Creating a COPELABS spin-off

Creating a COPELABS spin-off

Step 1: Informal contact with the Direction Board and Collaboration Agreement

On a first contact meeting, you present your innovative idea and describe, based on the available template (ppt) the product intention and market target. Notice that all work you develop in COPELABS is provided under Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Provided that the Direction accepts the request to spin-off, a collaboration agreement is signed by both parties. This agreement defines the future relationship between COPELABS, COFAC c.r.l. and the spin-off. It also clearly defines rules concerning the rights retained by COPELABS for academic/scientific purpose; how the cooperation is organized; which intellectual property is background and foreground. The intellectual property that is transferred to the spin-off company can still be further used by the research group for educational and basic research purposes.


Step 2: Develop the Technical Proposal

COPELABS provides you with a template for a viable technological proposal, having in mind that innovation is key. The development of the technological proposal is an iteractive process, where regular meetings will be scheduled between you and one or several coachers in COPELABS, to assist you in drafting all technical aspects.


Step 3: Develop the Business Plan/Funding Sources

Setting up the business plan is an interactive process where you will have support  by the COPELABS team as well by experts in University Lusofona.

Once a clear business focus emerges, COPELABS shall assist you towards the tools to develop a financial plan as well as to the entrepreneurship project in University Lusófona where investors and venture capital or business angels can be reached. Crowd-funding support is also available.

Once there is a source for adequate seed funding, the spin-off creation is triggered, based on the template agreement model provided by COPELABS.


Step 4: Take care of the Legal aspects

Once both parties agree in going ahead, COPELABS provides you with a template for an agreement model to spin-off, where the benefits and responsibilities of both parties - you and COPELABS - are clearly described, including royalty model to be applied.


Step 5: Setting the spin-off

COPELABS takes care of assisting you in registering the spin-off, by preparing together with you the following documents: if required, branding; bylaws, with at least:

  • the final shareholder structure and the associated rights attributed to the different classes of shares;
  • regulations with respect to the transfer of shares;
  • Bodies

COPELABS spin-offs have a management team - board of directors - that comprises at least 1 element from the Direction; 1 representative from COFAC (COPELABS founder); investors. The board of directors plays an active role both concerning the overall business strategy as well as in the technological main aspects, for the sake of innovation.




05.2019: Accepted Paper, MDPI Future Internet, Special Issue on Information-centric Networking

R. C. Sofia, Guidelines Towards Information-driven Mobility Management, Future Internet 2019, 11(5), 111;

04.2019: Accepted Paper, MDPI Future Internet, Special Issue on Information-centric Networking

R. C. Sofia, P. Mendes, An Overview on Push-Based Communication Models for Information-centric Networking. MDPI Future Internet, 2019, 11(3), 74;

03.2019: Accepted Paper, European Control Conference 2019

Henry, D.; Cieslak, J.; Colmenarejo, P.; Branco, J.; Santos, N.; Serra, P.; Telaard, J.; Strauch, H.; Giordano, A. M.; De Stefano, M.; Ott, C.; Reiner, M.; Jaworski, J.; Papadopoulos, E.; Visentin, G.; Ankersen, F.; Fernandez, J.G.Model-based fault diagnosis and tolerant control: the ESA’s e.Deorbit mission

03.2019: Accepted paper, MDPI Future Internet 2019, Special issue on ICN

Sofia, Rute C.; Mendes, Paulo. An Overview on Push-based Communication Models for Information-Centric Networking

02.2019: New IRTF ICNRG draft

Mendes, Paulo; Sofia, Rute C.; Tsaoussidis, Vassilis; Diamantopoulos, Sotiris; Borrego, Carlos; Borrel, Joan; Sarros, Christos-Alessandros. nformation-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks.

01.2019: Accepted paper, Sensors 2019, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Stankovic, S. S.; Stankovic, Milos; Johansson, Karl H.; Beko, Marko. On Consensus-based Distribution Blind Calibration of Sensor Networks

11.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes Associate Editor of IEEE Access

11.2018: Accepted paper MDPI Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Correia, Sergio; Beko, Marko; Cruz, Luis A. da Silva; Tomic, Slavisa. Elephant Herding Optimization for Energy-Based Localization

11.2018: Accepted paper Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Tomic, Slavisa; Beko, Marko. Target Localization via Integrated and Segregated Ranging Based on RSS and TOA Measurements

11.2018: Results of the CEEC/COPELABS/JUNIOR2018: Prof. Dr. Pedro Sá Costa admitted.

10.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes an IEEE Senior member

10.2018: Invited Talk: Cooperative wireless networking: Research challenges, P. Mendes, @LakesideLabs, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

09.2018: Accepted paper, ACM ICN 2018

P. Mendes, R. Sofia, V. Tsaoussidis, S. Diamantopoulos, J. Soares,Information-centric routing for opportunistic wireless networks. InProc. ACM ICN 2018, Sep. 2018.

09:2018: Accepted paper, IEEE WiMob

09.2018:C-BRAINs 2018/2019

C-BRAINS for 2018/2019 are out!

07.2018: Ciencia 2018

People-to-people Communication in Emergency Scenarios, P. Mendes, R. Sofia, M. Tavares, O. Aponte

06.2018: UMOBILE project

POC2 - information-centric communication in opportunistic scenarios, P. Mendes, M. Tavares, O. Aponte, R. Sofia, J. Soares


UMOBILE Demo in Italy, Umbria

04.2018 Accepted Book Chapter

 Rute C. Sofia, Liliana I. Carvalho., Francisco de Melo Pereira, Samrat Dattagupta.The Role of Smart Data in Inference of Human Behavior and Interaction. Book chapter. "Smart Data: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives in Computing and Applications".

03.2018 IRTF draft DABBER

Information-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks





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