Technology Park Network
What Is a Technology Park?
Technology parks are managed by specialized professionals who aim to stimulate interaction and collaboration among park members. This leads to benefits for companies due to the talent and resources supplied by organizations dedicated to producing knowledge, provides opportunities with high added value for new business, and aids in bringing new technologies to the market. As a result, strong connections arise between technology parks and universities, and most technology parks around the world belong to universities or are at least closely linked to them.
Technology parks receive several different names around the globe, where they are known as science parks, innovation parks, research parks, etc. They have experienced rapid growth, especially over the last 20 years, and their presence has positively impacted the development of knowledge-based economies due to their primary goal of increasing the wealth of their communities by helping to incorporate companies of high added value into the regions they serve.
Technology parks are markedly different from industrial parks. This is mainly because they do not allow large-scale production (manufacturing) and their business is not based on real estate.
Tecnológico de Monterrey’s 2015 vision prioritizes the promotion of economic development based on knowledge in the regions where it maintains a presence and an influence.
This type of development is generally possible by implementing key factors such as capitalizing the knowledge of researchers and students, creating environments that foster business and entrepreneurial innovation, incubating and accelerating new businesses, attracting companies of high value, etc. All of these factors must be in line with a vision and strategy that match regional opportunities for development.
Universities play a crucial role in high-value economies, as they promote the generation and transfer of knowledge and act as catalysts for innovative business activities.
For this reason, Tecnológico de Monterrey considers technology parks the optimal tool for achieving this goal and consolidating the university’s role as an academic, scientific, enterprising ally.
Tecnológico de Monterrey has created four models to address national circumstances and realities by taking the natural, economic, demographic, social, and political features of each region into account. These models are based on best practices around the world, though they are carefully adapted to the realities of Mexico.
Model I: Technology parks for high-value employment
These technology parks are designed to house companies in search of human resources for high-value activities and whose primary activities do not include science or research. They are a good way to supply specialized talent to technology-based companies in a location near the university. Immediate feedback is needed from companies in order to enrich the educational model and improve the profile of graduates.
Model II: Technology parks for attracting and developing business
These parks are mainly combinations of high-tech startup incubators and landing centers that accommodate foreign technology-based companies wishing to set up operations in the region. They rely heavily on consulting services, technology management, networking, and the specialized brokerage of university R&D capabilities to support the companies present there. The parks themselves do not house R&D activities, though they possess a staff of highly trained technology brokers and managers.
Model III: Technology parks for companies with scientific activities
This model shares many of the features of Model II, but it includes specialized laboratories in order to serve the highly sophisticated needs of businesses operating in sectors such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, where immediate, constant access to laboratories is a necessity.
Model IV: Regional technology parks with various sponsors
These parks represent the most widespread model worldwide, are built on large extensions of land, have a university campus-like setting, and are equipped with several R&D centers, universities, companies, and services sharing a common space and encouraging business relationships. These are mostly regional projects financed by governments due to their high cost and large scope.
In order to have consistent, effective projects, valid and solid proposals providing an unquestionable justification for setting up a technology park in each region must be identified.
Technology parks use professional management and personnel specializing in technology management and high-value activities to offer a wide range of services.
The following are some of the most important services provided:
This allows foreign technology-based companies engaged in activities that demand specialized talent and resources to set up in the region in an orderly, safe, and expedient manner by offering them services and an environment that significantly reduce the risk of unfavorable experiences when entering the region. In addition to the physical space required, the park offers other landing services, such as help locating the necessary human resources, adapting businesses to the needs of the region, relational capital, legal advice, employment advice, etc.
By incorporating services from the Tecnológico de Monterrey Business Incubator Network, technology parks allow growing companies to consolidate and reduce their risk of failure. The environment the park provides is made up of global businesses, researchers, and services and stimulates the creation of highly innovative companies. It also permits the expedient marketing of new technologies.
The Tecnológico de Monterrey business accelerator model is present in technology parks. In addition to necessary space for the companies covered by this model, the park provides an environment that ensures the model functions correctly.
The elevated cost of technology R&D forces businesses to look for a variety of alternatives when acquiring new knowledge. Universities constantly seek to introduce their talent, findings, laboratories, and discoveries to businesses. Through technology brokerage and management processes, technology parks make it possible for tenants to access services supporting the development of technology. This support ranges from laboratories to joint research projects.
The technology park development program brings Tecnológico de Monterrey’s vision in line with regional needs. It was created by working closely with regional governments and communities and by taking advantage of the university’s 32 campuses throughout Mexico.
There are currently 15 technology parks located in the following places:
- Mexico City
- Mexico State
- San Luís Potosí
- Santa Fe
The Center for Innovation and Strategic Product Design (CIDEP) was created to encourage the establishment of high-tech companies in the state of Nuevo Leon (see Landing Program at http://techparksmty.itesm.mx:8080/landing/) as well as provide technology solutions to small and medium-sized Mexican businesses and companies in the incubator.
The following are among the most important goals of the Center for Innovation and Strategic Product Design (CIDEP):
- To establish and attract high-tech companies involved in design, the development of technology, and research in microelectronics, telecommunications, and industrial design.
- To position Nuevo Leon’s industrial base in international markets by updating its technology platforms.
The following companies are currently members of the Center for Innovation and Strategic Product Design (CIDEP):
- Motorola: This company will supplement the CIDEP with its Home & Networks Mobility business unit. This new center will focus its research and development activities on product management, technical support for manufacturing, mechanical engineering, mechanical design and printed circuit boards, component engineering, configuration management, reliability engineering, and regulation engineering. It will soon be equipped with three laboratories and an SMT line.
- Rohde & Schwarz: This German tech company engaged in the manufacture of measurement equipment for mobile radios and radio communications will install the best wireless and radio broadcasting laboratory in Mexico at the CIDEP.
The Center for Innovation and Strategic Product Design (CIDEP) provides the following services:
- Reliability testing laboratories
- Metrology laboratory
- Rapid prototyping laboratory
- Exterior design prototyping
- Wireless laboratory
- Radio signal laboratory
- Anechoic chamber laboratory
- Competitive intelligence support for identifying trends in technology
- New and emerging technology assessment
- New technology marketing channel identification
- Prominent technology project and invention promotion
- Business mobilization of developments in these technologies
- Mexican intellectual property protection process support and consulting
Ties to Industry
- Forming multidisciplinary teams to prepare technology proposals for the purpose of attracting foreign investment
- Networking with industrial clusters to form a network of added value
- Sharing knowledge through meetings using interactive planning techniques
|Campus||Park||Park or Project Director/Lead|
|Mexico City||Mexico City Campus Technology Park|
|Chihuahua||Technology Transfer and Innovation Park (PIT2)|
|Cuernavaca||Cuernavaca Campus Technology Park|
|Mexico State||Center for Business Development and Technology Transfer (CEDETEC) Park|
|Guadalajara||Science and Technology Park (PCyT)|
|León||Leon Campus CIEN Technology Park|
|Monterrey||Center for Innovation and Strategic Product Development (CIDEP) at the Research and Technology Innovation Park|
|Monterrey||Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CIT2)|
|Puebla||Puebla Campus Technology Park|
|Querétaro||Queretaro Campus Technology Park|
|San Luis Potosí||San Luis Campus Technology Park|
|Santa Fé||Innovation and Business Park|
|Sinaloa||Culiacan Campus Technology Park|