ColoRIR represent NOVA at Born from Knowledge – Ideas

On the 10th of November 2022, another edition of the Born from Knowledge – Ideas (BfK) programme, from ANI (National Innovation Agency), took place in Porto. BfK Ideas is the contest that gathers the best business ideas "born from knowledge" in science and/or technology. The Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, had the presence of the ColoRIR team, formed by ENSP students Andreia Ferreira, Jeanete Calderon and Joana Osório, who had the opportunity to participate in the digital immersion programme in October and also in the final event where they presented their pitch at the Congress Centre of Alfândega do Porto, in the category "health and wellbeing". Despite not being one of the winning teams, the ColoRIR team highlights the learning process and the feedback received, in their testimonial about the participation experience:
"The experience was very positive, we received very constructive feedback and felt immense support from both our mentor and the entire ANI organisation. None of this would have been possible without the recommendation of the NOVA ImpACT office that has been accompanying us and encouraging us to participate in programmes that value innovative business ideas and guide and promote them."
Remember that the ColoRIR team was one of the winning teams of the NOVA impACT Challenges!, initiative that took place during 3 weeks in July and that promotes the acceleration of projects based on the creation of prototypes.

Online Entrepreneurship Course for Everyone – Registrations Until 22nd of December

Online course in entrepreneurship   NOVA University Lisbon has launched its first online course on entrepreneurship, entitled "Academia de Empreendedorismo" (Entrepreneurship Academy). Accessible to all interested parties and available through the NAU platform, managed by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the course is completely free and open to anyone wishing to develop an innovative project and acquire management skills. It is a free, short course, to be done at one's own pace, taught in Portuguese and aimed not only at university students, but to all those who want to learn more about how to manage their own professional projects. At the end, students can receive an academic credit (ECTS). Step by step, the best faculty from different Schools of NOVA reveal basic concepts of entrepreneurship and invite founders of startups to share their experiences. The Entrepreneurship Academy is structured in six modules, with several classes that range from knowing how to make a business plan and/or an adequate pitch to different interlocutors, approach clients and partners, set prices, identify opportunities to finance the project, protect copyrights and intellectual property, identify team profiles according to the type of project or understand the legal principles to create a company. Each class lasts between five and ten minutes, for a total of eighteen classes.


Registrations are open on the following website: Curso Academia de Empreendedorismo Deadline for registrations - 22 December. The course can be completed by 29 December, 2022.


Contact This course is co-funded by the Recovery and Resilience Plan by the European Union.

NOVA in the First Place in the Ranking of Universities with More Entrepreneurial Students

The University was recently distinguished at European level as "Young Entrepreneurial University of the Year". (more…)

eBreathie wins NOVA Start-Up Competition!

July 28th, 2022, at the NOVA Innovation and Analytics Lab @ NOVA IMS was the day eight teams fought for a place in the grand stage of Stage Two! The teams participated in the NOVA Start-up Competition where only one winner could be selected to represent NOVA University Lisbon in October, in Berlin. With a lot of great pitches and interventions from our Jury, the session was intense and the winner hard to choose. Congratulations to all participants and specially to eBreathie for winning the competition and being NOVA University Lisbon great representatives. The other teams that were also competing were: The Jury was composed of:
  • Pedro Almeida, Senior Associate of Armilar Ventures
  • António Martinez, Investment Manager at Portugal Ventures
  • Pedro Saraiva, Dean of Nova IMS

NOVA impACT! Challenges Demo Day

On July 15th, we held the NOVA impACT! Challenges Demo Day where we got to see the fantastic results of the three week acceleration program. We were so thrilled with so many amazing projects we couldn't just pick one winner: so we picked two! Congratulations to Mellody and ColoRIR for winning a cash prize of 2.000€. The NOVA impACT! Challenges competition is a program created by the NOVA Impact office together with Santander Universidades to give teams the opportunity to take their innovative projects out of the paper. During 3 weeks, together with a team of experts and mentors, the program helps you to accelerate your project and develop a prototype.  

