Town Hall

InovaTec Town Hall Meeting in 

Presidente Prudente, Brazil

In February, Christian Alves, Director of Operations at Analytics2Go, attended a town-hall meeting, where Mayor Nelson Bugalho, the municipal secretary of Technology, Rogério Alessi, and the CEO of Inova, and Bruno Carnelóss, presented the InovaTec Program—a new program that fosters and promotes the development Townhall2of local startup technology companies. Christian informed city officials about the success and future plans of the Analytics2Go Factory, which was established in Presidente Prudente in late 2017. 

This was the second time that Christian and other Analytics2Go executives have met with the Mayor Bugalho to discuss the importance of a strong technology innovation center in Presidente Prudente.With three excellent universities in Presidente Prudente, companies like Analytics2Go are able to grow and innovate due to the availability of a talented pool of potential employees.  Analytics2Go is a data-science centered company with a strong commitment to playing an active role in the economic development of Presidente Prudente. 

This initiative was unprecedented in the city, and the event was brought to fruition by the efforts of the Municipal Science and Technology Council, along with the support of SETEC-Municipal Bureau of Technology. The initiative resulted in a program that initially provided only benefitted startups in Inova. However, the reach of the event was extended to all the companies of the city due to a recent amendment.  

With three excellent universities in Presidente Prudente, companies like Analytics2Go are able to grow and innovate due to the availability of a talented pool of potential employees.  Analytics2Go is a data-science centered company with a strong commitment to playing an active role in the economic development of Presidente Prudente. 

We will have to increase efforts to serve all interested companies, which will be worth it, because the benefit can attract new business to the city,” says Secretary Rogério Alessi, who led the project that goes beyond tax incentives. “This program will also empower entrepreneurs and accelerate ongoing projects,” said Alessi. In practice, the law provides for exemption from municipal fees and charges and a reduction of 60% in the basis of calculation of Services Tax (ISS) that these companies are charged, which is equivalent to a rate of only 2% of ISS on billing monthly basis—the lowest allowed by federal legislation.

Entrepreneurs, Paulo Ruiz, who has an agricultural technology company, which analyzes images of large plantations and is being accelerated by Inova, and Cristian Alves, a businessman who works for the data science company, Analytics2Go, also praised the project and already expressed interest in participating in the program. For Cristian, Prudente is an excellent city to live in, and now he will have access to all the benefits, as Prudente becomes a center of technology. “Who knows, the city may become the next Silicon Valley,” said Alves, who already has clients abroad.

For the entrepreneur and professor of Toledo Prudente Gustavo Saraiva, who has an agricultural technology startup (of vertical agribusiness), he recognizes the city as yet another tool to support his entrepreneurial efforts. In his speech, Mayor Bugalho emphasized the idea that Prudente, has over time become a technological center that is comparable to other great cities in Brazil and that the public should be aware of this movement and contribute.

“Prudent is rather a favorable place to undertake. We have the colleges and universities, which make up a small army of qualified professionals for the market—full of promising business ideas. The purpose of the city’s participation in the event is to foster a favorable environment for entrepreneurship and innovation.” “That's what we are looking for,” said Mayor Bugalho. “At times even renouncing revenue, with the certainty that it will return to the city with the development of companies that will contribute a lot to the city," completed Mayor Bugalho, referring to the tax incentives provided in the InovaTec Program.

From now on, Inova Prudente must publish a notice to allow companies interested in joining the Program to sign up and receive the benefit, which will be granted by generating a certificate that the company has fulfilled all the requirements and completed all stages of the process. On April 30, 2019, Mayor Bugalho signed Law No. 9,861, which will modernize the relationship between municipal public authorities and resource-sharing companies—also called “co-workings.” In practice, the law will make it easier for micro-entrepreneurs to settle in these shared environments, which has been a trend in recent years.

The ceremony was attended by Councilor Elza do Gás, the regional manager of the Sebrae-SP, José Carlos Cavalcante, representatives of Councilor Izaque Silva and State Deputy Mauro Bragato, entrepreneurs, members of the science and technology council and the current president of Inepp, Dione Ferrari. The academic community was also present: representing Toledo Prudente was the professor and entrepreneur, Gustavo Saraiva. Ismael Silva represented Unoeste, and the director Liliam Gualda was there to represent FAPEPE / Uniesp. On behalf of CT and I, businessmen, Angelo Rodela and Milton Tsukamoto, who assisted in the creation of the draft law, were also there to support the event.

View the original source in Portuguese here.