The only Portuguese project in the competition was awarded in the categories "Smart Specialization for SME Innovation" and "Public choice"
The TecBIS project - Business Accelerator of the Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN) in Coimbra, won the second RegioStars award, awarded by the European Commission, which distinguishes innovative projects and good regional development practices in the category "Smart Specialization for SME Innovation ".
TecBIS - Business Accelerator started in May 2014 and was financed by the Regional Operational Program of the Center, with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of € 7 million, for an overall investment of € 8.2 million . It is a business support infrastructure, which operates downstream of its incubator, to meet the specific needs of companies in a state of advanced development that aim to grow rapidly and sustainably.
The Accelerator of Companies welcomes technology-based and innovative companies with high growth potential and to whom they offer a set of technical services, with highly qualified human resources and with the objectives of enhancing their capacity to internationalize and increase their intensity technological.
The awards ceremony took place in Brussels, where the European Week of Regions and Cities will take place tomorrow.
The president of the IPN board, Teresa Mendes, said it was "very important for the city of Coimbra to have a world-class accelerator that helps make the University of Coimbra itself more attractive for students. Also on the issue of economic development is crucial, when competition is so great. "
"Many of the companies that left the incubator continued to look for our services, to support them in internationalization or the transfer of specific technology to renew a product," said Teresa Mendes, who was accompanied at the ceremony in Brussels yesterday, notably by Paulo Santos, IPN's executive director, and Ana Abrunhosa, chair of the Center's Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRC).
As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, CCDRC participated in the workshop on "Resilient Cities and the Importance of Networks", with Ana Abrunhosa highlighting several examples of projects being developed in the the valorization of endogenous resources and the strengthening of networking.
News published in the Diário de Coimbra on October 11, 2017, available in the paper version.