A2B sessions “Name of the company or name of the business organization” @U.Porto Partnering for innovation

Project information

Index: 1313R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Innovation, research and technology development
Location PORTUGAL CONTINENTE Porto Norte Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2008
End: N/A

Topic of the practice

The A2B – Academia to Business - sessions aim to strengthening the relation between university R&D centres and companies in order to promoting R&D and technology collaborations.

Good Practice Information

The A2B session is a private meeting dedicated to the discussion of needs, ideas and projects related to the activities of an industry sector or of a particular company. The main objective is to promote R&D and technology collaborations by enabling the university researchers to know companies’ R&D and technological challenges, and allowing companies to know university’s R&D and
technological skills and university’s related projects. The main stakeholders are business associations or companies and R&D centres which develop work related with the activities of the business association or company. No particular financial resources are needed (human resources, meeting room, datashow, group transportation and coffee-break).

Evidence of success

To date, 19 forums have been organized. The participants’ network of contacts has been enlarged and 13 collaborations academia-industry (collaborative project, master and doctorate thesis and external expertise collaboration) resulted directly from the forums.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

André Fernandes, Sara Fidalgo, Sofia Varge, Aude Gabrielsen

University of Porto – University of Porto Innovation



Annex completed on: 11-03-2013

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