Gechs gets grant to implement innovation promotion project

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chilean software and IT services industry association Gechs has partnered with state development agency Corfo on a project to promote innovation at associated companies.

Corfo awarded Gechs a 150mn-peso (US$317,800) grant for the 217mn-peso project. The rest of the capital will be provided by Gechs' members, a spokesperson from the association told BNamericas.

The project aims to promote a culture of innovation at Gechs' local business partners, such as DBnet, Miró, Virtula 21, Orion and ISC. During the next 14 months, the Gechs members will be monitored by consultancy 4Winds.

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According to the association, the project will seek to create a culture of innovation through individual and collective development of practices, abilities and skills to get new business opportunities.

"Although Chilean companies recognize the importance of innovation, it's difficult for them to promote it," Gechs president Luis Stein said in a statement. "We hope that with this project, the associated enterprises will be able to create ideas, take them and transform them into innovative solutions so that they can improve their businesses."

The project will run workshops on knowledge management, competitive intelligence and surveillance technology and project management. Each company leader will have the opportunity to participate in international workshops on marketing and technology services, portfolio management and business innovation.