In 2016, the most innovative entrepreneurship event in Latin America, held by Anprotec and Sebrae, will feature the local organization Business Incubators Network of Ceará (RIC – Rede de Incubadoras de Empresas do Ceará). The Conference will be held between October 17 and 20, in Fortaleza (CE), in the Centro de Eventos do Ceará (Av. Washington Soares, 999, bairro Edson Queiroz).

The mechanisms and spaces to generate new enterprises are significantly evolving, following the growing and differentiated demands of the society and the entrepreneurs. These demands can no longer be met by a single mechanism or by different types of space. The nature, the business segment, the innovation and the resource’s origin, the types of partnership and the development stage of the enterprises, among other factors, will determine which are the best support mechanisms and the best innovation areas for the enterprises.

Thus, technology centers, business incubators, accelerators, corporate ventures and co-working spaces need to work in harmony in order to leverage the systematic generation and the fast growth of new enterprises. From this synergy, the innovation mechanisms and spaces need to work together to increase the quantity and the quality of the supported enterprises, effectively contributing with the consolidation of the Brazilian’s innovation ecosystem.

In this scenario, the 26th Anprotec Conference aims to discuss the identity and the functions of these mechanisms and spaces, in order to identify trends, learn best practices, exchange experiences and point out ways that lead to strengthen the innovative entrepreneurship in Brazil and worldwide.



Founded in 1987, National Association of Entities Promoting Innovative Enterprises (Anprotec – Associação Nacional de Entidades Promotoras de Empreendimentos Inovadores) brings together about 300 members, including business incubators, technology centers, educational and research institutions, government agencies and other entities related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Leader of the movement in Brazil, it operates through the promotion of training activities, coordination of public policies, generation and dissemination of knowledge.

Brazilian Support Service for Micro and Small Business (Sebrae – Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas) is a development and technical assistance agency for micro and small businesses, which account for 99% of Brazilian enterprises, or 9.1 million micro and small businesses, with more than 4.2 million of these being Individual Microentrepreneurs (MEI – Microempreendedores Individuais). Sebrae also serves more than 153,000 family farmers. The institution has about 700 service stations throughout the country, a Call Center and a portal.


Ceará’s Business Incubators Network was established in 2002 in order to promote social and economic development at the State, bringing together innovative companies, business incubators, technology centers and incubation programs. RIC works to consolidate Ceará’s innovation ecosystem, coordinating the area’s instruments and institutions and supporting the consolidation and creation of incubators, in order to promote the inclusion of innovative companies in the market.

The Economic Development Department of Fortaleza (Secretaria do Desenvolvimento Econômico de Fortaleza) implements strategic actions for a self-sustaining economic development, according to the Supplementary Law No. 0176/2014. Focusing on structuring the economy to develop new economic vocations, the Department operates in two areas: Entrepreneurship and Attracting Investments, supporting local entrepreneurs and investors who have chosen Fortaleza as the place for their business.

Considered the Brazilian capital with the best potential to attract new business, according to the multinational consultancy Towers Watson, Fortaleza is the main supply point for submarine cables in Latin America, housing all the data traffic between Latin America and the world, setting itself as a telecommunications HUB.