In Zapopán, Mexico a week ago, the Creative Digital City got a tremendous boost from The State of Jalisco, supported by the National Entrepreneurship Institute and Private Capital, with the announcement of a 96 million peso (Approximately $7.3 million USD) business incubation fund to support startups and innovative businesses.
Since the 26th of June, entrepreneurs and companies wishing to apply for support are welcome to contact Creative Digital City. “By the end of our term in government, about 8 percent of our budget will have gone towards innovation,” said Aristóteles Sandoval, the governor of Jalisco during the announcement of the fund in Campus Party.
The Creative Digital City is a high tech complex in Jalisco’s capital of Guadalajara, created to further cement Guadalajara as an Americas technology hub. Already known as Mexico’s “Silicon Valley,” Guadalajara has a strong tradition of innovation. Creative Digital City is designed to grow upon that foundation.
“Guadalajara is already a creative city. It has been for years. We’ve produced great stars like Guillermo del Toro, Carlos Santana and Maná,” Local executive Ricardo Gomez Quiñones told Global Delivery Report at his company’s new offices in the heart of downtown Guadalajara. Gomez runs a company called Kazan, best known as the producer of Taco Master, a simple but addictive game in which users learn how to prepare increasingly complex orders of authentic Mexican tacos within an ever-reducing timeframe. The winner of best mobile game at the MTV 2012 Game Awards, it has been downloaded more than two million times in over 180 countries.
The entire first phase of development includes the construction of the Creative Digital Complex, which is comprised of Guadalajara’s Innovation Center for Economic Development Acceleration (CIADE); a new software center; anchor business facilities and parking lots; and infrastructural work such as the construction of bridges, walkways and renovation of Parque Morelos, a popular but weathered city park.
Different areas of the CCD will open in phases. The planners hope that within 10 to 15 years it will have consolidated its position as the Spanish-speaking world’s primary creative digital media hub. The aim is to attract US $10 billion of investment in the next decade and create over 30,700 jobs, including 19,100 direct jobs in the creative digital media industry. By 2023, the CCD will account for 14 percent of Mexican productions in the sector, the planners estimate.