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Porto Innovation Hub

Innovation in the transformation of the city.

Porto Innovation Hub (PIH) aims to demonstrate the potential of the innovation in the cities transformation, highlighting the direct impact that this relationship has on the improvement of the quality of life of the citizens, the contribution it has on the creation of skilled employment, and on its potential to project the city towards new levels of development.

Currently, the Municipality of Porto has as its main objective to invest in participatory innovation, as a support to the development of new projects, focused on improving the quality of life of citizens and increasing the efficiency of services. In this context, the PIH seeks to develop an activity plan that serves as a catalyst for the forces of the city’s ecosystem, articulating this action with a set of activities and instruments focused on the organizational innovation component.

What is innovation?

To innovate is to bring forth news, renew, to invent, to create. To innovate is generating value. There are several meanings for innovation depending on the nature of its object: product, service, process, market or organizational innovation; open, closed, disruptive or radical innovation.

Far beyond the technological and economical aspects, there is an extraordinary human dimension in innovation; there is the questioning, the dissatisfaction and conquest of Man. Innovation will, then, be the equilibrium of forces between creativity and reality. The base equilibrium for renewal, reinvention and recreation of societies.

House of innovation of Porto

Why Porto?

Nowadays, Porto is an aggregator of innovation and creativity and it is fundamental a continuous bet on knowledge, education and qualification. Porto has been witnessing a surprising transformation in its business profile. Its innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem has been capable of creating innovative companies with high employability. In Porto, we can look at the past and identify the present to project the future.


Porto Innovation Hub (PIH) seeks to act as a facilitator of open actions and activities, which promote the principle of co-operation with citizens, employees and managers of the Municipality.

Through the various initiatives, PIH proposes the creation of new scenarios and innovation opportunities on an urban scale, contributing to the city’s innovation culture and encouraging the citizen to take on the innovation.

We challenge you to be a part of this transformation for the innovation.
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