NOVA is the European Young Entrepreneurial University of the Year!

NOVA University Lisbon was awarded "Young Entrepreneurial University of the Year" by the Accreditation for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU), during the Triple E Awards ceremony, which took place in Florence. This is the first time, in Europe, that a higher education institution is distinguished for its role in the creation of value in society, through innovation. NOVA was among the five finalists chosen by a specialized jury. Through its students, alumni and researchers, NOVA has created more than 100 startups. Every year, more than 2500 students get involved in activities related to entrepreneurship, and there are 19 spin-offs recognised by NOVA that are responsible for the creation of more than 165 jobs.

ImPact @ NOVA held successfuly

In order to raise awareness amongst the NOVA community regarding the potentialities of IP and IP rights, NOVA Impact hosted an event on this topic. It gathered scientists, researchers and other academic and non-academic staff together to learn about the importance of IP in their works and projects, as well as to provide them with some basic knowledge on some technicalities regarding the protection of their inventions. There was also a presentation on NOVA's policies and internal procedures, whilst providing some insights on best practices and other useful tips. The event was structured following a parallel technical workshop (WS) approach, according to the participants’ field of knowledge and preference. stimulating fruitful discussions regarding the actual challenges that scientists, researchers and other academic and non-academic staff face when managing their projects, IP portfolio and knowledge transfer strategies. This has been a great opportunity to stimulate faculty in engaging with experts on this field, namely patent attorneys. A big special thanks to J. Pereira da Cruz who partnered with us to host this event.

NOVA among the finalists of the 2022 European Triple E Awards

In this 2nd edition of the prestigious awards, NOVA is part of the list of finalists in the "Young Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award" category - but that's not all (more…)

First edition of the ImPact @ NOVA is here!

Innovators, this day is for you.


AquaInSilico wins Innovation and Business Development Award

AquaInSilico, a NOVA Spin-off® company, together with Frontier IP Group, has won an Innovation and Business Development Award granted by the UK Department for International Trade in Portugal. The prizes were delivered by Chris Barton, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe, along with Christopher Sainty, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Portugal, in an event at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Lisbon, on March 10th, 2022.

50 students from NOVA nominated to the Pan-European Seal Traineeship Programme

NOVA University Lisbon is part of the Pan-European Seal Network and has recently extended the Pan-European Seal Traineeship Programme, jointly offered by Europe’s largest Intellectual Property (IP) organizations – the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). This traineeship program provides young graduates and high-performance university students, in their final year of studies, as well as Ph.D. candidates, with access to 12-month paid traineeships at the EPO, in Munich, Germany, or at the EUIPO, in Alicante, Spain, contributing to their insertion in the competitive world of IP through an enriching multicultural professional experience, advanced training and teamwork. As such, more than 50 students from NOVA, coming from seven of its Organic Units, applied the Pan-European Seal Traineeship Programme. The selection process was conducted by the NOVA Impact office, resulting in a total of 24 students nominated to the EPO and 26 to the EUIPO. As trainees at the EPO and the EUIPO, high-achieving university graduates will undertake challenging assignments in a range of departments. Through a combination of on-the-job work experience and professional training, trainees will have the opportunity to learn, develop skills and increase employability within their specific area of competence over the course of one year. There is a wide range of opportunities for several fields of knowledge such as Law, Science & Engineering, Political Sciences, International Relations, Linguistics, Economics, Business Administration/Entrepreneurship, Information Technology and, Communication. For more information about this programme, follow NOVA Impact on LinkedIn to be the first to know about new opportunities.

Want to be nominated to a 12-month international internship by NOVA? Apply to the Pan European Seal Programme now!

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The Pan European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme is a paid internship programme offered by the EPO (European Patent Office) and the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) for students and alumni of some of the largest European colleges/universities.

NOVA has partnered up with EPO and EUIPO and is inviting its students and recent alumni to participate in this programme and experience what it is like to work for 12 month in an intellectual property office.

