Portugal’s first accelerator
Porto Design Accelerator is the Porto Design Factory, TICE.pt and Porto City Hall’s’s leading initiative to support innovation in the design based consumer goods industry through the entrepreneurial creation, launch and growth of design centric startups.
The accelerator provides support to design-minded entrepreneurs by connecting them to the critical community, educators, mentors, experts and manufacturing and retailing partners needed to turn ideas into realities.
Porto Design Accelerator supports the endeavours of the brightest design driven entrepreneurs, researchers and developers. We run a unique design centric start-up acceleration program – the only one of its kind in Portugal – to support the most promising design centric startups, as well as collaborating with the brightest minds in academic research.
Because we neither take equity nor provide money, we are completely neutral in the selection process and choose only on merit of ideas and products. You bring your early stage ideas, a strong team, perhaps a prototype and passion. We add a tailor made education program, mentorship, hot desks and lab space, specialized staff to help with design, sourcing, DFM, and more. Immerse yourself into an intense startup community of like-minded design driven developers and entrepreneurs.
We are looking for
We are looking for the best new ideas in these fields of design and manufacturing industry:
New Products for Urban Infra-structure
Can you develop the new products that will take smart cities to next stage?
Are you reinventing home, office or technical furniture, introducing new technology?
Are you transforming clothes, textiles and shoes into something different?
Metal, Production Technologies & Molds
Are you working to modernize metal and production technologies?
Automotive and Aerospatial
Can you contribute with new solutions to a high-end tech industry?
Cork, Ceramics and Traditional Materials
Can you reimagine the way traditional materials and industries are being used?
New Emerging Products
Are you helping a generation of new products and technologies to emerge?
Porto Design Accelerator
Rua António Bernardino de Almeida, 537
Porto Design Factory is an experimental learning platform of co-creation for interdisciplinary education, innovation and acceleration of new ideas, products and business.
It is also the catalyst for an experimental educational culture based on “passion-based learning”, aiming to promote better results in learning, enhance employability and improve the interface with companies.
Porto Design Factory is established in P.Porto to advance knowledge and nurture leaders and innovators to anticipate, serve or solve societal and economic needs, through an integrated interdisciplinary education program, focused on developing the skills required by an ever-changing world and determined to co-create new knowledge and innovation with societal stakeholders.
- In the heart of Porto’s innovation district.
- Airport is 15 minutes from the city centre
- Beaches are 5 minutes from the city centre
- Great weather all year round
- Everyone speaks at least one other language – English
- Modern infrastructure with 4G & fiber