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.
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
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
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
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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
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
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
ξ Kate Cruse, Trade & Investment Officer, British Embassy San Jose. Tel: +506 2258 2025.
Contact your local international trade team
CR Technology Insight
Date: June 2012
Website address: www.crtechnologyinsight.com/
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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.
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