Polytechnic Institute of Beja (IPBeja) Signs MOU with Empowered Startups

Polytechnic Institute of Beja (IPBeja) Signs MOU with Empowered Startups

Beja, Portugal – September 19, 2023 – Polytechnic Institute of Beja recently signed an MOU with Empowered Startups to expand Empowered’s HQA Visa™ Program to the institution. This will give IPBeja the opportunity to receive foreign direct investment towards research secured through the program.

Empowered Startups, a Canadian multinational based in Évora, has been operating its HQA Visa program in Portugal for a little over three years, but recently delivered to the Government a Commitment Letter agreeing to recruit 50 new entrepreneurs, business executives, and domain experts to invest in new projects within the next 12 months, and then to grow the program further each year thereafter. The Commitment Letter was presented to the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa in a session at the Alentejo Science and Technology Park, on February 8, 2023.

Empowered Startups has already established partnerships with the universities of the Algarve, Aveiro, Évora, Beira Interior and with the polytechnic institutes of Bragança, Guarda, Leiria, Santarém, Viana do Castelo and Portalegre. With the addition of Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Empowered Startups will further its commitment to expand the program to universities and polytechnics throughout the interior regions and bring foreign investment to the country.

“With this program, we bring direct foreign investment to universities and polytechnics in the form of research funding and commercialization expertise. Our program also brings broader economic stimuli, particularly to the interior regions, by creating and establishing new companies, commercializing new technology, and bringing international talent to local economies,” says Chris Lennon, President of Empowered Startups.

The HQA Visa Program aims to recruit highly qualified foreign professionals, with domain expertise, business leadership, and entrepreneurial experience, to start and finance research projects at Universities and Polytechnics and to spin out new startup companies to commercialize Portuguese innovation resulting from those projects.

Apply to the HQA Visa program today. 

 

Top Five Reasons to Pivot from H-1B Visa to the Start Up Visa in Canada

Top Five Reasons to Pivot from H-1B Visa to the Start Up Visa in Canada

In July, the Canadian government announced a new option for H-1B visa holders in the US to receive expedited work permits to live and work in Canada for at least three years. The new program opened to 10,000 applicants for the year, but within 24 hours, the new program had met its quota. This means thousands of people didn’t get an opportunity to even apply for the program.

Alternative to the H-1B Visa in the US

There are, however, other ways for H-1B visa holder in the United States to make their way to Canada, without worrying about the latest visa caps. By pivoting to the Start Up Visa program, and partnering with Empowered Startups, H-1B visa holders will have even better opportunities to live and work in Canada and bring their families with them. Here are the top five reasons H-1B visa holders should consider the Start Up Visa program:

    1. Immigration policies in the United States are changing the likelihood you’ll be approved for an H-1B visa. While popular for years, only 14.6% of all applicants for the Fiscal 2024 year will be approved according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) figures. More than 780,000 applications were submitted.
    2. The Start Up Visa for Canada hasn’t hit any caps so the likelihood of getting approval is much higher than in the United States.
    3. Bring your family with you to settle in Canada – with universal healthcare for permanent residents and citizens, a culture of diversity and inclusion, and excellent public education, it’s the perfect place to bring your business.
    4. Canada’s recently launched Tech Talent Strategy is providing additional resources to attract tech talent from around the world.
    5. Empowered Startups can help you through the whole process from applications through successful incubation of your business. With more than a decade of experience, Empowered Startups is ready to help you achieve your business goals!

With less and less certainty of getting approved for an H-1B visa in the United States, the Start Up Visa in Canada is a viable and exciting option for entrepreneurs around the world. Find out how Empowered Startups can help you apply today.

Emerging Technology Aims to Predict the Probability of Wildfires

Emerging Technology Aims to Predict the Probability of Wildfires

Seattle, Washington – July 31, 2023 – With Canada facing the worst fire season in 100 years, and the US not faring any better, solutions to combat our changing climate threats would be welcome reprieve. Thankfully, one of Empowered Startups’ entrepreneurs is working on a system to help with early detection and prevention through innovative technology.

Through Empowered Startups’ EB2 Startup Visa program, and in partnership with the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Washington (UW), founder Yomi Bakare mentored a team of six UW undergraduate students enrolled in the department’s capstone program during a five-month period in planning, strategizing, and building an early quadrotor prototype.

The R&D project aimed to build a quadrotor prototype that can be used by governments and agencies to predict, identify, and/or manage increasingly frequent and powerful climate disasters using Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies. Specifically, the quadrotor prototype would be designed to combat forest fires by gathering specific data points using build-in sensors and processing this data using software to decode the probability and risk severity of an event.

In this first round of R&D to reach a minimum viable product, the undergraduate team at the UW was able to create the framework of interconnected systems for quadrotor function, build out the avionics architecture connecting the sensors, battery power and remote control mechanism into a centralized system, and test several system components conducive to the quadrotor’s flight carrying a payload of equipment that would serve to send important data back to a ground control system and sustain battery power.

