ABOUT US

What is JUNITEC?

1990

Year in which JUNITEC was formed, we are the oldest Junior Company in Portugal

31

Years of existence

18

Institutional partners

75

Active members

20

Annual training moments

300+

Alumni network

20+

Training Euros per member

JUNITEC

Founded on February 6, 1990, by a group of entrepreneurial students, JUNITEC established the bridge between the student community of Instituto Superior Técnico and the Portuguese business world. Throughout its existence, it has been recognized with several national and international awards, referring to the various engineering projects it has been developing.

To value the university student, JUNITEC provides a unique work experience, where entrepreneurship, dedication, and friendship perfectly complement each other. This working environment makes it possible to make the most of the potential of its members, which in turn results in an increasingly better performance.

JUNITEC currently has more than 60 active members and an extensive alumni network and is the current holder of the JE Europe international award for “Europe’s Most Promising Junior Company” 2021.

Mission

Through excellence and commitment, carry out entrepreneurial projects of high impact for society, academia, and the business fabric.

Vision

Deliver high-impact projects carried out by young and entrepreneurial minds at IST, training the best national talent and the leaders of our future.

Maria João Carvalho
President of the current mandate
2021/2022

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Innovation, technology and entrepreneurship have characterized JUNITEC since its foundation in 1990. With the vision of enhancing the talent of students at Instituto Superior Técnico, our Junior Enterprise seeks to establish itself at the forefront of technology by carrying out high-impact projects, always guiding our work for the commitment to excellence.

 

HISTORY

Get to know our history

JUNITEC was founded in 1990, claiming to be the oldest Junior Enterprise in Portugal. Entrepreneurial, innovative values, and responsibility towards our members and society are constant pillars throughout our history. The dedication of the several generations of members and directors who passed through JUNITEC culminated in the recognition and growing success of our organization. 

6th February 1990

JUNITEC Foundation

JUNITEC was founded by 3 students from Instituto Superior Técnico, Joaquim Viegas, José Rui Felizardo and Sérgio Carvalho. With a great entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, they laid out the pillars of what is now the oldest Junior Company in Portugal.

1991

Promindústria Award from the Business Ideas Competition

This year the directors were Francisco Veloso, Pedro Conceição and Paulo Dimas.

JUNITEC is awarded the Promindústria Award from the Business Ideas Competition, starting a career of recognition and prestige.

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1994

Virtual Windows Program - TVI

The television program Janelas Virtuais, entirely directed by JUNITEC and broadcast on TVI, obtains the International Label Technique award, confirming the growing success of the young Júnior Empresa that was now becoming recognized on the international stage.

1996-1997

1st place of GALILEO III

 

The Integrated Security System (SSI) project is recognized with 1st place by GALILEU III, in the “Innovation and Development” category.

2001

Continuation of the Shell Eco-Marathon race, now with the Futurist II model and development of the IST SAT project, the IST satellite station.

2004-2009

JUNITEC enters into a period of inactivity.

2011-2012

"Innovative Project of the Year" award by JADE Portugal

The Strato Power project, the study of a high-altitude wind turbine, once again places JUNITEC in the final of the Richard Branson award. The same project was also recognized by JADE Portugal with the “Innovative Project of the Year” award.

2015

25 Years of Excellence

JUNITEC celebrates 25 years of excellence and history in a major event at Instituto Superior Técnico. In the photo are present founders and former presidents of JUNITEC, from left to right, Francisco Veloso, José Rui Felizardo, José Oliveira and Sérgio Carvalho.

JUNITEC is once again recognized with the JADE Portugal national award for Innovative Project of the Year.

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2017

1st Edition of TecStorm

The first edition of TecStorm took place, a 28-hour hackathon aimed at developing innovative ideas and creating prototypes. The event took place at Instituto Superior Técnico, where 28 higher education students accepted the challenge.

2019

JUNITEC won 3 categories at the JeniAL Awards

JUNITEC is the winner of three categories at the JeniAL Awards, the biggest event of the Portuguese Junior Movement. Being recognized as Junior Most Promising Company, Junior Most Innovative Company, and Project of the Year.

The two startups founded by JUNITEC were present at WebSummit'19, Clynx as startup Alpha, and MyNutriScan through the Hack for Good Gulbenkian incubation program.

The 3rd edition of TecStorm, at the Knowledge Pavilion, had three categories, 5G Internet of the Future, sponsored by Vodafone, Social, sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Sustainability, sponsored by Ciência Viva. The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, was once again present at the JUNITEC event.

The startup Clynx, made up of members of JUNITEC, was one of the three winners of GovTech, a competition promoted by the Government to award and support startups at a national level.

