Innovation Support System – Entrepreneurship projects

Contact person 
Deolinda Silva
Innovation Agency
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
Support to innovative start-ups incl. gazelles
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Innovation Support System – Entrepreneurship projects
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
What is the aim/objective? 
This measure is aimed at supporting the creation and early-stage development of new firms meeting two requirements: (1) high skilled human resources, and/or (2) activities in industries with high growth prospects. The main goal is to encourage entrepreneurship, particularly in companies wuith high knowledge and research contents. Since the measure also addresses company creation in industries with strong demand, it may be considered that the measure is also aimed at supporting 'gazelles'. A third goal is to help companies in overcoming the 'teething', early stage problems.
Give an overview of the instrument 
This measure is aimed at responding to a traditional shortcoming in Portugal's innovation policy mix: support to knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship. It has been widely acknowledged that there has been a dearth in skilled entrepreneurship initiatives. In particular, earlier support measures, such as NEST (new technology-based firms support system), launched in 2002, have failed. The preparatory studies for the new NSRF have strongly pointed out the need to design specific incentives, attractive enough to boost the creation of new knowledge-based firms. The present measure stems from these concerns and is hence focused on the promotion of skill-intensive company creation and early-stage development.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Monday, January 1, 2007
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Not Active
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
Too early to assess. However, the number of projects supported in 2007-2008 has been very limited, and the amount invested sllghtly above Euro 6 million.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?