Instituto Pedro Nunes

Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is a non-profit private organization which promotes innovation and the transfer of technology, establishing the interface between the scientific and technological environment and the industrial sector. Created in 1991 through an initiative of the University of Coimbra, IPN has currently a team of almost 100 permanent staff to support startups and researchers in these activities. With a self-sustained business model that gives us the flexibility and capacity to accompany business sector needs, IPN operates in 3 complementary areas:

  • Incubation and acceleration of technology-based enterprises;
  • Research and technological development;
  • Highly specialized training.

With a strategical position in the value chain and the capacity to federate the different stakeholders (i.e. from end-users to industry), IPN is one of the founders of the Ageing@Coimbra reference site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA). As an associated partner of EIT Health, IPN is a unique Portuguese organisation belonging to both partnerships.

IPN incubator helps startups with technical guidance in the establishment and early stages of business development, tutorial follow-up for developing business plans, support for attracting investment and securing funding, intellectual property and legal assistance (e.g. technology transfer contracts and the registration of patents or trademarks), access to and contact with various national and international research centres, knowledge institutions and sources of funding. IPN has 6.200 m2 for business incubation and acceleration space installations  IPN’s incubator won in 2010 the 1st place in the world award for “Best Science Based Incubator”. Recently IPN’s incubator has awarded as 5th best incubator in the world affiliated to a university was yesterday attributed to the Incubator of the Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN) in the World Incubation Summit 2018, in Toronto, Canada. The “Top 5 of the World’s Best Incubators” is the result of the UBI World Benchmark Study 2017-2018, a comparative study covering 1370 incubation and acceleration programs of university-linked companies whose purpose is to highlight and present the development of the incubation industry, as well as show their technological trends and impact on the startup ecosystem and the economy in general.


  • Total companies supported: > 290 (in 21 years)
  • % of companies in activity: > 75%
  • Annual aggregated turnover of incubated companies (2016): > 150 million Euros
  • Job creation: > 2.200 jobs (direct and highly qualified)