor Seguros carried out, on Monday, November 30th, the First Federal Seminar “Hacia un ecosistema productivo de alta tecnología en Argentina: políticas públicas y desarrollo emprendedor” (“Towards a productive environment of high technology in Argentina: public policies and entrepreneurial development”) .
The event brought together the main actors of public and private sectors in science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and entrepreneur capital. Its aim was to establish a quality dialog around four analysis axes: international context, national and regional context, strengths and weaknesses of the Argentina case, and opportunities in the short and medium term. “From Grupo Sancor Seguros we decided not only to organize this seminar, but also to be an actor that leads this change driving us to an scenario of greater plurality and joint work between the public and private sector, with the aim of reaching a level of development in technological entrepreneurs that puts Argentina in the place it deserves to be”, said Alejandro Simón, General Director of Grupo Sancor Seguros, in his message at the closing of the event. At the same time, Simón invited other actors of the sector to join this kind of initiatives so as to achieve specific actions with a positive social impact.
On his part, Eduardo Levi Yeyati, president of the Administration Board of CIPPEC, described the situation of Argentina as a scenario where there is an important entrepreneur flow on one side and a lot of basic research on the other. “CITES came to unite these two ends that are not necessarily always in the same place: it united innovation with entrepreneurship, in order to scale in the creation and growth of a company”, he remarked. Likewise, he urged to work for these objectives, and he affirmed that development moves towards knowledge economy. “Development has more and more innovation in it”, claimed Levy Yeyati.
The closing of the event was carried out by Mariano Mayer, general director of Entrepreneurs of the Government of Buenos Aires City: “The examples of Israel, South Korea or Silicon Valley are interesting, but they can´t be copied. We must find our own model and it has to be done all together”.
Panels, conferences and work sessions.
The seminar was divided in panels, conferences and work sessions which had as leading subjects to officers and political actors, national and international specialists, academicians, business persons, entrepreneurs and investors of entrepreneurial capital
The event started with the opening speech of Nicolás Tognalli, manager of CITES and Lucio Castro, director of the Economic Development Area of CIPPEC, who, as hosts, framed the gathering and the objective of the seminar. Afterwards, Ruth Ladenheim, secretary of Planning and Policies in Science and Technology from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Country expressed that the national plan has two main axes: the strengthening of the abilities to carry out scientific research of high level in Argentina and the use of such abilities to boost technological innovation, productive development and social inclusion.
The conceptual framework was introduced by Natalia Aquilino, director of incidence, monitoring and evaluation of CIPPEC, and it was based on the document “10 agreements for the development of a productive environment of high technology in Argentina”. The research summarizes the main agreements of the sector and it contributes to go deeper in an agenda of short and medium term. Later, Oren Gershtein, Ideality Road CEO and former CEO of Van Leer Ventures Tech Incubator, analyzed the case of Israel. Afterwards, Carlos Melo, director of Science and Technology of the Government of Buenos Aires City; Eduardo Matozo, appointed minister of Science and Technology of Santa Fe province, and Roberto Avalle, representing the elected Governor of Córdoba province, Juan Schiaretti, participated from the panel “Hacia un ecosistema productivo de alta tecnología: políticas provinciales de ciencia, tecnología, innovación, emprendedurismo y capital emprendedor”, (“Towards a productive environment of high technology: provincial policies in science, technology, innovation entrepreneurial and entrepreneur capital”).
After its exposition there followed the panel “Construyendo un ecosistema productivo de alta tecnología en América Latina. Visiones y perspectivas” (“Building a productive ecosystem of high technology in Latin America. Visions and perspectives”) in which there were panelists such as Roberto Salvarezza, president of CONICET; Hernán Kazah, co founder of KaszeK Ventures and Mercado Libre; Marta Cruz, cofounder of NXTP Labs; Paulo da Cunha, chief of the sector Science and Technology in the Embassy of Brazil; Carmen Correa, advisor of the Board and executive secretary at the National Agency of Research and Innovation from Uruguay, and Carlos Lerner, president of the Forum Science and Technology. The panel moderator was Hugo Kantis, director of PRODEM-UNGS and consultant of the MinCyT.
During the afternoon there were two work sessions. In the first one, called “Desarrollo emprendedor de base tecnológica en Argentina: un diálogo público-privado sobre fortalezas y debilidades” (“Technology-based entrepreneur development in Argentina: a public-private dialog about strengthens and weaknesses”), the speakers were David Asteggiano, State secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of Santa Fe province; Mariano Mayer, general director of Entrepreneurs of the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires; Federico Trucco, CEO of Bioceres; Julián Cohen, CEO Grupo Cohen; Manuel Tanoira, Partner at Tanoira & Cassagne; Diego Luzuriaga, director of the Postgraduate School of ITBA and cofounder of Equitas Ventures and Facundo Manes, rector of the Universidad Favaloro.
In the second work session, “Desarrollo emprendedor de base tecnológica en Argentina: un diálogo público-privado sobre oportunidades de corto y mediano plazo para una agenda colectiva” (“Technology-based entrepreneur development in Argentina: a public-private dialog about opportunities for a short and medium term collective agenda”), the participants were Eduardo Matozo; Guillermo Acosta, minister of Industry, Trade, Mining and Technological, Scientific Development of Córdoba; Carlos Melo; Marcelo Olmedo, CEO of Promedón and Graciela Ciccia, coordinator of the Argentina Chamber of Biotechnology.