Innovation is the process of generating value by satisfying an unmet need, employing problem (re)definition, (tech)knowledge, and creativity

Innovation is critical to improve people lives’ and societal development. In the case of Life Sciences, this may take the form of new or improved medicines, more efficient and sustainable energy resources, or new technological solutions to protect our environment and safeguard our citizens.

An interdisciplinary approach to innovation has long been recognized as an essential factor in translation of knowledge into effective products or services. However, there are still critical communication gaps between the scientific community and commercial actors.

The StartUp Research Program is an international and truly interdisciplinary post-Graduation brought together by scientists and entrepreneurs from a recognized scientific research institution, ITQB NOVA, one of the most modern and best-preforming European business schools – NOVA SBE, and the municipality of Oeiras – Oeiras Valley.

The aim of the Program is to help closing the communication gap between scientists and business stakeholders by providing researchers with the social awareness and business skills, required to actively promote the translation of their technologies into innovative amenities.


Welcome to Startup Research

Diretor ITQB NOVA João Crespo

"In a period where so many people want the University to fulfil so many tasks, it may be good not to forget that, in its essence, the University is the ultimate space for freedom of thought."

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Applications deadline April 19

Open Call for Applications 2024 Edition

Feb 5 – Apr 19, 2024

The StartUp Research is ignited by new ideas and new technologies!

Why Startup Research Graduation

A choice that makes the difference.


Feb 5 – Apr 19, 2024


Apr 22-26, 2024

StartUp Research 2024

May 2 – July 19, 2024

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