Entrepreneurship in Portugal

Portugal is a country rich in talent and diversity. The public investments made in the past decade in education, infrastructures and technology pave the way for those wanting to start or invest in a new business.

With one of the most vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystems in Europe, Portugal is a top destination to create, test, fail fast and try again. 

Take a look at this infography and get to know about what the Portuguese startup ecosystem has achieved during the last year.



Road 2 Web Summit

The biggest global event in the area of entrepreneurship and technology, Web Summit, arrived to Lisbon and will stay with us for the next 3 years, at least. The Road 2 Web Summit promotes and supports projects that stand out in Portugal for their innovative potential and ensures them facilitated access to the event and the chance to join the entrepreneurial environment. The competition took place in Lisbon’s Beato Creative Hub, on the 21st September 2016 and 66 Startups were chosen to showcase their projects at Web Summit with an Alpha Pass and 8 winners will meet Political Leaders at the technology event. Startup Braga and Beta-i will be running exclusive bootcamps for the selected startups. More info here.


Get to know 66 startups that represented Portugal at the Web Summit 2016


StartUP Voucher

This new initiative from the Portuguese Government is ready to push for good ideas, by enabling, during one year, the support and tools that can help you develop your idea into a project, that could become a startup.


Momentum Programme

Support aimed at recently graduated students and finalists from higher education institutions who received social support during the time they were studying and, at the end of their studies, wish to develop their business idea but whom do not have the financial conditions to focus entirely on the creation of their start-up.

The idea was tested in 2015 by Startup Lisboa, and Startup Momentum is now being implemented on a national scale by Startup Portugal in partnership with ANJE and with support from Movijovem.

Submissions are now closed.

The results were announced during the month of March 2017 and the winners were:

 Rui Martins (Feet IT) 

Incubated: Incubadora da Universidade de Aveiro

Ana Catarina Miranda (Meal Healthy App)

Incubated:  Healthcare City

Tiago Videira (Green 2 Feed)

Incubated:  Tec Labs

Victor Marçal (VRSSP)

Incubated:  Startup Braga

Bernardo Gonçalves (Pólis)

Incubated:  Vodafone Power Labs





Incubation Voucher aims to foster the integration of entrepreneurs and startups in the ecosystem, through hiring professional services provided by incubators to support the development of their businesses.

The voucher consists of a support of €5,000 for each approved application. Startups eligible to apply for this Voucher may use it in the business incubators certified by IAPMEI.

Portugal Ventures Calls

Are you looking for a knowledgeable partner to co-invest in Portuguese start-ups? 
Are you an Entrepreneur looking for the right combination of funding and know-how to help you grow in the global markets? 

Portugal Ventures is a Venture Capital Firm focused on innovative, scientific and technology-based companies, as well as on export-oriented companies from the more traditional Portuguese Tourism and Industrial sectors. 

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Please read the Manual of Design Standards of StartUP Portugal here (in Portuguese).

Please read the Manual of Design Standards of COMPETE 2020 here (in Portuguese).

To better understand the terms referred in the ecosystem, please read the glossary.