The project was presented by Rui Coutinho, a professor in the School of Technology and Management (ESTG) and responsible for the Porto Design Factory, and André Magalhães, a councilor of the Municipality of Amarante, host of the initiative. It is an international project of the Municipality of Amarante, the Inter-municipal Community of Tâmega and Sousa (CIM-TS), InvestAmarante, P.PORTO through ESTG and Porto Design Factory, which consists of a summer academy that will meet for two weeks more than 40 entrepreneurs, which main objective is cooperation in the development of industrial start-ups.
Rui Coutinho, emphasized that our country and, essentially our region, Tâmega e Sousa, is rich in traditional and manufacturing industries that have leveraged the economy of the country, and it is therefore important to continue feeding its innovation chain and crucial to maintain the contact with companies, as they are often small business owners and family businesses.
André Magalhães, reveals that this is a project inspired by many other projects at an international level, of great importance for the region, which contributes so much to the economy, and which will bring together several entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs who aspire to work in the industrial area and, above all, in creating real products. He also highlighted the pleasure of working with ESTG and with the largest polytechnic in the country, the Polytechnic of Porto.
It is a hands-on project that aims to bring together the best of the Portuguese business ecosystem, with a unique training program that helps the development of new industrial and business ideas essentially in the metalworking, footwear, textile, wood and agro-industrial sectors.