General information

The StartUp Research is a Post-Graduation course designed for scientists by ITQB NOVA & NOVA SBE.


Organizing committee

Miguel Santos, ITQB NOVA (coordinator)

Aníbal Lopez, NOVA SBE

Cristina Silva Pereira, ITQB NOVA

Teresa Mannenbach, NOVA SBE



The Startup Research Program will be held at ITQB NOVA (Oeiras) and NOVA SBE (Carcavelos).



The Program is open to all researchers and science managers, preferably with more than 2 years of lab work. Read more in Applications & Admission


Duration and ECTS

The course will have 160 hours and will attribute a total of 8 ECTS: 4 ITQB NOVA ECTS and 4 NOVA SBE ECTS.



The Program will run for 13 consecutive weeks, SECOND EDITION JANUARY 10th - APRIL 13th 2020, with 9h/week in classroom sessions.

  • Fridays, 14h00-19h00
  • Saturdays, 9h00-13h00


Student evaluation

The StartUp Research Student evaluation is Qualitative, based on an final “Approved” / “Non-Approved” system, complemented by a Structured Feed-back Sheet which will be handed in to students after the Final Pitch & Graduation Session.

Global evaluation will be based on the following:

Assignment 1 (25% weight for the final student assessment)- Project plan and presentation - Due in the first Session of Module 2. Students choose the R&D project to be developed into a business case. They will apply the knowledge and project management skills acquired during Module 1 to present a project plan supporting a potential business concept.

         Deliverables: 12-minute project presentation and a 10-page document containing the description of the innovation project and business concept;

Assignment 2 (25% weight for the final student assessment) - Business case - Due at the end of Module 3. A business case document of the selected R&D project will be handed in, supported by the knowledge and coaching obtained in Module 2 and Module 3.

         Deliverables: The business case document will consist of:

  1. An Executive summary;
  2. The slide deck of the final pitch (with the backup slides);
  3. A Business Model Canvas representing the Business Model;

Assignment 3 (35% weight for the final student assessment) - Final pitch - Performed at the Final Pitch Presentation Session, according to the pitching best practices learnt in Module 3.

Global Student Participation (15% weight for the final student assessment) - Pro-active participation, team work, demonstration of acquisition of individual soft skills, independent thinking qualities will be continuously evaluated.