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HiTech - a three stage Program

Candidaturas até 8 de Maio 2020

HiTech is a three stage Program aimed at

  1. supporting the commercialization of technologies developed from scientific research results and
  2. providing skills to participants in technology commercialization.

This three stage approach allows participating teams to move through the three key steps in developing a business plan

  1. to start-up a venture,
  2. to license the technology to an existing company or (iii) to find a partner to further develop the technology.

In the first stage (HiTech One), participants will develop the skills that will help them to validate the commercial potential of a product / service concept developed from the technology the team brought to the Program. For the teams that complete this stage and do not move forward to the next stage, the benefit is that they acquire the most relevant skills in technology commercialization that will allow them to develop a sustained value proposition for any technology they develop (a major asset for developing university-industry partnership projects).

In the second stage (HiTech Two), participating teams will develop a business case for the product / service concept developed in HiTech-1. This will allow participants to acquire business development skills, further strengthening the commercialization skills developed in HiTech-1. For the teams that complete this stage and do not move forward to the next stage, the benefit is that they will gain a deep understanding on what it takes to develop a sustained business case to attract investment, license a technology, or participate in an open innovation program

In the third stage (HiTech Startup), participating teams will develop an ‘investment ready’ business plan (or licensing plan) and will have support in procuring a first round of funding to further develop the project.

Both HiTech One and HiTech Two are in-class programs, while HiTech Startup is a self-contained mentoring program.

In each stage the participating teams will have support from management people, namely mentors with extensive experience in business development.

HiTech One applications are open from the 23th of March until the 8th of May.

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