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2021

Junior Enterprises Europe's Most Promising Award by Junior Enterprises Europe

JUNITEC was recognized as the Most Promising Junior Enterprise in Europe by Junior Enterprises Europe.

At the Jenial Awards, JUNITEC was nominated for four awards: Junior Company of the Year, Junior Most Innovative Company, Junior Most Socially Responsible Company, and Project of the Year.

The 5th Edition of Tecstorm was held, this year in a fully digital version.

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1992-1993

1st place in the national phase of the European Young Scientists Competition

JUNITEC had a high financial and innovative growth, providing training in Macintosh. During this period, it was also the 1st place winner in the national phase of the European Young Scientists Contest, with the Mousetrack project, which consisted of a mouse detection system.

1995

1st Prize of the European Competition for Young Scientists

The RETINA project aimed at the study of the retina of the human eye and its image processing received the 1st prize of the European Competition for Young Scientists.

1998

2nd Place at Shell Eco-Marathon

Participation in the Shell Eco-Marathon, in France, with a two-stroke equipped vehicle. Ranked 2nd in its category.

​​ Creation of NetINDEX, a search engine on the World Wide Web, which had the largest database of Internet pages in Portugal.

2004

JADE Portugal

JUNITEC becomes a founding member of JADE Portugal.

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2010

Smart Warehouse Project

The Intelligent Deposit / ClickCO2 project is a finalist in the EDP Richard Branson award. After the period of inactivity, JUNITEC restores its recognition.

2014

JUNITEC joins the Liga foundation to adapt toys for children with special needs.

2016

4 Prototypes of the Removable Thermal Pockets Project

JUNITEC, in partnership with Patient Innovation, places four prototypes of the Removable Thermal Pockets project in European museums, especially the London Science Museum, within the scope of the Beyond the Lab exhibition.

2018

JUNITEC's First Startup - Clynx

The growth of TecStorm was exponential, the 2nd edition took place at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, where participants had the opportunity to contact several companies and investors, such as Farfetch, Vodafone, COTEC Portugal, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and Grupo Bel. We also had the presence of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, to encourage TecStorm participants to invest in science and the development of innovative ideas.

During this year, JUNITEC expanded its network of customers and partners, having developed consultancy services for the Associação de Coleções and collaborative projects with Unbabel, CEiiA, and Instituto Superior Técnico.

JUNITEC's first startup, Clynx, dedicated to improving the physiotherapy experience through gamification, was distinguished as one of the best 25 startups at the European Innovation Academy.

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2020

JUNITEC's First European Awards by Junior Enterprises Europe

The service developed for Espaço 24 of Instituto Superior Técnico was concluded and launched at the university with great success. The project consisted of installing sensors in the study rooms, to collect information on temperature, humidity, and luminosity and making the data available, in real-time, through a website and an Android app.

JUNITEC's network of customers and partners grew with the consultancy services developed for Thales and CC Energia.

JUNITEC received its first European awards from Junior Enterprises Europe, being recognized as the Junior Most Entrepreneurial Company in Europe and Junior Most Innovative Company in Europe. It was also recognized as the Most Innovative Junior Company in Portugal at the JeniAL Awards.

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TEAM

Meet our team!

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President
Maria João Carvalho

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CFO
Afonso Mesquita

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External Vice President

Miguel Mira

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Internal Vice President

Vera Silva 

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General Secretary

Matilde Pithora

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Consulting Coordinator

Vincent Mendes

Consultancy Team 

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Afonso Barbosa

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Inês Figueira

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Bernardo Palma

Leads

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Luis Parra

unbabel

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Bruno onion

Unbabel / Quidgest

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Manuel Costa

CONS_Dar'ya Tsukanova

Dar'ya Tsukanova

Leads

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Gonçalo Rebelo

TecStorm

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Gonçalo Reis

CEiiA

CONS_Guilherme Gaspar

William Gaspar

CEiiA

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Matilde Valente

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Miguel Cunha

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Miguel Ribeiro

Total Judo Club

Microsoft

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Pedro Rodrigues

CONS_Rafael Oliveira

Rafael Oliveira

unbabel

MKT_Rui Moreno

Rui Moreno

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Rui Wang

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Wanghao Zhu

General Assembly
AG - Sara Paisana

President

Sara Paisana

AG_Bernardo Pereira

Vice president

Bernardo Pereira

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General Secretary

Mariana Candeias

Fiscal Council
CF - João Alves

President

João Alves 

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Vowel

Pedro Ramos

CONS_Tiago Franco

Vowel

James Franco