HIESE - Habitat for Business Innovation in Strategic Sectors is an innovation space that started its activity in 2016. The operating model results from a filed partnership between IPN Incubadora and the Municipality of Penela. The management and incubation model is the responsibility of IPN Incubadora, and the infrastructure is owned by Penela Municipality.
Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in rural areas, providing excellent conditions and services to support companies, especially in the early stages of their life cycle, enhancing their capacity for innovation, growth and competitiveness.
Joaquim Macedo de Sousa
HIESE is the third space for hosting business offered by the municipality, in addition to Mini-Habitat and smARTES (witch includes a Fablab).
Through the Smart Rural Living Lab, HIESE is part of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
With resources and close partnerships with the IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, the University of Coimbra and other entities within the scientific and technological system, it contributes to the consolidation of Central Portugal’s ecosystem of qualified entrepreneurship.