UPTEC - Science and Technology Park of University of Porto is a fundamental structure of support knowledge transfer between the university and the market, created to sustain the University of Porto’s third mission - the social and economic leverage of its generated knowledge.

By fostering the creation of technological, scientific and creative based companies and attracting national and international innovation centers, UPTEC contributes in a sustainable way to the growth of the North Region of Portugal.

UPTEC is divided into thematic centers - Technologies, Creative Industries, Biotechnology and Sea. This allows it to follow a strategy of clustering and sharing of resources between startups, innovation centers and anchor projects, offering them the specific support they actually need, while assuring that they also benefit from a broader and transversal network of national and international partners and mentors.

After seven years of activity, UPTEC has supported more than 300 business ideas.


UPTEC's School of Startups is addressed to entrepreneurs with technology, scientific or creativity-based business projects that wish to startup their own company.

The School of Startups program aims to raise awareness among new entrepreneurs about the complex challenges in the process of creating and developing a business project.

At the School of Startups, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to work in UPTEC's spaces, while being part of its national and international network of companies and institutions. They will also receive mentoring from senior entrepreneurs and strategic partners who will support the validation process of their business idea.

At the School of Startups, participant teams have access to:

  • Workshops about key issues for the development of a business;
  • Individual follow-up sessions with UPTEC mentors;
  • Meetings with senior entrepreneurs at UPTEC;
  • Networking events with external partners;
  • Pitch training sessions;
  • Public presentation of their projects.