UA researcher is co-founder of the startup Veniam
European Commission elects Susana Sargento as one of the women entrepreneurs 2016
A investigadora Susana Sargento, uma das fundadoras da Veniam
Susana Sargento, lecturer in the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI) and researcher at the Institute of Telecommunications (IT) of the University of Aveiro (UA), is one of the nine finalists of the European Union Prize for Women Innovators 2016. Awarded by the European Commission with the purpose to recognize outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas into the market, the prize of 100 thousand euros will be awarded in March 2016 to one of the nine candidates who have been carefully selected. Susana Sargento, co-founder of the startup Veniam, which develops technology for vehicular networks, is the first Portuguese woman among the finalists.

This is the third edition of the European Union Prize for Women Innovators, a contest that has already been held in 2011 and 2014. The contest is open to all women who have founded or co-founded enterprises and who have benefitted from funding programmes of the European Commission. By awarding such examples, the European Commission also seeks to inspire other European women.

Susana Sargento, lecturer in the DETI and researcher at the IT, is responsible for the research group Networks Architectures and Protocols. Holder of a PhD in Electric Engineering by the UA since 2003, Susana Sargento has visited Rice University (USA) for seven months in 2000 and 2001, she was lecturer at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Porto, between 2002 and 2004, and was visiting professor at the Carnegie Mellon University (USA) in 2008/2009.

In March 2012, she co-founded a vehicular networking company, Veniam, a spin-off of the Universities of Aveiro, Porto and the Telecommunications Institute, which builds a seamless low cost vehicle-based internet infrastructure. Veniam has presently 36 employees, and has offices in Silicon Valley, Singapore and Portugal. Susana Sargento was VP of engineering and director of Corporate Research. The co-leadership of the first large-scale vehicular network at world level was the key to the success of Veniam, as it enabled to start a revolution for the future of communication networks built trough mobile elements, such as vehicles.

With more than 15 years experience in technical leadership in several national and international projects, Susana Sargento has been working closely with telecom operators and manufacturers. As regards research, she has been involved in several FP7 projects, such as Future Cities, national projects with research institutions and industry, and projects within programme CMU|Portugal (DRIVE-IN and S2MovingCity).