Nano/Biotechnology, ICTs and Renewable/Alternative Energies: innovation as key to generating successful technology business based opportunities

Location: Sabana, Estadio Nacional, San José (Costa Rica)
Date: 7-9 April
Sectors: Nano/Biotechnology, ICTs and Renewable/Alternative Energies
Organiser: CeNAT in collaboration with CONICIT, EARTH University and TECNALIA
Price: Free. Seating is limited
Hashtag: #ELANnetworkCR




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ELAN Network event in Costa Rica will let the attendees to find new international partners and to create strong solid and long-term networks, that will let them to generate business opportunities based on technological innovation. This event:

  • Will let to identify business opportunities and technological challenges.
  • Will consolidate collaboration areas in the business opportunities based in technology and innovation.
  • Will create a linkage space to find the right partners to meet existing and future market challenges.
  • Will provide a forum for the innovation ecosystem different actors (government entities, business support organizations, scientific technological entities and business stakeholders) to analyze the challenges and opportunities of to introduce innovations to the market and the most appropriate strategies to overcome them.

The Converging Technologies are the base elements of the Costa Rican National Development Plan and most countries in the region have focused on them as drivers of their economies, with an emphasis on SMEs and boosting their innovative and technological capacity. Among them, nano/biotechnology, ICTs and renewable/alternative energies are considered the door to new global market trends and Costa Rica has developed a solid infrastructure, which allows its companies to generate Business Opportunities based In Technology, not only internally, but also as the best partners to develop business with companies from other regions.

The event will be coordinated with the International Fair  ExpoPYME 2017. Costa Rica Costa Rica develops an effort of SMEs national promotion and linkaged, which from this year will be extended to the entire region, through the international ExpoPYME fair, which develops both business rounds and product displays, productive linkages with national and international partners, training of entrepreneurs, among other activities. Everything on hand with innovation. More than 14,000 visitors are expected to attend ExpoPYME, as well as several hundred of companies from throughout the Central American and Caribbean region. Likewise, the government of our country wants to give it a Mesoamerican character, and them it will invite companies from Mexico and Colombia to participate.



  • Companies, mainly SMEs.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • Technological development centers.
  • Government entities.
  • Business associations and clusters from Europe and Latin America.

At the 2016 event, over 60 business opportunities were identified among European and Latin American SMEs

ELAN Network Costa Rica Event 2016 in media


During the event there will be training talks for entrepreneurs who are interested in participating in projects associated with European companies and centers, linking and generating opportunities workshops, bilateral meetings and chaining sessions; among other activities.

In addition, social activities such as welcome cocktail and dinner networking that seek to generate, beyond business relationships, trust relationships.