doDOC , Treat U and Sensei are amongst the 66 startups selected to represent Portugal at the 2016 Web Summit in Lisbon between November 7th and 10th. In addition to these three companies funded by Professors and/or students associated with the MIT Portugal Program, other nine are on the Building Global Innovators (BGI) alumni list, a university-based venture competition in Portugal promoted by ISCTE-IUL, MIT Portugal, Deshpande Center for Technical Innovation and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
Overall, the event will have the represetnation of 12 startups connected either with MPP (doDOC, Treat U and Sensei) or BGI (Fibersail, Follow Inspiration, Glexyz, Hole19, HydrUStent, Kinetikos, NU-RISE, Sensefinity and Watgrid). Furthermore, BGI saw eight other alumni companies elected for an Alpha pass (AppyFans, Casas em Movimento, eSolidar, Displr, pCPR, Plux, P3D and Veniam).
doDoc, is a Coimbra and Boston-based startup that introduces a new method of creating and managing documents. Through its web-based platform, doDOC helps highly regulated enterprises to focus on the content, import and share of highly complex documents. The project streamlines medical communications and regulatory documents for life science companies, ensuring auditability and compliance. doDoc transforms documentation systems into a fully structured set of information that empowers secure collaboration and full compliance with regulatory frameworks.
The startup was founded by Carlos Boto, Federico Cismondi and Paulo Meloin 2008 through the MIT Portugal Program. However, doDOC only gained form in February 2014 with the support of Coimbra University (ArriscaC competition) and the very early accelerator program INEO-Start, promoted by Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN). Shortly after, doDOC won a spot among the TOP10 startups in the Lisbon Challenge, an ambitious 3-month acceleration program powered by Beta-i and sponsored by Caixa Capital, which help them reaching global markets. The project has also had the support of IAPMEI, through Passaporte para o Empreendedorismo an essential step to the business and product development which contributed to the selection of doDOC to join the Building Global Innovators, a program sponsored by Caixa Capital, ISCTE-IUL and MIT Portugal. This accelerator, focused on innovation and with straight connections with the US market, helped doDoc to be selected in 2015 by the highly competitive Techstars Boston. doDoc was the first Portuguese startup to win a spot in the prestigious american business accelerator.
TREAT U is a biotech company dedicated to the development of novel and specific strategies for the treatment of cancer patients. It is focused on the development of targeted nanotechnology-based platforms for the specific delivery of drugs (either small drugs or siRNA) with technological advantages that outrun different products commercially available or in clinical trials, namely in the Oncology area. TREAT U’s platforms are an appealing technology for the Pharmaceutical Industry (costumer) for the reason that brings value to patients, physicians and the healthcare system (end-users).
TREAT U startup was created in 2010 by Vera Moura, a former MIT Portugal Program Phd Student in the University of Coimbra and two of her thesis supervisors João Nuno Moreira and Sérgio Simões. The company is located at Parque Industrial de Taveiro.
Sensei is a business intelligence solution for retail stores management that captures in-store data with great precision by combining sensor technology with computer vision algorithms.
This data is represented in a SaaS platform to enable retailers from fashion store chains to supermarket chains to easily analyse, manage and benchmark their business without effort while relating this information with other sales channels (e-commerce sites, POS, social networks) and third-party data (weather, calendar, logistics and human resources). This allows retail managers to access all relevant analytics about their store, staff, customers and campaigns in real-time from any location and get useful insights about their business. (edited)
Sensei startup is as a spin off from META ICG (www.meta-icg.com) and was created in 2015 by MIT Portugal PhD students Vasco Portugal and Joana Rafael, and Paulo Carreira professor of Database Systems and Software Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico. The project has received pre-seed investment via the FIWARE acceleration program for Smart Cities, a joint venture between EU and European Telecom corporations. It is now integrating its first pilots in store, in Lisbon at Amoreiras Shopping Center.