VCI, which stands for the Department of Knowledge Valorisation and Innovation, supports various Instituto Pedro Nunes activities and fosters national and international partnerships to strengthen the innovation ecosystem. It provides market services, particularly in relation to intellectual property, innovation management, support for spin-off companies and startups in their early stages and for commercialising technologies. For the ESA (European Space Agency), it has, over recent years, developed a tech broker service, coordination of the Technology Transfer Program (PTTI) and, more recently, it has launched the ESA Incubation Centre in Portugal (ESA-BIC).
The following actions are performed with a view to enhancing the innovation, R&D and entrepreneurship activities at IPN
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