• Start: 17th May 2024
    End: 17th May 2024
  • Start: 10:00am
    End: 1:00pm
  • Braga,

Braga - The Gateway to Global Connections

Start Date:

10:00am, 17th May 2024

End Date:

1:00pm, 17th May 2024


Forum Braga, Av. Dr. Francisco Pires Gonçalves, Braga, 4715-558,


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We were delighted to invite our members with InvestBraga to participate at the Conference “Braga – The Gateway to Global Connections”, Friday May 17, 2024 at Forum Braga.

We diiscovered Braga, its ecosystem and its position as a gateway for global connections and we learnt about why it makes sense to do business and invest in Braga with the participation of all the key business players in the City. It was the opportunity to celebrate Braga being elected the best European City to live. The survey covered 83 cities across Europe, totalling more than 70,000 interviews.

The conference featured a series of captivating panel discussions and conversations with experts assembled for everyone interested to know more about Braga, the city of the future.

This unique conference offered an unmissable opportunity for anyone wishing to find out what makes Braga and its region truly unique to live and to do business with. We gave a comprehensive introduction of doing business in Braga for those in Ireland thinking or starting their journey in Portugal entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing valuable insights and essential information and contacts and the opportunity to meet and network with key decision makers in the region.

We were delighted to count for this conference on the presence and support of Ricardo Rio, Presidente Município de Braga, H.E. Alma Ní Choigligh, Ambassador of Ireland to Portugal, Geoffrey Graham, Chair of the IPBN Board and its Board members as well as the IPBN Executive Partners.

And a special thank you to Invest Braga for the organisation of this event and for the venue. 

The event was open to IPBN members and non members and was free of charge.


 0930      Registration. Welcome coffee. Networking

 1000      Welcome statements

  • Geoffrey Graham, Chair of the IPBN Board
  • Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga
  • H.E. Alma Ní Choigligh, Ambassador of Ireland to Portugal about the current trade relationship between the two countries

1030    Opening statement – Why Braga?

  • Gil Carvalho, Director for the Economic Boosting and Foreign Attraction - INVESTBRAGA

1045   Panel 1: Doing business in Braga, by multinational Companies settled in Braga

  • Benoist Voidie - Senior Director for the North of Portugal – WEBHELP | CONCENTRIX
  • Anatolii Razgoniaiev, EU Regional Director – CIELLOS
  • Daniela Mar, Studio Head – PTW
  • Moderator: Luís Rodrigues, Director – STARTUP BRAGA 

1130    Coffee Break – Networking 

1200    Panel 2: Urban Mobility – “Braga. The City of future”

  • Sandra Cerqueira, Executive Board Member – TUB
  • Pedro Moreira, Support Office for the Mayor of Braga - Support for the city's sustainable development strategy
  • Moderator: Nuno Cunha, Operational Director - Urban Quadrilateral Municipalities Association Barcelos, Braga, Guimarães and Famalicão

1230    Panel 3: The power of technology transfer and innovation from research centres to companies

  • Raul Fangueiro, Vice-Dean, School of Engineering of University of Minho / Head of the Fibrenamics Institute
  • João Vilaça, Pro-President R&I of IPCA, Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave / Director of 2Ai - Applied Artificial Intelligence Laboratory / Co-founder of iSurgical3D
  • Francisco Guimarães, Department of IP Exploitation & Knowledge Transfer – INL, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
  • Moderator: Margarida Rossi, Diretora Geral | AEMinho - Associação Empresarial do Minho

1300    End

Booking Closed

**Anyone purchasing IPBN Member Tickets must have valid IPBN Membership on the day of the event. If you would like to purchase IPBN membership please go to https://www.ireland-portugal.com/join/. To check your membership status please contact arnold.delville@ireland-portugal.com.