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Innovation ecosystem

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​Innovation and knowledge transfer and valorisation, in the form of partnerships with companies, associations of municipalities and governmental agencies, of industrial property licensing, in the promotion of an entrepreneurship culture and spin-offs, are distinctive marks of University of Minho.

University of Minho occupies a core place, counting with the largest number of links with interface institutions and technology centres.

Diagnosis of the Research and Innovation National System, Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), May, 2013


UMinho encourages the creation of spin-offs, enhancing the resulting knowledge of its scientific and technological research activities. The 40 spin-offs of UMinho represent more than 6M€ in sales and employ 165 collaborators. More information at


The success of the research carried out by UMinho is reflected in the technology transfer indicators. The strong commitment to collaborate between researchers and companies, is reflected in the number of patents. Between 2010 and 2015, 157 patents registered, more than 50 implemented. In 2015, 47 new requests of patents registered, and UMinho was the Portuguese university with the highest number of registered patents in the European Patent Office. More information at

Awards and Distinctions

Marta Catarino.jpgMarta Catarino elected President of the European Association of Professionals and Knowledge Transfer offices (ASTP-Proton), in 2015
​​​               Prize COTEC Portugal, 2012, “Strategies for Promoting Entrepreneurship”.
               3 Great Prizes BES/Novo Banco, 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Interface Units

The interaction of UMinho with the interface units based on the Campi of Gualtar (Braga) and Azurém (Guimarães) are the result of partnerships between the university, municipalities, governmental agencies, business associations and companies which have a central place within the current socioeconomic context: