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Ana Portugal Melo

Investigadora Convidada e Coordenadora Científica do TropiKMan PhD
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

PAEGI was a turning point in my professional life, at a time when I felt that the knowledge accumulated in almost 20 years dedicated to biology research was not enough to address the new challenges of today's and ever changing global multidisciplinary, the creation of values are determining factors for the success of any initiative. This program allowed me to consolidate my networking, negotiation and management skills, as well as support my natural DNA to innovate. The environment of sharing experiences and projects with colleagues and teachers is a unique space of personal innovation.

Bernardo Tudela Lopes

Bernardo Tudela Lopes
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

A decisão de inovar ou de avançar com um projecto empresarial deve estar indissociavelmente ligada à obtenção de competências e ferramentas que nos permitam melhor avaliar os passos a seguir. É nesse contexto que o PAEGI desempenha de forma excelente o seu papel: no providenciar um enquadramento essencial em várias temáticas bastante diversas entre si, mas cuja integração neste programa permite ao potencial empreendedor e/ou inovador obter as coordenadas para seguir o seu próprio caminho.

O conteúdo dos módulos do PAEGI e a competência e diversidade de experiências do corpo docente permite ao formando a possibilidade de não só desenvolver os seus conhecimentos num conjunto de matérias muito relevantes para a criação de um novo negócio, mas também a possibilidade de explorar por sua iniciativa e de forma mais aprofundada as áreas de conhecimento que poderão estar mais ligadas aos seus projectos.

Para mim o PAEGI representou uma experiência muito significativa ao nível não só da obtenção de conhecimentos e contacto com um corpo docente de reconhecida qualidade, mas também na interacção com colegas de áreas profissionais muito distintas e na exploração de novas áreas de conhecimento essenciais à criação de valor, particularmente numa startup. Cada módulo representou uma experiência única, mas gostaria de salientar especialmente a sessão realizada na Fundação Eugénio de Almeida em Évora que permitiu, ao mesmo tempo que se discutia a gestão da mudança e de equipas de trabalho empreendedoras, conhecer a gastronomia, cultura e arquitectura de uma das mais belas regiões de Portugal.

Finalmente, gostaria de salientar a organização e acompanhamento permanente dos serviços académicos da CATÓLICA-LISBON aos alunos durante todo o curso.

Carla Rodrigues

R&D Management
Centro de Inovação do Grupo Nabeiro
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

The PAEGI program was very important to me, both professionally and for other reasons. Firstly, it was a networking opportunity with colleagues from other companies, different professional areas and know-how. This diversity is very enriching, as it forces us to get out of our comfort zone. The structure of the PAEGI program is organized in a way that enables us to work on a project with mentoring. Throughout the program we get to apply the knowledge we acquired through the different program modules, and as a team, we get to study the feasibility of an idea, that can either be personal or professional, and then turn it into a business model, as well as prepare a final pitch. During that time, we share experiences with our colleagues and professors, whom are always available to help, and who make us believe that, in the end, the project is of quality and that it can be implemented. I consider PAEGI to be The Program, essential for all those going through this innovation and entrepreneurship path (which is not always easy), as it integrates all of the essential disciplines to understand how innovation works, independently of the business area. In my case, the PAEGI was also the first program I did at Universidade Católica, and it gave me the opportunity to meet this university and some of its excellent Professors.

Carla Sardinha Vieira

Project Leader
Movicel Telecomunicações, SA
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

Participating in the Advanced Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management executive program was a UNIQUE and rewarding experience. Overall, it enabled me to improve my expertise level in several areas, such as Innovation Management, Leadership and in the very concept of value creation. Regarding the overall educational experience, it enabled me to consider different perspectives in the academia setting, in a very practical sense. The case study analysis, both in the traditional business organizational setting, and in the creation, implementation and management of new businesses, enabled us to, as professionals, successfully follow the challenges of a business world in constant transformation. Particularly, this program also enabled me to deepen a process of inner transformation, by discovering new niches of knowledge, to which I’ve been delighted to keep pursuing. I’m specifically referring to social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for value creation, which is an increasingly prominent subject in the Portuguese agendas. Thankfully, both the faculty and the program’s curriculum overcame my highest expectations. Without a doubt, after accomplishing this goal, I feel more prepared to continue developing my career and new professional challenges. I frankly recommend it!

