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New EIT Manufacturing partnerships to unlock Portuguese industry innovation

EIT Manufacturing West signs partnership agreement with Market Access and ieTeam to promote Portuguese innovation and internationalisation.

The main goals of this new partnership includes:

  • Collaborating with global start-ups
  • Innovating in international products and services
  • Gaining access to new market perspectives
  • Expanding the collaboration network

We are excited to announce our partnership with Market Access, a key player in Portugal’s dynamic innovation ecosystem. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our mission to foster EIT Manufacturing activities throughout Portugal. In collaboration with our local core members, SONAE and INESC TEC, we are deeply committed to nurturing open innovation in the Portuguese industry. Our joint efforts with Market Access are designed to strengthen the connections between corporates and startups, creating pathways for the Portuguese industry to adopt disruptive technologies and opening new markets. Through this partnership, we are dedicated to unlocking the immense potential within Portugal’s vibrant innovation landscape, ensuring that transformative ideas are at the forefront of global manufacturing.

Gala Maturana, Senior Business Creation Manager

These objectives will contribute to greater global diversity in a globalised business environment, enabling businesses to generate innovative and creative solutions to reach new markets and achieve their goals. Through this strategic partnership, efforts will be made to search for innovative solutions on a global scale, along with the definition of internasionalisation strategies that enhance companies’ global growth potential and competitiveness.

About our new partners

Market Access, founded in 2005 and based in Porto (Portugal), is a consultancy specialised in internationalisation, dedicated to supporting the achievement of international business. The company has over 15 years of experience in successfully implementing internationalisation consulting services to support the expansion and approach to external markets of its partners and customers. It has built a diverse client portfolio from different organisations around the world, spread over more than 60 countries.

ieTeam, based in San Sebastián (Spain), has provided advanced solutions in different business areas for about a decade. It provides services in internationalisation, strategy, people management, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Upcoming first partnership event

On 25 January, the Global Synergies: Industry, Open Innovation and International Expansion conference will take place in SONAE’s headquarters in Maia, Portugal. It will bring together industry leaders and experts in innovation and international expansion, providing a platform to explore synergies between industry, open innovation, and international expansion. This conference shows the first collaboration among the three organisations, marking their initial joint effort together.

Participants will have the opportunity to get insights into how to align open innovation strategies with the needs of international expansion. Additionally, participants will have the chance to engage in a networking session and take part in a guided tour of SONAE’s headquarters.

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