Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship


Objectives of the course:

- deepen knowledge in the area of ​​entrepreneurship

- exposing students to a critical view of biotechnology and science

- exposing master students to biotechnology and entrepreneurship initiatives developed

- develop written and oral skills

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Cecília Afonso Roque, Fernanda Antonia Josefa Llussá


Weekly - 2

Total - 40

Teaching language



Entrepreneurship course attendance.



R.C. Dorf & T.H. Byers, “Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise”, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill Int´l Ed., 2007.

R. D. Hisrich, M.P. Peters & D.A. Shepherd, “Entrepreneurship”, 7th ed., McGraw-Hill Int´l Ed, 2007.

Osterwalder, A., Pigneur, Y., “Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ed, 2010.


[SA] Spinelli, S. and Adams, R., 2011, New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

[BDN] Byers, T., et al 2010, Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise, McGraw- Hill Science/Engineering/Math.

[HBS] Harvard Business School Case Studies

 [B] Bhide, A., 1996, The Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Answer, Harvard Business Review.

[D06] Drucker, P., 2006, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Harper Business.

Teaching method

Presentation and discussion classes, seminars and exercises.

Evaluation method


a) Continuous assessment

Short-reports and class participation: weight of 40% in the final grade.

In groups of two students this consists of class participation and delivery of short-reports at the end of a few sessions.

Only the grade of the four best short reports will be considered for evaluation. These may be notes eventually supplemented with material from the internet delivered on paper or sent by e-mail at the end of the class.

Individual Test: weight of 60% in the final grade where the main concepts will be evaluated.

b) Final Exam

With a weight of 100% in the final grade, it covers all the given material. Eventually, students who have done continuous assessment may improve the individual component of the test with a weight of 60% in the final grade in the final exam.

Subject matter


UC Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship has the following program:

● Week 1 (March 9) – Presentation of the UC''s functioning. Relevance of teaching Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology.

9:30 – 10:30 – Introduction and formation of groups of 2 students

 10:30 am – 11:00 am – Prof. Ana Rita Duarte (DES Solutio and FCT-UNL)

11:00 am – 11:15 am – Interval

 11:15 – 12:00 – Professor Manuel Carrondo (IBET Founder)

12:00 – 13:00 – 1st mini-report

 1st Mini-report:

  1. Discuss the various possible sources of funding that can help jumpstart a start-up.

 2. Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship: what are the identified specificities of entrepreneurship in biotechnology?

● Week 2 (March 16) – From technology to market: Value Creation Wheel

Researchers Carina Esteves and Susana Palma: Electronic nose

 2nd Mini-report: What is the best Technology Market Transfer strategy for the technology presented?

● Week 3 (March 23) – Intellectual Property

Dr Marta Cerejo (IRIS, FCT-UNL)

  3rd Mini-report: Intellectual Property

● Week 4 (March 30) – Life-cycle assessment

 Prof Nuno Lapa (FCT-UNL)

 4th Mini-report: Life-cycle assessment

● Week 5 (April 6th) – Business Project Assessment I

5th Mini-Report: Resolution of accounting and financial calculation exercises. 

● Week 6 (April 13) – Business Project Assessment II

  6th Mini-Report: Biotec Start-up (excel sheet to be delivered by each group at the end of the class)


Week 7 (April 20th) - Individual Test


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