About the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica-Lisbon

The Smart City Innovation Lab (SCIL), is a multi-disciplinary research group at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics (Portugal). SCIL’s mission is to empower businesses to create wellbeing in urban areas via digital technologies, novel business models and sustainable values. The research of the group focuses on business models, entrepreneurial strategy, and digital innovation. SCIL consults companies on strategic issues related to business modelling and digitization. SCIL collaborates with 50+ companies across Europe and has ongoing research projects with leading universities around the world (e.g. MIT, St.Gallen, Manchester). The lab is lead partner in two European H2020 projects and hosts the online platform www.smartbusinessmodeler.com. SCIL was founded by René Bohnsack, PhD, Professor for Strategy and Innovation at Católica-Lisbon.

Innovation Award 2018

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The Portuguese German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon are looking for the most innovative companies in Portugal. Innovation is key for development and therefore an important factor for prosperity. For the innovation award of the Portuguese German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, both the innovativeness of the firm as well as the innovation as such will be considered.

In this context, the Portuguese German Chamber of Industry and Commerce together with its partners Roland Berger, Informa DB, and Universidade Católica Portuguesa gave life to this initiative Best Performers of Portuguese-German Economic Relations, which aims to identify and reward the most important players in the following categories:

  • German investments in the country
  • Export successes
  • Innovation
  • Personality

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New Program // Smart Cities: A Major Revolution

We are proud to announce the first edition of the program “Smart Cities: A Major Revolution”. Learn the following and much more:

  • What are smart cities
  • How to build business models for smart cities
  • How to scale smart city projects
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Recent News

  • BET24 Startup Challenge 1.0

Venture Creation Workshop

The Smart City Innovation Lab was invited to guide and inspire 25 teams at the 7th edition of BET24 Startup Challenge 1.0.

What are investors looking for? Exactly – significant return potential at minimum risk. However, […]

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop

The Smart City Innovation Lab guided 60 international students on an Urban Innovation Workshop with the aim of agilely learning more about innovation and venture creation. Alina Margolina opened the session with a keynote on […]

  • Wavestone

Smart City Business Model Workshop

With the goal of agilely exploring Smart City Business Models, Wavestone invited 50 consultants for a Smart City Workshop. René Bohnsack opened the session with a keynote on the work that the Smart City Innovation […]

  • Smart City Business Models

Smart City Business Model Keynote

Last Friday, René Bohnsack was invited to deliver a keynote on Smart City Business Models at the Marketing & Sales Community day of Efacec. Efacec is a prestigious Portuguese company, present in over 65 countries, […]

Gold Award for Smart Business Modeler at Reimagine Education

We are honored to announce that our innovation and venture creation platform Smart Business Modeler won the Gold Award for the most innovative, impactful, and scalable ICT tool empowering outstanding teaching and learning!

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RewardYourWaste one of the winners in Big Smart Cities University Challenge

One of our master teams from the business model innovation course is a winner in the Big Smart Cities University Challenge. From the 10 finalists, 3 groups won the final prize and the three students with […]



The Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies (inteGRIDy) aims to integrate cutting-edge technologies, solutions and mechanisms in a scalable cross-functional platform connecting energy networks with diverse stakeholders, facilitating optimal and dynamic operation of the Distribution Grid (DG), fostering the stability and coordination of distributed energy resources and enabling collaborative storage schemes within an increasing share of renewables.

inteGRIDy tackles the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as the need for synergy to speed up the development process, and thus market introduction of novel digital services in the energy industry.

The Consortium, which the Smart City Innovation Lab is part of, comprises 30 partners. SCIL is responsible for the business modelling toolsets.



The Smart Business Modeler© allows for practice in business modeling. It is a business modeling tool that goes beyond existing tools. In such it guides the user to implement their business model in an online-tool that can be used as a webpage and shared right away with the world. The Smart Business Modeler© has been built on state-of-the art research about business modeling and allows the user to be innovative but also consider the foundations of sound business modeling.

The Smart Business Modeler was created due to the lack of methodological tools for smart city business modeling as well as of expert guidance through the business modeling process in the online domain and a lack of understanding of how business model innovation can help in the smart city transformation process.

The Smart Business Modeler is a project developed solely by the Smart City Innovation Lab.


The DTx Digital Transformation CoLab aims to address the new paradigms in products, services, and human machine interface and the consequent changes in industry and society, fostering collaborative research and technological development between multidisciplinary academic knowledge and a wide range of industrial competences. DTx projects will address digitalization in product design, systems development and manufacturing solutions, and will be selected according to the CoLab technological roadmaps and the partners challenges.

The DTx CoLab is a non-profit organization with 18 participating entities, including three universities and 13 companies. SCIL will mainly contribute with knowledge on Business Models applied to the prospective projects.


