The Business Incubator of Coppe (Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering)/UFRJ was one of the pioneers in the country. Founded in 1994, it currently has 25 resident companies and 63 graduated. In 2014, the companies born in the incubator reached receipts of 10 million reais. The incubator’s goal is to encourage entrepreneurship and transfer knowledge developed in academic research, so as to create new services and technological products. It is mainly focused on the gas and oil fields, electricity, environment and information technology. In 2014, resident and graduated companies had together receipts of 289 million reais, an amount 22% superior to the one reached in 2013. The selected companies may be incubated for up to three years, during which they will have it available to them both physical and technological infrastructure (private room, auditorium, meeting rooms, internet and telephone services). In addition, they will also have a services package for the companies’ development in the business area (assistance, trainings and follow-up). This period may be extended for more two cycles of one year each. The Incubator opens annual selection tenders, containing the details about the format of the project to be submitted. The selection criteria are: degree of innovation of the product or service, interaction potentiality with UFRJ and technical and economical feasibility.
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