IGNITION PROGRAMME

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Ignition Programme

Science-based Businesses for a Sustainable World.

An 112-hour Ignition Programme developed by Porto Business School in the context of the Biopolis Framework and organised in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley Innovation Group, as well as other lecturers, business leaders and keynote speakers from different parts of the globe.

Straightly connected with the R&D activities, this multidisciplinary initiative has the mission of preparing the participants to launch their own start-ups, both university spin-offs and market-led ventures, and is free of charge for the selected participants.

Calendar

PROGRAMME

01/02/2023 – 22/02/2023

Module 1

THE RIGHT MINDSET FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Lectured by Clark Kelogg and Jeff Eyet.

Contents:

01/02/2023 – 09h00 The mindset of an entrepreneur

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Markets and products

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Innovation

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Technology assessment

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Innovative business models

01/03/2023 – 22/03/2023

Module 2

DEVELOPING CONSISTENT MANAGERIAL SKILLS

Lectured by Jorge Farinha, Margarida Pedro and Miguel Henriques.

Contents:

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Business models and business plans

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Customers and markets

01/02/2023 – 09h00 People and leadership

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Finances and management control

29/03/2023 – 19/04/2023

Module 3

GETTING TO THE MARKET AND REACHING THE CUSTOMERS YOU NEED

Lectured by Rodrigo Alvarenga.

Contents:

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Becoming an entrepreneur

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Measuring your market and getting your first customers

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Getting the right team

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Sales and marketing

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Growth

26/04/2023 – 17/05/2023

Module 4

THE BEST ALTERNATIVES TO FUND YOUR PROJECT

Lectured by Miguel Sousa, Isabel Neves, Miguel Henriques and other invited speakers.

Contents:

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Fund raising

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Public funding

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Private investors: BAs, VCs, crowdfunding and others

01/02/2023 – 09h00 Pitching your project

PROGRAMME TRAINERS

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Rodrigo de Alvarenga

CEO HAG Group

Clark Kellog

Founder & CEO Berkeley Innovation Group

Jeff Eyet

Co-founder Berkeley Innovation Group

Jorge Farinha

Professor of Finance PBS

Margarida Pedro

Invited Lecturer | Executive Programmes for Companies PBS

Miguel Henriques

Senior Lecturer PBS

Miguel Sousa

CEO at INOVA

Isabel Neves

Star Busy Managing Partner
WATCH OUR #IMPROBABLETALKS

WHERE SCIENCE AND BUSINESS MEET

Can we save us in this planet? – Talk #1 with Hans van der Loo & Luís Rochartre
Working for a more sustainable world: Contributions from within and outside Academia – Talk #2 with Ana Rita Duarte & Rodrigo Vald’Oleiros Silva
Improbable Projects, Incredible Products – Talk #3 with Joana Paiva & Bruno Medronho
Improbable Biodiversity – Talk #4 with Angela Lucas & Carlos A. Ribeiro
WATCH OUR #IMPROBABLEJOURNEYS

START-UPS ON THE RISE

µGreen Solutions, a micro solution for a macro impact – Episode #1

The first episode of the “Improbable Journeys” unveils the origins of µGreen Solutions, a project that uses solar-powered marine resources to innovate in construction by offering living insulation systems based on microalgae.

MicroVida, a quest for change in the horticulture industry – Episode #2

The second episode of the “Improbable Journeys” covers each detail of the story of MicroVida, a project that aims to promote healthy, sustainable and responsible eating and that intends to transform the fruit and vegetable market in Portugal.

Fish n’ Greens, smart farming for smart cities – Episode #3

The third episode of the “Improbable Journeys” transports us on a journey through Fish n’Greens, a project that symbiotically combines aquaculture and aquaponics techniques to sustainably produce high-quality fresh fish and vegetables.

MicroVida, a quest for change in the horticulture industry – Episode #2

The second episode of the “Improbable Journeys” covers each detail of the story of MicroVida, a project that aims to promote healthy, sustainable and responsible eating and that intends to transform the fruit and vegetable market in Portugal.

Mermaid’s Cellar, ageing wine with the help of reefs – Episode #4

The fourth episode of the “Improbable Journeys” explores the unique world of Mermaid’s Cellar, a pioneering start-up that is revolutionizing the wine aging process beneath the sea. Utilizing artificial reefs, this innovative venture harmonizes environmental sustainability with cutting-edge winemaking techniques.

