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General Information
Year Established: 
Wednesday, 1 March, 2000
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Lisboa
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Other Label: 
“3rd World Best Science Based Incubator 2011”
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Alcino
Pascoal
Cluster Manager
+351-210438603
alcino.pascoal@madanparque.pt
Catarina
Reis
Internationalisation Responsible
+351-210438600
catarina.reis@madanparque.pt
Languages spoken: 
English
Portuguese
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Environmental Services
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
S3 EU priority areas: 
Computer programming, consultancy & related activities
Biotechnology
Sustainable energy & renewables
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Medical Devices
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
68
Number of SME members: 
53
Number of larger company members: 
0
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
12
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
FCT-UNL
University
UNINOVA
Research Organisation
UNL
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Madan Parque is a science and technology park established in 1995, whose mission is to play an interface role between academia and businesses, by means of promoting the creation and growth of NTBFs and knowledge intensive projects within the region.

Madan Parque runs a technology-based incubator whose role is of a accelerator for its tenants. The main goal is to stimulate the creation of NTBFs of various scientific areas, benefiting from its physical proximity to FCT-UNL (Faculty of Sciences and Technology | NOVA University of Lisbon) which is Madan’s most important stakeholder.

The incubator offers a high range of value-added services, aiming at the growth and internationalisation of the supported NTBFs. Local innovation ecosystem comprises several actors and particularly UNINOVA, which is a research organisation with an extended expertise on Electronics & Telecommunications, ICTs & Management Systems, Robotics and Manufacturing. It is strongly affiliated to FCT-UNL and also a stakeholder of Madan Parque.

The experienced research teams of UNINOVA, as well as the proficiency of FCT-UNL’s Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have helped the incubator to nurture NTBFs whose core business relies on products and services based on ICTs.

70% of the current pool of tenant companies (52 as to this date) pertains to the ICT sector, although there are some other business sectors covered by the remainder companies that is:

1 - Renewable energies (consulting services);

2 - Social media and creative industries;

3 - Biotechnology;

4 - Engineering consulting.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Staff Mobility
Details of support services: 

The mission of Madan Parque (as facilitator and accelerator) is thus supported by a plethora of services structured into 5 business areas, namely: 1) INCUBATION – Basic services; 2) COACHING – Market-Oriented Training & Events; 3) SEED CAPITAL - Network of Investors, funds leverage & support to tenants; 4) INTERNATIONAL - Support services to Internationalization and Cooperative Projects and 5) LABs – Bridging Innovation with FCT-UNL.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
Angola
Cape Verde
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Distretto Agroalimentare Regionale (Italy)
Innoskart ICT Cluster (Hungary)
Biomass Technologies (Germany)
Green Synergy Cluster (Bulgaria)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

RECENT EU-FUNDED PROJECTS

  1. 2016 | Erasmus+ Program, KA2 – SP | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2016-2-CY02-KA205-000760 | Project Title: Society Profits | Project Leader: Citizens in Power (Nicosia – Cyprus). ROLE: partner. SITE: not available yet (new project);
  2. 2016 | COSME Program, COS-CLUSTER-2015-3-02 – COSME-GA| Project Identification or Contract Number: 731126 | Project Title: TRACE-KEI – TRAns-national Collaboration Empowering Key European Industries | Project Leader: Distretto Agroalimentare Regionale (Foggia – Italy). ROLE: partner. SITE: not available yet (new project);
  3. 2016 | Erasmus+ Program, KA2 – SP | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2016-1-IT01-KA202-005561 | Project Title: IoT4SMEs – Internet of Things for European Small and Medium Enterprises | Project Leader: UNINETTUNO – Universita Telematica Internazionale (Roma – Italy). ROLE: partner. SITE: not available yet (new project);
  4. 2016 | Interreg SUDOE Program | Project Identification or Contract Number: SOE1/P1/E0253 | Project Title: 4KET4Reuse | Project Leader: CENTA – Fundación Centro de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Agua (Sevilla – Spain). ROLE: partner. SITE: not available yet (new project);
  5. 2015 | Erasmus+ Program, KA2 – SP | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2015- 1-IT01-KA202-004733 | Project Title: IN_CLOUD – Innovation in the Cloud bridging Universities and Businesses | Project Leader: UNINETTUNO – Universita Telematica Internazionale (Roma – Italy). ROLE: partner. SITE: www.learn-in-cloud.eu
  6. 2015 | Erasmus+ Program, KA2 – SP | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2015- 2-TR01-KA205-023646 | Project Title: 360 Degrees Entrepreneurship | Project Leader: T.C İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi (Istanbul – Turkey). ROLE: partner;
  7. 2015 | H2020 Program, SC5-08-2014 – CSA | Project Identification or Contract Number: 642045 | Project Title: BRODISE – BROwnfield Decontamination In Southern Europe | Project Leader: Ayuntamiento de Bilbao (Bilbao – Spain). ROLE: partner. SITE: www.brodise.eu
  8. 2014 | Erasmus+ Program, KA2 – SP | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2014- 1-TR01-KA200-013401 | Project Title: OTMET – On-Job Training Models in Europe and Training of Trainers | Project Leader: TECHNOSCOPE (Mersin – Turkey). ROLE: partner. SITE: www.otmett.com

