Portugal Ventures collaborates with Global Startup Program

Portugal VenturesPortugal Ventures, a leading Portuguese VC firm, is collaborating with UTEN to help select companies reach global markets through the IC² Institute’s Global Startup Program.

An announcement on the Portugal Ventures website says:

Portugal Ventures has teamed up with the Portuguese Foundation For Science and Technology (FCT) to promote the international acceleration of its portfolio companies in Austin, Texas… Portugal Ventures and the Global Startup Program are operating as a cross-functional team to actively develop and expand international revenue opportunities for select companies.

Administered by the IC² Institute at UT Austin, the Global Startup Program offers a year-long business development and incubation program to assist companies in realizing their international potential more rapidly and economically. Using Austin, Texas, as their launch-pad to the United States and the world, companies selected for the program will receive support from dedicated business development specialists and access to a seasoned advisory team.

The collaboration with the Global Startup Program is aligned with Portugal Ventures’ Acceleration and Innovation Hubs in the World program, which already operates two centers in San Francisco and Boston to help Portuguese companies connect with North American capital and markets.

The Global Startup Program is accepting applications from Portuguese companies through June 30. For complete information see the Global Startup Program call on the UTEN website.

UTEN announces Global Startup Program 2014 Call

UPDATE: The call deadline has been extended through
Monday, July 14.

The University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN) has announced the 2014 call for applications to its Global Startup Program.

The Global Startup Program began in 2013 with the mission to provide business development, soft-landing, incubation, and acceleration opportunities to Portuguese technology-based companies. Companies participating in the 2013 program are Abyssal, Auditmark, Celfinet, Omniflow, and Tuizzi.

The 2014 call is open to companies in all technology sectors with ambitions to reach US and world markets. Assistance is tailored to both early-stage and mature ventures and provided through the IC² Institute of the University of Texas at Austin.

Applications will be accepted June 1-30 June 1 – July 14, 2014.

For details please see the Global Startup Program 2014 Call or contact globalstartup@utenportugal.org.

Digital Media Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, June 5-6, 2014

The UT Austin|Portugal Digital Media Program will offer a free, intensive entrepreneurial boot camp in Lisbon on June 5-6, 2014. Approximately 15-20 participants working in teams of 2-6 people will spend one and a half days bringing products through the stages of ideation, design, prototyping, and pitching. The program will be led by two accomplished entrepreneurs from the Austin and San Francisco start-up scenes, both with extensive experience in diverse aspects of digital media. Guests from the local entrepreneurial community in Lisbon will join them.

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2014. For complete information, see the UT Austin|Portugal website.

CMU|Portugal announces inRes acceleration program

inRes 2014: Very Early Stage Acceleration Program

The CMU Portugal Program welcomes applications for the 2014 Edition of inRes, short for “in Residence,” a very early stage acceleration program for entrepreneurial teams working in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), in Portugal.

CMU|Portugal logoinRes will provide entrepreneurial teams a training period in Portugal, followed by a six-week structured immersion period in Pittsburgh, in the U.S., anchored at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The participating teams will benefit from the exposure to a highly dense environment of world-leading research groups, and market and industry specialists, in a variety of high-tech areas.

The program is targeted to entrepreneurial teams that:

  • want to start a company and commercialize a technology;
  • have proven technical feasibility of their product or service;
  • have had enough initial interaction with their target markets and industries, to show minimally consistent product or service and business concepts;
  • and are not yet established companies regularly selling their products/services.

Applications for the inRes 2014 Call will be open until April 30, 2014.

Information sessions will be held April 2 (Coimbra and Porto) and April 3 (Lisbon). Register now.

inRes will be very intense and challenging, and will require a strong commitment from the teams. It will push them past their comfort zones, and require them to work at a steep pace, cope with high levels of uncertainty, and constantly reach out for contacts to further build and validate their business projects.

For more information, see the Carnegie Mellon Portugal inRes site.