The research project “BMx”, Business Model xploration, is looking into the possibilities to a) predict the success of a business model based on its description and context, i.e. team members and industry, and opportunities to b) suggest patterns and similar firms based on business model configuration, both in related and unrelated industries. Understanding the link between the configuration of a business model and expected performance can add significant value to academia and practice.

In academia the business model – performance link is largely unexplored and in practice understanding configurational implications can save start-ups significant time, give insights into the industry and stimulate lateral thinking.

BMx is a joint project between the Smart City Innovation Lab and the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab.



The ergoscan analyses postures directly at the workplace, gives feedback and coaches a healthy sitting behaviour through the combination of sensors and data analytics. To improve the sitting behaviour of workers, the concept comprises a five-day posture analysis at the workplace, an individual posture report, and online coaching to build and apply the knowledge.

This innovative concept from the analysis to tailor-made exercises and tips for correcting unhealthy postures wants to ensure a lasting change in behaviour.

The ergoscan was developed by the German startup Fitbase because 80% of German workers suffer from back pain, usually caused by unilateral postures. The Smart City Innovation Lab is testing the technology over several months to provide feedback.

Selected Partners


René Bohnsack, PhD
René Bohnsack, PhDDirector SCIL
René Bohnsack is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Católica-Lisbon and International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies the diffusion of technologies as well as how business models can accelerate this process. Dr. Bohnsack has published his research in the best international innovation and management journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, California Management Review or Technovation. Next to the academic accomplishments, René co-founded several start-ups.
Cláudia Antunes Marante
Cláudia Antunes MaranteResearcher
Cláudia Antunes Marante is a Research Fellow at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon, she has a Master’s degree in Research on Business and Administration from Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville. She has some research experience, and has been a visiting scholar at University of Glasgow. Cláudia is currently enrolled in a PhD program focused on International Strategy. She also has non-academic work experience, being her last position as a Data Analyst at Cisco Systems Portugal.
Alina Margolina
Alina MargolinaProject Manager
Alina Margolina is a Project Manager at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She has a Master’s degree in Innovation and Product Management from the University of Applied Sciences-Upper Austria (Wels, Austria) and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). Her work in the Lab is dedicated to business model development for sustainability and the energy sector. In addition, she is interested in such fields as management of the fuzzy front end of innovation, customer co-creation and open innovation. Alina also has international experience in the fields of strategic foresight, product marketing management and marketing communications.
Tiago Antunes
Tiago AntunesSoftware Developer
Tiago Antunes is a Software Developer at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. Tiago has a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico – Lisbon, with a major specialisation in Software Engineering and minor specialisation in Enterprise Information Systems. He is skilled in web & mobile applications, and serious games development. He has been working mainly as a freelancer, collaborating with companies and organizations from different countries, in several areas of software engineering. In the Lab, Tiago is responsible for the analysis, design, and implementation of the applications that support SCIL projects on sustainability and the energy sector.
Stephanie Weller
Stephanie WellerResearcher
Stephanie Weller is a Research Fellow at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She holds a master’s degree in Global Change Management from the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde near Berlin. Her goal is to contribute to a social, ecological and economic transformation towards sustainability and her research interests are climate change, economic growth and sustainability, and business models for sustainability. At the moment she is working on a project on technological affordances that is looking at business models of companies to find out how sustainable technologies can be successful.
Mariana Morais Sarmento
Mariana Morais SarmentoResearch Fellow
Mariana Morais Sarmento is a Research Fellow at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She has an undergraduate degree in International Management from Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. Her role in the Lab is dedicated to content development for business model innovation and smart city innovation projects. Mariana is passionate about the sustainable economic development of developing economies and she is deeply interested in social innovation as well as impact ventures.
Christina Bidmon
Christina BidmonPostdoctoral Fellow
Christina M. Bidmon is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. Her research is positioned at the interface between corporate strategy, sustainability, and digital innovation. Before joining SCIL, Christina was a Ph.D. Student at Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences in Denmark. She studied International Business Administration and Management in Hamburg, Copenhagen, and Guadalajara. Christina has worked in management consulting and corporate strategy functions for companies in Germany, the US, and Chile.
Sana Khan, PhD
Sana Khan, PhDPost-doctoral Associate
Sana Khan (PhD) was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. She holds a PhD in Management from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is also a visiting researcher at ESDES, Lyon Catholic University and at the Center for Automotive and Mobility Innovation, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Her research majorly focuses on innovation diffusion, business model innovation, and consumer behavior. She is particularly interested in the understanding of consumer adoption of sustainable automotive technologies and sustainable travel behavior.


We want to share our knowledge with you and therefore make case studies, worksheets and reports available.

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We consult companies, start-ups and organizations, offer workshops as well as business model design with the Smart Business Modeler in the areas

  • Business Modeling,
  • Digital Transformation,
  • Smart Cities.

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We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Smart City Innovation Lab
Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics
Palma de Cima, Travessa de Cima dos Quartéis, 1649-023 Lisboa