Digital Animation and Software Development

An Expert's View about IT and Telecommunications in Costa Rica

Posted on: 31 Dec 2011

In Costa Rica the digital technology sector has, and is, expanding exponentially, due to high levels of innovation and creativity.

Digital Animation and Software Development in Costa Rica Engineers and designers are highly trained and available for hire in these recently developing markets. Furthermore, the telecommunications system is far reaching, competitively priced and stable. Market overview The computer services industry has grown over 45% since 2004, and currently there are more than 200 companies, (many of which are start-up companies) dealing with software development and digital animation in-country. In Costa Rica the digital technology sector has, and is, expanding exponentially, due to high levels of innovation and creativity. The majority of local software development and digital animation companies are skilled in highly specialised areas. Currently more than 80% of the digital animation produced in-country comes from start-up companies. The recent creation of a digital animation consortium has brought together six of the country’s largest studios, forming a pool of talent and simplifying supply chains. Locally, a creative and talented workforce exists in gaming development, smart phone applications, motion graphics, special effects, animation or software design. However national demand for these products is low and so companies are keen to expand into new geographical markets. Key opportunities Training ξ E-learning for new software packages and upgrades to existing packages ξ Provision of practical online business courses for SMEs ξ Provision of soft skills courses for SMEs, eg. networking and communication skills to broaden international client pool ξ Provision of accredited university courses/modules Consultancy Services ξ Business planning, know-how, business process management ξ Customer relationship management ξ International stakeholder mapping ξ Finance and enterprise performance ξ Supply chain management Supply of quality specialists and professionals ξ Educated workforce available for hire ξ High creative potential in production processes Latest export opportunities – Creative & Media Latest export opportunities – Software & Computer Services Latest export opportunities – Costa Rica Getting into the market The legal procedure involved in setting up a business in Costa Rica is relatively quick. Local laws guarantee equal rights to foreign companies. Multiple duty-free zones offer many incentives such as tax exemptions. Costa Rica benefits from a strategic geographical location and has an excellent business climate. Even though bureaucracy is still a challenge, efforts are being made by the government to correct this. Much of the workforce in these sectors commands a reasonable level of English. When doing business Costa Ricans tend to avoid precise commitments, although they may make them vocally to avoid hurting another’s feelings. They are very open to dialogue. More about doing business in Costa Rica Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ξ Luisa Pastor, Trade & Investment Director, British Embassy San Jose. Tel: +506 2258 2025 ξ Kate Cruse, Trade & Investment Officer, British Embassy San Jose. Tel: +506 2258 2025. Contact your local international trade team Major Events CR Technology Insight Date: June 2012 Website address: www.crtechnologyinsight.com/ No events for Digital Animation. UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events – Creative & Media Latest events – Software & Computer Services Latest events – Costa Rica Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 31 December 2011