International Symposium on Research and Entrepreneurship

Making the Leap: from Biomechanics Research to Business
26 – 29 June 2022

Within the scope of the ESB 2022 congress, we are organizing the International Symposium on Research and Entrepreneurship, which aims to be a forum for the congress participants to discuss the innovation, technology and societal impact related to Biomechanics.

The symposium is then focused on stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship among Biomechanics researchers, and offers them opportunities to start, to grow and to scale up their ideas for businesses. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of a Biomechanics ecosystem and to foster a culture of entrepreneurship in the academic Biomechanics community.

All symposium activities are going to be under the motto Making the Leap: from Biomechanical Research to Business. Mainly, it comprises a pre-course on Design Thinking, a contest for start-ups ideas, and inspiring and motivational talks.

Start-up Ideas Competition 

Researchers developing biomechanics solutions will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the general public, experts and prospective investors in a dedicated space for pitches. The aim of this initiative is to promote innovative ideas among the wider public, raise awareness about innovation among professionals and link the different Technology Readiness Level in solutions with their deployment.

This competition is divided into three phases:

  1. First phase: Expression of interest in participating in the contest by sending information about the business idea and the team (application form available here).
  2. Second phase: Selected ideas are invited to provide additional information about it, namely financial information and a video with the presentation of the business idea and the team.
  3. Third phase: Teams selected for the final phase will have the chance to present their business idea to a panel of experts and potential investors. The two best pitches from the business presentations will be crowned the winners for their contribution in transforming the biomechanics ecosystem.



One pre-course dedicated to creativity and design thinking will be offered to participants. This is a short but intensive course with limited capacity, and subject to registration. The main objective is for participants to deepen their knowledge in the area and learn about the main tools and best practices to be successful entrepreneurs.

Ideation course

This course aims to increase the impact of biomechanics on society, stimulating entrepreneurship and raising awareness of the processes of creativity, generation of ideas and value propositions. During this course societal challenges related with biomechanics, such as ageing, chronicle diseases, physical activity, and sports, will be discussed.

The session will have two moments. The first moment will be about design methods for creativity and the early stages of design process, methodologies and thinking. In the second moment will be experienced an Ideation workshop.

This session will be held by Everythink (, a design studio from Porto.

Minimum number of participants: 20 p.

Registration fee: 90€

Date: Sunday, 26th June 2022, 2pm

EVERYTHINK is a design studio, powered by creative thinking, combining design and engineering, founded in the city of Porto in 2008.

In a people centered approach, they put creative methodologies and strategic thinking at the service of companies’ innovation, to create new services, products, and experiences, in several sectors such as health, transportation, smart cities and smart living, or even musical instruments. They come across with exercises of design research, bringing people to ideate and create concepts, offering style, change, meaning, and memorable experiences.

EVERYTHINK was awarded several awards, such as iF Design Awards, is a member of the SME Innovation Network of COTEC-Portugal and maintains several collaborations with universities regarding design and engineering education and promotion.

Inspirational Talks

Different inspirational and motivational speeches will be led by scientists, professionals and thinkers during ESB 2022 to engage the attendees and participants of the conference. The themes behind the talks will address cross-cutting issues related to the topics of the congress and to the new challenges for biomechanics entrepreneurship beyond 2022.

  • Keynote lecture: A plenary session will be provided on “how to communicate science” with an expert in the field: Professor Joana Lobo Antunes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The main aim is to inspire participants to engage in science communication and increase the effectiveness of those who already work in it, encouraging them to share their experiences with others.
  • Roundtable: Scientists and entrepreneurs will share their experiences on how to bridge the gap between research and business, what lessons they learned from their cases, and what advice they give to aspiring entrepreneurs; organizer and moderator: Professor Jos Vander Sloten, KU Leuven.


Marta Campos Ferreira

University of Porto - Portugal

João Manuel R.S. Tavares

University of Porto - Portugal