Finance Colombia » Santander Innovation Incubator Launched In Bucaramanga To Promote Entrepreneurship


Yesterday, the Bucaramanga Chamber of Commerce (CCB), Colombian petroleum giant Ecopetrol and the national small business incubator INNpulsa Colombia inaugurated S-Innova, an entrepreneurship and innovation support center that is part of the CEmprende network, a national initiative that connects It aims to facilitate between universities, private companies, the state and society to strengthen and promote the development of entrepreneurship and innovation in the country.

The new space at Calle 48 # 28-40 in Bucaramanga is designed to give entrepreneurs access to incubation, acceleration and internationalization programs, specialized laboratories, prototyping, open innovation, technology transfer, impact on high-level activities with partners, funding and coworking spaces Offer .

“CEmprende is an initiative in which we integrate the public sector, the private sector and the academy in a project to strengthen the business fabric of Santander. In this area we will have a concentrated range of services in which institutions such as the Cooperative University of Colombia, the Government of Santander, Imebu, of course Ecopetrol, Innpulsa and the Chamber of Commerce of Bucaramanga will be present, ”said Juan Camilo Beltrán Domínguez, President of the Chamber of Commerce from Bucaramanga.

Institutional offer for entrepreneurs

The Chamber of Commerce of Bucaramanga will offer its programs to strengthen and internationalize companies such as Accelera Región, Red de Inversionistas Ángeles (Angel Investor Network), Factories for Productivity and Global Plan Santander, among other things to facilitate business acceleration processes and increase the competitiveness of companies in terms of productivity, management skills, strategy and corporate governance.

With the support of the CCB, the OTRI (Technologietransferbüro des Ostens) also participates, an important player in the science, technology and innovation ecosystem, which aims to promote technology transfer on a national and international level through protection, marketing capacities and negotiations and the transfer of research results, thereby generating benefits that contribute to economic growth and competitiveness in the region.

Via the Center for Innovation and Technology (ICP), Ecopetrol will develop products and applications for the energy transition based on technological convergence and on nanotechnology and advanced petrochemicals. It will also run its open innovation competition, Innovate, which in its six-year history has provided more than 1,000 million pesos of seed capital to build prototypes and demonstrate solutions to the company’s technological and social challenges.

Tecnoparque Nodo Bucaramanga, SENA’s technological innovation program that acts as an accelerator for the development of R&D and I projects, offers services related to customization and technology transfer, technical advice on project development, access to specialized laboratories for physical and technological infrastructure. among other.

The Cooperative University of Colombia, with its strategic unit dedicated to the management of competitive and sustainable entrepreneurship projects and articulated through instruments for access to resources from national and international co-financing, is instrumental in the training and development of R + D + I capacities involved and tax benefits.

Bucaramanga Municipal Institute for Employment and Business Development IMEBU is affiliated as an ecosystem actor and, together with the Bucaramanga Chamber of Commerce, runs the Coworking Labs program aimed at creating and accelerating businesses with a focus on innovation, science and technology. with collaborative workspaces and specialized technical training.

The Santander government will provide acceleration programs to empower and encourage entrepreneurs to develop and consolidate their innovation structures. To equip them with instruments, methods and adapted development paths to realize their potential and to be a catalyst for sustainable growth in the country.

INNpulsa Colombia aims to promote its and governmental programs related to entrepreneurship, as well as promoting the CEmprende project and organizing ongoing activities to build relationships between the institution and its allies in the ecosystem.

CEmprende, headquarters of Bucaramanga, is a clear example of how articulation and collaboration make it possible to harness efforts and transform them into solutions that contribute to society, the region and the country. The Bucaramanga Chamber of Commerce invites technology-based entrepreneurs to take advantage of the services of this new space created to strengthen and nurture Santander’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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