Francisco Fonseca

Diretor Geral, AnubisNetworks
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

Since I had an idea that I thought was suitable to be transformed into a specific project I enrolled in PAEGI with the objective of having access to the basic knowledge necessary to create a new company. My participation in PAEGI enabled me not only to acquire this general overview that I required but also, perhaps most importantly, brought me into contact with a risk capital company (PME Investments) through the business ideas contest promoted by PAEGI, which ended up by becoming the main investor in my project and transformed it into reality. PAEGI was an excellent opportunity to increase my network of contacts and I have been privileged to meet extremely interesting people who I regularly consult with when I need to make certain decisions. The quality of the teaching faculty is excellent and it was always a pleasure to attend classes. Today I can state without a shadow of doubt that the PAEGI program changed the course of my life, making it a great challenge.

Gonçalo Gueifão Monteiro

Head of International Products, PT Comunicações
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

In the present scenario of change and the growing complexity of organizations, the PAEGI is not just an effective contribution towards the personal development of a strategic vision of business in general but is also a privileged forum for exchanging experiences between colleagues.

Joana Beirão

Owner, Edinteriores
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

In the beginning, keeping in mind my training as an interior designer, albeit a senior one, I did not anticipate the happy outcome achieved by the program - the contact with the faculty, the excellence and relevance of the contents, the position of the institution and the exchange of experiences with colleagues all provided me with the consistency and support that I needed to certify a new idea! To have received an "Honourable Mention" at the business ideas contest was the icing on the cake. From then on I have been able to manage the development of the project!

Joana Paredes Alves

Director of Global Business Development
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

As an entrepreneur, the daily routine at an international tech start-up is always surprising, and it is essential to be ready to deal with all possible scenarios. The PAEGI program allowed me to gain the necessary know-how for the strategic development of my business, including all the stages necessary for start-up creation: from its investment strategy, covering financing, and pitching technique, to innovation, negotiation and marketing strategy, as well as acquiring the fundamental tools to tackle the expected business challenges of start-up management. What’s more, as my business’s core is creating impact, I had the opportunity to complete a module in social innovation with Prof. Filipe Santos, who is an international reference in this sector, and develop concepts which enabled the implementation of strategies to ensure my business’ core goals aren’t just the generation of profit, but also the generation of impact. In the context of a world of entrepreneurship and global competitiveness, the PAEGI program was, undoubtedly, an important investment for my future, and therefore, I highly recommend it!

Marta Moreira Dias

Vogal do Conselho Diretivo
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

Completing the PAEGI brought me two special important assets: the (re)creation of a learning routine for myself, and a contact network(networking), crucial for the training economics and the knowledge society in which we live, and where we have to keep our leadership. At the same time, I acquired concepts and experiences in an area that, being currently decisive and unavoidable, was far from being my specialty. Today, I can say that, in the field of innovation management, my path, my horizons, were definitely widened. The current challenge is to explore the wealth of information which was provided by a group of professors who are technically well prepared and highly motivational.

Mercedes Inglês Martins

Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

Completing PAEGI was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I made, for the opportunity of personal and professional growth that brought me. The program focuses on innovative content and methodologies, which help us constructively, question how we perform our job. The classroom environment is dynamic and creative, based on dialogue, sharing of experiences and knowledge. I was lucky to meet great people and I believe that everything I have learned and lived was a very important investment for my future!

