April , 2017
Pilot testing seminars in Portugal
In Portugal, the pilot training programme was held for one month and the in-class training occurred at the University of Beira Interior. The training course was divided into 3 sessions per week. These sessions were led by several trainers and guest speakers who shared their experience in the field of entrepreneurship.
After the dissemination and meetings with teachers and researchers, aiming to promote the course, it was possible to gather 13 participants to conclude the training.
These 13 participants formed 4 teams, defending each one a business idea which was presented in the Final Pitching Session. At the end of all presentations, the panel of evaluators selected the best Portuguese Business Idea - a sensor for detection of virus.
At the end of the course attendance, a visit to Parkurbis - Science and Technology Park of Covilhã – was carried out. The main objective of this visit was to give to the students the opportunity to meet Parkurbis and some Portuguese start-ups as well as their entrepreneurs.
Both activities of mentoring and internship were contemplated in the training programme. Given the difficulties to find an enough number of companies interested in the international internships, some students opted to participate in practical conferences in Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom and one decided to go to Instituto Extremeño de Reproducción Asistida (Spain). Regarding the national mobility activities, some companies and organisations from Lisbon, Covilhã and Madeira were selected to offer visits and internships to SCIENT course participants.