Project information

Index: 1083R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location PORTUGAL CONTINENTE Norte Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2008
End: In progress

Topic of the practice

Support of young entrepreneurship and innovative business models

Good Practice Information

The University of Minho supports innovative and knowledge-intensive companies (spin-off entrepreneurs) by cooperating with facilities such as SPINPARK (technology-based incubator). The facilities provide an integrated set of services to support companies through their evolutionary process, providing physical space, consulting, training, networking and access to seed capital. The close link to
AVEPARK – Park of Science and Technology – also allows more mature enterprises to enter a community of business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers and university students accessing network, training, habilitation and internationalisation. For young entrepreneurs the Portuguese Government provides further programmes through the cooperation with AVEPARK and the University of Minho.

Evidence of success

AVEPARK launched the Business Angels Club of Guimarães, which brings together professional individual investors in SMEs with high-growth potential, giving management expertise and networkin to business projects.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Gabriel Pontes



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