With a well-developed incubation ecosystem and over 400 incubators Brazil has one of the most dynamic and successful incubation movements1 in Latin America and the developing world.
Brazilian incubation is very much a bottom up process with universities acting as a key catalyst and facilitator, ensuring an emphasis on innovation while adapting incubator models to suit indigenous needs. Multiple levels of government and a diverse coalition of partners from various spheres in the main population centres and cities are involved in supporting incubators. This has ensured widespread adoption of the concept but not yet full national coverage.
The government has clearly made incubators a policy priority as demonstrated by the range of initiatives to support incubators, incubatees, innovation and enterprise development alike. The policy emphasis in Brazil focuses on the ―softer‖ services such as project funding and networking, relative to the actual provision of physical space and management of hard incubation infrastructure. The latter is primarily undertaken by the universities which supply the physical space and staff to manage incubators.