Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação

SPI is a private consulting company created in 1996 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the SME and innovation sectors.


SPI is a private consulting company created in 1996 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the SME and innovation sectors. Since its inception, SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between private sector companies, science and technology institutions, and national and international public and private organizations. From its onset, SPI embraced the mission of managing projects that promote regional, national and international development, stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge management and encourage internationalization and creation of strategic partnerships and business relationships.

SPI has over 75 full-time staff located in the various offices of the company in Portugal (Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra and Ponta Delgada), China (Beijing and Macau), Spain (Santiago de Compostela), and the USA (Washington D.C. and California). SPI also has an affiliated office in Brussels, Belgium through the European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN). The SPI Group also includes SPI Açores, SPI China, SPI España, SPI USA and SPI Ventures. SPI also has established professional and business network and operations in Brazil and Africa. In 2008, SPI created SPI Ventures, a company with the mission to act as a catalyst for business creation and development by identifying and selecting emerging opportunities and accelerating them towards the creation of new businesses.

SPI is very experienced in working with the European Commission and DG Research & Innovation, including in over 25 FP7/CIP and now over 25 H2020 projects across a range of research themes and normally including a strong international component such as ICT, smart energy, environment, food, biotechnology, health, international cooperation of science, technology and innovation, nanosciences, nanotechnologies, NMP and space. SPI has a wide-ranging experience, including in international cooperation within and outside the EU, funded by public and private sources.

In the ICT sector, SPI has and is involved in a wide range of national and international projects. At the national level, SPI has performed the national ICT sector study in Portugal for a regional industrial association. At the international level, SPI has participated in various EC projects, namely EXCITING – the EU-China Study on IoT and 5G (, and CHOICE – Strengthening China Collaboration on ICT research with Europe ( These projects are related to 5G, IoT, smart energy, smart cities, supporting ICT related start-ups and SMEs, developing ICT companies´ networks, developing online platforms for dissemination and networking, among others. SPI also has a strong regional experience in Southeast Asia having been a partner in SEA-EU-NET 2 – EU-ASEAN S&T cooperation to jointly tackle societal challenges ( In this project, SPI wrote the policy consultation report on STI cooperation between the EU and ASEAN countries. Hence, SPI’s role in all these national and international projects often includes a focus on developing policy and programme recommendations.

Project Coordinator

Nishant Shandilya is a Senior International Consultant at SPI and a Project Manager at the European Business and Innovation Centres Network (EBN).

Nishant Shandilya is a Senior International Consultant at SPI. He has experience in a range of European Commission projects under the 7th Framework Programme and the Horizon 2020 Programme, specifically in the fields of ICT, Transport, Internationalization, Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, among others. He has been actively involved in coordinating and writing expression of interests, carrying out financial projections and budgeting, and preparing communication, dissemination and exploitation plans. In addition to managing workshops and exhibitions, he has organized various public lectures and Horizon 2020 dissemination seminars in collaboration with the EC. He has also been lead writing evaluation studies and impact assessment reports for several EC DGs.