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.

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Recent News

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Discover the Smart City Workshop: Grundfos Reach for the Stars

The Smart City Innovation Lab hosted Grundfos’ 40 best sales people from all over the world for the “Discover the Smart City” workshop at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. As a global leader […]

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“Discover the Smart City” Workshop

With the goal of developing a viable smart city business idea that can be implemented within the next 18 months, Grundfos invited its 50 best sales people to fly in to Lisbon from all over […]

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Innovation Days at Tunis Business School: Workshop “Creating successful business models”

The Innovation Center at Tunis Business School hosted the Innovation Days during the 18th and 19th of April. Part of these days was the workshop “Creating successful business models” held by René Bohnsack, which followed […]

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Release of 3rd me2 newsletter

Me2 has just released its third newsletter. The issue provides an overview of findings of the Amsterdam Pilot (incl. a comparison to the Lisbon Pilot), further platform developments, market analysis as well as business modeling […]

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MIT Design X Accelerator Business Model Workshop

In his role as Visiting Fellow at MIT Sloan, René Bohnsack gave a Business Model Workshop as part of the MIT Design X Accelerator course, which teaches students to advance innovative ideas, services, products, and […]

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Research seminar at MIT Sloan

René Bohnsack gave a research seminar at MIT Sloan School of Management entitled “Business Model Innovation for Disruptive Technologies” based on the recently published paper ‘Value Propositions for Disruptive Technologies: Reconfiguration Tactics in the Case […]



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.


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.

Selected Partners


René Bohnsack
René BohnsackHead of SCIL
René Bohnsack (PhD) is Assistant Professor in Strategy and Innovation at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and the head and founder of SCIL. He holds a Master Degree in International Business from the University of St.Andrews (Scotland) and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam in International Strategy and Sustainable Innovations. He has held visiting positions in Manchester (MBS), St. Gallen (HSG) and Amsterdam (UvA). His research focuses on the diffusion of sustainable technologies in general with a focus on business models, consumer research and global industry-policy interactions in the electric mobility and smart grid industry. René’s research has been published in international top-journals and presented globally. He works on several national and European research projects related to Smart City Innovations.
Sana Khan
Sana KhanPost-doctoral Research Fellow
Sana Khan (PhD) is a post-doctoral research fellow at 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.
Alina Margolina
Alina MargolinaJunior Project Manager
Alina Margolina is a junior 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.
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.
Mariana Morais Sarmento
Mariana Morais SarmentoResearch Fellow
Mariana Morais Sarmento is a research fellow at the Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She is an undergraduate student in International Management at 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 sustainable economic development of developing economies and she is deeply interested in social innovation as well as impact ventures.
Felix Braun
Felix BraunResearch Fellow
Felix Braun is a graduate student at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and a research fellow at the Smart City Innovation Lab. He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Technical University of Vienna. His current research focuses on digital transformation and business model innovation.


Currently we have no open vacancies, but we are always happy to hear from interested professionals.

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


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