Value@nano: technology commercialization workshop for nanoscientists, December 5-7 in Lisbon

Value@nano – Value Creation from Emerging Knowledge is the title of a workshop to be held December 5-7, 2016 in Lisbon.

The main topic of the workshop is the innovative transformation of knowledge into value with a specific focus on the commercialization of new technology. Concepts are introduced that improve and accelerate the commercialization process, from decisions made by scientists at the research bench, through the development, patenting, and licensing of new technologies, to the formation of new ventures.

The intended audience is researchers, PhD and MSc students, post-docs and faculty members interested in learning how to create value from their research activities.

The workshop will be jointly offered by UTEN Portugal and the Emerging Technologies program of the UT Austin|Portugal CoLab and organized by Paula M. Vilarinho (U.Aveiro) and Brian Korgel (UT Austin).

Registration information and full program are here:

Please send questions to Joana Sousa and Carina Borges at

Double Tree by Hilton Lisbon – Fontana Park Hotel
Rua Eng Vieira da Silva 2

New reports on UTEN and CoLab activities

The UT Austin|Portugal Program has released two comprehensive reports covering its activities for the period 2013-2015.

The UT Austin|Portugal Program has released two comprehensive reports covering its activities for the period 2013-2015, one for the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN) program and one for the CoLab academic programs.

You may download them from the UT Austin|Portugal program Publications page or here:

UTEN 2013-2015: A Cumulative Report

CoLab 2013-2015: A Cumulative Report

US and Texas officials experience Body Interact

On September 14, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, Senator John Cornyn, Representative Rubén Hinojosa, and Texas Governor Greg Abbot got first-hand experience with Body Interact, the medical education simulator from Global Startup Program partner Take the Wind.

Officials view Body Interact at UT Rio Grande Valley

The officials were on a tour of the UT Rio Grande Valley Smart Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility which simulates all departments of a working hospital to train health care providers and first responders.

Body Interact is a unique interactive medical education platform which runs on multitouch table-top and tablet devices as well as by web conference. Body Interact’s flexibility allows it to deliver detailed and customizable medical scenarios in a full range of individual and group educational settings.

For the past year, business development specialists from the IC² Institute have been working with Take the Wind to hone its message and develop relationships with medical educators and potential customers in the U.S. and worldwide.

For more information:

(Photo: Rio Grande Guardian)

Global Startup Program alumnus Feedzai raises $17.5m in Series B

Feedzai logoOn May 19, Global Startup Program alumnus Feedzai raised $17.5 million in Series B financing.

Feedzai provides fraud prevention services to financial institutions, retailers, and developers. Using “big data science” and machine learning, Feedzai generates transaction risk scores which adapt to consumer behavior in real time.

Feedzai was a participant in the 2012-2013 pilot year of the UTEN Global Startup Program, known at that time as “US Connect.”

For more information:

U.Glasgow launches free licensing program, Easy Access IP

As reported in the Chronicle for Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2010:

No Hard Bargaining Here: At U. of Glasgow, Licensing Rights to Inventions Are Free
By Goldie Blumenstyk

A Scottish university has come up with an unusual program for commercializing its research at a price companies and others should find very attractive: free.

The new program from the University of Glasgow, Easy Access IP, is designed to help give a competitive edge to British companies, particularly as they increasingly vie for business internationally. With the free licensing, the companies and university will no longer need to spend time and money negotiating over licensing terms. …

Read more:

Visit the Easy Access IP site

Seeking digital media startups in Portugal

In the first week of March, UTEN and the Digital Media program of the UT Austin|Portugal CoLab will send a team of digital media experts to Portugal as part of our entrepreneur training activities.

As a first step, we’d like to hear from you about digital media startups in Portugal, from the engineer or researcher with a great idea through young companies that are already in the market. Who should we be talking to?

There’s more detail in the comments, but off the top of your head: who are the digital media innovators in Portugal?