Course 2: Commercial Algal Culturing – Technologies, Markets and Business Skills

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Our second ALFF course focussed on business skills and the biotechnology industry. A two-day theoretical background was delivered by Anabela Carvalho and Dr Helena Vieira, lecturer at the School of Sciences at the University of Lisboa and Executive Director of BLUEBIO ALLIANCE, a national network comprising all subsectors of the marine bio-resources value chain in Portugal. Guest speakers were invited to present a variety of companies and business models associated with algal cultivation and biotechnology. Finally, the course culminated with the students being requested to develop a business idea and give a “Dragon’s Den” presentation to a panel of potential investors.