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A sandbox for Future Retail

About Disrupt Retail

At Sonae MC we breathe innovation and aim to build the future of retail.

We’ve been cooperating with different partners (Companies, Startups, Research and Development Centers…) to improve the shopping experience wherever our customers are and to push forward the way how we operate across the value chain. Acknowledging that our network is limited and innovation can come from anywhere, we are bringing back disrupt Retail.

Do you have a technology-based solution that can make a dent in the retail industry?

Is your product disrupting a different industry and you believe it would do the same in Retail?


Discover our main areas of interest.


Create memorable experiences with great impact. Promote multi-channel customer interaction and engagement.


Optimize operations to directly impact business performance and ultimately generate value for the end customer.


Retail is reshaping health and wellness services and providing accessible care. IT can be a disruptor of this rising industry.


Our customers and partners are the best innovation sources. Helps us to connect with them and promote our co-creative spirit.


Buying online is part of our routines and it requires transactions of money, data and goods. Help us improve our internal processes and the overall experience for our online customers.


Empower workforce for efficiency. Enable technology to improve payments, avoid out-of-stock or improve warehouse management. You choose!


Enhance the grocery shopping experience through increased convenience and personalization. Enable customers to own the shopping journey.


Optimize operations and foster circular economy models across the supply chain with social and environmental positive impacts.


You have the perfect retail solution, but it doesn’t fit in the previous domains? No problem, we also want to hear you.

What's in it for you?


Access to Retail and Technology experts.

Product validation

Receive pragmatic insights from Sonae stakeholders and customers.

In-store testing

Live ecosystem with 3M+ customers and 1000+ stores.


Leave the lab and try-out your solution in the real world.

Network of Partners

Access to a network of companies in retail, financial services, technology, shopping centres and telecommunications.

Exposure to Investors

Sonae IM & Bright Pixel will follow the process.


Coming soon.
To be announced.
As soon as possible after selection.

Any doubts? Please reach out to


Applications will open soon.

Applications will be handled by our IT Labs team in collaboration with the advisory board according to the timeline set.

If there’s something you would like to clear before applying, feel free to get in touch to

Selected startups

In the past years, we’ve developed Proofs-of-concept with several startups through this program. Discover some of them:

Brands & Ninjas

Case Studies

Crowdsourced in-store data collection

Developed together with Brands & Ninjas.

Disrupt Retail - Case Study 1 - B&N
Hyper-Personalization keeping user's privacy

Developed together with Anagog.

Disrupt Retail - Case Study 2 - Anagog thumbnail
Environmentally responsible purchasing behavior

Developed together with goodbag.

Disrupt Retail Case Study 3 - goodbag

Advisory Board

Ana Cristina Fonseca
Head of HR & Shared Services

Frederico Santos

Frederico Santos
Head of Digital and Innovation

Gabriela Castro
Head of Strategic Business Development

Mário Estima
Head of Business Development for Non-Food

Miguel Ramos
Head of Operations Development

Paula Jordão
Head of Commercial Department

Pedro Lago
Director for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Pedro Santos
Head of Ecommerce

Rui Braz
Head of Logistics Development

Margarida Oliveira

Margarida Oliveira
Head of Business Development Health & Wellness

Tiago Simões
Marketing Director

About Sonae MC

Sonae MC is a company of the Sonae group and is a leader in the food retail sector in Portugal

With a history of more than 30 years of continuous growth, Sonae MC has a distinctive position in several business areas, providing a broad range of high quality products and services at competitive prices.

+ 3.9M

of client families

+ 1,200

stores in Portugal and Spain

+ 34,000


Through a portfolio of a multi-format business, we offer our customers a wide range of high quality products and services at competitive prices.
Food retail business

We are leaders in the food retail sector in Portugal, through Continente (urban hypermarkets), Continente Modelo (large supermarkets), Continente Bom Dia (proximity supermarkets), Continente Online (e-commerce platform) and Meu Super (proximity stores franchise).

New growth businesses

We are present in the various spheres of our clients lives through complementary growing businesses such as Well’s and Arenal (parapharmacies, opticians and perfumeries), Dr. Well’s (dental and aesthetic clinics), Go Natural (organic supermarkets and restaurants), Bagga (coffee shops), Note! (stationary, books and gifts), ZU (pet care and veterinary services), Maxmat (DIY retail), Washy (self-service laundries) and Home Story (home furnishing and accessories).

About BIT

BIT is the Information Systems area of Sonae MC. A group of people who live for the business and technology breakthroughs, creating fast, cohesive management and decision tools.
Technology is a source of competitive advantage and in retail the impact is particularly significant with business models and hierarchies being disrupted. At Sonae we are aware of the power of technology and drive hundreds of IT enabled initiatives that empower our customers and recurrently position us in several business and innovation benchmarks.

We believe that simplifying structures, processes and the way we work (with each other, with our business colleagues and with our partners) not only can free us all precious time and energy but also enhance our focus, purpose, agility and effectiveness towards our businesses.


Communication Partners

Microsoft for Startups
EIT Digital
Startup Braga
Israel Export Institute
UPorto Inovação
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