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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Our scientific repository holds the most recent work. COPELABS follows a pre-print open policy.
SITI is focused upon user-centric trends that are emerging in several fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), OSI Layers 2 and 3. As in other grassroots movements, the user will have an active say concerning services provided and consequently, concerning the techno-social environment that surrounds him/her.
This group is based (i.e. integrated members) on a core of scientifically active researchers from the former CEPCA (Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira, Rodrigo Brito, Paulo Lopes, and Ana Loureiro) 2 more recent PhDs (Cristina Camilo and Bárbara Gonzalez). Note, however, that the CEPCA team (team size, funding and indicators included in 5.) changed substantially since 2008, when it had 8 PhDs (of which only PG remains) and 5 groups. In 2011-13 the team grew to 14 integrated PhDs in 2-3 groups. By 2013, however, it was clear that the bulk of CEPCA output of international level (13 of the 14 indicators in table 5.) was the responsibility of the neurocognitive/cyber therapy-focused group, with only 3 PhD and 2 non-PhD members (PI: PG). The inevitable consolidation of CEPCA around this core group pointed to the desirability of joining forces with an informatics team – SITILABS – to create COPELABS as an interdisciplinary R&D unit (see Description of the R&D unit).