CELTA – Business Center for the Development of Advanced Technologies
In 1986, CERTI assumed the challenge to create, in Florianópolis, the first technological business incubator operating in Brazil. In 1995, the pioneer incubator moved to the Alfa Technology Park and was denominated CELTA – the Business Center for the Development of Advanced Technologies, to support the creation, development and consolidation of nascent technology based companies, to make them competitive in the market through innovation. It undertook its actions by means of its own effective system of support services for incubation of technology based companies, which includes physical and administrative infrastructure, analysis and pass-along of technologies and the evaluation and monitoring of the evolution of the companies. An International Business Office is now operating to support the internationalization of technology based companies by means of partnerships, the generation of international business and support to procedures and actions needed to stimulate the export capacity of companies. In 1997, CELTA was recognized with the first Incubator of the Year award, issued by the National Association of Entities that Promote Innovative Developments (Anprotec), an award it won for a second time in 2006. During its trajectory, it has supported a total of 101 technology-based companies, 62 of which became “graduates,” 32 are in incubation and only seven have ceased operations, which leaves it with one of the best survival rates for companies in Brazil - 93.07%. The currently incubated companies generate nearly 740 jobs and an annual consolidated revenue of some R$40 million. CELTA is considered the largest incubator in Latin America, in the number of companies and physical size – it has 10,500 m2. Its model was a reference for the implementation of incubators in Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela and in all of Brazil.
PTI - Itaipu Technology Park – Itaipu Binacional
Itaipu Binacional established as its objective the promotion of integrated regional development. To do so, it contracted CERTI to develop a strategic plan whose central mechanism was a Technology Park. Initiated in 2004, and implemented in 2005, the Itaipu Technology Park has established a new model for scientific and technology parks, combining innovation and synergy between its actors in the generation of knowledge, technology and development. Through a contracted partnership with PTI, CERTI provided solutions for the development of the enterprise, including the Technological Innovation Management Program and the creation of the Santos Dumont Business Incubator. It is now considered one of the leading initiatives for development in the Tri-national Region, which encompasses Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. PTI has consecrated the Itaipu power plant not only as a consumer of new technologies but as a production center for scientific and technological knowledge in Brazil and Paraguay. Its business incubator, now in operation, has played an important role in generating employment and income by creating incentives to the creation and permanence of companies in the Itaipu Technology Park and the surrounding region, which also supports the development of new processes, products and innovative services.