Practical utility research is at the heart of all activities carried out by Fraunhofer. Founded in 2008, as a result of a long-term collaboration between Portugal and Germany, in the fields of Science and Technology, it maintains a focus on companies as partners, promoting and developing applied research activities in an international context.

Fraunhofer was founded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Association (largest European research center) and the Portugal-Germany Chamber of Commerce. Adopting the successful business model operated in Germany, the association supports economic development and promotes social well-being by contributing to improving the quality of life of the people.

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Inova-Ria - Association of Companies for an Innovation Network in Aveiro is a private non-profit entity, which aims to create and consolidate the Information, Communication and Electronic Technologies (TICE) sector.

Inova-Ria is a determining factor for the innovation ecosystem formed by companies, educational and Research and Development (R&D) institutions in the area of information, communication and electronics technologies. It currently takes an active role in boosting and creating value in the sectors it represents, bringing together a valuable set of technology-intensive companies, startups, consolidated small and medium-sized companies and some large companies.?

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SANJOTEC is a Science and Technology Park, located in São João da Madeira, focused on supporting entrepreneurship and accelerating technological and creative projects. Positioned in a highly industrial region, SANJOTEC has been creating a business ecosystem linked to Industry 4.0 and the development of new products.

Its mission is to contribute to the promotion and increase of productivity and competitiveness of the county and the region, by supporting the development and modernization of existing companies and in the implementation of innovative business projects, playing a facilitating and dynamic agent in the approximation between the business community and the scientific community.

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