WARP – a Health & Biotech Accelerators Conference and Technology Exhibition

11 December 2017

WARP aims to ignite a cooperative movement between biomedical and health related innovation accelerators at international level, facilitating exchange of good practices and collaboration, and optimise the use of resources among accelerators. The program will focus on specific obstacles in innovation and entrepreneurship in the biomedical/health sector.

The event will provide the opportunity to exhibit the technologies embeded in accelerators and to hold one-to-one meetings with potential investors and licensors.


Alfândega Porto Congress Centre
Rua Nova da Alfândega
Edifício da Alfândega 4050-430 Porto


The Alfândega Congress Centre Porto is the ideal place to business, scientific, cultural and commercial events. It is one of the biggest congress centre in Portugal and it was considered the Best Congress Centre of Europe by Business Destinations Travel Awards 2014 and 2015.

The building with 150 years obeys to an architecture that contemplates singular shapes and spaces. The refurbishment was made according to a drawing of Architect Souto Moura, Pritzker prize 2011.



The Exhibition is open from 10.00 to 18.30.

Morning Program:

Accelerator Conference

9:00 Opening Session
Fernanda Rollo – Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education
Mário Barbosa – Director of i3S
Filipe Araújo – Councilman of Innovation and Environment, Porto City Council

9.30 Keynote Session: Acceleration Models in Biotech and Health (Martin O’Halloran, Director of the Enabling Tecnhologies at Bioinnovate, Ireland)

10:15 Coffee Break

10.30 Parallel sessions:
I – “Building Start-up Teams” (Ignition Talk by Alípio da Torre & Moderator; Group Discussion)
II – “Public Funding, outcomes and Sustainability of Acceleration Programs” (Ignition Talk by José Carlos Caldeira & Moderator; Group Discussion)
III – “Accelerating together – going into WARP” (Ignition Talk by Paul Miller & Moderator; Group Discussion)

12:00 Parallel Session’s Panel Discussion and Concluding Remarks

13:00 Lunch

Afternoon Program

Technologies Exhibition & Parallel events

14:30h Technologies Exhibition & Parallel events
– One-to-one meetings: Meet 2 Licence & Meet 2 Invest
– WARP Crowdfunding by SEEDRS

16:30 Coffee break

17:00 Accelerators (In)Success Stories

18:00 Closing ceremony and announcement of crowdfunding awards (Porto Cocktail Xmas party)

Cláudio Sunkel – Director of IBMC
Ana Teresa Lehmann – Secretary of State for Industry