Bam•bu Bicycles, riding into innovation like never before – Episode #5

The fifth episode of the “Improbable Journeys” surrounds the path of epic adventures and unique experiences brought to life by Bam•bu Bicycles. From promoting well-being to enhancing urban mobility, Bam•bu Bicycles is dedicated to fostering green and sustainable cycling tourism.

MicroVida, a quest for change in the horticulture industry – Episode #2

The second episode of the “Improbable Journeys” covers each detail of the story of MicroVida, a project that aims to promote healthy, sustainable and responsible eating and that intends to transform the fruit and vegetable market in Portugal.

Mermaid’s Cellar, ageing wine with the help of reefs – Episode #4

The fourth episode of the “Improbable Journeys” explores the unique world of Mermaid’s Cellar, a pioneering start-up that is revolutionizing the wine aging process beneath the sea. Utilizing artificial reefs, this innovative venture harmonizes environmental sustainability with cutting-edge winemaking techniques.

Singular Wonders, a look at the future of water consumption – Episode #6

The sixth episode of the “Improbable Journeys” dives into the mission of Singular Wonders, working to combat water scarcity and waste issues by promoting water reuse and reducing carbon and water footprints.

Ínclita Seaweed Solutions, a world of green innovation – Episode #7

The seventh episode of the “Improbable Journeys” explores the depths of Ínclita Seaweed Solutions, a pioneering startup that researches, develops, and produces bioactive ingredients derived from sustainably harvested or cultivated seaweed biomass.

MicroVida, a quest for change in the horticulture industry – Episode #2

The second episode of the “Improbable Journeys” covers each detail of the story of MicroVida, a project that aims to promote healthy, sustainable and responsible eating and that intends to transform the fruit and vegetable market in Portugal.

Mermaid’s Cellar, ageing wine with the help of reefs – Episode #4

The fourth episode of the “Improbable Journeys” explores the unique world of Mermaid’s Cellar, a pioneering start-up that is revolutionizing the wine aging process beneath the sea. Utilizing artificial reefs, this innovative venture harmonizes environmental sustainability with cutting-edge winemaking techniques.

Singular Wonders, a look at the future of water consumption – Episode #6

The sixth episode of the “Improbable Journeys” dives into the mission of Singular Wonders, working to combat water scarcity and waste issues by promoting water reuse and reducing carbon and water footprints.

Fish Welfare BioSensor, changing the aquaculture game – Episode #8

The eighth and final episode of the “Improbable Journeys” changes the game with Fish Welfare BioSensor, a project that measures key compounds for ideal aquaculture conditions, allowing aquaculturists and researchers to assess fish welfare with just a drop of water from their habitat.

Improbable Biodiversity

The IGNITION Programme gave us leverage tools, promoting contact with the various sources of funding in Portugal.

DIOGO CRUZ, MARIANA PAUPÉRIO AND RAPHAËL CANADAS

µGREEN SOLUTIONS

This is the path that Portugal must follow - transforming the grey economy into a green economy. Sustainability is not synonymous with profitability and Portuguese start-ups are the very best examples to prove it.

MIGUEL HENRIQUES

SENIOR LECTURER AT PORTO BUSINESS SCHOOL AND PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

The IGNITION Programme has given us the tools to feel more confident and prepared to put new ideas and projects on the market.

JOÃO COTTER AND TOMÁS RODRIGUES

FISH N’ GREENS

Participating in programmes like IGNITION can make a significant difference in preparing entrepreneurs to overcome bureaucratic, financial, competitive and talent challenges.

BRUNO CORREIA

MICROVIDA

It is clear that these start-ups are contributing to the transition to a greener and more sustainable economy, while boosting economic growth and job creation.

MIGUEL SOUSA

INOVA+ CEO
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THANK YOU ALL

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

A training programme delivered online, in room or in a hybrid format, with the objective of preparing the participants to be ready to launch their own start-ups, both university spin-offs and market-led ventures.

A project aimed at

  • researchers,
  • top managers of research start-ups or incubators,
  • MBA students or alumni and
  • entrepreneurs – nature-oriented, knowledgeable and meritorious, who want to create and grow their businesses.

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