2014 | JUNE

27 June 2014

CONNECT is an entrepreneurship programme co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by EBN with the support of SPI, which facilitates the exchange of entrepreneurs between Brazil and Europe.
16 June 2014

Organized by Beijing Technology Exchange and Promotion Center, Sino-Europe Research and Innovation Collaboration Networking Event was the sub-session of the 3rd China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), took place in China National Convention Center in Beijing on the afternoon of 30th May.

11 June 2014

As part of the INPROFOOD project, SPI has recently participated in a workshop organized by the European delegation of the World Health Organization that gathered around 70 participants to discuss increasing public engagement in research through a whole-of-society approach.

11 June 2014

On May 27th, SPI presented the research and development project “PALOP TECH” at SANJOTEC - Business and Technology Center, in São João da Madeira.

27 May 2014

In the past November 2013, SPI has opened a new branch office in Singapore, following the company’s strategy to improve its business opportunities in the South-east Asia region.

15 May 2014

On the past 14th of May, SPI successfully organized the First Dissemination Workshop that took place in the company’s facilities in Porto. The event attracted 32 participants from different thematic research areas, industrial sectors and universities, as well as a representative from the National Contact Point (NCP).
05 May 2014

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) was present in Minsk (Belarus) to provide training sessions for the Horizon 2020 National Contact Points in the Eastern Partnership countries. The recently launched Horizon 2020 Programme is the main initiative of the European Commission funding research and innovation.

28 April 2014

On the past 15th of April 2014, SPI received an Award from the International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN).
24 April 2014

From the 3rd to the 4th of April 2014, SPI organized a cluster matchmaking mission integrated in the “Mission for Growth” to Seville and Merida. (...)
31 March 2014

The 2nd Collab4Safety (C4S) Regional event was held on 18 March 2014 in Russia, with hands-on support from SPI. C4S is an initiative funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (
19 March 2014

SPI had the pleasure to co-organize the last 6th March a high level dissemination event for the MASCOT - project in Santiago, Chile.
18 March 2014

SPI participated in the "Human Smart Cities: The Future of Cities Today" Conference, held at the Urban Information Center in Lisbon on 13th March 2014. (...)
17 March 2014

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação ( has provided a training session on Innovation Management and Technology Transfer to the National Contact Points (NCP) from different Central Asian countries. (...)
14 March 2014

In January, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) moved to new premises in Lisbon, which are now on Avenida 5 de Outubro, in the heart of the city. (...)
19 February 2014

The Consortium meeting of the project INPROFOOD was held on the 13th and 14th of February of 2014 in Vicenza, Italy. The meeting was organized by the Italian partner “Observa – Science in Society”.

18 February 2014

SPI and a set of European partners are engaged in ACE – Accelerating Crossborder Engagement, a European project aiming to provide a customised approach to internationalisation to 100 startups and SMEs in the ICT sector in order to ensure their rapid entry and growth in international markets. (...)
18 February 2014

The First Stakeholders Workshop of the project “STI China – Science, Technology and Innovation Performance of China”, coordinated by SPI, took place on the 5th of February 2014, at the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) in Brussels.  (...)
29 January 2014

Registrations are open to the EMMINVEST coaching programme – available to 90 European mobile services and mobility SMEs. (...)
28 January 2014

The ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days 2014 (STI Days) took place in Bangkok, Thailand, between 21st and 23rd January 2014. (...)
02 January 2014

LinkTADs, launched in November 2013 and funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU, is a three-year project involving 5 European partners, 5 institutions from China and 1 international organisation (FAO). (...)
28 November 2013

SPI has brought its ambition in EU-China research collaboration to a new territory - ICT. (...)
26 November 2013

INPROFOOD’s European Open Space Conference took place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Brussels), on the 15th of November. (...)
21 November 2013

The ACE programme will provide intensive one-to-one support to ICT start-ups and SMEs. The official launch of the ACE call for candidates will be 1 January 2014. (...)
08 November 2013

The fifth event of the InnoMatNet project, coordinated by SPI, took place on the 31st of October 2013, at University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. (...)
01 November 2013

SPI has recently concluded a fact-finding mission to China as part of a team of experts under the “Science,Technology and Innovation Performance in China (STI China)” project funded by the European Commission. (...)
19 October 2013

SPI supported the implementation of a food safety regional workshop in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on 6 October 2013. (...)
18 October 2013

SPI has recently participated in the kick off meeting of a new project, PACE-Net Plus, in Noumea, New Caledonia. The PACE-Net Plus project is funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. (...)
30 September 2013

SPI is further enhancing its internationalization process by becoming a member of the TCI Network - the global practitioners’ network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation. (...)
27 September 2013

