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  Lorenzo de Bartolomeis

"It is very important for our studio to have the chance to involve intern for 6/9 months. The intern can follow the project from concept to development and the studio can understand better intern capacity. It is a real work experience for the intern. It is a good contribute for the studio and it is easier to understand intern skills."

 

Lorenzo de Bartolomeis

Lorenzo de Bartolomeis Design, Milan, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Eugeni Bach

"There is a good and fast communication with the program team. Whenever there is a doubt or problem it has been solved efficiently."

 

Eugeni Bach

Bach arquitectes, Barcelona, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Irina Barbolina

"LIG Biowise is very satisfied with the program and found it mutually beneficial both, for intern and the company. The main advantage for LIG Biowise is a provision of skilled intern specifically for involvement in the research work, which provide quality data and results for future development and optimisation. Well organised and efficient program beneficial for the interns and providers with perfectly matching the intern's skills and provider's requirements. 6-months period is sufficient for the company to provide necessary training and for the intern to have significant impact on R&D work."

 

Irina Barbolina

LIG Biowise Ltd., Manchester, United Kingdom

 

 

Helder AntunesHelder Antunes serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the OpenFog Consortium, and is Senior Director, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. He is a results-driven technologist and Cisco veteran with more than 28 years of experience in leading product and solution development. In his current position, Mr. Antunes leads a team to identify major technology market disruptions and align them with Cisco’s key market initiatives and business unit strategies. Previously, as managing director of Cisco’s Internet of Things group, he focused on Smart Connected Vehicles, one of the fastest growing market opportunities for the IT sector. Mr. Antunes also works with the Portuguese government on innovation programs including the AICEP internship “INOV Contacto Program” and is a guest lecturer at several Portuguese universities. He also serves as an adviser to the Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal.  Mr. Antunes has received many awards for his work at Cisco and with the Portuguese government including the COTEC Portuguese Diaspora Entrepreneurial Innovation Award (multiple years).

 

Helder Antunes

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the OpenFog Consortium,
and is Senior Director
 

 

 

Angelica CarreteroINOV CONTACTO gives us the opportunity to develop a set activities with the added value support from qualified engineers that bring fresh ideas to an Innovation company like ours.
 

 

 

 

  


Angélica Carretero Martín, Talent Manager

Altran, Spain

 

 

ENVIRON has participated in the INOV program since at least 5 years. Without exception we have had good internees who showed spirit and enthusiasm. We have hired several of them, and all have had the opportunity to significantly enhance their professional experience in an international context. In our opinion the INOV program is very valuable for Portugal’s bright young professionals.

Managing Principal

 

Peter F. Wouters

RAMBOLL ENVIRON, Madrid, Spain

 

 

Janina DammINOV Contacto has sent us very qualified, positive interns over the past 6 years and we are extremely pleased with the level of professionalism throughout the program.  

 

 

 

 

 

Janina Damm, Consultant

PUBLICIS, Bulgaria


 

Sofia CastelbrancoINOV is a much needed program for both companies and candidates - a real talent finder and an opportunity giver. Keep up the good work. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofia Castelbranco, Recruitment Manager

BETTING CONNECTIONS, Malta 

 

  

Bernardo GarmonI have been receiving interns from Inov since 2009 (in Poland, Brazil, Madrid and US) always with impressively consistent good results (although varying in terms of fit and performance, but clearly in all instances better than the average for a similar tenure and experience).  

 

 

 

 

Bernardo Goarmon, Executive Vice President Finance 

EDP Renewables North America

 

  

Bruno Simoes MacauThe symbiosis has been perfect. We benefit from young professionals that are generally well prepared, ambitious, and open minded to adapt to a new work environment and culture. Interns have an intensive experience at work and behind...

