Startup Nations member Leonardo Freitas, Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Deputy General Coordinator of Innovative Entrepreneurship at Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations & Communications proudly announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week that the Federal Government has established a formal platform for joint articulation of public and private entrepreneurship stakeholders.
On November 21, 2019, President Jair M. Bolsonaro signed Decree 10,122 / 2019 which establishes the National Committee of Start-Up Support Initiatives, known among its members as "Startup Point".
"The National Committee of Start-Up Support Initiatives is hereby established, with the purpose of articulating the initiatives of the Federal Executive Branch aimed at nascent technology-based companies that qualify as start-ups", reads Article 1 of the Decree, followed by a mandate for the Committee of:
- Articulating the initiatives and programs of the Government to support startups within the federal public administration;
- Promoting the exchange of experiences and best practices in initiatives involving support for start-ups;
- Making available and updating a digital compendium of public initiatives to support start-ups; and
- Collecting and evaluating information about startup support initiatives and the results obtained.
With this mandate, the government of Brazil is addressing one of the most common barriers or hurdles in entrepreneurship ecosystems. When GEN surveyed entrepreneurship support organization (ESO) leaders and public sector officials responsible for entrepreneurship policy earlier this year, both groups surveyed identified either the "lack of articulation between the different government agencies" or "a multitude of competing activities and siloed, overlapping projects" as underlying a systemic barrier holding back entrepreneurship ecosystems and the entrepreneurs they seek to support.
The National Committee of Start-up Support Initiatives is composed of representatives of the following bodies and entities:
- Development of Industry, Commerce, Services and Innovation Unit of the Special Secretariat for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy;
- Secretariat of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC);
- The Central Bank of Brazil;
- The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES);
- The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development;
- Agricultural Research Corporation;
- The Financier of Studies and Projects (FINEP);
- Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI);
- Export and Investment Promotion Agency (APEX); and
- Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE).
In addition, ten representatives from the private sector and civil society will serve as a technical advisory group to the Committee.
Various startup-savvy officials that are part of "Startup Point" teamed up for the 2018 Startup Nations Policy Hack in Surabaya, Indonesia, along a Brazilian startup advocacy group and experienced global peers, to fine-tune a legislative proposal now under Congressional consideration - the so-called Brazilian Legal Framework for Startups.
"There are excellent Federal Government actions going on for startups. There are dozens of programs and solutions for the entire life cycle of startups in the Brazilian ecosystem. All speaking one language", wrote Freitas.
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This article is part of a series of articles reflecting on results of a global survey on barriers to entrepreneurship (#MinimizeBarriers). Via this project, GEN seeks to unearth the different solutions governments and entrepreneur-support organizations (ESOs) are implementing to reduce the most pressing barriers. These and other solutions are featured in the Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP).