Technology allies with economic growth, but still faces challenges

Events such as the South Summit recently held in Porto Alegre seek to highlight the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship, but what about this scenario at Passo Fundo? Present on the occasion, the coordinator of the computer science course of IMED, Marcos Roberto dos Santos, affirms that technology is used as a means of providing solutions in the most varied areas of knowledge.

For him, Passo Fundo has the wind in its sails when the subject is related to the field of technology, which demonstrates the importance of bringing scenarios like these inside the state.

“We have a very wide growth range for the coming years. We increasingly need people, businesses, entities and government itself to believe in the possibility of transformation through applied technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. The generation of new business, new income for the municipality is very important, so we still have a lot to develop”, underlines Marcos.

Regarding the opportunities that technology companies can offer the municipality, the coordinator of the IT course at IMED recalls that some companies have returned billions of reais, which makes it possible to understand that the economic movement in this area is essential.

“Imagine this for a city, it brings many gains, not only in terms of taxes, we are talking about employment, growth opportunities throughout the technological production chain and the training of professionals is also included in this aspect. So the city gains a lot when it encourages this scenario,” Marcos points out.

market and demand

The director of the UPF Parque, Teofanes Foresti Girardi, points out that the field of information technology (IT) goes against unemployment, “being very widespread and gaining more and more followers in the profession at as new technologies emerge,” says Teofanes.

According to her, the market prepares professionals for the field, but this demand is disproportionate to the number of vacancies, in addition to the “necessary and minimum training time for the professional to have the knowledge and expertise to work in the field. selected”.

On the other hand, Marcos points out that the market still does not cover the country’s needs for skilled labor in the technological field. “Today there are approximately 400,000 job vacancies and according to data survey research, the trend is that in the next four or five years we will reach 800,000 job vacancies throughout the countries in the technological field”, he explains.

“We must train more and more young people and people interested in technology, who use this knowledge or the field of knowledge to shape their professional career and act in this scenario of so many opportunities that we have in Brazil”, concludes Marcos.


Teofanes points out that the main benefit that entrepreneurial, innovative and technological companies can bring in the future is the cultural and behavioral change of society.

“Innovation and technology contribute to the growth and development of an entire territory, make life easier for people, stimulate development and the creation of public policies focused on innovation. It strengthens and energizes entrepreneurship, the attraction and development of new businesses in the city and the region”, he comments.

For the coordinator of administration and accounting courses at IMED and partner of the startup WhyDea, Guilherme Moraes Vargas, a municipality that manages to develop, support and absorb innovative and technological startups places itself on the map of the ecosystem innovation of the region, state and country.

“The benefits are varied, from visibility to the municipality, the creation of new jobs and the incorporation of innovative and technological solutions into the municipality’s service portfolio,” he says.

“With the new Marco das Startups, of Complementary Law 182, it is possible to execute in the form of a test, projects of innovative solutions according to the request of the municipalities, without having to go through the bureaucratic structure of the offers. The municipality gains agility to test new solutions that benefit citizens and Startups who can test, correct and improve their solutions quickly,” adds Guilherme.


The head of the UPF Parque points out that the lack of investment combined with the fear of taking risks, the support, the maturity of the companies, the lack or misinformation about the possibilities that exist in the municipality and in the region, are the major challenges faced by those who want to undertake or innovate.

Guilherme also explains that the public and private sectors lack information and knowledge on the subject of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.

“This lack of knowledge generates uncertainties and uncertainties make it difficult to take effective action. Both startups and traditional companies that want to innovate should seek to fit into the municipality’s innovation ecosystem, participate in actions and events focused on the theme,” he concludes.

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