Académica Start UC - Network of Ambassadors for Entrepreneurship - is a project to raise awareness, educate and train students from the University of Coimbra for innovation and entrepreneurship, created by the Uniersity of Coimbra and Associação Académica de Coimbra, with beginning in 2016. It is supported by a network of 31 student ambassadors for entrepreneurship supervised by both founders.
These students will be responsible for promoting a policy of proximity to their peers, raising awareness, recruiting them and promoting local events for innovation and entrepreneurship, in close liaison with their respective students associations and with the support of both founders.
The Associação Académica de Coimbra, Coimbra's Students Association, founded on November 3, 1887, is the oldest association of students in Portugal, representing about 25,000 students of the University of Coimbra. The AAC hosts a number of Cultural and Sport Sections as well as Student Associations, which are divided into the various Faculties or Departments of the University, and help the Executive Board to act on behalf of all the students they represent, since they have a more direct contact with the various realities. For this project an ambassador is chosen by each Faculty/Department association of students.