Association BLC3 - Technology and Innovation Campus (of Portugal) is a non-profit association founded in May 2010, beginning its activities in September 2011, with a new model of research activities development and excellence in technological enrichment, companies and business ideas incubation and support to the economic fabric of rural inner regions. Its members are mainly from the technical-scientific area. This is the first and only Portuguese entity devoted to the development of Biorefineries (2nd and 3rd generation), Bioeconomy and "Smart Regions", focusing on the Circular Economy concept.

In 2016, BLC3 project "Centro Bio" won the RegioStars award, presented by the European Commission in the category of "Sustainable Growth: Circular Economy", having been chosen amongst 23 finalists from all over Europe. This project from Portugal’s central region represents a public-private investment of 9.2 million euros, boosted the creation of 24 Research and Development subprojects, 4 spin-offs and 6 new companies. The RegioStars Awards is launched annually aiming at recognizing good practices in regional development and highlighting the most original and innovative projects supported by EU cohesion policy funds and that have a positive impact on citizen\'s lives.

In 2015, BLC3 was awarded by the University Business Incubator (UBI) and by I3P - Innovative Enterprise Incubator of the Politecnico of Torino, for present in the Top 10 and Top 25 of the Europe and World Best Incubators rankings, respectively.

In 2015, it was distinguished as one of the 30 most important brands in the "Beira Serra" region by the radio "Boa Nova".

In 2014, it was ranked 2nd in the European Enterprises Promotion Awards (EEPA) in "Supporting the development of ecological markets and resource efficiency".

In 2013 BLC3 received the Excellence Award: Technology and Innovation, awarded by the bank "Caixa de Crédito Agrícola".

The Association field of action is multidimensional and varies according to the projects type and scope. In strategic areas such as Biorefineries, Bioindustries, Bioproducts, Bioeconomy and Circular Economy, BLC3 develops its industrial biotechnology activities at a national and international scale. BLC3 also develops local and regional activities for politics implementation regarding the establishment of critical mass, valorisation of endogenous resources and the territory genetic patrimony.

The BLC3 brand and identity are associated with its flag and anchor project, the biorefinery project, being that BLC3 derives from Lignocellulosic Biomass and number 3 from 3G - Microalgae; aiming the development of bioindustries, biorefineries and bioproducts to replace petroleum derivatives, for resolution and minimization of forest fires and the valorisation of lignocellulosic resources, contaminated effluents and materials.

BLC3 has a structure and network of international excellence constituted by 55 entities from 9 European countries and more than 115 researchers and scientists of excellence, focusing on the knowledge transfer to the market and industrialisation.

To be the leader, in R&D+i, regarding the development of solutions for biorefineries and bioindustries; as well as, in valorisation politics of natural resources and mass flows resulting from economy activity for the generation of high added value bioproducts, based on the Circular Economy concept.

To stimulate Bioeconomy and "Smart Regions" concepts for critical mass and young people setting in inner regions and to solve environmental/educational problems, and the lack of technological implementation in the agroforesty and agro-food sectors, turning them into opportunities.

To establish a link among the stakeholders and decision-making agents, companies, technology centres and academia.

Promote a new, innovative, scientific, creative, quality-driven and entrepreneurship-guided vision - thus encouraging the creation of new business ideas and a new generation of entrepreneurs.

  • College of Management and Technology of Oliveira do Hospital
  • Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry of Spanish National Research Council
  • National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, I.P.
  • Council of Oliveira do Hospital
  • University of Coimbra
  • University of Minho
  • Develop and apply technical-scientific knowledge to problems and opportunities related to territory exploitation;
  • Establish young critical mass;
  • Leverage the economy activity through its own resources;
  • Improve the population quality of life; and
  • Promote the sustainable use of the territory in a SMART and efficient way, focusing on the Circular Economy concept to increase the economy activity efficiency.