The EPO, in Munich, and the EUIPO, in Alicante, are looking for graduates for the 2022/2023 vacancies.

Applications open until February 22th, 2022!

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NOVA impACT! Challenges Final

10 impactful projects compete to solve NOVA's proposed challenges with the support of Santander Universities (more…)

NOVA impACT! challenges is back

The NOVA impACT! Challenges is back. Through this program, NOVA University Lisbon and Santander Bank, want to leverage the knowledge, innovation and creativity at the service of society and support the development of 10 innovative solutions, easy to implement and of global impact, to respond to the societal and environmental challenges identified in the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
During 4 weeks (11 October to 5 November), selected candidates will have access to pocket money (up to €500), workshops, specialized mentoring and University resources to develop a proof of concept/prototype, in addition to a prize money (up to €2000€) for the winning team to support the implementation of the selected ideas. We aim to find solutions for socially or environmentally relevant challenges, from promoting social inclusion and physical and mental wellbeing, to reducing social inequalities and promoting sustainable economic recovery. Solutions can range anywhere from apps and websites, to physical devices or a business plan, and must answer to at least one of the SDGs from the United Nations.
Learn more here and submit your idea by September 29th, .

Modatta and Yourbiome are the winners of the NOVA STARTUP Competition

An application that transforms mobile phone data into a source of income and a team that develops innovative solutions based on faecal microbiota, were the winners of this year's NOVA STARTUP Competition, a competition for innovative projects promoted by NOVA University. Modatta and YourBiome, represented by their co-founders Rodrigo Moretti and Daniel Neves, respectively, were considered the two best teams by the jury composed by the Pro-Rector of NOVA for the areas of Entrepreneurship of Social and Economic Value Creation, Professor Isabel Rocha, João Martins (Program Manager, Indico Capital Partners) and Pedro Castel Branco (Senior Associate, Armilar). The Modatta and YourBiome teams will now represent NOVA at Stage Two, scheduled for the month of October in Berlin, where they will have the opportunity to present their project to potential investors, meet the best teams of entrepreneurs from European universities and achieve international visibility. The Final, which took place on July 30, brought together 9 teams in competition: Intuitivo, YourBiome, eBreathie, Modatta, Preflet, AdaptionLab, BINDIN, Glooma and nøytrall.

Check out the NOVA Innovation Day

On the 8th of July, the Rectorate of the NOVA University Lisbon hosted the NOVA Innovation Day. knowledge-based value, through collaborations with the business and social representatives. The Rector, Prof. João Sàágua, opened the ceremony followed by the Pro-Rector, Prof. Isabel Rocha, who summarized the main points of action of the University in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and value creation and presented the NOVA Innovation digital platform that brings together, in an easily accessible virtual space, the main initiatives and activities related to the Third Mission of the University. Click here to see some Innovation Facts and Figures at NOVA The program continued with two roundtables session, to share the knowledge and experiences. The first focused on Technology Transfer and University-Business Relations, moderated by Pedro Saraiva, Director of NOVA IMS, with speakers Nuno Prego Ramos, CEO CellmAbs (NOVA Spin-off), João Paulo Oliveira, Co-CEO, BiLD Analytics (NOVA Spin-off), and Nuno Coelho, CEO A4F-AlgaFuel & Vice President CoLab BIOREF. The second roundtable, dedicated to the Transfer of Knowledge and Impact on Society, was moderated by Hélder Lopes, from the NOVA Impact Office, and included Jorge Portugal, COTEC General Director, Cristina Ventura, Public Policy Manager, Roche Portugal, Henrique Silveira, Professor at IHMT, Joana Castro e Costa, Executive Director, Nova SBE Leadership for Impact Knowledge Center, and Luís Baptista, President of INNO – NOVA Social Innovation Center. The President of ANI – National Innovation Agency, Joana Mendonça, was responsible for the closing session. Review the event here

NOVA Innovation Day 2021 – live streaming on 8 July

NOVA Innovation Day aims to share the innovation and knowledge transfer strategy of NOVA University Lisbon and its most recent developments in this area, promoting the debate on the creation of knowledge-based value, through collaborations with business and social sectors. It will be broadcast live through NOVA's You Tube channel, starting at 9:30 am on July 8th. Check the NOVA Innovation Day programme NOVA Innovation Day Warm-up event The event will be preceded by a session of presentation and discussion of the book Start Up Nation, on July 7th at 17:00, with the presence of co-author Saul Singer and the Secretary of State for the Digital Transition, André de Aragão Azevedo, which will also be broadcast  live through NOVA's YouTube channel.

