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Main Support Institutions

Uruguay has a support platform made up of public and private actors that promote entrepreneurial development, research, and innovation.


Under the coordination of ANDE, it represents the Uruguayan entrepreneurial ecosystem in all its dimensions, bringing together the institutions linked to the ecosystem. In turn, this portal is a platform for information, guidance, and interaction for those who want to start a business.


The National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII) is the government agency that promotes research and innovation in the country’s production and social areas. It provides funding for research, national and international postgraduate scholarships, and programs to encourage a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the private and public sectors.


The National Development Agency (ANDE) is an institution that promotes the country’s development through programs aimed at improving business and territorial competitiveness, with emphasis on the promotion of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.


Endeavor is the leading organization in the global movement of high-impact entrepreneurs. It selects and supports great entrepreneurs so they can grow, impact, and drive economic growth. In Uruguay, it provides advisory, mentoring, acceleration, and networking services.

MaximilianoIsa Pavía - Founder Partner at

“Our first contact with Uruguay as entrepreneurs was through the Proyecta Uruguay program carried out by ANII and Endeavor. Not only were we enriched with practical tools, but we also made many friends from Latin America. Through these colleagues, we made other Uruguayan friends who are currently collaborating with us from Montevideo in the implementation of our solution in Uruguayan companies.
It is not by chance that Uruguay is the leading software exporter per capita in Latin America, as it is ideal for entrepreneurship in technology. And this is not only because of the stability and legal security framework, but also because the country, its people and its companies are very open to innovation.”


Country of origin: Argentina

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Science and Technology Resources

In order to attract cooperation projects with the international industry, mainly the regional one, these institutes have state-of-the-art technology platforms, as well as competent human resources to support ventures and make them feasible.  


The Institut Pasteur of Montevideo is a non-profit foundation created by the Institut Pasteur of Paris and the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay. It has highly qualified human resources and state-of-the-art equipment available to the entire scientific community and companies using technologies in biotechnology projects related to production sectors concerning human and animal health, among others.

Polo Tecnologico de Pando

The Pando Technology Hub is a center for research, development, and innovation (R&D&I) in Chemistry, Biotechnology, Materials Science and Environment. Since its inception, its specific nature has been driven by the demand for goods and services from the production sector. The main areas of research are: Food and Nutrition, Biotechnology, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Biopharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Fine Chemistry, Environmental Analysis and Nanotechnology.


The Biological Research Institute Clemente Estable (IIBCE) is a non-profit public institution under the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC), which develops scientific research, trains researchers and technicians and contributes to the scientific development of the country in different fields of biological sciences.


The National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) is aimed at generating and adapting knowledge and technologies to contribute to the sustainable development of the agricultural sector.

fundacion ricaldoni

Fundación Julio Ricaldoni is a non-profit organization created by the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad de la República, with the purpose of promoting its involvement with the production sector, in order to contribute to the country’s social and economic development, fostering the ongoing improvement of quality in engineering, its teaching and research.

Centro de Extensionismo Industrial

The Industrial Extension Center (CEI) is a joint initiative of the government, industry and academia aimed at intensifying the use of knowledge in industrial companies and strengthening their innovation capabilities, thus contributing to the increase of productivity and competitiveness of the domestic industry.


ICT4V is a multidisciplinary innovation and research center in the field of ICT and its applications to vertical sectors. It aims to significantly increase innovation capacity at the national and regional level, and help improve competitiveness, contribute to all stages of innovation processes, and play a relevant role in the development of high-level skills, working with the agricultural, energy and financial/banking sectors.


Latitud is the Foundation of the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU) focused on planning and implementing research, development, and innovation (R&D&I) projects.


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Existing support for the different stages of the enterprises.

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Check about mentoring, start-up capital, and venture funds.


Check the steps to set up a company in Uruguay.

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