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NOVA SPIN-OFF trademark aims to recognize the companies created within the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem of the NOVA University Lisbon.

This initiative was designed to identify, validate and foster the creation of spin-off companies at NOVA, while establishing regulations that clarify the eligibility criteria for candidate companies, giving also legal bearing to the recognition as NOVA SPIN-OFF and formalizing the collaborations between these spin-off companies and the University.


Further information is available in the Regulation nº 157/2018, as of March 2018, which has been published in “Diário da República” (only available in Portuguese)


The benefits for NOVA SPIN-OFFs are defined along with the companies, considering their specific requirements. Among several possible benefits, the following stand out:

  • Exclusive and royalty-free licensing of the developed intellectual property, until the commercialization stage;
  • Duly authorized time allocation for teachers or researchers who are promoters of the NOVA SPIN-OFF, to support the development of the commercial project;
  • Use of space and/or equipment of the University for the development of spin-off activities.


The application for NOVA SPIN-OFF recognition must be submitted through this form. All the applications should include the CVs of the company promoters, the company registration proof and a letter of request (standard letter).