Graduated in Economics, he is a partner and responsible for the Sinmetro’s financial management and financial studies of projects managed by the company in clients.
Graduated in Economics by the University of Coimbra (1998), he has a specialization in Finance by the same institution (2004) and extensive experience and specialized training, in the areas of entrepreneurship and management of incubators and technology parks, obtained over more than 20 years of experience.
Between 1998 and 2001, he developed activities as a consultant in investment projects and consultancy programs aimed at increasing the qualification and competitiveness of SMEs, working for Portuguese business associations of local and national scope, in the region of Coimbra.
In 2001, he assumed the Executive Direction of the Business Incubator of the Pedro Nunes Institute, in Coimbra, where his main tasks and responsibilities are: general coordination of the Institution’s activities and the creation of its new Ideas & Companies Incubation Center; close monitoring and guidance in preparing business plans for entrepreneurs in technological areas that are candidates for the incubation programs offered by IPN Incubation Center; technical evaluation of an economic and financial nature of the different candidate projects received; intermediation with the network of technological partners of the Pedro Nunes Institute (Centers and Competence Networks) for the analysis of the technical/technological viability of the projects received; provision of consultancy services and general support to companies incubated in the economic-financial area: strategic management, accounting, taxation, investments, incentive systems, etc .; identification of business opportunities at national and international level for the incubated companies; identification of support programs for Research and Technological Development at national and international level; establishment of partnerships and cooperation projects with similar institutions at national and international level. Coordination of training sessions for entrepreneurs and intervention as a trainer in the areas of Business Plan and Incentive Systems.
In 2005, Paulo Santos acquired a share of the company SINMETRO – Sistemas de Inovação em Qualidade e Metrologia, Lda, becoming responsible for the financial direction of the company and for the financial studies management of the investment projects with customers.
In July 2008, he became Director of the Internationalization and Business Development Department at Crioestaminal – Saúde e Tecnologia, S.A., one of the most successful spin-off companies born in the Instituto Pedro Nunes Incubator.
Since 2012, he accumulates the function of Director of the Incubator and Accelerator of companies of the Instituto Pedro Nunes.
He coordinated the elaboration, in 2002-2003, of the Strategic Plan and viability Study of IPN Incubadora, the most prestigious incubator of technological companies in Portugal, established in the top 10 of the Best University Incubators worldwide (UBI World Ranking).
Currently President of the Executive Board of RIERC – Network of Business Incubators in the Central Region (20+ Incubator) and Chairman of the Board of the General Assembly of Tecparques (20+ Science and Technology Parks).