One of the key challenges in technology transfer is the limited availability of funding for early stage projects. TecMinho has neither its own funds available nor the resources to initiate and efficiently foster matchmaking with potential investors for each entrepreneurial project originating from the university. At the same time, there are investors looking for attractive investment opportunities, but they have no established process to communicate with the TTO or academics.
In2010, TecMinho established a yearly half-day event called Investors’ Day to connect potential investors with academics who have early-stage validated technologies available for investment.In just one afternoon, investors have the opportunity to listen to and learn about 12 high-potential projects and initiate contact with the lead scientists. The projects cover a broad range of topics and are at different development stages but all of the mare carefully selected by TecMinho considering their degree of investment readiness. The TecMinho team performs a thorough due diligence regarding the novelty and quality of technology/science, the commercial potential and the sustainability of the business concept before admitting a project to the Investors’ Day.