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125 startups and 14 leading investors present at Expo Startup in Porto

125 startups and 14 leading investors present at Expo Startup in Porto
28 Jul 2022
The "world's largest technology entrepreneurship academy" brings news to Porto, presenting 125 startups created by EIA 2022 students.

The European Innovation Academy (EIA) in cooperation with the University of Porto and the Porto City Council invites everyone to the Porto Startup Expo, which will take place this Friday, 29th July, between 13:00 and 15:00 at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. Entry to the event is free, but requires online registration.

At this event it will be possible to get to know the work developed by EIA students, learn about new trends in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, meet potential collaborators, and help these embryonic stage companies, while witnessing how far the ideas of these students reach in just ten days.

In addition to the startups launched by EIA students, Porto City Hall is taking to Porto Startup Expo, through InvestPorto, some of the companies that best represent the city's potential - the Porto. Leading Investors - companies that build the future of Porto as an international hub where the meeting of cultures and the business ecosystem boost investment, talent, competitiveness and innovation.

On this occasion, the municipality's space at Porto Startup Expo will present to the community an interactive exhibition dedicated to 14 Leading Investors, who have stood out in recent years for their investment and positive impact in the city. The exhibition shows that Porto is a city full of opportunities, challenging the public and EIA students to discover which are the best companies to work for in the city.

EIA is a technology entrepreneurship summer school, taking place this year for the first time in Porto, as a result of the joint effort of the University of Porto, Porto City Council and other partners in the programme, such as the Santander Foundation, Beta-i, Google, and the University of California Berkeley.

Over three weeks, EIA brings together 700 participants of 42 different nationalities and 40 representatives of universities from around the world, including more than 500 students from the best North American, European and Asian universities, challenging them to transform an idea into a startup, with the support of mentors coming from institutions and companies of global reference, such as Google, Tik Tok, Spotify and Amazon.


Meet the 14 Leading Investors present at Porto Startup Expo

A.P. Moller - Maersk

"There’s a reason we strive to go all the way, every day, to deliver a more connected, agile and sustainable future for global logistics. It is our purpose: to improve life for all by integrating the world.”

Bee Engineering

"Bee Engineering is an IT consultant that supports organisations in finding the right technology solution to catalyse their growth. We bring engineering and technology best practices to projects of global reach in consulting, game development, R&D and training. We move as a whole to achieve one purpose, success.”

Critical TechWorks

"Critical TechWorks is a joint venture to lead the future of motion. Established in 2018, as a result of a partnership between BMW Group and Critical Software, Critical TechWorks was exclusively put together to support BMW in building software for its future driving machines. ”  


"Do you have a revolutionary mindset and want to surround yourself with diverse and talented people? Are you unrivaled in everything you do? Then this might be the right opportunity for you. The Fall Edition of our Plug-in Graduates Programme 2022 in Portugal is back! Apply now! ” 


"Infraspeak is a tech B2B Software as a Service (SaaS) company, building THE Intelligent Maintenance Management Platform (IMMP). At Infraspeak, we believe that only great teams can build great products and that simplicity allied to technology can make work and life quality better. ” 


"Intellias is a technology enabler for the world’s leading companies. With over 2500 specialists on board, we combine engineering craftsmanship and technology expertise to solve challenges of any nature, scale, and complexity. ” 


"We are a software development company specialized in Digital Transformation for financial institutions with +17 years of experience. +600 specialists develop projects for more than 20 countries worldwide from our strategic nearshore centers in Portugal: Porto, Lisboa, Aveiro, Braga, Bragança and Castelo Branco. ” 

Natixis in Portugal

"Based in Porto, Natixis in Portugal is a Center of Expertise whose mission is to transform traditional banking by developing innovative solutions for Groupe BPCE business, operations and work culture worldwide, as a key driver of the company’s culture of agility and innovation.” 


"We are digital lovers, we are NTT DATA, a multinational information technology company with more than 140000 professionals around the world. We love the future and technology. We work to improve it. We love people, innovation, and collaboration. Here we love people like you”  

Readiness IT

"A global digital transformation company, currently recruiting 25 graduates with knowledge in programming languages, for its Porto headquarters. Apply now. ” 

Sitel Group

"Our global footprint makes Site Group a true global player that helps businesses reimagine their customer experience (CX) by bringing people, data and technology together. Putting people first through empathy, listening and storytelling we unlock the potential of all brands. ” 


"A digital money platform serving over 7M users in 150+ countries. Leveraging blockchain tech, Uphold provides access to 100+ crypto assets, 28 currencies, 4 precious metals and 50 fractional US equities in a unique ‘Anything-to-Anything’ trading experience that takes seconds. ”  

Wunderman Thompson Commerce

"Wunderman Thompson Commerce comprises 2000 thinkers and doers making waves in eCommerce for some of the biggest, most exciting brands around. Our newest offices in Porto and Lisbon add up to the largest eCommerce Center of Excellence in Europe, inspiring world-leading commerce experiences and solutions. ”  


"An idea is a powerful thing. But a lot must happen before an idea becomes an innovation - something that changes the world. That’s what we do for a living. We’re Zühlke, the global innovation service provider. We work with interesting, ambitious companies, helping them bring their ideas to the world. ”