Miguel Pestana

Coordenador de Unidade de Tecnologia e Inovação/Investigador Auxiliar
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

Continuous education, as everyone knows, is a must and will be even more so in the future. The need to be up-to-date and “on top of the wave”, enables me, through innovation, to contribute to the value creation in the chains with which we work in my organization and also to be in sync with the Entrepreneurs that seek us. Networking is also a theme that we should privilege, and therefore, the group of participants in this PAEGI program will be my core. It also allowed me to broaden my horizon to other areas, since the tools that we received allow for a different approach. The expectations I had for the PAEGI have not been disappointed.

Nelma Fernandes

Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

It was with great pleasure that I took part in the 16th Edition of the PAEGI (Advanced Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) from Católica. Despite my experience at the business level, the digital and innovation aspects were a pleasant, and extremely positive, surprise. It exceeded my expectations. Very well structured program, not only in terms of its contents, but mostly due to the extreme care given by the Faculty when teaching and passing on the knowledge to the participants. I must also emphasize the huge availability of the Faculty to provide support, and clarify doubts or issues during the entire program. I strongly recommend this program to all those who wish to become entrepreneurs.

Olga Matias

Diretora de Investigação, Desenvolvimento e Inovação
Mendes Gonçalves S.A.
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

The combination of excellent teachers from different areas, crucial for the development of skills in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship, with the relaxed atmosphere and networking with excellent colleagues from different sectors, allowed me one of the most enriching experiences until present day. Nowadays, an entrepreneurial and innovation-focused approach is required to face global competitiveness. At PAEGI we have the tools and fundamental networking to the strategic development of any business.

Pedro Ferreira

Diretor Geral, Securvia,Lda
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

The program content of PAEGI on entrepreneurship and innovation is exactly what I needed to leverage the project I had in mind. I mastered the technical aspects of the project, but I lacked the most important: how to begin the business by arranging the substantial financing that the project required? I found these responses throughout the excellent quality of PAEGI's various sessions and workshops. I acquired the skills and confidence that enabled me to develop a business plan and submit it to the scrutiny of the Highly Qualified Jury of the Competition of Ideas. The frequency of PAEGI, the participation in the Competition of Ideas and a Business Plan in hands, contributed to facilitate the obtaining of financing. The project is already a reality, the company is established, funding obtained and the preliminary work already in the pipeline.

Pedro Janela

CEO, WYgroup
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

CATÓLICA-LISBON PAEGI has changed my life. This training, along with teachers, fellow students, covered subjects, and methodology, provided me with a set of knowledge, networking and confidence to develop a business that went from 20 to 150 people and more than a dozen of companies; from the 5,000 EUR invested on PAEGI, I managed to receive, so far, a return of 703,000 EUR. When they asked me if the investment on training was worth it, well, it was one of the best investments I have made in my life.

Rui Freire

Marketing Diretor, Unicer
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

PAEGI was an extremely enriching learning experience for me. The teaching faculty is excellent and always proved to be extremely open and available. The curricular program is ambitious and eclectic, managing the "miracle" of covering all the themes in a very pragmatic and relevant manner in a short space of time. Above all, one can highlight what was the most pleasant and surprising element of all: the group spirit and ties that were created and the pleasure I derived from interacting with people I was privileged to meet at the PAEGI program. Congratulations to the PAEGI team for stimulating this positive spirit.

Verónica Silva

Perita Nacional em Formação Profissional na Comissão Europeia
Presidência do Conselho de Ministros - Secretária-Geral
Programa Avançado em Empreendedorismo e Gestão da Inovação

PAIGE focus on value creation linked to innovation and entrepreneurship, stimulating the development of skills which translates into a professional evolution. PAIGE new approaches have applications in the public sector not only in the organizational sphere but also to respond to complex problems in an ever-changing world. Therefore, PAEGI is useful in supporting decision-making in the context of policy-making and administrative modernization.

One of the benefits of the program is to combine the multidisciplinary and holistic approach with the quality of teaching staff.

There are clearly positive points about this program: a good environment and sharing of ideas and experiences, as well as the network that lasts until today.


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