Praia da Barra, Portugal

Link me UP - 1000 ideas

Sistema de Apoio à co-criação de inovação, criatividade e empreendedorismo

This iniative is established together with Portuguese polytechnics, Portuguese government and Demola Global. By building a bridge between the decision-makers of today and tomorrow, we aim for improved and more democratized ability to react to changes as a society.

For Companies

Co-creation projects help you explore the future impacts and driving forces. You’ll understand the future requirements for your products or services and explore changes in consumer behavior. We’ll help you better communicate your future-proof business.

Join Now

For Students

Get ready for the most exciting part of your studies. We work as a future radar for companies, NGOs & public sector organizations, tirelessly collecting insights from different phenomena and younger generation’s perspectives.

Apply Now

Goals and Impact of the Program

Futures Insights

Signals & trends for business renewal

New Skills

Empowering work-life related experience for students

New Learning Experience

Inspiring methods and frameworks for teachers


Bringing local and international companies closer to academia

Program Schedule

Spring term 2021

Autumn term 2021

Spring term 2022

Autumn term 2022

Spring term 2023

Autumn term 2023

Jan – Feb, 2023



Building company partnerships to join the co-creation program. Designing case topics with participating companies.

March 13 - May 26


Co-Creation Projects

Implementing co-creation projects in cooperation with students and companies.

May – June


Evaluation of Results

Evaluating project-specific results with regional polytechnics and partner organizations.



Term finalization

Finalizing the spring term. Reflecting on the experience and program outcomes.

Program Partners

Partnering higher education institutions of the program in Portugal

Polytechnic logo

IP Coimbra


Program Coordinator (COMPETE)

Sara Proença

Program Coordinator (POCH)

António Guilherme da Cruz Duarte Leal

Polytechnic logo

IP Porto


Program Coordinator

Teresa Pereira

Polytechnic logo

IP Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo

Program Coordinator

Teresa Gonçalves

Polytechnic logo

IP Beja


Program Coordinator

Fernando José Calado e Silva Nunes Teixeira

Polytechnic logo

IP Bragança


Program Coordinator

Vera Ferro Lebres

Polytechnic logo

IP Castelo Branco

Castelo Branco

Program Coordinator

Luís Farinha

Polytechnic logo

IP Cávado and Ave

Cávado and Ave

Program Coordinator

António Moreira

Polytechnic logo

IP Guarda


Program Coordinator (COMPETE)

Teresa Paiva

Program Coordinator (POCH)

Natália Gomes

Polytechnic logo

IP Leiria


Program Coordinator

Susana Rodrigues

Polytechnic logo

IP Portalegre


Program Coordinator

Joaquim Mourato

Polytechnic logo

IP Santarém


Program Coordinator

João Samartinho

Polytechnic logo

IP Tomar


Program Coordinators (COMPETE)

Olinda Sequeira

Dina Mateus

Program Coordinator (POCH)

Célio Gonçalo Marques

Polytechnic logo

IP Viseu


Program Coordinator (COMPETE)

Rosina Fernandes

Program Coordinator (POCH)

Susana Amante


Administration and program coordination

Politécnico de Braganca logo

Vera Ferro Lebres

Politécnico de Leiria logo

Susana Rodrigues

Demola logo

Heini-Marja Rintaniemi

This initiative is resourced by POCH and COMPETE support and investments by the polytechnics and Demola Global.

Compete 2020 logo
POCH logo
Portugal 2020 logo
European Union logo
Demola logo