Innovation

Innovation has a central role in Minas Gerais. With support from state institutions and policies, companies and universities find a favorable place for interaction and opportunities for the development of new ideas.

Mão de obra qualificada
Qualified Labor

Minas Gerais has 14 public universities, of which 3 are among the best in Brazil. The courses of Agronomy, Biological Sciences, Design, Information Systems, Pharmacy and Engineering stand out among the best in the national education ranking. The state also has the best business school in Latin America, the Dom Cabral Foundation.

Agronomy

Agronomy

UFTM (4th place) and UFV (5th place)

Biomedicine

Biomedicine

UFU (4th place)

Biological Science

Biological Science

UFSJ (2nd place)

Design

Design

UFMG (6th place)

Forest Engineering

Forest Engineering

UFV (3rd place) e UFLA (fifth place)

Control and Automation Engineering

Control and Automation Engineering

UFMG (fifth place)

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

UFTM (3rd place) and UFV (6th place)

Food Engineering

Food Engineering

UFVJM (1st place) UFTM (2nd place)

Production Engineering

Production Engineering

UFJF (2nd place)

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

UFMG (first place) e UFTM (fifth place)

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

UFV (3rd place)

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

UFTM (2nd place), UFMG (3rd place) and UFV (4th place)

Engineering

Engineering

UFJF (2nd place)

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

UFJF (first place)

Information Systems

Information Systems

UFMG (2nd place)

Parques tecnológicos
Technological Parks

There are three technological parks in Minas Gerais currently, in Belo Horizonte, Itajubá and Viçosa. Another three are under construction: Uberaba, Juiz de Fora and Lavras. All of them have close collaboration with local universities, which assures permanent academic collaboration with the local companies. Technology-based companies of various sectors may be established in any of these structures.

Incubadora e Aceleradora
Incubators and accelerators

Minas Gerais has 25 technology-based incubators in various regions of the state. All of them are linked to the Minas Gerais Innovation Network. Seven are already recognized as the best incubators of Brazil. The technology-based companies set up in Minas Gerais also receive support from the acceleration entities, such as Seed. New enterprises in the state receive support from their initial stages and during all the running of the business.

Financiamento
Financing

In Minas Gerais, companies can get lines of financing specific to innovationBDMG, jointly with Fapemighas the lines: Pró-Inovação, for companies with innovative projects; and Proptec, for companies set up in the technological parks. There are also lines in partnership with federal financing agencies. Codemig and BDMG also provide venture capital through their participation investment funds: BDMGTEC and Codepar.

Programas Governamentais
Government Programs

The State government encourages innovation through its projects that encourage creativity and entrepreneurship.  Sectes has its projects in the “Minas Digital” program, working in several fronts to support the digital economy, creative economy and innovation. The Minas Gerais Innovation System is one of these projects focusing on drawing together academia and industry. Innovative projects may also receive special support from Codemig, through its department that focus on supporting the high technology industry.

Centro de P&D
R&D Centers

Companies with a high technological content chose Minas Gerais for their R&D centers. Embraer and Fiat develop new products in the state. The microelectronic center of CSEM Brasil also found ideal conditions in the state for their research and development. There are also public research centers working in Minas Gerais, such as Fiocruz and Funed. The ten INCTs in the state are also proof of the great capacity of the state in research and development.  

Comunidade de Startups
Startup Community

he startup community in Minas Gerais has been recognized for its innovative and successful environment. Countless successful startups have been created and established in the state. The San Pedro Valley, is a startup community with over 200 technology-based companies, as well as accelerators, incubators, co working spaces and technological parks. Startups from any part of the world are welcome in Belo Horizonte. They may enroll in the Seed acceleration program, which provides seed capital and training for the development of innovative ideas.