CIIMAR is a private non-profit research and advanced training institution whose mission is to develop exceptional-quality research, promote technological development and innovation and support public policies in the area of Marine and Environmental Sciences. CIIMAR follows an innovative-based strategy promoting market-oriented research and industry liaison activities, contributing to sustainable economic growth.

U.Porto Innovation was created in 2004 with the objective of supporting the University’s innovation value chain by fostering the transfer of knowledge and reinforcing the bond between the University and businesses. With over 10 years of experience, U.Porto Innovation focuses its activities on research at the University, entrepreneurship within the academic community and U.Porto’s growing connections with industry.

The Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science – INESC TEC is an Associate Laboratory with more than 30 years of experience in R&D and technology transfer. Present in 6 sites in the cities of Porto, Braga and Vila Real, INESC TEC incorporates 13 R&D Centres and one Associate Unit with complementary competences, always looking to the international market.


Organized by:

Fábrica Startups
Founded in 2012, Fábrica de Startups is a company accelerator whose mission is to create new startups oriented to the global market. To fulfil this mission, Fábrica de Startups undertakes fast ideation, fast start and fast growth programs designed to support the process of business creation, validation and internationalization. These three programs follow methodologies that ensure the identification of good ideas, their translation into validated business models, and finally the launch of startups prepared to succeed in the global marketplace.

Porto Business School
Porto Business School is the Business School of the University of Porto. Its mission is to improve the quality of management and to promote change in companies and other organizations, by means of advanced training at a post-graduated level, applied research and consultancy. Porto Business School has as a fundamental resource a faculty with extensive experience in teaching and research, coming from the University of Porto, to which two other categories of teachers are joined: managers with academic training and a solid business career and professors from foreign universities.


Industrial Partner:

Sonae is a multinational corporation managing a diversified portfolio of businesses in retail, financial services, technology, shopping centres and telecommunications, creating value across several geographic areas, with a solid culture and highly-developed ability to innovate and execute its actions, taking the benefits of progress to an ever-increasing number of people.

Supported by:

Fundação Amadeu Dias
The Amadeu Dias Foundation is dedicated to the creation, promotion and sponsorship of actions that contribute in an innovative way to the modernization of the economy, by promoting entrepreneurship and management, as well as activities that contribute to the appreciation of Portuguese Culture and Human Rights, promotion of social solidarity, and the support to humanitarian organizations.