October 25, 2019

'Entrepreneurial Uruguay' Portal

Description of the core change(s) brought by this policy instrument

For the first time, all the actors of the national entrepreneurial support ecosystem are aggregated on one single website, making all their information and resources available to anyone seeking to navigate the ecosystem.

Please list the implementing agencies

Uruguay Entrepreneur is an instrument of the National System of Productive Transformation and Competitiveness and is supported by the National Agency for Development (ANDE), the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII) and the Thematic Network of Entrepreneurship of the University of the Republic.

Please name the policy advisor(s) or leader(s) who have been key in introducing and/or designing this policy instrument

Carmen Sánchez Balcarce, Director for Promotion of Entrepreneurship, National Department of Handicrafts, Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Industries, Energy and Mining.

Lifecycle of target firms for this policy instrument
Existing SMEs
Start-up firms
Support offered
Non-financial Support
Level of intervention
Barrier(s) addressed with this policy tool
Ecosystem Engagement/Coordination
Abstract summary of this Policy resource

Entrepreneurial Uruguay is an information and guidance platform for entrepreneurs, which gathers information from more than 79 institutions and 170 programs.

On this web portal, users have access to a wide range of resources like news, activities agenda, support programs information, guide for different procedures and directory of institutions.

Entrepreneurial Uruguay also has a physical network of 27 information points distributed in 17 departments of the country (National Network of Service Centers for Entrepreneurs). They provide advice to entrepreneurs on the instruments available in each locality.

Policy timeline

In a second version of the web portal (originally planned for March 2018) entrepreneurs will be able to have their online profile to link directly with the institutions, with others entrepreneurs, and enroll in online courses.

Notes and additional context

Entrepreneurial Uruguay is the result of the project "Strengthening entrepreneurship support systems in Mexico and Uruguay," promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM), in collaboration with the National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM) of the Secretary of Economy of Mexico, and financed by the Joint Cooperation Fund Mexico-Uruguay, coordinated by the Uruguayan Agency for International Cooperation and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Geographic scope