THE TECHNOLOGY PARK: AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOSTERED BY THE CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS Y TÉCNICAS  ­-CONICET- (NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL RESEARCH)

About the Institution

The Parque Tecnológico del Litoral Centro S.A.P.E.M. (PTLC S.A.P.E.M.) was fostered by CONICET, which in the 90`s foresaw the promising future that Technology Parks would have as regards Knowledge Economy. CONICET not only provided PTLC S.A.P.E.M. with the geographical and building infrastructures but with political support as well, making possible its real existence in Santa Fe today. Since August 2002, the Technology Park is organized as a Corporation where the scientific, the governmental and the entrepreneurial sectors are associated to support the launching of Technology-Based Companies with innovative high profile.

The PTLC offers building facilities, technological services and adequate places to innovative persons willing to start up Technology-Based Companies according to the stage of development of their business idea. The pre-incubation area, the business incubator, the business containers and the industrial plots where the companies can build their own premises, are the alternatives available to entrepreneurs. Every stage of the project development receives business advice from experts in legal, financial, selling, marketing and corporate identity fields besides the security and confidentiality systems that protect their know-how.

The PTLC also provides entrepreneurships with managing and management, identifying and formulating R+D projects, transferring technology and assisting technically small-medium and large companies` entrepreneurs. Training and professional updating courses are other priority tools offered by the PTLC in order to help entrepreneurs to think up the strategies of their own business plan. Therefore, the training courses are organized accordingly to the needs of the companies already settled in the Technology Park but they are also offered to the community so as to foster entrepreneurship in the region.

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