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Business Incubator - UPTEC - Science and Technology Park

U.Porto’s “cradle of innovation”, UPTEC, promotes contact between businesses, start-ups, innovation centres and the scientific community. Bringing educational institutions and the business world closer together, UPTEC plays an important role in stimulating initiatives and programmes that boost synergy and innovation.

Since 2007, UPTEC – Science and Technology Park of U.Porto has been the leading structure for knowledge transfer between the University of Porto and the business world.

In addition to support for the creation and development of hundreds of business projects in the arts, science and technology, this pioneering structure in Portuguese Higher Education also hosts innovation centres of renowned national and international businesses. Projects hosted by UPTEC receive specific support and are form part of a transversal network of partners.

UPTEC hosts businesses in three centres - UPTEC Asprela (science and technology), UPTEC Baixa (creative industries) and UPTEC Mar (projects associated with the economy of the sea) - and follows a cluster and resource sharing strategy between startups, innovation centres and anchor projects.

Integrated in a wide network of strategic partners, UPTEC also develops acceleration programmes for entrepreneurs and researchers, as well as open innovation programmes for corporate leaders and municipalities, and actively organises events and networking opportunities.

Since beginning its activity in 2007, UPTEC has:
  • Supported over 630 business projects
  • Created over 6,000 jobs
  • Established more than 200 businesses (national and international)
  • 86 graduated businesses
  • 35 innovation centres
  • 21 anchor projects
  • 19 business ideas
  • Over 1,800 jobs
  • Raised more than 25M€ in investments for hundreds of start-ups.

UPTEC Contacts


UPTEC - Asprela

Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da U.Porto
Rua Alfredo Allen, nº 455/461
4200-135 Porto

Tel.: (+351) 220 301 500
E-mail: [email protected]