RECENT MOBILITY PROJECTS (Erasmus+ and Youth in Action Programs)

  1. 2016 | Erasmus+ Program, KA1 – Moblity of Youth Workers | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2016-1-CY02-KA105-000653 | Project Title: No NEET! | Project Leader: Citizens in Power (Nicosia – Cyprus). ROLE: participant and sending organisation;
  2. 2015 | Erasmus+ Program, KA1 – Moblity of Youth Workers | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2015-1-DE04-KA105-012332 | Project Title: Blueprint your Career Project Leader: JuBuK (Essen – Germany). ROLE: participant;
  3. 2014 | Erasmus+ Program, KA1 – Moblity of Youth Workers | Project Identification or Contract Number: 2014-3-EL02-KA105-001866 | Project Title: Train2Game | Project Leader: Informal Youth Group of Egio (Egio – Greece). ROLE: participant and sending organisation;
  4. 2013 | EU Youth in Action Program | Project Identification or Contract Number: GR-31- F24-2013-R2 | Project Title: CreationShip – Creative Entrepreneurship | Project Leader: Interactive Media Knowledge Transfer (Patras – Greece). ROLE: sending organisation.
Relevant Project References: 
Extended network at the EU-level, leading to several projects granted since 2014 (most recent ones). Furthermore, there were several mobility projects approved since 2013 ("Youth in Action" and "Erasmus+ KA1" Programs).
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

EXTERNAL RECOGNITION

Madan Parque was ranked the "3rd World Best Science-Based Incubator" back in 2011, in a competition promoted by an international consortium formed by Technopolicy GroupDeloitte and the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services (CSES). The criteria for the nomination cosisted of 4 different categories, that is: A) Economic efficiency of the incubator; B) Portfolio of services provided; C) Performance of tenant companies and D) Liaison with external partners.

SPIN-OFF COMPANY

S3 Portugal is one of our most promising spin-off companies. Its core business consists of the development of high performance integrated circuits. The original company was named Acacia Semiconductors, having emerged out of a research team affiliated to the Electrical Engineering Department @ FCT-UNL. The company was well ranked in the market and hence it was acquired at a later stage by a bigger company incorporated in Ireland. The later is named S3, which stands for Silicon Systems Software.

H2020 SME Instrument

There are 3 tenant companies of Madan Parque whose applications to 1st phase of H2020 SME Instrument were successful. It all started with the success of STAB Vida (a biotech spin-off), followed by YNvisible and more recently by Boereboom Invitro Portugal. Boereboom's application was draft with the support of our EU-projects team, being this fee-based service of the most sought-after by our tenants.

Why partners should choose you for cooperation?: 

Madan Parque is a reliable partner, strongly commited to provide value-added services to the tenant companies supported and to foster cooperation activities with external partners, aiming to pursue its institutional development as well as the growth of the region it belongs to.

Being the central node of the local innovation ecosystem, Madan Parque is perfectly aligned with the strategy of the parent University, FCT-UNL (stands for Faculty of Sciences and Technology | NOVA University of Lisbon). The focus relies on the nurture of technology-based companies (spin-ofs and start-ups) and more recently in the support to the delivery of FCT-UNL's new Curricular Profile, which is looking at the implementation of a transversal acceleration program targeted to undergraduate students and recent graduates.

Current pool of tenants is formed by 52 companies pertaining to several sectors of activity, albeit with a strong presence of ICT-based companies. External partners can expect then a fast-growing cluster, grouping together different organisations scattered along different levels as regard to their proximity to the central node.