 

 

 

 


Bruno Simões, Managing Director

DOC DMC Macau  

 

 

The Contacto Program is an enriching experience for our company. The two interns that we have hosted so far helped us in many ways especially in preparation of several tools which we will use in our future activities and in sourcing activities to extend our business in Portugal. The level of knowledge and skills meet our expectations and they demonstrated strong commitment to the assigned activities. I wish that this partnership between AICEP and Grammer will continue in the future

Markus Friedlein, Commodity Manager
GRAMMER AG

 

  

Jaime SimoesInov's internship program has been valuable to our business. We work for a variety of Portuguese clients, and having talented young professionals who speak English well, but bring a Portuguese sensibility to the table is very valuable. It has helped us to translate content, engage audiences via social media, and rethink our approach. We also offer the interns a chance to see how we do things in the US - we take them to meetings, let them come to events, and engage them in our planning process. It has been symbiotic relationship, one that I feel had helped us to grow as a firm, and allowed a unique insight in to the U.S market to some very talented young Portuguese professionals.

 

Jaime H. Simões. President

Louis Karno & Company Communications, LLC

 

 

 

Hugo SilvaEven in today's global market, the local action is a major strategic leveraging factor for companies ramping up their international activities. INOV Contacto has been instrumental in fulfilling this role, enabling us to assume a much more effective positioning in the consolidation of external markets. The ability to place resources in other countries, with a symbiotic relation to our operational bases, establishes a privileged interaction channel and represents a true extension of PLUX abroad. The success of our partnership so far, has been further reinforced by the high trainee retention rates beyond the program.

 

Hugo Silva, MSc , Chief Innovation Officer

PLUX – Wireless Biosignals, S.A.

 

 

 

Lluis Roig ClementeINOV Contacto is a very positive program both for our company as for the trainee. Recover the tradition of apprenticeship that in Spain has been lost and that due to the current economic situation would be very necessary to implement again. I congratulate you on your initiative and hope we would work together next edition. 

  

 

 

Lluis Roig Clement

Tribuna D’Arquitectura SL  

 

  


  
 

Isabel Liste

 In my opinion Inov Contacto is an excellent program, both for the persons (trainees) and for the institutions. It allows people to take contact with other cultures, different ways to work, etc., and at the same for the institutions.

Many positive aspects in the organization's perspective. I think is a very well organized program, with open mind, the trainees are followed correctly


Isabel Liste
Institut de Salud Carlos III-Espanha 
 

 

 

I am greatly satisfied with INOV Contacto program who keeps on providing excellent service and professionalism over the years. Candidates all have excellent background and great motivation. INOV Contacto program is also very efficient in handling candidate selection and travel arrangements.

 

Jerome Ah-Soon, Solution & Marketing Senior Manager

Alcatel-Lucent Apac

 

 

 

Bruno FernandesLatitudeN GmbH has received for the second year a trainee of the INOV Contacto Program. We believe this excellent initiative from AICEP contributes largely to generate an international perspective in terms of working methods and networking possibilities for the trainees, benefiting at the same time the company from their excellent contribution.

  

 

 

Bruno Fernandes

LatitudeN GmbH

 

 

 

There is a lot of competition here at Elan now that people have seen how successful we have been with the interns that have come through our lab.´

 

Colleen Cutcliffe, Associate Scientist

Elan Pharmaceuticals

 

 

 

The INOV Contacto Programme is an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen our ongoing activities as it gives us the freedom to test additional scientific hypotheses. On the other hand, trainees have the chance to get insight into a foreign work environment, and hereby to gain work experience and to apply their university knowledge for the first time. Altogether, we clearly have a win-win situation for both the company and the trainee.

 

Jochen Förster

Chief Operating Officer, Fluxome Sciences

 

 


 

Lucia Grenna - EXTOC External Affairs, The World bank – Washington

 I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate how pleased I am with this partnership between the World Bank and AICEP. It has been already 7 years since we started receiving interns from the Contacto Program and each one of the 9 interns that we have hosted so far has gone beyond expectations in terms of commitment, hard work, team spirit and congeniality. I wish this partnership will continue and look forward to receiving information about applications for future editions.

