Relevant support institutions 

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


Coordinated by ANDE, it represents the Uruguayan entrepreneurial ecosystem in all its dimensions, bringing together the institutions linked to entrepreneurial Uruguay. In addition, the Uruguay Emprendedor portal is a platform for information, guidance and interaction for those who want to become entrepreneurs.


The National Research and Innovation Agency (ANII) is the government entity that promotes research and innovation in the productive and social environment of the country. This agency provides funds for research, postgraduate scholarships and incentive programs for innovative culture and entrepreneurship, both public and private.


The National Development Agency (ANDE), promotes the development of the country through programs that seek to improve business and territorial competitiveness, with emphasis on the promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises.


Endeavor is the leading organization in the global movement of high-impact entrepreneurs. The organization identifies and supports great entrepreneurs to grow, impact and drive economic growth. In Uruguay it provides advisory, mentoring, acceleration and networking services.

MaximilianoIsa Pavía - Founder Partner at Tucuota.online

"Our first contact with Uruguay as entrepreneurs was through the program Proyecta Uruguay, run by ANII and Endeavor. We were not only enriched with practical tools but also made many friends from Latin America. From these friends, other Uruguayan friends emerged who are currently collaborating with us from Montevideo in the implementation of our solution in companies in Uruguay.
It is not a surprise that Uruguay is the leading software exporter per capita in Latin America, since it is ideal for technology ventures, 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. ”


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Scientific and technological resources 

Focused on attracting cooperation projects with the international industry, mainly the regional one, these institutes have cutting edge technological platforms, as well as competent human resources to make enterprises viable and to support them.  


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

Polo Tecnologico de Pando

The Pando Technology Centre is a research, development and innovation (R+D+i) center for chemistry, biotechnology, materials science and the environment, oriented from the outset 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 Clemente Estable Biological Research Institute (IIBCE), is a public non-profit 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 to generate and adapt knowledge and technologies to contribute to the sustainable development of the agricultural sector.

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The Julio Ricaldoni Foundation, is a non-profit organization, created by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic, with the purpose of promoting its link to the productive sector, to contribute to the social and economic development of the country, promoting the continuous improvement of the quality of engineering, its teaching and research.

Centro de Extensionismo Industrial

The Center for Industrial Extension (CEI), is a joint initiative of government, industry and academia with the aim of intensifying the use of knowledge in industrial companies and strengthen their innovation capabilities, contributing to increased productivity and competitiveness of national industry.


The ICT4V, is a multidisciplinary innovation and research center in the field of ICTs and their applications to vertical sectors that aims to significantly increase innovation capacity at national and regional level, and help improve competitiveness, contribute at all stages of innovation processes and play an important role in the development of high-level skills. At the moment, it works with the Agricultural, Energy and Financial/Banking sectors.


Latitud, is the Foundation of the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU) oriented to the planning and execution of research, development and innovation (R+D+i) projects.


More information is available at: www.uruguayemprendedor.uy


Existing support for the different stages of the enterprises.

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