FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, October 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In search of new and sustainable forms of economic development, Brazil will host the 19th National Seminar of Technology Parks and Business Incubators, which will take place this year in conjunction with infoDev's 3rd Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a World Bank initiative. The event, to be held October 26-30 in Florianopolis (Santa Catarina), will underscore the importance of research and development for the creation of wealth in the world, in addition to showing how countries can avail themselves of these values in a context of financial recovery.

An initiative of the National Association of Entities Promoting Innovative Undertakings (Anprotec - Associacao Nacional de Entidades Promotoras de Empreendimentos Inovadores -- http://www.anprotec.org.br/) and the Brazilian Service for the Support of Small and Micro-Enterprises (Sebrae - Servico Brasileiro de Apoio as Micro e Pequenas Empresas) with support from Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology, the meeting will bring together internationally renowned professionals, such as William F. Miller, co-director of Stanford University's Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, and former Provost at Stanford in the U.S.

For Guilherme Ary Plonski, Anprotec's president, it will be an opportunity to evaluate the impact of the crisis on worldwide innovative entrepreneurship, and show how innovation and entrepreneurship are structural axes for development. Data show that innovation is helping to combat the effects of the crisis in Brazil. According to a FIESP study, for example, public investment in this type of activity at companies is projected to reach R$ 1.7 billion this year.

Anprotec advisor Jose Eduardo Fiates believes this panorama shows that mechanisms such as incubators and technology parks constitute essential sources for the generation of wealth. According to an Anprotec survey, companies created in this setting annually generate close to R$ 2 billion in billing, with R$ 400 million returned in the form of taxes.


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Created in Brasilia (Federal District) in October of 1987, Anprotec is the only Brazilian organization that represents the institutions managing companies, development centers and technology parks in the country.

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