Interreg Poctep "UNI+i"

Poctep

In April 2017, this project was approved under the operational program EP - INTERREG VA Spain Portugal (POCTEP), coordinated by the University of Trás - os - Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), with the University of Salamanca participating as a partner through USAL Emprende.

This project, entitled "Northern Cross-border Cooperation of Portugal - Castilla y León to boost innovative entrepreneurship and the competitiveness of companies", has total funding of 932.372,62 and will be developed until the end of 2018.

The main objective of UNI+i is to strengthen cooperation between the institutions responsible for R & D & I in Castilla y León - North of Portugal to create and develop innovative companies in common strategic sectors of the Cooperation Area. The project will also seek:

  • To promote entrepreneurial culture and support entrepreneurship among young or highly qualified researchers.
  • To increase the competitiveness of the business fabric of both regions and favor the specialization in sectors of high added value and strategic.
  • To create an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Cooperation Area.

The expected results are:

  • Creation of two specialized business support services: the Integral Support Program for the Innovative Entrepreneur, aimed at the creation of new companies following an integral approach; and the Accompaniment Service, which will increase the competitiveness of innovative startups. 
  • Development of a support network for innovative entrepreneurship that facilitates the relationship between companies, with the preexisting business fabric and with the agents of the triple helix; as well as another series of support activities aimed at increasing the knowledge base and fostering the networking of university-business relations.