SPI has recently been invited to Arras, France to present a training seminar regarding China´s food market regulations. (...)
19 September 2013

A European Open Space Conference on “How can we shape the future of research in food and health?” will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Brussels) on the 15th of November. This event is organized by the European project INPROFOOD. (...)
05 September 2013

The OpenChina Final Conference will take place on November 5, 2013 in Vilnius at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, i.e. the day before the launch of the European Commission’s ICT 2013 Event. (...)
30 August 2013

SPI has recently become a member of Cluster 55° Business Roaming Agreement, a network of cluster companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. (...)
24 July 2013

SPI has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russian Federation. (...)
22 July 2013

SPI suported the organization and took part in the kick-off meeting (KOM) of the NetBiome-CSA project in Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal) from 9 to 10 July 2013. (...)
09 July 2013

SPI has developed a global food safety stakeholder online database that aims to build a community contributing to a more sustainable international food safety cooperation. (...)
05 July 2013

The last of 3 Investors Workshops was organized in Lisbon, Portugal, at the same venue of the Future Network and Mobile Summit 2013. (...)
25 June 2013

Under the ANGOLA TECH project, SPI carried out a mission to Luanda between 16 and 22 June 2013. (...)
17 June 2013

SPI was present at the EBN Annual Congress, held 29-31 May in Derry/Londonderry, UK. (...)
11 June 2013

SPI recently participated in a 3-week mission in Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand to explore potential cooperation opportunities with ASEAN countries. (...)
04 June 2013

The “Handbook of Entrepreneurship Education in the Portuguese Context” was launched on 23 May 2013 in Lisbon. (...)
03 June 2013

The first Emminvest investor workshop was successfully held on 21 May 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria, at Balkan Venture Forum. (...)
14 May 2013

The new and recently opened SPI premises in Porto had its gardens honoured with the Portuguese Prize for Landscape Architecture. (...)
13 May 2013

SPI was awarded by the city of Beijing with the title of "Excellent International Partner" for its role in promoting cooperation between European and Chinese companies. (...)
08 May 2013

SPI participated in a 2-day workshop in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Prospects for Innovation Cooperation between EU and Central Asia on 25-26 April 2013. (...)
03 May 2013

During the week of April 22nd, SPI, with support from the European Business-Innovation-Center Network (EBN), organized an Executive Study Tour aiming to support European companies (mainly SMEs) and business/innovation leaders to explore opportunities for international cooperation with their Chinese counterparts. (...)
22 April 2013

On April 19th was the Auditorium of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa hosted the public presentation of the Collective Efficiency Strategies (CES) - Clusters Typology Evaluation Study. (...)
16 April 2013

A public meeting took place on April 11th in Praia da Vitória (Terceira Island), to present the Strategic Plan for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship 2013-16. (...)
25 March 2013

European expert disseminates smart specialisation in Bragança. (...)
14 March 2013

Experts in the field of maternal and child health met this week in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), hosted by NIMR (National Institute for Medical Research) in the frame of the FP7 project MASCOT. (...)
08 March 2013

SPI conducted a 3-day mission to the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, the world’s largest mobile technologies exhibition. In parallel, the company co-organized the first coaching session for European start-ups in the mobile technologies industry. (...)
01 March 2013

SPI Beijing Office was recently relocated to the International Technology Transfer Center, which is a strategic step forward in terms of strengthening its cooperation with major innovative and technology transfer organizations. (...)
05 February 2013

Following the successful training seminar in Riga, Latvia, last September on the Chinese natural and organic products markets, SPI has recently been invited to present a training seminar in Milan regarding the Chinese consumer goods market on January 30th, 2013. (...)
21 January 2013

Following the various activities in Brazil, SPI was recently awarded a new project in Latin America “Plan for Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Development of the Water Sector in Colombia”, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). (...)
15 January 2013

Following the success completion of the ChinaAccess4EU and its growing knowledge gained in another ongoing project (Dragon STAR), SPI recently won the highly competitive bid of DG Research and Innovation on “Science, Technology and Innovation performance of China”. (...)
02 January 2013

SPI recently participated in the kick-off meeting of a new European Commission project, SEA-EU-NET 2, financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) in Brussels. (...)
10 December 2012

The second event of the Innomatnet project, coordinated by SPI, will take place on the 11th of December 2012, at the Brussels Info Place (BIP). (...)
06 December 2012

A three – day mission to Jordan, between 25th and 27th of November, was conducted by SPI under the Framework of the “Support for International Cooperation on Innovation Policy” project of the European Commission. (...)
22 November 2012

Between the 29 and 31st October, SPI took part in the experts workshop and consortium meeting held in Johannesburg (South Africa) in the frame of MASCOT project. (...)
05 November 2012

