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Portugal

Our National Leads for Portugal

Meet Claudia and Sofia, our National Leads for Portugal!

Sofia:

What is your background?
I am a Project Manager of EU funded projects, focusing mainly on acceleration and internationalization of startups, and on communication (including the Horizon 2020 project BINGO on adaptation to climate change – www.projectbingo.eu, check it out!). I studied Management and International Relations.

Why did you become a country lead / why does your organisation want to arrange ClimateLaunchpad in your country?
We’re very excited about bringing ClimateLaunchpad to our country and providing Portuguese cleantech startups with the opportunity to learn with experienced trainers how to fine tune their business model and launch a green business in a global market.

Why do you think this competition is important?
ClimateLaunchpad increases awareness of the need to mitigate and adapt to climate change and also gives visibility and important networking opportunities to startups.

How does your organisation support clean tech start-ups?
SPI works with closely with SMEs across different sectors, helping them in getting access to funding, in developing Research, Development and Innovation strategies, creating RDI units within the company, and accelerating their international growth in several markets.

 

Claudia:

What is your background?
With a background in Applied Mathematics, I started out as a programmer in software development companies for around 10 years, then launched my own startup in GIS.

As the Tech Center Development Manager for UPTEC – Science and Technology Park of University of Porto, it is my greatest pleasure to contribute to fostering the creation of knowledge based startups, and tackle the challenge of reinventing and accelerating the region’s knowledge economy.

Why did you become a country lead / why does your organisation want to arrange ClimateLaunchpad in your country?
UPTEC – Science and Technology Park of University of Porto – aims to support the creation of technology-based companies and creative business and thus wanted to be part of the largest cleantech business idea competition!

Why do you think this competition is important?

We believe that business idea competitions are extremely relevant for entrepreneurs to kick start their businesses. ClimateLaunchpad is focused on cleantech, which we understand to have a huge potential that must be unlocked in Portugal.

How does your organisation support clean tech start-ups?
UPTEC is the structure of the University of Porto dedicated to incubate startups and host national and international Innovation Centers, supporting an effective knowledge and technology transfer between academia and the market.

Read more over at: www.uptec.up.pt


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