Instituto Pedro Nunes - Association for Innovation and R&D in Science and Technology is a non-profit private organization founded in 1991. IPN promotes innovation and technology transfer, being the main link between the University of Coimbra and the business sector.
IPN has currently a team of almost 100 permanent staff to support start-ups and researchers in these activities. With a self-sustained business model that gives the flexibility and capacity to accompany business sector needs, IPN operates in three complementary areas: Incubation and acceleration of technology-based enterprises, Research and technological development and specialized training.
IPN supports early stages of business development and growth stage . It has 6.200 m2 for business incubation and acceleration space installations and IPN-Incubator won in 2010 the 1st place in the world award for "Best Science-Based Incubator”. The figures that made this result possible are the following:
• Total firms supported: > 250 (in 15 years)
• % of firms in activity: > 75%
• Annual aggregated turnover of incubated firms (2015): > 120 million euros
• Job creation: > 2.000 jobs (direct and highly qualified)
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