Between the 16th and 26th of October SPI has coordinated the international cooperation mission of Campus do Mar with Brazil and Chile. (...)
19 October 2012

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) has inaugurated on October 18th their new headquarters facilities, at Avenida Marechal Gomes da Costa, n. º 1376, Porto. The opening was marked by a cocktail to various invitees. (...)
04 October 2012

Present in China since 1999, SPI has launched the CPC Alliance - Portugal China Cluster Alliance. This innovative project aims to support the internationalization of clusters in Portugal and China. (...)
27 September 2012

This year there were several results of SPI participation in the Lifelong Learning Program projects. (...)
21 September 2012

On 13 and 14 September the 2012 Zhongguancun Forum took place in Beijing, a high-level international summit co-hosted by several institutions. (...)
11 September 2012

The 1st workshop of the European project InnoMatNet, coordinated by the SPI, will take place at the Polytechnic University of Warsaw (Poland), on September 18th.
03 September 2012

Between 27 and 31 August, SPI was in São Luís do Maranhão to finish the activities of the development of the town’s Tourism Cluster. (...)
10 August 2012

From 24 to 31 July, 2012, SPI's organized a mission to Mozambique in which the PALOP TECH MOZAMBIQUE project was presented to the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA). (...)
27 July 2012

On 4th and 5th June 2012, in the wake of accession to the Azores S3 Platform of the European Commission, the seminar "Platform S3 - Towards Specialization Smart Strategies for Regions" was held in Ponta Delgada. (...)
19 July 2012

In the context of the ACTOR project – Promoting the certification of TICE networked companies, SPI and Inova-Ria are promoting a series of workshops on management of R&DI with a view to obtaining certification in this area under the Portuguese standard NP 4457:2007. (...)
10 July 2012

In an initiative supported by SPI and AICEP, the China-Portugal Technology Fair was held successfully in the International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) Business Center in Beijing on July 5, 2012. (...)
06 July 2012

SPI is currently involved in various European projects. In June we would like to highlight its participation in three European Life Long Learning projects: IN PATH, JAKIN II and ECON-IT 2. 
29 June 2012

The INPROFOOD project aims to foster the dialogue and mutual learning between industry, academia and civil society already in the earliest stages of the research processes directed towards developing innovative approaches (technical and social) for dealing with the food and health challenge. (...)
21 June 2012

From 13 – 19th May and 3 – 9th June, SPI organized missions for Campus do Mar to explore international cooperation with Brazil and China. (...)
13 June 2012

A group of young entrepreneurs from the Andalucian region of Spain, were in Portugal during the last week of May, to visit business centres and incubators from the North and Centre of Portugal, in an initiative promoted by the Foundation “Andalucía Emprende” under the program Euroempleo, co-financianced by the European Union through the European Social Fund. (...)
28 May 2012

On 10th May, the FAHRE project – Food and Health Research in Europe, coordinated by SPI and supported by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union, was presented at the ISEKI Food 4 Meeting (Erasmus Network) which took place at the Biotechnology Institute in Porto. (...)
10 May 2012

On behalf of the European Commission, SPI and Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (Germany) organized a three-day workshop, under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme. (...)
09 May 2012

The kick-off meeting of the project “InnoMatNet – Networking of Materials Laboratories and Innovation Actors in Various Industrial Sectors for Product and Process Innovation” took place on May 3rd and 4th, at the premises of SPI Porto. (...)
30 April 2012

SPI is involved in a new FP7 project funded by the European Commission DG Research and Innovation: DRAGON STAR (Sustaining Technology And Research) – Bilat with China. (...)
24 April 2012

SPI is the Portuguese partner in the new project SEA-EU-NET 2, funded by the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) under FP7. (...)
23 March 2012

SPI, represented by Sara Medina, Member of the Board, was one of the 10 Portuguese companies in the Consulting, Energy and infrastructures sectors attending an Entrepreneurial Mission to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, from the 19th to the 23rd of March, 2012. (...)
21 March 2012

From 12-16 March, SPI attended a training workshop for national experts and a project meeting for the partnership of the MASCOT project (FP7 project), in San José, Costa Rica. (...)
21 February 2012

SPI Ventures, together with the Office of Public Affairs of the Embassy of the United States in Portugal, will organize on 1st March 2012, 2:30-4:30 p.m., the seminar Investing in Innovation - Perspectives of a Venture Capitalist, with the Managing Director of The Women’s Venture Capital Fund, Monica Dodi. (...)
10 February 2012

SPI is the leader of a consortium that has been selected by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) to provide consultancy services to improve the use of the Mining Canon funds by Public Universities in Peru. (...)
27 January 2012

