PORTO DESIGN ACCELERATOR

Empowering a new generation of global innovators

Portugal’s first accelerator for design-based consumer goods

BASED CONSUMER GOODS

BASED BUSINESS IDEAS

DRIVEN INNOVATION

DRIVEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Project

Porto Design Accelerator is the Porto Design Factory, TICE.pt and Porto City Hall’s’s leading initiative to support innovation in the design based consumer goods industry through the entrepreneurial creation, launch and growth of design centric startups.

The accelerator provides support to design-minded entrepreneurs by connecting them to the critical community, educators, mentors, experts and manufacturing and retailing partners needed to turn ideas into realities.

Porto Design Accelerator supports the endeavours of the brightest design driven entrepreneurs, researchers and developers. We run a unique design centric start-up acceleration program – the only one of its kind in Portugal – to support the most promising design centric startups, as well as collaborating with the brightest minds in academic research.

Because we neither take equity nor provide money, we are completely neutral in the selection process and choose only on merit of ideas and products. You bring your early stage ideas, a strong team, perhaps a prototype and passion. We add a tailor made education program, mentorship, hot desks and lab space, specialized staff to help with design, sourcing, DFM, and more. Immerse yourself into an intense startup community of like-minded design driven developers and entrepreneurs.

Technical Facilities

Ideas

Manufacturing industry.

Our We are looking for the best new ideas in these fields of design and manufacturing industry:

 

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New Products for Urban Infra-structure
Can you develop the new products that will take smart cities to next stage?

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Furniture

Are you reinventing home, office or technical furniture, introducing new technology?

Fashion

Are you transforming clothes, textiles and shoes into something different?

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Metal, Production Technologies & Molds

Are you working to modernize metal and production technologies?

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Automotive and Aerospatial

Can you contribute with new solutions to a high-end tech industry?

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Cork, Ceramics and Traditional Materials

Can you reimagine the way traditional materials and industries are being used?

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New Emerging Products

Are you helping a generation of new products and technologies to emerge?

What we provide?

A Tailor-Made Education Program, great coaches, mentors and experts and an Accelerate&Grow Strategy

We design a tailor-made education program, using the vast experience from Porto Design Factory, Porto Executive Academy, EMAD, ESTG and the whole P. Porto universe; there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach here!;

Access to TICE.pt network of tech partners;

Access to Porto City Hall’s urban innovation programs, including ScaleUp Porto;

Access to Porto Design Factory’s resources for life;

Full 24/7 access to Porto Design Factory’s facilities and resources, including hotdesking work space, dedicated storage space, prototyping resources, materials and expertise for the duration of the program;

Perks from partners;

Demo Day and other investor connections;

International Roadshow during the Ready-2-Scale stage.

Who Can Apply?

We are looking for teams with an awesome idea and passion!

We accept applications from individuals, but we definitely prefer teams;

If you have a company already, it has to be under 2 years old; if you don’t have a company, you’ll need to create one by the end of the program;

We accept teams already with traction on market, sales and funding; no problem! Our program is tailor-made to each project, so having different startups at different stages is not an issue for us;

Recently many startups decide to go through more than just one accelerator since different accelerators work with startups in different phases. As long as you feel that our programme is what you need – go for it!

At least part of the team is required to be present and work in Porto during the programme; how much time the team is dedicating to the project is definitely an important criteria for us;

You don’t need to have a prototype to apply, but it definitely helps;

We’ll Boost You

PDA Events

One of the Porto Design accelerator unofficial missions is joining people. That’s why we are bringing our members together outside the working environment and the working context. We know how hard you work and we’ll help you maintain a work-life balance.

Any suggestions are welcome.

We also co-organise professional events, meet-ups and workshops.

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Coaches

Hi! We’re glad to introduce our Porto Design Accelerator Team.

We’re as happy and enthusiast about working here as you will be. We’re here to take care of your comfort and your work efficiency and security. We’re here to listen and respond to your needs.

Let your creativity flow, we take care of the rest!

Sarah

Frazier

Receptionist
Technical Consultant

Lara

Goodman

Software Engineer
Co-founder

Jessica

Clark

Receptionist
Technical Consultant

Louis

Mills

Community Growth Manager
Events Manager

Eric

MacLaughlin

Network Security
Co-founder

Eric

MacLaughlin

Network Security
Co-founder

Sarah

Frazier

Receptionist
Technical Consultant

Jessica

Clark

Receptionist
Technical Consultant

Mentors

Hi! We’re glad to introduce our Porto Design Accelerator Team.

We’re as happy and enthusiast about working here as you will be. We’re here to take care of your comfort and your work efficiency and security. We’re here to listen and respond to your needs.

Let your creativity flow, we take care of the rest!

Promoters

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tice
porto

Porto Design Accelerator

Rua António Bernardino de Almeida, 537

Porto

Porto Design Factory is an experimental learning platform of co-creation for interdisciplinary education, innovation and acceleration of new ideas, products and business.
It is also the catalyst for an experimental educational culture based on “passion-based learning”, aiming to promote better results in learning, enhance employability and improve the interface with companies.
Porto Design Factory is established in P.Porto to advance knowledge and nurture leaders and innovators to anticipate, serve or solve societal and economic needs, through an integrated interdisciplinary education program, focused on developing the skills required by an ever-changing world and determined to co-create new knowledge and innovation with societal stakeholders.

  • In the heart of Porto’s innovation district.
  • Airport is 15 minutes from the city centre
  • Beaches are 5 minutes from the city centre
  • Great weather all year round
  • Everyone speaks at least one other language – English
  • Modern infrastructure with 4G & fiber

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