Transport Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Academic year
Subject Area
City Planning and Transportation
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

No specific requirements beyond the general requirements for admission to the course.

Teaching Methods

Each class combines oral presentation with learn-by-doing approaches, case-study analysis and practical exercises (mainly group work).

Learning Outcomes

The course introduces students to innovation and entrepreneurship with application to transportation systems and to their thesis proposals. It aims to develop an understanding of fundamental concepts and methodologies and to enable students to employ systematic approaches and tools for innovation. Emerging trends and business models in transportation are analyzed.

By the end of the course students are expected to have acquired the ability to i) analyze changes and innovation in the transportation sector within three levels - customer/user, the company/organization, and the industry context - through the integration of technical, societal and business lenses; ii) identify and shape transport innovation opportunities; and to iii) lead and manage innovation and change within companies/organizations.

Work Placement(s)



Innovation and entrepreneurship (main concepts and relevance)

Entrepreneurial thought and action

Context of innovation in transportation

Innovation potential of thesis proposal

Ideas, opportunities and value proposition design

From science and research to the commercialization of new technologies

Emergent business models in transportation

Business model generation

Business environment and strategy

Intrapreneurship and innovation management

Building innovation systems within organizations

Economic analysis and funding of innovative projects

Business development

Head Lecturer(s)

João Miguel Fonseca Bigotte

Assessment Methods

Synthesis work: 20.0%
Resolution Problems: 20.0%
Other: 20.0%
Project: 40.0%


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