Empreende XXI

Community Ecosystem

Empreende XXI is the program that will help you create, develop and finance your new business project. If you are looking to develop your project, this program can be a great fit for you. This is a program developed by Startup Portugal and IEFP - Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional.

  • Young people looking for their first job enrolled in the IEFP;
  • Unemployed enrolled in the IEFP;
  • Unemployed who meet the conditions to be recipients of the Support measure for the Return of Emigrants to Portugal and their respective family members;
  • Former trainees of the Arts and Crafts Training Axis.

  • To be enrolled in the IEFP (as unemployed);
  • Be over 18 years old;
  • Have the contributory situation regularized before the Tax and Customs Authority and Social Security;
  • Not being in default with respect to financial support granted by the IEFP;
  • Have the situation in terms of refunds under the European Structural and Investment Funds regularized;
  • Nationals of European Union countries , as long as they meet the requirements mentioned in the previous points and have a certificate of residence registration and a valid identification document (identity card or passport)
  • Non-national citizens can apply, as long as they have a title that allows them to reside or stay in Portugal and that enable them to register as job seekers.

  • Submit a total investment of up to €175,000;
  • Present economic and financial feasibility, measured through the preparation of an investment financing plan and financial maps;
  • Do not include, in the investment to be made, the purchase of share capital from an existing company;
  • Projects must maintain the company’s activity and ensure the creation of the respective full-time job of the recipients who are the subject of support, except in cases where a part-time job has been approved by the IEFP, for a period of not less than three years, counted from the date of signature of the acceptance term.

Roadshow Empreende XXI

During October, the Startup Portugal team did a roadshow to explain how the program works.

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If you have questions, you can find out more through empreendexxi@startupportugal.com.