The Foundry on Wheels conference was differentiator when it incorporated a moment dedicated to startups and innovative designs for the automotive industry.

The entities present were:


AddVolt is anticipating the use of sustainable and intelligent energy in freight transport. The company, located at UPTEC, provides a non-evasive, self-contained and connected solution that limits diesel consumption and CO2 emissions in trucks and trailers.

AddVolt was represented by Engineer Bruno Azevedo, co-founder and CEO of the company, since 2013.


IdeiaM uses creative, people-inspired design methods to generate ideas, concepts and to create products, services and business.

The design methods are based on four fundamental pillars: intelligent design, technology and engineering, multisector experience and multidisciplinary knowledge.

The company, located at UPTEC, is made up of a team of designers, engineers, strategists and modellers and uses technologies such as additive manufacturing, subtractive manufacturing, 3D scanning, composite materials and CAD / CAE / CAM modelling.

IdeiaM was represented by Engineer Júlio Martins, company CEO and part of the Product Design and Development Department.

Sarkkis Robotics

Sarkkis Robotics is a spin-off company from Coimbra University, incubated at UPTEC in Oporto. It operates in industrial software for offline programming, robotics and advanced equipment, human-machine interfaces and R & D. It has a strong connection to innovation centres and academia (INESCTEC, UC, ISQ, SME Robotics, etc.).

It combines research with robotics, and has special focus in metal structures manufacturing process automation - cutting and welding.

Sarkkis Robotics was represented by Engineer José Oliveira, cofounder of the company, commercial and part of the Business Development Department.

Stratio Automotive

Stratio Automotive is connected to the predictive maintenance area of heavy vehicles, innovating in the future of car maintenance. The company has developed a diagnostic interface that collects real-time data from all sensors in the vehicle. From here, artificial intelligence is used to identify failures before they occur, allowing the repair to be managed in advance.

The company provides data and vehicle knowledge to enable fleet owners to monitor the performance of their vehicles and maintenance costs at any time. This information also allows OEMs to have information about their components and to optimize them.

The company was represented by Engineer Susana Lourenço, Head of Innovation at Stratio, with responsibility for managing R & D & I projects.


XpectralTEK is a startup that develops solutions in spectral image for potential application in Cultural Heritage diagnosis, in any surface in ultraviolet light, visible and infrared, making the invisible visible; in Agriculture for crop control by nutrient monitoring and identification of any biological infestation and in the control and identification of any chemical contamination throughout the crop; in Industry, implemented in any quality process in order to achieve production standards of highly dynamic surfaces, such as LCD screens.

XpectralTEK was represented by Dr. Andrea Mota, Communication Project Manager in the company.

DECA – Comunication and Art Department, University of Aveiro

In addition to startups, DECA, from Aveiro University, also participated in the presentation of an innovative project for the automotive sector: E01.

Inspired by natural structures, the E01 is a microcar designed at the University of Aveiro (UA) to enter the electric vehicles market and enhance the microcar perception. E01’s exterior is inspired by the structure of crustaceans, consisting of parts that form a unique element, which is both the body and the chassis that surrounds and supports the entire interior of the vehicle.

The car was designed by Emanuel Oliveira, a design student from UA Department of Communication and Art (DeCA), (guided by the teachers Paulo Bago de Uva, DeCA, and João Oliveira, Department of Mechanical Engineering) who wants to bring fast the future to the roads of Portuguese cities.