Startup research Nova

General info

Applications are open between February 5 and April 19, 2024

  • To whom: the Program is open to all Graduate Researchers and Science Managers (>BSc) with preferably more than 1 year of lab work experience.
  • Language: the course will be held in English. A minimum proficiency of B2/C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR) is required.
  • Duration & ECTS: the course will comprise 11 weeks, with a total of 102 in classroom hours, and will accredit 8 ECTS.-  

The StartUp Research successful accomplishment may fulfil 3rd study cycle-level “(Bio)Entrepreneurship” and/or “Free Option” requirements at ITQB NOVA.

Course structure

Available Attendance Scholarships

ITQB NOVA SCHOLARSHIPS: 2 Full student tuition Scholarships (€1500) / Edition are available for ITQB NOVA Students and Staff. Preference will be given to Students enrolled either in ITQB NOVA MSc or PhD programs.

OEIRAS Valley SCHOLARSHIPS: In the scope of the Oeiras Valley initiative and strategic objectives, 15 x €1500 Scholarships / Edition are available. Although not-exclusive, Oeiras Valley scholarships will be preferentially awarded to candidates coming from SI&DT institutions located within the Oeiras Valley Ecosystem. Institutions belonging to LS4FUTURE and iNOVA4Health Associate Laboratories, CoLife and to the Co-Lab AccelBio, will be considered as such.

Mandatory Attendance
Participants registered in StartUp Research Program have a mandatory attendance of 85% in classroom sessions. The course is held over 90% in a presential format, both @ ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, and @ NOVA SBE, Carcavelos; Great Lisbon Area.

Mandatory Assignments

  1. Initial Management Plan consisting of a 12-minute project presentation “Concept, Mission, and Vision. First idea of a minimum value product/service (mvp/mvs) for the new Venture; including IP and regulatory issues”; and a 10-page document containing the description of the innovation project and management plan;


  2. Business case consisting of an Executive Summary; a Pitch Slide Deck and a Business Model Structure representation;


  3. Final Pitch performed at the (open) Final Pitch & Graduation session.

Student Evaluation

The StartUp Research Student evaluation is Qualitative, based on a final “Approved” / “Non-Approved” system.

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