Located in Tapada da Ajuda, at the University campus (ULisboa) of Instituto
Superior de Agronomia, INOVISA has a unique surrounding. Tapada da Ajuda is
a botanical park with about one hundred acres, located in the centre of Lisbon
(5 minutes from Marquês de Pombal) which owns a vegetable, historical and
architectural heritage of great richness and diversity.
Supporting the development of new
business | incubating ideas
The creation of structures that support and promote the development of an
entrepreneurial culture is crucial to economic and social development of a
region. In this sense, INOVISA promotes the following activities:
Qualified training in areas related to entrepreneurship and business
Support to development of business plans and new business generation
Development of networking activities and strategic counselling
Undergraduate and graduate students,
researchers and faculty from
Institutions of the Scientific and
Entrepreneurs in general with
innovative and/or technology-based
business ideas in the sectors of activity
Incubation of technology-based | qualified
INOVISA has a building with a total area of 1600 m2, where are located companies.
INOVISA supports projects and companies with a technology base or qualified services
that are aligned with its sectors of activity.
Business incubation is a process designed to support business ideas and startups/spin-offs, help their establishment and contribute to accelerating their
growth. The purpose of INOVISA is to help 'produce' successful companies, so
as to become autonomous, financially viable and competitive in the long-term.
The incubation process minimizes the risk of failure in the early stages of these
companies and maximizes the potential for growth and development of their
business. In the medium to long-term, these companies will contribute to the
creation of qualified jobs, the revitalization of their sectors of activity and the
strength of the local / national economy.
The incubation process includes several stages:
INOVISA offers services and supports the company in the seed stage and early development, including
the support in the preparation of a business plan and the search for external funding
Consolidation | Maturation
Companies should be more independent of the services provided by INOVISA, although office space
and networking services can still be very important. The promotion of links with the Institutions of the
Scientific and Technologic System, particularly the support in promoting R&D / innovation projects in
consortium, are also determinant at this stage
The company is ready to leave INOVISA. Preferably, support will be given to the integration in other
environments focused in the support of business development
The incubation process has a maximum period of six years. It is a selective process, not
only in terms of the typology of business to be supported (technology-based / qualified
service provider; sectors of activity: agro-foods, biotechnology, forestry, environment
and energy), but also in terms of the quality of the project (viability and potential of
growth). It is, therefore, essential to analyze the potential business projects that will
benefit from the services of the incubator, and to select those that are in line with the
mission and objectives of INOVISA.