Global Startup Roadshow, March 2014

March 10-18, 2014, members of the UTEN team will visit multiple incubators across Portugal to publicize the next call for applications to the Global Startup Program.

Marco Bravo and Greg Pogue of the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin will meet with dozens of startups that are interested in expanding to international markets and growing their business in the United States.

Stops on the tour will include Lisbon, Coimbra, Cantanhede, Aveiro, Porto, and Guimarães.

Global Startup began in 2013 to provide business development, soft-landing, incubation, business development, and acceleration opportunities for Portuguese technology-based companies. Its purpose is to assist the success of Portuguese entrepreneurial endeavors in both early and mature phases of development.

For more information, please contact Marco Bravo at bravo@austin.utexas.edu or +1 512-475-8953.


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Call for papers: Multidisciplinary Approaches on Innovation

Workshop and online journal to launch September 3, 2013, at the University of Porto, Portugal.

On September 3, 2013, the University of Porto will host an international workshop entitled “Multidisciplinary Approaches on Innovation” to mark the launch of a new online journal.

From the call for papers:

“Innovation is a laboratory for applied creativity where development of innovative projects and exploration of new directions in different disciplines are dynamically perceived. Innovation enables a more conscious perception of place and its characteristics; it is an experimental space in which design methods can be used to examine and interrogate ideas, forms, structures, dreams and visions. Innovation is about transgressing boundaries of multiple disciplines in view of developing novelties or improving existing offerings, methods and processes while taking into account numerous dimensions and angles. It is also about opening new perspectives on the world of tomorrow. Innovation is also a state of mind, which has to be nurtured and cultivated. The currently turbulent environment renders innovation even more challenging, yet necessary, to reach the competitive edge and maintain sustainable advantage. The successful ability to innovate requires a multidisciplinary attitude towards understanding, designing and implementing an overarching innovation strategy.”

Abstracts for the workshop are due on May 1, 2013.

For complete information on the workshop and the new journal, please see: http://www.fe.up.pt/iwsmai/

UTEN 2012 Plan of Activities

UTEN 2012 Plan of Activities - coverHere is the UTEN 2012 Plan of activities, as approved by the Board of Directors and the External Review Committee on December 2011.

The Plan defines, as usual, the different lines of activities of UTEN. The date, place and content of each event will be announced in advance and as the events unfold, as some of the activities are long-term and therefore its implementation depends on the decision regarding the continuation of the program.

We very soon will be able to disseminate the first events to be carried out in 2012 by UTEN scheduled to the end of February, as well as other issues of importance to the operation of the UTEN Network.

José Manuel Mendonça
UTEN Scientific Director

NCET2 webinar series: President’s Initiative on University Commercialization

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) has announced a new webinar series entitled, “President Obama’s Initiative on University Research Commercialization: How Universities Plan To Respond.”

The first session will be:

Commercialization at the University of Kansas and the University of Akron
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
1:00 to 1:30 PM EST (19h00 to 19h30 Portugal time)
Register now

Future webinar dates in the series:

November 17
November 22
November 29
December 5
December 13
December 20

Series description:

President Obama’s Initiative on University Research Commercialization: How Universities Plan To Respond

On September 16, 2011, President Obama announced new steps that will help America’s universities and research labs convert ideas into new products, create startups, expand the economy and create high-value 21st century jobs. In coordination with the Administration, 135 university presidents committed to working more closely with industry, investors, and agencies to bolster entrepreneurship, encourage university-industry collaboration, and advance the nation’s social and economic interests. The commitments are aimed at helping achieve the President’s goal of strengthening commercialization of the nearly $148 billion in annual federally-funded research and development.

The “President Obama’s Initiative on University Research Commercialization: How Universities Plan To Respond” webinar series will have university leaders highlight specific plans for following through on this commitment and bolstering their commercialization efforts, in direct response to the President’s call to action.

Each 30-minute webinar will feature 10-minute presentations from two universities discussing their commercialization initiatives. A Q&A period will be conducted after the presentations for the remainder of the time.

This series is tied in to the Presidents-Investors Summit, a pre-conference event at the 6th Annual University Startups Conference in January 18-20, 2012. The Summit will bring together university presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice-presidents, deans and the nation’s leading investors in technology startups to continue the discussion on the importance of universities in startup generation and job creation.

In preparation for the Summit and in conjunction with the webinar series, NCET2 has started a new project to benchmark and track the creation of startups by universities. The university startup database and map will locate and provide key information about the approximately 6000 university startups created since 1980. Going forward it will track annual startup creation by universities.

For complete information on the webinar series, please see the announcement at ncet2.org.

Webinar: Stanford V. Roche

Mid-Atlantic Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Maryland TEDCO and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) present a webinar series on “Demystifying Working with Federal Labs.”


A Webinar on Stanford V. Roche from the Perspective of Federal Agencies
Thursday, July 28, 2011, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

To register, go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/539692819


On April 7, 2010, Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House released its inaugural Open Government Plan highlighting transparency, participation, and collaboration.

“Demystifying Working with the Federal Labs” is a lecture series launched by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium in order to render the technology transfer process at federal agencies more transparent, and to encourage collaborations with the federal labs. This lecture series aims to provide a platform for Federal Laboratories to educate academia, industry, and technology transfer professionals on different technology transfer mechanisms used at the federal labs. While some of the lectures will be an introduction to common technology transfer mechanisms, such as CRADAs and licenses, other lectures will focus on more specialized agreements that may be unique to a particular agency, such as NASA’s Space Act agreements.

It is our hope that the series will encourage a dialogue between the federal laboratories and other stakeholders in the area of technology innovation. We hope to reach small businesses, large businesses, academia, economic development organizations, and technology transfer professionals.


A Webinar on Stanford V. Roche from the Perspective of Federal Agencies
Thursday, July 28, 2011, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

This webinar will first set the stage for Stanford v. Roche by a quick introduction to Bayh-Dole. Once the stage is set, the facts of the case will be discussed. Finally, the effect of this case on future activities and collaborations with the Federal Labs will be explored.

COST: Free, but registration required by clicking on the link above.


Henry Wixon
Chief Counsel
National Institute of Standards and Technology

John Raubitschek
Patent Attorney
U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Melanye Johnson
Senior Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
US Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Division, NIH Branch

Moderated by:

Mojdeh Bahar
Chief, Cancer Branch
Office of Technology Transfer, NIH

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This series is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers. Once registered to the webinar series you will receive a separate email with the webinar url 24 hours before the start of the webinar.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?: These webinars are open to anyone interested in how federal labs, universities and industry can better work together to foster innovation. This includes university staff, faculty and students, local and state economic development professionals, corporate business development directors, academic liaisons, corporate, academic and federal laboratory researchers, technology transfer professionals, and service providers (e.g. lawyers, consultants).

For more information about this webinar contact support@ncet2.org or visit http://center.ncet2.org

Save the date: 6th Annual University Startups Conference 2012

The annual University Startups Conference will take place January 18-20, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

The University Startups Conference is dedicated exclusively to creating and funding globally-competitive, venture-backable university startups. It bring together universities creating startups with VCs, angel investors, SBIR program managers and Fortune 500 technology scouts funding them. The conference also includes NSF, NIH, NIST, DOD, DOE, DHS and other US government agencies working on improving the innovation economy by increasing the quality and quantity of startups coming out of universities.

The conference is organized annually by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2.org). Government co-hosts are the National Science Foundation (Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnership) and National Institutes of Health (Office of Tech Transfer). VC sponsors are the National Venture Captial Association (NVCA) and the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF).

For more information, see: http://ncet2.org/UpcomingEvents/UnivStartupConf12/