Vouchers for Incubators and Accelerators

Ecossistema Investment Ecosystem

Vouchers for Incubators and Accelerators are a financial support measure, in the amounts of €30,000 to €150,000, which seek to create conditions for incubators and accelerators to invest in their human and technological development to better support their incubated startups.

The implementation of the measure “Vouchers ​​for Incubators and Accelerators”, includes a total allocation of 20 million euros. The first tender - now open - includes 10 million euros. The selection process is carried out quarterly. Read the notice here (English version).

Applications

To submit the incubator or accelerator application, follow these steps:

– Pre-register your entity at Balcão dos Fundos and submit information for all fields.
– Register on the Simplified Access Platform (PAS), where the incubator/accelerator information will be pre-filled.
– Start a new application on the Simplified Access Platform (PAS).

The application form will be available on February 13th, 2023.

  • Existing projects or projects to be created, aimed at developing incubation and/or acceleration services in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

  • In addition to the eligibility criteria for projects defined in the Regulation of the Incentive System «Companies 4.0», approved by nº 8 of Ordinance no. 135-A/2022 of April 1st, projects must be promoted by entities that develop or intend to develop incubation and/or acceleration services in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Eligible entities or Beneficiaries of this measure are organisational structures, of any legal nature, framed in the Regulation of the Incentive System «Companies 4.0», approved by Ordinance no. 135-A/2022, of April 1, with a physical presence and corresponding the designation of “Incubators, Accelerators or Support Structures for startups”.

Support for Beneficiaries should focus on investment projects such as support for Ignition or Acceleration Programs; support training; and support for HR Reinforcement. So:

  • Costs with technical personnel directly related to the implementation of the project;
  • Expenses with accreditation or technological certification of human resources;
  • Acquisition of specialised external services for the pursuit of the project’s objectives;
  • Acquisition or operational leasing of equipment, as well as licensing or software subscription costs, for the activities to be carried out within the scope of the project;
  • Costs with the protection/enhancement of intellectual property rights;
  • Indirect costs. Expenses assumed from the date of submission of the application are eligible, and the project cannot have started on the date of submission of the application.

  • Relevance of the project vis-à-vis the objectives of the measure;
  • Implementation capacity of the Beneficiaries;
  • Impact of the project on the Beneficiaries’ competitiveness.

  • The selection process is carried out quarterly by Startup Portugal, taking into account the date of submission of applications (quarterly cut-offs). The decision on project financing is taken by IAPMEI within 40 working days from the date of each quarterly cut-off. IAPMEI notifies the candidates of the final decision within a maximum period of 5 working days, counting from the date of the decision.

  • Projects have a maximum duration of eighteen months from the date of signature of the Term of Acceptance. The execution of the projects must start within a maximum period of three months after the communication of the decision to grant the support, having to be completed by 30 September 2025 at the latest.

Any questions?

Register for the webinars:

February 20th (the session will be held in Portuguese). Register free here.

Send your questions to vales.incubadoras.prr@startupportugal.com