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||C&T commercialisation activities
The Center has been involved in fostering C&T commercialization activities in a way to promote the creation and diffusion of knowledge beyond academia, by establishing conditions that will:
- Stimulate university entrepreneurship, through student and staff involvement in technology commercialisation projects;
- Foster advanced training and qualifications in technological platforms, by combining technical skills with a broader vision of the relationship between new technologies with economy and society;
- Promote entrepreneurial projects and the diffusion of applications/contents for new technologies.
The main activities and projects under development by January 2004 are as follows:
- “Green.Wheel ”
(Financiamento público : FCT; POE)
Coordinator: Prof. Manuel Heitor; Prof. Rui Baptista
Founder: Prof. Manuel Heitor
The Green-Wheel Programme is aimed at promoting technology-based entrepreneurship according to concepts that will foster sustainable human and entrepreneurial development, including the necessary development of new applications/contents associated with information and communication technologies, as well as a vast range of environment technologies, production processes, biotechnology and industrial processes that may directly contribute to sustainable development.
(Financiamento: PME Investimentos; Banco Efisa, IAPMEI, POE)
Coordinator: Prof. Rui Baptista
Founder: Prof. Manuel Heitor
The main objective of this program, like its predecessor – IMPACT, both created by prof. Manuel Heitor, is to provide engineering students and researchers with entrepreneurial skills complementary to their technological and scientific education. The program guided participants through a range of issues that cover the entrepreneurship process from idea to business, including strategic planning, potential and competitive market analysis, product and process management, gathering resources and financing, and internationalization. More than just simple pursue the objective of creating a start-up, this program was about thinking and acting like an entrepreneur– focused on recognizing and evaluating opportunities, locally and globally, permanently challenging the vision and improving the strategy, investing in team talent and motivation and generally promoting the creation of a culture of innovation.
The primary focus of the program is to accompany those students and participants who have either a concrete entrepreneurial idea or a strong entrepreneurial ambition. The program is structured in such a way that it provides some theory around the recurring and typical challenges encountered in the entrepreneurial process.
Primarily designed for senior undergraduate and for postgraduate students in engineering sciences and technology, the admission to VECTORe is selective and requires candidates to have a technologically- or innovation-based idea or project, to either develop a business plan or to write a case study on a company during the program.
Students are asked to prepare thoroughly for and actively participate in classes through the presentation and discussion of their technology-based business ideas. Three hours preparing classes and another three hours improving the opportunity analysis and business plan document is the approximate time required for each session. Students are required to discuss their business ideas and plans with a group of international experts and lecturers that provide practical knowledge and guidance for the elaboration of a final business plan document leading to its approval for a final competition.
Typical Session Class structure:
- Tuesdays, 18:00 to 21:00h: New venture creation processes and essential tools, frameworks and models; class discussion of new venture ideas. International experts provide unique knowledge and professional expertise;
- Wednesdays, 18:00 to 20:00h: Visits to selected technology-based ventures: company presentation and guided tour; discussion.
Final VECTORe Business Plan Competition: the culmination of the process occurs with a Business Plan Competition session where students present their work, which is evaluated by a panel of academic, finance and industry experts
- “Solvay Ideas Challenge ”
Coordinator: Prof. Manuel Heitor
Conscious of an undisputed link between research and innovation, IN+ and Solvay Portugal tested an innovative approach to link academic R&D teams to main market issues through a “business plan competition” followed by a tour to several resercah centers in Portugal. The main goal of the Challenge Tour was to take a personal contact and to go inside of the best chemical research teams, visit their labs, know their knowledge fields, know them personally and make ourselves known among them. In seven month, the Challenge Tour visited Portugal from South to North and shared innovation spirit and openness. More than one hundred researches assisted to specific presentations and encouraging news have arrived by e-mail and from newspapers feedback. As a result, fourteen projects have been presented to the competition, and a winner selected by a jury composed by all presidents of Portuguese chemical engineering departments.