NOVA places knowledge at the service of the city with the new Campolide Campus

The Campolide Campus Day was celebrated today with the presentation of the concept for the new campus. (more…)

NOVA’s Rector highlights CoLab of Elvas as an ally of sustainability

The Rector of NOVA University Lisbon, João Sàágua, stated that the collaborative laboratory (CoLab) InnovPlantProtect (InPP), is an ally of sustainability in agricultural production, as it has been developing innovative solutions to protect crops from pests and diseases. It was in an interview with Vida Rural magazine that the Rector of NOVA spoke about the importance of this CoLab installed in Elvas, which is coordinated by NOVA. (more…)

NOVA in organizing the mind the tourism innovation program to create sustainable tourism solutions

The NOVA University Lisbon, through the Nova Tourism and Hospitality (TOHO) platform and NOVA Impact, is a partner of the Mind The Tourism program - mind your footprint, mind your health. Launched by NEST - Tourism Innovation Center, this program focuses on encouraging the creation of sustainable innovation solutions in the tourism sector. NOVA conceptualized the program and is organizing several initiatives, with emphasis on the roundtables and the Hackathon. Planetiers, an entity that promotes sustainable change, is also involved in the organization of the program, with a series of talks on opportunities for innovation in tourism. Mind The Tourism program aims to map opportunities for innovation in tourism and promote the creation of sustainable technological solutions, ready to test in the market. To this end, the program will bring together several stakeholders from the tourism industry around sustainable innovation. SMEs, startups, the academic community, companies and professionals will identify and work on the greatest tourism opportunities around three axes: Sustainability, Safety, Health and Well-being. The program is divided into two phases. The first phase concerns a set of talks and roundtables, where several priority challenges for tourism will be identified. In a second phase, which corresponds to the Hackathon, the challenges identified will be addressed to develop, in record time, technological solutions. In the end, three solutions will be chosen to be implemented in the market, through pilot projects. 1st phase - Opportunities Debate and Mapping To inspire the discussion on problems and identify opportunities in the tourism sector, Planetiers will bring together a set of national and international experts who will address the main themes for the future for tourism in a series of talks. European Ecological Pact, Climate Change, Carbon Footprint and Solutions, Big Data for Carbon and Solutions, Circular and Disruptive Solutions and Future Fit Tourism are the themes of these sessions, which will be available from March 15th on NEST's Youtube channel. In turn, between March 29th and April 9th, NOVA promotes roundtables, which will bring together specialists and entities from the public and private sector related to the sectorial topic under discussion, to make tangible the problems and opportunities associated with the three axes of the program. Among the guests will be representatives of associations and municipalities, companies in the sector, technological startups, individuals of recognized merit, among others, who will share their knowledge and promote the identification of solutions based on data and technology. The themes of the sessions are: Sustainable Mobility in Cities, Healthy and Ecological Restoration, Safe, Healthy and Sustainable Accommodation, Future Events, Cultural and Identity Heritage, Nature and the Ocean. These sessions will be broadcast live on NEST's YouTube channel. 2nd phase - Hackathon The second phase of the program is a Hackathon between April 30th and May 2nd, for the development of technological solutions for the opportunities mapped in talks and roundtables. This phase of the program will have the support of NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS), NOVA Medical School, Turismo de Portugal, Lisbon City Hall, NOS and Brisa - Via Verde. Applications for the Hackathon will open on March 29th on the program's website. All the initiatives of Mind The Tourism program are free to access and take place online.