The Alentejo Science and Technology Park (PCTA) in Évora has seen 23 companies move in since it opened and hopes to increase that to 30 by the end of this year, its managing director told Lusa on Monday, the eve of the signing of a deal with Cap Gemini, which plans to open a remote service centre at the park.
“In 17 months of operations, we’ve had 23 companies move in and helped to create 68 jobs,” João Mateus said. “But the number of jobs could actually be larger because almost all of them are hiring.”
Most of the companies are in the fields of information and communications technology or of energy, but there are also some in food processing and biotechnology.
The PCTA is part of the Regional System for Technology Transfer (SRTT), which involves 21 partners, including the University of Évora and the polytechnics at Beja, Portalegre and Santarém. In the current initial phase, €3.6 million is being invested, of which €2.3 million is on physical infrastructure.
France’s Cap Gemini announced on Monday that it plans to open a remote-service centre in Évora, to start operating in September. It anticipates creating up to 150 jobs in the next three years.
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