department/unit: CONSULTING DEPARTMENT
services: Created in 1997, INOVA+ is a Portuguese company that delivers highly specialized services in research exploitation, technology transfer and innovation management and market entry to clients in public administration, research and private businesses (Large companies, SMES and Start-ups). The services hereby offered include a range of different activities sustained by an extensive knowledge and expertise in supporting the growth of organisations through innovation, internationalisation and access to financing: • Mentoring; • Support in the design of Minimum Viable Products and in the validation of business concepts and ideas, according to their scope of application; • Business Model definition; • Market roadmaps; • Definition of pilot requirements and implementation scenarios; • Feasibility studies • Support in the pilot implementation stage, including partnerships establishment; • Support in Fund raising – private and public funding; • Support in the development of Business Plans; • Marketing Plans.
previous experience: •For 21 years, INOVA+ has been actively supporting the creation of innovative companies, ensuring a continuous monitoring from the Idea to the Market. •It has launched a seed capital fund (INDEX TALENT) and an incubator (MentorTec). •It is a consortium member of the “VERTIGO– Adding socio-economic value to industry through the integration of artists in research and open innovation processes” project, leading the definition of a co-creation methodology for the integration of artists in R&I projects. •It has an extensive experience in providing services for start-ups, with over 200 start-ups supported so far: - It is the coordinator of the “CREATIVE TRACKS – supporting young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors across the world” project, and is responsible for online training, ideation labs, matchmaking tool, networking among entrepreneurs and support networks for the cultural and creative industries around the world. - It has coordinated the “ePlus Ecosystem” project, funded by H2020, that aimed to foster Web Entrepreneurship in Europe, implementing mentoring and coaching activities, including the support to the validation and valuation of business ideas in the web and ICT areas; - It has participated in the “StartUP Internationalization” European project, supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups in guiding and modelling their companies to enter on international markets; - It has participated in the “Spread the ART of going UP – STARTUP” European project, supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop and launch their businesses in the market; - It has organized 4 acceleration programs for the University of Aveiro, with more than 60 entrepreneurs supported; - In the framework of the ADSA project, INOVA+ is implementing 5 international bootcamps (Brest, Cork, Derry and Sevilla); - INOVA+ consultants were strongly involved as mentors in the Portuguese national programme for promotion of entrepreneurship, with a pro-bono dedication that led them to follow over 40 entrepreneurs. - It has evaluated and mentored more than 100 business ideas from different Contests (“PoliEmpreende”; “Lezíria do Tejo”, “AgriEmpreende”, etc.). - It is member of the Portuguese Sea Cluster “Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar”; - It is the overall coordinator of the “ONBOARD – Development of Technical Profiles and Training Curriculum for The Ports And Logistics’ Sector Aims”, addressing the design, implementation and validation of apprenticeship’s model for ports and logistics supporting the development of new VET profile and curricula. - It was involved in several successful European project applications in the Blue Growth area: AMALIA-Algae-to-Market Lab Ideas; Bluemater - eco-efficient Solutions SME PH2; etc; and is supporting companies of this sector: Gelpeixe, Pinhais, CIMAR, ESTurismo e Tecnologia do Mar,CCMAR, CeteMares, etc.