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Innovative SME Conference 2021

Join us on 25th November

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The generalised interruptions of operations and supply, together with the creation of new models of remote work were the main marks of the health crisis. To discuss these marks, the 2021 Innovative SME Conference returns to the in-person format combined with the broadcasting on a digital platform.

The debate will contemplate the experiences of business leaders, their priorities, strategies and practices in the reinvention of the supply ecosystem management processes and Human Capital as determining factors in the constitution of new competitive advantages, exploring aspects such as:

• The return of companies to their production cycles in response to growing demand;
• The difficulties in stabilising and rebalancing supply chains, which limit companies' ability to develop their market strategies;
• The need for companies to reinforce their human capital, facing new challenges in attracting and retaining qualified resources adjusted to the needs of the business transformation;
• The visible difficulty for companies in filling job positions, especially for technical specialist roles or projects of a technological and innovation nature.

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His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic and Honorary President of COTEC Portugal

photo by Rui Ochoa


Alexandra Mendes Gonçalves

Mendes Gonçalves

Clementina Freitas

Latino Confecções

Diogo Mota

Uartrónica - Electrónica

Francisco Mesquita Alves

Global Ops Leader

Gonçalo Salazar Leite

Monitoring Committee of the SME Innovation Network

Iñaki Goyeneche

People Area Manager
ieTeam Consultores

Isabel Furtado

President of the Board
COTEC Portugal

José António Costa

Moldit - Indústria de Moldes

José Neves

José Neves & Cia

Maria da Purificação Tavares

CGC Genetics Unilabs

Nuno Flores

Managing Director
Introsys - Integration for Robotic Systems

Nuno Marques

Wavecom - Soluções Rádio

Pedro Barreto

President of the Jury of the SME Innovation Award COTEC-BPI

Tomás Pessoa e Costa

CEO & Founder


Jorge Portugal

General Manager
COTEC Portugal

Marta Leite Castro

Presenter and Founder/CEO do N360 Business Stories

Paulo Ferreira


Paulo Tavares


Rui Gonçalves

Project Manager
COTEC Portugal


25 NOV > 09:15 - 16:15

09:15 - 09:30
Platform’s Opening
STREAMING This part of the event will not include a live audience
09:30 - 09:45
Isabel Furtado, COTEC Portugal
10:00 - 10:20
Can Europe Win Second Global War of Talent?
Iñaki Goyeneche, IETEAM
10:20 - 11:00
New Post-COVID Risks for Stabilizing Supply Chains: Mission Impossible?
Diogo Mota, Uartrónica | José Costa, Moldit | José Neves, José Neves
MODERATED BY Paulo Tavares
11:00 - 11:10
11:10 - 11:50
Attracting the Best: The Advantages of SMEs
Clementina Freitas, Latino Group | Nuno Marques, Wavecom | Alexandra Mendes Gonçalves, Mendes Gonçalves
MODERATED BY Paulo Ferreira, Observador
12:00 - 12:20
Sessão Xperience 4.0
Tomás Pessoa e Costa, Dioscope
MODERATED BY Rui Gonçalves, COTEC Portugal
12:20 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:30
Participants’ Reception
PRESENCIAL E STREAMING This part of the event will include a live audience
14:50 - 15:10
Sessão Xperience 4.0
Francisco Mesquita Alves, HUUB
MODERATED BY Rui Gonçalves, COTEC Portugal
15:10 - 15:40
The State of Innovation
Purificação Tavares, CGC Genetics Unilabs | Nuno Flores, Introsys
MODERATED BY Jorge Portugal, COTEC Portugal
15:40 - 16:00
Growing through Innovation
Gonçalo Salazar Leite, Monitoring Comittee of the SME Innovation Network
16:00 - 16:30
SME Innovation Award COTEC - BPI Announcement
Pedro Barreto, President of the Jury of the SME Innovation Award COTEC-BPI
16:30 - 16:45
His Excellency, the President of the Republic
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

Espaço Vita

R. de São Domingos 94B,
4710-435 Braga

+351 253 203 180

GPS: 41.555968, -8.414200


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