In September three Costa Rican companies were honored for promoting innovation in their products. These companies were Natural Sins, Orplant Dracaenas de Altura and Thermosolutions Group S.A., which received a “BTM Award”, issued by the Foreign Trade Agency of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) during the Buyers Trade Mission 2012.

This year, PROCOMER decided to reward talent, vision, and creativity of Costa Rican businesses through this contest in which 16 companies participated. The companies that entered the contest came from the manufacturing, food, and agricultural sectors.

Businesses were evaluated in aspects such as the degree of invention, the degree of innovation in the market, environmental impact, organizational impact, export potential and source of innovation. These criteria were reviewed by a jury of officials from PROCOMER, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT), the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Chamber of Industries.

[quote_center]”We want to emphasize our satisfaction with the number and diversity of projects or initiatives presented because it showed the entrepreneurial and innovative capacity of our companies. This encourages us to continue promoting such initiatives,” said Jorge Sequeira, General Manager PROCOMER[/quote_center]

Meanwhile, the Minister of Science and Technology, Alejandro Cruz, emphasized that improving the ability of businesses is an important task which the MICIT is honored to support. “Improving the capacity of companies translate into an increase in the competitiveness of the country. The MICIT recognizes the need to promote competitiveness,” he added.

The winners received a prize of $3000.