On August 26th, CITES organized in Sunchales a Seminar called “Strategies to Optimize Accelerators and Technology-based Startups in Argentina”. Prominent personalities participated in the event, such as the governor of the province of Santa Fe, Antonio Bonfatti; the city mayor, Ezequiel Bolatti; the deputy superintendent of Insurance of the Nation, Gabriel Wolf; national, provincial and city government officials; legislators; experts in science and technology; entrepreneurs and local business people; advisors and officials from our Group.
From the variety of activities carried out, we can highlight the lectures, such as the presentation given by Oren Gershtein (CEO of IdealityRoads) on public-private articulation and the strategy of Israel to foster the creation of an entrepreneurship ecosystem that develops Startups, as well as his talk on the key factors for the success of technological incubation units in that same country.
Furthermore, Martín Umaran, Co-founder and Chief of Staff at Globant, described the history of this company from its beginnings as a Startup to the present when, only a couple of weeks ago, it began trading shares on the NYSE. In additon, Claudio Dunan (Strategy Director of Bioceres), presented an innovative Bio-business model and Graciela Ciccia (Head of Innovation and Technological Development of the INSUD Group) focused on R&D&I actions and support to Startups.
It is important to highlight the participation of Federico Seineldín (Co-founder of Njambre), who presented the case of Arbusta and the accelerators of social projects. Along the same lines, Schlomi Schwartzblat (CEO of Van Leer Technology and Ventures Jerusalem) shared the experiences of Israel regarding videoconference meetings. The event also included experiences from the public sector regarding Startups and tech entrepreneurs. Within this framework, David Asteggiano, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Innovation of the province of Santa Fe, introduced the new financing tools offered by the Agency of Science, Technology and Innovation of Santa Fe; while Mariano Mayer, Head of the General Direction of Entrepreneurship of Buenos Aires City, gave a lecture on the program “Aceleradora Buenos Aires Emprende 2014”.
Furthermore, Mariana Berenstein, Sub Director of Technology Transfer at CONICET, from the National Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, gave a lecture on new trends in technological transference from the Scientific sector; while Susana García Robles, Chief Investment Officer for early stage projects at FOMIN/BID, focused on the current situation and future plans of this institution to support Startups and accelerators of technological and social enterprises. It is important to highlight that, after each talk, all the participants had the opportunity to ask questions, making this event even more enriching. As a closing activity, a round table was held in order to exchange ideas, opinions and outlooks that trigger proposals to enhance the development of accelerators of technology-based companies in our country.
Finally, Alejandro Simón, CEO of Sancor Seguros and Director of CITES, gave a closing speech to emphasize the importance this type of initiatives have for the region, since they promote rewarding exchanges. He also highlighted the mission of CITES, to work towards the creation of a science and technology hub in Sunchales and the region, connecting key sectors of the entrepreneurship ecosystem of the country and the region.