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The lack of tools to support collaborative studies was the motivation to create Grabmark, a platform for students to share and exchange study material. After winning a place in IdeaMove, a competition of business ideas promoted by the TEC Empreende project, the new start-up has received the support of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) at INESC TEC for developing and implementing the business project.
In February 2013, INESC TEC’s Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) organised the "Design Thinking" training session to encourage the creativity of the participants in problem solving. In March, UITT also initiated a cycle of workshops, which will last until April, dedicated to the problems of growth and development of university spin-offs.
João Claro, manager of INESC TEC’s Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT), a position he shares with Alexandra Xavier, is the new director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal). INESC TEC’s researcher will be taking over João Barros, a professor and researcher at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), who had been leading the partnership for the last three years.
The Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) is confirming a clear focus on internationalisation and proof of that is the contracts in Lithuania and in Chile.
Four researchers from the Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) and the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit (UESP) are developing their PhD theses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (as part of the MIT Portugal Program) and at Carnegie Mellon University (as part of the CMU Portugal Program).
Regional innovation policies – this was the main theme of the international seminar organised by INESC TEC that brought to the city of Porto 120 experts from all over the world.
Four companies have been launched as part of the initiative "IdeaMove: From Idea to Business", promoted by ANJE - National Association of Young Entrepreneurs, in close partnership with INESC TEC, and co-funded by programme ON.2 – O Novo Norte. And soon they will be six.
INESC TEC’s Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) organised the second edition of the SEEW – Science and Engineering Entrepreneurship Workshop – Leaning by Doing, which took place between 9 and 13 de July. This event was supported by the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (I3S – the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health), by the Engineering Innovation Institute of the University of Florida and by the University of Porto.
Portuguese technology prevents the appearance of bedsores in bedridden patients.
Fibersensing, a spin-off company from INESC Porto, was distinguished with an Honourable Mention for the Cotec-Unicer Product Innovation Award, attributed by COTEC, at the 8th National Meeting on Innovation that took place on 28th June at Culturgest.
“Innovation Dynamics for the Portuguese Footwear Sector” (original title: “Dinâmicas de Inovação do Setor Português do Calçado”) – this is the title of the INESC Porto study commissioned by the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS). The study concluded that innovation is a fundamental part of the footwear sector’s strategy that when facing market demands allowed it to reinvent itself and become less traditional and more innovative. This distinguishing factor, strengthened by the footwear sector over the years, was supported by INESC Porto and has placed Portugal among the world elite in footwear.
INESC Porto and the University of Porto Innovation (UPIN) have organised a cycle of workshops that aim to make Portuguese companies aware of the added value of implementing Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Management Systems. In addition to the areas of promotion, learning and discussion this partnership also has a consulting component that evaluates the management of RDI activities in Portuguese companies and supports their implementation.
Over the course of three years the Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) will develop project FIRE-ENGINE–Flexible Design of Management Systems for Forest Fires. This incentive comes within the framework of MIT Portugal and Portucel Florestal SA and the Engineering Systems Division of MIT will also participate.
MOG Technologies, the spinoff company of INESC Porto recently received the award for the best Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) for 2010 in Portugal. They were also selected, out of 300,000 SMEs, for the SME Excellence award from the Institute for the Support of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Innovation (IAPMEI). This distinction was presented to 1,100 SMEs with the best economic and management performance in 2010 in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Development, José Vieira da Silva.
Fibersensing, a spin-off company from INESC Porto, received, on 29 November, an Honourable Mention in the category of Innovation of the Awards CEP-AEP 2009, given in the context of the Entrepreneurial Cooperation Forum Galicia-North of Portugal.
Policy approaches regarding technology transfer: Portugal and Switzerland compared [Working Paper Nº5]
Maria das Dores B. Moura Oliveira and Aurora A.C. Teixeira; September 2009
Tomorrow Options, a spin-off from INESC Porto and from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), is the subject of a case study carried out by the UK Trade Investment (UKTI), which will be published soon. This study is the result of Tomorrow Options’ entry in the British market.
INESC Porto’s project Smartwatt is one of the finalists in the Impact Awards organised by Unico, a UK association that represents professionals investing in innovation and knowledge transfer from the universities to the industry.
The project “Escolinhas – Plataforma Colaborativa e Social para Escolas do Ensino Básico 1/2” (Escolinhas – Collaborative and Social Platform for Primary and Junior Schools), coordinated by Ademar Aguiar, reseracher at the Information and Communication Systems Unit (USIC), was presented on 14 May, at the auditorium of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP).
The Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit (UITT) organised, together with Suzana Borschiver of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, a course on Knowledge Management and Technology Forecast, which took place in April.