The Program


The Ideation Sprints will facilitate finding new solutions to contribute to a sustainable blue economy, bridging the gap between academic knowledge and the market.

While Portugal is full of dedicated marine bio-based researchers and their innovative projects, the startup community surrounding this field is limited. Through the Ideation Sprints, we equip researchers with the training and knowledge needed to begin to bring their academic endeavours to the market.

These Ideation Sprints can also serve as an introduction to participating in the Blue Bio Value Business Acceleration Program, entering its 3rd edition, that will be held in Portugal in the second half of 2020.

Our ambition


Identify the challenges of the blue economy and facilitate the creation of multidisciplinary teams.


Approach real challenges and develop innovative solutions that will answer that specific challenge


Offer the specific tools for a perfect transfer of knowledge of the blue economy sector to the market.

Participants Profile

This is a national program for Portuguese students, researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs interested in contributing to the development of innovative solutions for the blue economy sector.
This open innovation program is supported by FastIdea methodology by Fábrica de Startups. This set of practices and exercises, successfully used in Ideation Programs since 2012, takes the participants from initial challenges to new business solutions.

How it works

Fast Idea Bootcamps



The program is composed of three bootcamps running over a period of two and a half days (20 working hours). 



The program assists in the creation of successful solutions, with an emphasis on mitigating potential risks typically associated with building a new business.



The program is composed of a set of exercises that provoke more and better business ideas.



Each team will have access to all program materials all in one place - the Startup Box developed exclusively by Fábrica de Startups.


Bootcamp #1

Intro + Challenges and Teams Creation

Bootcamp #2

Problems and Solutions

Bootcamp #3

Final Pitch Day

Timeline and Locations


13 . 14 . 15



Info Soon

More info to be confirmed in the next few weeks!