Porto: A Rising Tech and Talent Hub in Europe in discussion at UPTEC

How is the Porto region adapting its mindset to welcome tech hubs, and how startups and big corporates may coexist in the fight for talent? These are the two main points that will be discussed in “Porto: A Rising Tech and Talent Hub in Europe”. The event, organized by UPTEC – Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto in cooperation with Portugal Tech Hub, will bring together representatives from Startup Portugal, AICEP, Porto and Matosinhos City Council, and from Vestas, Smartex and Talkdesk, on March 30th.

Throughout the event – one of the fifteen initiatives organised to celebrate UPTEC’s 15th anniversary –, we will discuss how the Porto region is adapting its mindset to welcome international tech hubs, promoting the retention of top talent, and discuss sustainable and inclusive practices to create a thriving tech ecosystem.

The event will be composed of two panel discussions: the first one will look at the strategies for building and growing sustainable tech ecosystems from the perspectives of António Dias Martins, Executive Director at Startup Portugal; Maria Geraldes, Investor Support Office of Matosinhos City Council; Pedro Silveira, Startups and Entrepreneurship at AICEP Portugal Global; and Ricardo Valente, Councilor for Economy, Employment and Entrepreneurship, and for Finance, Economic Activities and Inspectorate at the Porto City Council. Pedro Moura, Co-founder of “Portugal Tech Hub” and “Future.Works” will be the person in charge of the panel discussion moderation.

The second round-table discussion will explore strategies for managing the talent gap – how startups and international tech hubs may coexist and thrive. The speakers on this panel will include Filipa Ferreira, Senior Director of People Portugal & Global EX at Talkdesk, Martin Kaasgaard, Head of Vestas Porto, and Rita Santos, Head of People at Smartex.ai. The journalist and producer Rute Sousa Vasco will moderate the discussion.

Portugal is among the fifteen best OECD countries to attract and retain different types of talented migrants: highly educated workers, foreign entrepreneurs, university students, and startup founders, among others. The country’s attractiveness acknowledged by the OECD Indicators of Talent Attractiveness (ITA) takes us to a discussion about the best practices and strategies for building a diverse and inclusive tech workforce.

With this in mind, UPTEC will organise the “Porto: A Rising Tech and Talent Hub in Europe” event, an initiative that aims to bring together industry leaders, startups, municipalities, and government representatives to explore the latest developments and opportunities in Portugal’s tech industry.

The event will take place on March 30th, at UPTEC Asprela I (Rua Alfredo Allen, Porto). This free event is open to the public, but registration is required and can be done here.

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