 

Lucia Grenna, EXTOC External Affairs

The World Bank,  Washington , USA

 

 

It is when thinking about this international experience that made me a more prepared, more flexible, more complete business manager that I feel that the Contacto Programme is a clear window of opportunity for achieving wider horizons of knowledge and personal and professional growth.

 

Antonio Horta Osorio
Chairman of the Totta Group 

 

 

... The INOV Contacto Programme is an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen our ongoing activities as it gives us the freedom to test additional scientific hypotheses. On the other hand, trainees have the chance to get insight into a foreign work environment, and hereby to gain work experience and to apply their university knowledge for the first time. Altogether, we clearly have a win-win situation for both the company and the trainee.

 

Jochen Förster, Chief Operating Officer

Fluxome Sciences 

 

 

 

Graduates typically learn job roles very quickly and often bring new skills to the group.  Also, they have the maturity to deal straight away with customers with very little training required.  They work well on their own initiative and are likely to be a welcome addition to the team.

 

Patrick O'Connor

Hewlett Packard, Ireland 

 

 

We see programs like this one very attractive for both parties. We would like to continue working closer with agencies like AICEP Global Portugal.

Jiri Paroulek
Olho Technik Czech s.r.o.
 

 

 

Miguel (Lopo Ferreira) had a excellent performance while at Critical Links service and had a key role in setting up the office in New Jersey, including logistics, accounting, financial, and office management. I’m extremmly happy with Miguel’s performance.

João Carreira
Critical Links 

 

 

This is an excellent initiative to help both students and companies. Thanks so much for providing us with such excellent candidates.

 

WINNE, Spain 

 

 

El programa del AICEP de Becarios en empresas Portuguesas afincadas en otros paises me parece positivo para conocer otros mercados y abre oportunidades en el mercado global.

 

Ana García Flores 

Directora de Marketing, Bial

 

 

As usual, we have been very satisfied with Contact program organization and supporting team:

- Qualified candidates

- good support from the program

- very good network of interns

Jerome Ah-Soon, Technology Strategy Manager

Alcatel-Lucent  

 

 

 

...The INOV Contacto Programme is an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen our ongoing activities as it gives us the freedom to test additional scientific hypotheses. On the other hand, trainees have the chance to get insight into a foreign work environment, and hereby to gain work experience and to apply their university knowledge for the first time. Altogether, we clearly have a win-win situation for both the company and the trainee.

 

Paulo Magalhães

Cisco - Linksys 

 

 

 

... The outstanding results of this experience attest to the quality of the candidates (and to the right selection criteria) and the excellent preliminary preparation that the programme guarantees in Portugal.  Participating in the Contacto Programme also means resuming an old responsibility. Let us not forget that the first globalisation was the work of our ancestors, the Portuguese discoverers of the 16th century.

Emílio Rui Vilar
Chairman of the Board of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

 

 

In late 1997, I joined Logoplaste through the newly established Contacto 1. Clutching my Economics diploma, I was keen to spend a few months abroad and felt safe because I knew I was in good hands. I had complete faith not only in the ICEP, which was sponsoring the programme but also in those who had created it. Of course there was a degree of uncertainty and a feeling of adventure, starting with the fact that neither Logoplaste nor I had any say in the matter. There were no interviews, job descriptions or concrete goals. It was like meeting your bride for the first time at the altar. Today, after more than five intense years abroad, I work in the International Financial Department at Logoplaste, providing support to different countries in terms of financial and commercial management and new projects, continuing a career in international management whose doors were opened to me by Contacto.  It is therefore a great pleasure to see the Contacto Programme continuing. It has always inspired exclamations of genuine admiration (and a degree of envy) from all those to whom I have described it over the years.

Francisco Neto, International Financial Director

Logoplaste

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