Today infoDev and Brazil announce a new date and location for the 3rd Global Forum on Business Incubation. It will be held in the city of Florianopolis from 26-30 October 2009.
In September 2008, infoDev established a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil (MCT), the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE), and the Brazilian Association of Science Parks and Business Incubators (ANPROTEC). Through this partnership, Brazil joined infoDev's Donors Committee and announced its intention to host the 3rd infoDev Global Forum on Business Incubation in 2009 with the title Innovation and Venture Creation for Inclusive Development.
infoDev and Brazil had originally planned to hold the Global Forum in Brasilia this May. However, a unique opportunity presented itself to integrate the Global Forum with ANPROTEC's 19th Brazilian National Seminar on Science Parks and Business Incubation which will bring together a wide audience of Brazilian incubators, policymakers, entrepreneurs and practitioners under the theme Investment and Internationalisation - Paths to Innovate and Grow. Both partners believe that by aligning the 3rd Global Forum with ANPROTEC's National Seminar, the Forum will offer all participants greater opportunities for training, knowledge sharing and networking.
Florianopolis is a growing hub for technology and tourism industry development in Brazil, which makes it a particularly opportune location for the 3rd Global Forum. As a result of the rapid influx and development of private companies since the late 1990s, and its reputation as one of the most innovative cities in Brazil, this "Silicon Valley of Brazil" was recently voted as one of the Ten Most Dynamic Cities of the World by Newsweek.
The 3rd infoDev Global Forum 2009 website will be launched shortly to provide further information about the program and participation. Please see the attached flyer for currently available details.
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Information about the 2nd Global Forum on Business Incubation held in India in 2006 can be found here.
Apply to be a 2009 Global Forum Innovator - competition closes April 13, 2009