The Experts in Transnational Entrepreneurship

Capilano Bridge, North Vancouver

Innovation and
Global Mobility Experts

For more than a decade, Empowered Startups has brought great people to great countries to start their new businesses. Empowered Startups trains, mentors, and supports entrepreneurs to successfully launch new, innovative businesses in diverse markets and bring immediate value to local economies. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Empowered Startups currently has offices in Canada, the USA and Portugal.

  • Government of Alberta
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Portugal
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Coda
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Universida De Evora
  • Asana
  • Hubspot for Startups
  • ipleiria
HQA Portugal Visa Program - Beach Life

Innovative Startup
Incubator and Foundry

Empowered Startups is officially designated by the Canadian Government and exclusively endorsed by the Government of Portugal as a trusted partner in business immigration. Through strategic partnerships with universities, polytechnics, and businesses around the world, we provide access to global innovation and commercialization opportunities alongside pathways to residency and citizenship in desirable countries and cities.

Global Locations and Unique Programming

We have recognized programs, teams and offices across five different global jurisdictions, each with unique opportunities to start and grow innovative businesses. Each location offers the opportunity for founders and their families to earn permanent residency and citizenship.

As believers that startups are for everyone, we also offer unique programming for indigenous peoples, universities and high schools.

US EB2 Investor Visa Program

Don’t Wait, Start Today

We have a dynamic team of experts waiting to learn more about your organization, business, innovation, and immigration goals. Our programs are open to immediate enrollment for qualified people and organizations.

Balance Competing Demands

As businesspeople, innovators, domain experts, and entrepreneurs, we understand you have competing demands that require you to be in many different locations, so all of our programs are built to cater to this reality. Our online platform and guidance allow you to manage your new endeavour from anywhere on the planet while maintaining your other obligations.

The HQA Portugal signing ceremony with the Government of Portugal

Awards, Recognition, and Success

Our award-winning training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading university labs, startup incubators, innovation hubs, and online-learning organizations. Using our tools and methodology, we have mentored, accelerated, and incubated a notable portfolio of international and domestic business ideas across the globe.