“The project is a timely initiative, as evidenced by the current global climate challenges the world is facing. Any attempt to provide potential mitigations to these climate challenges deserves to receive the attention and support of academia, civil organizations, businesses, and governments. We must take care of this planet for our collective well-being,” says Bakare.

The end goal of Mr. Bakare’s R&D is to have a commercially viable unmanned aerial vehicle prototype that will:

  • Be remotely controlled to fly beyond line of visual sight with suitable endurance to areas of potential wildfires;
  • Have built-in sensors and cameras that can detect, gather, and transmit environmental data in real-time into a remote cloud for processing;
  • Have accompanying software that will receive real-time data from the built-in sensors and cameras from the remote cloud and process that data using sophisticated predesigned algorithms to predict wildfires.

So, what’s next for Yomi Bakare and the quadrotor? He is continuing to work on the prototype with hopes of completion in the near future.

“We will continue to collaborate with value-adding partners to enable us to bring the project to market within the possible shortest time frame. Work continues to refine the aerial vehicle and develop the accompanying software,” Bakare shares. “We will also work to ‘harden the UAV airframe’ to be able to handle extreme temperatures and accelerate the development of the software for predicting the probability of wildfires.”

Learn more about the EB2 Startup Visa program today.

We are Hiring an Administrative Assistant

About the Position

 

About Us:

Empowered Startups is a Global Startup Incubator, Accelerator, and Foundry with a diverse and expansive portfolio of international relationships and businesses. We partner with public research facilities to mentor, accelerate and incubate innovative domestic and global business ideas. We work with both aspiring and driven entrepreneurial leaders and businesspeople capable of building outstanding startups that enhance the prosperity of their chosen ecosystem. Our award-winning proprietary digital incubation platform ESP (www.esplatform.com) is used by research facilities, public incubators, and education institutions globally.

Job Overview:

We are looking for a skilled and conscientious Administrative Assistant to join our operations team and assist with preparing and organizing key documents, tracking and compiling information, and managing related correspondence. This position involves managing and producing significant volumes of documents, so attention to detail is critical.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  •  Implementing administrative tasks and processes necessary for the operation of the organization

  • Data entry and compilation

  • Document production

  • Circulating and coordinating signatures and assisting in the compilation of documents and related information

  • Management of CRM system

  • Corporate records management

  • Legal assistant type duties

Qualifications:

  • Strong English speaking and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with excellent communication skills
  • A passion for detail and excellence
  • Familiarity with Salesforce and QuickBooks is an asset but not required
  • Fluency in Portuguese is beneficial but not require

How to Apply:

Submit CV to [email protected]. Cover letters (optional) can be addressed to the Hiring Manager.

Start Date:

Immediate or as soon as possible. The position will remain open until it is filled.

We appreciate everyone that applies, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. This day is dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also serves as a call to action for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

One area where women have been traditionally underrepresented is in the technology sector. However, there has been a significant shift in recent years, with more and more women entering the tech industry and making their mark as entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders.

Women founders are crucial in the tech industry because they bring unique perspectives, experiences, and skills to the table. Women founders are often focused on solving real-world problems that impact women and other marginalized communities. By bringing more women into the tech industry, we can create more inclusive and diverse products and services that better serve everyone.

The tech industry has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality, but progress is being made. Many initiatives and organizations are working to promote women’s participation in technology, such as Girls Who Code, Women Who Tech, and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

Women founders in the tech industry have also been making significant strides in recent years. According to a report by PitchBook, the number of startups founded solely by women has increased by 58% since 2009.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s important to remember that gender equality is not just a women’s issue, it’s a human issue. We all have a role to play in creating a more equitable and just world for everyone. By supporting women founders in the tech industry and promoting gender diversity in all sectors, we can help build a better future for all of us.

About Empowered Startups
Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions. Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs. Apply for our programs online at empoweredstartups.com

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Global Business Incubator, Empowered Startups, Featured in Forbes

Global Business Incubator, Empowered Startups, Featured in Forbes

January 31, 2023 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Global incubator & foundry, Empowered Startups, today announced that their incubation programs for international founders have been featured in Forbes.

Empowered’s EB2 NIW Startup Investor Program was specifically noted for being one of the key ways to get a green card to live in the United States permanently. Empowered is also known for their award winning delivery of the Canada Startup Visa Program, and as a delivery partner for Portugal’s HQA Visa Program.

Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator, the delivery partner for Portugal’s HQA Visa Program, and a trusted partner with University research institutions to carry out the United States EB2 – NIW Startup Investor Visa Program.

About Empowered Startups
Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions. Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs. Apply for our programs online at empoweredstartups.com