As a means to continue the expansion of the activities that SPI and SPI Ventures has seen recently in the autonomous region of the Azores, SPI Azores was founded. (...)
13 January 2012

From 12 to 23rd December SPI visited the states of Maranhão and São Paulo to follow up on projects and partnerships it has been developing in Brazil. (...)
13 January 2012

SPI was awarded a project from the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) called “Consultoría para mejorar el uso de los recursos del Canon por parte de las Universidades Públicas” in Peru. (...)
27 December 2011

With a view to exchanging good practice in innovation policies and programmes between the European Union and the United States of America, SPI organised a workshop in Washington, D.C., in December. (...)
20 December 2011

In November, SPI signed a cooperation agreement with the French-Chinese organization Dpark, with the aim to provide a group of professional services to Portuguese companies that would like to establish or strengthen their presence in China. (...)
25 November 2011

SPI was the organization responsible for the organisation of the MEDA workshop, an event held from 24 - 26 October 2011 in Milan, Italy, to strengthen the convergence of innovation policies and practices in the Euro-Mediterranean region. (...)
02 November 2011

The Seminar will serve as a platform to promote further collaborations between European and Chinese SMEs as well as a great networking event. Registration is free of charge and cocktail reception is provided at the end of the seminar. (...)
31 October 2011

In the context of the European Commission funded project “ChinaAccess4EU” and with a view to dinamizing access and participation of EU researchers in Chinese innovation and research projects, a series of workshops coordinated by SPI will take place in Chinese cities at the beginning of November. (...)
11 July 2011

In the context of the project PROMOINVEST – Network for Business Promotion of the Urban Network "Blue Corridor", SPI is preparing a program to attract investment and improve skills in the business sector, in partnership with the municipality of Vendas Novas. (...)
11 July 2011

SPI is supporting the inter-municipal communities of the regions “Baixo Mondego” and “Pinhal Interior Norte” in the design of regional programmes to promote entrepreneurship in the period 2011-2015. (...)
15 June 2011

On 9th June, SPI presented, in Luanda, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 for Angola.

09 May 2011

After the success of the first “Executive Week”, which took place in China in 2010 with the support of SPI, the students of the Executive MBA from ISCTE Business School will have the opportunity once again in 2011 to have a glimpse at the Chinese and US business realities, through participation in further event that will take place in these countries.

09 May 2011

SPI is, once again, responsible for the consulting component of the Inovagri Programme, which is aimed at agricultural cooperatives. (...)
31 March 2011

On 24th March 2011, the newspaper Jornal de Negócios published a report about Innovation in companies and its importance for the national economy. This article included contributions from various specialists including Sara Medina, member the board of SPI. (...)
31 March 2011

Four years ago SPI was the first organization in Portugal to receive certification of its R&D and Innovation Management System according to the standard NP 4457:2007. Now, it has already supported more than 20 other companies through the implementation and certification of their systems. (...)
11 March 2011

FAHRE is coordinated by SPI and intends to support research funding and policy developers in food and health achieve increased cooperation and help strengthen the European Research Area (ERA). (...)
10 March 2011

At the end of 2010, SPI initiated 3 new European projects, which are supported by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning programme: STRESSLESS, BEST FORM and Mol@M. (...)
11 February 2011

After the success of the introduction of Chinese language courses for foreigners through the online platform MasterChinese, SPI and Accelet Corporation presented a new ebusiness platform dedicated to the sale of corporate clothing: Buy Corporate Apparel. (...)
10 February 2011

Currently SPI participates in various European projects. For projects in the area of training, the following activities in the month of February can be highlighted: workshops in the context of CESSIT and new contents to be released short in the context of the project Free. (...)
17 January 2011

Currently SPI is participating in various European projects. Recent highlights include its participation in the second transnational meeting of the project STITCH in January and the conclusion of the project TFG at the end of 2010. (...)
07 January 2011

In January, Funchal was the location for the launch of SPI’s set of training materials devoted to the topic of tourism. (...)
13 December 2010

SPI has signed an agreement with the Chinese company Coway International TechTrans, a leading technology transfer and marketing services provider in China.
13 December 2010

SPI participated in the Business & Innovation Network, held between 10-12 November at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto.
25 October 2010

SPI was contracted by the Azores Regional Government to provide technical know-how in the fields of science and technology, in order to prepare the legal framework section of the science, technology and innovation incentive system of this Autonomous Region.
25 October 2010

SPI held, in early September, the first in-country visit to São Luís in order to begin the preparation of the draft Tourism Cluster Development Plan of São Luís.
25 October 2010

SPI is currently developing the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report 2010 (GEM) for Portugal, the Azores and Angola.
13 October 2010

SPI has just published its new institutional website, in Portuguese, English and Spanish, accessible through the URL