Partners are companies that decide to make an investment in a deep and long term strategic relationship with FEUP, defining common innovation goals and involving senior staff and top talents in the process.

To participate in the programme as Partners, companies contribute with an annual fee (currently 10.000 €) giving them access to several benefits:

. inclusion in the mural of Partners
. company profile at FEUP website and digital signage system
. access to exclusive PRIME Partner Club activities
. parking and lounge access for meetings at FEUP
. priority and free participation at FEUP Career Fair
special conditions for the organization of events at FEUP

Partners have access to additional opportunities to actively recruit, participate in the educational process, research and innovate, and engage with the community.


With a comprehensive value chain, Efacec acts in the generation, distribution, and transmission of energy; design, engineering, construction and maintenance of integrated systems (EPC – Engineering, Procurement, and Contracting) for the energy, environment, industry and transport sectors; and development of Electric Mobility solutions and its commercialization. Efacec is present in strategic markets such as Europe, the United States of America, Latin America, Maghreb and Africa.


Kaizen Institute Portugal is the representative of KICG – Kaizen Institute Consulting Group Ag. Headquartered in Switzerland and founded in 1985 by Japanese guru Masaaki Imai, KICG is present in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and America. Kaizen literally means “Change for the better” and the Kaizen Institute mission is to help organizations with innovation strategies and continuous improvement cultures. To carry out this mission, the Kaizen Institute has management tools tested effectively in the best companies in the world.


SONAE IM belongs to SONAE, which is a multinational company managing a diversified portfolio of businesses in retail, financial services, technology, shopping centres and telecommunications. SONAE IM is an IT tech investment arm, with experts, strategists and investors from around the globe, aiming to manage and build a portfolio of world class tech-based companies linked to retail, telecommunications and cybersecurity.

Natixis is a French multinational financial services firm specialized in asset & wealth management, corporate & investment banking, insurance and payments. A subsidiary of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France through its two retail banking networks, Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne, Natixis counts nearly 16,000 employees across 38 countries.
As Natixis Innovation Hub, Natixis in Portugal mission is to transform traditional banking by developing innovative solutions for the bank’s business, operations and work culture, being a key driver of the company’s culture of agility and innovation. Teams of IT and Banking Support Activities work in an integrated, inclusive and transversal way, supporting all the business lines and country platforms.




Vodafone Portugal is a global telecommunications operator with a convergent service recognized in all segments of the market. Leader in innovation, brand image and customer satisfaction, Vodafone Portugal currently serves over 2.7 million homes and businesses with its fast and reliable next generation network and has over 4.7 million mobile customers.

Vodafone Portugal is part of the Vodafone Group which is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, providing a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Group has 532 million mobile customers and more than 20 million fixed broadband customers.

BA GLASS is one of the biggest producers of glass containers in Europe destined for the food and beverage industries. With more than 100 years of history, 12 plants in 7 European Countries, BA produces more than 10 billion packages annually and has around 3800 employees.
The export for countries where BA has no production facilities represents around 24% of the total group sales and it is conducted to 70 different countries. Every year BA challenges itself to innovate and surprise its clients, using new technologies and skills and go further to appeal to their consumers.
In an age where “going green” is more crucial than ever, environmental sustainability is always at the centre of BA decisions. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled infinitely.

A Advanced Cyclone Systems (ACS) é uma empresa dedicada exclusivamente ao desenvolvimento dos sistemas de ciclones mais eficientes a nível global. Foi formada em Maio de 2008 por Pedro Araújo e Romualdo Salcedo no âmbito do programa CoHitec II da Cotec e conta ainda com a Armilar Venture Partners como acionista.
Combinando a experiência adquirida em anos de investigação e desenvolvimento, a ACS resolve diariamente problemas críticos de separação gás-sólido em todo o mundo. As áreas de atuação incidem no controlo de emissão de partículas em caldeiras, fornos e secadores, e na recuperação de produtos em pó nas indústrias química, alimentar e farmacêutica.
A ACS conta com mais de 250 projetos em 37 países, exportando mais de 90% da sua produção.