Incubator of Innovative Business Initiatives
In.Cubo – Incubator of Innovative Business Initiatives, was created by ACIBTM – Association for the Minho Technological Base Incubation Centre. More than productive equipment, it is a strategic investment in entrepreneurship as a key domain for regional development.
The Association for the Minho Technological Base Incubation Centre (ACIBTM) was created on March 1, 2007, establishing itself as a private, non-profit association, with its registered office in the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez.
The Association’s purpose is the construction, management, and operation of the Minho Technological Base Incubation Centre, as well as the creation of conditions for the development of Business Plans for companies and for the reception of R&D projects, specifically of basic technology companies that foster and spread innovation within the economic base, installed in its territorial area of coverage.
Among its main activities, in addition to the management, operation and administration of the equipment integrated in the Incubation Centre, the following stand out, among others:
- Provision of support services at technical, legal, and financial level, as well as development of Human Resources training actions.
- Promotion of R&D activities in their fields of action and support for the respective implementation with the business base.
- Provision of consultancy and technical support services for natural and legal persons, including central, regional, and local government bodies.
- Promotion, development and support for the creation and activity of technological support infrastructures and business centres with advanced technologies.
- Finding and selection of funding sources, in view of the scientific and technical activity of its members.
As one of the main objectives of our partner, IN.CUBO, is to promote entrepreneurship, recently participated in a project with several transnational organizations where they developed the theme of social entrepreneurship.
The project’s name is “Laboratories to Support Employment Creation and Social Economy Companies (LACES)”, supported by the INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal Program (POCTEP) 2014-2020.
The ultimate objective of the LACES project is to contribute to the promotion of the social economy in the Euroregion Galicia – Northern Portugal, in order to take a quantitative leap in competitiveness and the promotion of social economy business projects in the cross-border space.
This project was aimed at companies and entrepreneurs in the social economy seeking support and monitoring in the processes of creation, modernization, and growth.
LACES designs a set of services grouped into 4 pilot laboratories aimed at implementing new strategies, promoting, and supporting the social economy in new emerging sectors and modernizing the more traditional ones, supporting the consolidation and creation of companies and quality employment in the Euroregion.
Throughout the project, they developed several activities:
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