Sociedade Portugesa de Inovacao

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) is a knowledge management orientated company with the mission to manage projects that foster innovation and promote international opportunities. SPI provides services in 3 areas: Training, Consulting and R&D. SPI has a permanent staff of nearly 50 people in 8 offices worldwide. SPI is accredited by the DGERT with recognised capacity to conduct a range of training activities. SPI has experience in using different training methodologies for various target groups and applies innovative pedagogical approaches, including e-Learning. SPI has experience in business consultancy and mentoring, developing training plans, identifying/selecting training resources, developing didactic materials, supervising and evaluating training courses and assessing the impact of training programmes, amongst others. Main clients of SPI are SMEs and micro enterprises.

SPI has an excellent track-record of participation in projects co-funded by community programmes, with recognized quality of tasks performed. SPI developed experience in the tourism area in Europe and in Latin America (Brazil). One of its European projects is STITCH - Sustainable and Nature based Tourism IT Course and Handbook. At a national level it provided services in the area of evaluation of tourism potential of a geographical area, territorial marketing plans, tourism development plans of a geographical area, development of tourism educational materials. In Brazil SPI undertook similar activities including also the development plan for a tourism cluster.

Role of partner organisation in the project

  • Contract partner to P1

  • Project leader of WP1 “CUBITUS University Business Cooperation Model”

  • Internal evaluation of other CUBITUS products and participation in all other quality management activities.

  • Organisation and hosting transnational project meeting 3 and participation at the four other meetings

  • Responsible for organisation and implementation of CUBITUS pilot training for all partners and external experts in PT (5 days training)

  • Invitation of at least one external expert from PT to the CUBITUS training course

  • Participation at transnational dissemination conference during the final meeting in DE

  • Translation of all products and dissemination materials into POR

  • Printing/publication and distribution of all main materials and products in PT

  • Dissemination of project through own networks and media

  • Recruitment of 30 members for CUBITUS stakeholder pool from PT

  • Management of associated partners’ group and stakeholders from PT for supporting the CUBITUS project activities by evaluation, dissemination and promotion support

  • Organisation of a dissemination seminar in PT

  • Development of an national dissemination and exploitation report

  • Signing of Intellectual Property Rights with all other partners

  • Sustainable implementation of CUBITUS course and products in PT in cooperation with national HEI


João Medina

João Medina received an MSc degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the Engineering Faculty of Porto (Portugal) in 2006, after having completed his thesis on the impacts of Regional Innovation Strategies in competitiveness in Portugal. At SPI he has been involved in a wide range of projects since 2000. These include regional and local competitiveness and development strategies, strategies for urban regeneration, tourism and territorial marketing plans, knowledge economy and regional development studies, etc. Some of his reference projects are: Development plan of the São Luis Tourism Cluster in Brazil, Tourism Marketing Plan - Project for the Development of Ecotourism in the Atlantic Region of São Paulo State (Brazil), Territorial Marketing Plan for Macedo de Cavaleiros (Portugal), Evaluation Study and Promotion of the Tourist Potential of the Municipality of Alvaiázere (Portugal), etc.


Miguel Santos

Miguel Santos is a consultant at SPI. Mr. Santos has a large experience in the innovation and entrepreneurship area. He has been contributing to improve the innovation management areas in private companies by implementing RD+I standards and innovation plans and supporting for applying to public funds. Currently he is charge of the RDI Management System of SPI. He has also been coordinating European projects funded by the European Commission (FP7 and LLP). He has also been involved in the STITCH project - Sustainable and Nature based Tourism IT Course and Handbook. Miguel Santos has a Chemistry Degree at the Sciences Faculty of the University of Porto (Universidade do Porto) and has been enrolled, one year, with Erasmus Program, in the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Barcelona. After completing his degree, did an internship of 6 months as a member of the Sustainability team in PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), he has participated in auditing and consultancy projects and involved in the production of sustainability reports.


Benjamin Alves

Benjamin Alves is a consultant at SPI since 2009 and has been developing its activity in financial coordination of several projects funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Program (Leonardo Da Vinci, Grundtvig, Erasmus, Key Activity 3, Key activity 4) and the Seventh Framework program. He has also been conducting and monitoring private companies in managing the use of public funds assigned in the IR&D, innovation and International areas. Benjamin Alves has an Economics Degree at the University of Aveiro.

Teresa Ruas

Teresa Ruas is a consultant at SPI working for the financial and administrative department. She has a degree in management.