3 Blockchain & Web3 Startups In Portugal to Watch in 2022

3 Blockchain & Web3 Startups In Portugal to Watch in 2022

3 Blockchain &Web3 Startups In Portugal to Watch in 2022

In an interview with Forbes, Diogo Monica, President and Cofounder of Anchorage indicated that: “In Portugal, everyone’s excited about deep tech. Portugal has some of the world’s best distributed systems research groups, and so anything that has to do with blockchain is pretty exciting there.” As a company who mentors and incubates several international startups in Portugal, we agree! Here are 3 Web3 & Blockchain startups to pay attention to in 2022.


Zharta is a real-time NFT loan platform for borrowers and lenders. Zharta allows you to get instant loans with your NFTs without losing ownership over them.

Void Software

Void Software specializes in system design and architecture, cloud computing, media asset management, integrations, building of APIs and UI/UX design. Their portfolio includes projects in several mediums including: artificial intelligence, distributed processing, augmented reality, virtual reality, blockchain, cybersecurity, digital forensics and digital data preservation to name but a few.

Talent Protocol

Talent Protocol enables users to use tokens to essentially bootstrap their careers and win over backers. ‘Talent Tokens’ can be purchased on the Web3 platform – it’s kind of like investing in shares in someone’s career, where both the undiscovered talent and their supporters get paid dividends over time.

About Empowered Startups
Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, the United States, 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. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs. 

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Based in Vancouver (Canada), we mentor, accelerate and incubate innovative domestic and global business ideas. We work with both aspiring and driven entrepreneurial leaders capable of building outstanding startups that enhance the prosperity of the chosen ecosystem.


At the heart of it all, we deliver proven and powerful training, tools, mentorship and networking that leverages a state-of-the-art digital learning and workspace, paired with ongoing in-person and collaborative opportunity and workspace.


Job Overview

We are looking for an experienced entrepreneur or intrapreneur, and/or individual with proven business experience to join our Startup Leader team and actively mentor, coach, monitor and connect a dynamic and diverse group of transnational entrepreneurs in our Startup Visa Incubator.


As a Startup Leader your focus will be on assisting founders navigate their startup journey in Canada using a Lean Startup approach, while leveraging both a digital and in-person workspace. This means road-mapping and mentoring ventures ranging from ideation stage through till early scaling. Specific jobs to be done include supporting founders through validation experiments, prototyping, asset development, initial offer building, and aligning and connecting founders to key partners within Empowered Startups extensive network.  Supporting the continued growth and opportunity to be found within our network, will also be critical.


On a daily basis you will also be responsible for assisting in tracking Empowered Startups’ Vancouver based incubator’s portfolio of active ventures, and maintaining up-to-date reporting on all venture activity to be shared regularly with the leadership team and other requesting bodies.


Your goal is to ensure high quality and timely coaching, mentorship and networking is being delivered to all ventures in the incubator providing all founders with the best chance at success with their startup in Canada.


The ideal candidate will be a project oriented, self-leader who can pro-actively problem solve and identify jobs-to-be-done.  You should enjoy working in a multi-cultural landscape, love to coach and connect people, and be driven to seek out success for both yourself and others.

Please email your resume to [email protected]



Responsibilities and Duties

  • Organize and execute welcome and strategic planning sessions for incoming founders
  • Effectively coach and mentor all assigned ventures through a Lean startup framework during a two year incubation period
  • Build and maintain a regular and timely mentorship schedule using both our digital and in-person workspace
  • Maintain up-to-date reporting on all ventures progress
  • Support and finalize academic research deals
  • Help founders effectively utilize Empowered’s network of business, research and prototyping affiliates
  • Actively contribute to the growth of Empowered’s network
  • Provide recommendations and support to founders in building business updates as requested by concerned bodies
  • Discover and implement ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of job-to-be-done within the incubator
  • Support ongoing development of expanded and cutting-edge curriculum and events
  • Keep senior leadership informed with detailed and accurate reporting



  • A post-secondary degree
  • Proven track record in business leadership, intrapreneurship, and/or entrepreneurship
  • Experience Coaching, mentoring and/or facilitating
  • Experience and/or deep passion working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Desire to learn, and love for system implementation and project management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Thrive in a dynamic environment with a high level of responsibility
  • Self-leader and problem solver
  • Able to work full time in our office space in downtown Vancouver, Canada

 To Apply

 Please email your resume to [email protected]

Empowered’s Learning Platform Receives Prestigious Awards

Empowered’s Learning Platform Receives Prestigious Awards

Our Entrepreneurship learning and workplace platform was just awarded two Silver 2020 LearnX Awards! The first award was for the “Best Shift In Online,” and the second was for “Best Learning and Capability.” A huge congratulations to the entire Empowered Startups Team and our partner Leara.ca, who worked diligently over the past two years to imagine, build and deploy this state-of-the-art online learning opportunity.  

“Our innovative and dynamic learning platform allows us to bring Startup to everyone – including transnational entrepreneurs, secondary students, indigenous communities and many more.  It is especially relevant during these ever-changing times when on-site learning is not always an option, and when entrepreneurship and change-making is front and centre to societal goals, “ says Naheed Henderson – CEO at Empowered Startups Global Startup Accelerator. 

The LearnX Live! Awards are an international awards program that recognizes multiple fields within learning, development and talent management across the corporate, education and public-service sectors worldwide. Each year the Awards uncover incredible projects and solutions that deliver best practice and business value. It is a complete honour to be listed among previous winners to the likes of Pepsi, Volkswagen, Shell, McDonalds and Toyota. 

Innovative Technology to Monitor Concrete Health Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

Innovative Technology to Monitor Concrete Health Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

VANCOUVER, Jul.15, 2020 – Canada Concrete MRI Inc. (Concrete MRI), a startup in incubation at Empowered Startups Ltd, is honoured to announce that its collaborative research project with Simon Fraser University (SFU) – School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering – is being partially supported through a $160,000 two-year grant from the Mitacs Accelerate Program. This grant enables Concrete MRI to conduct further research supporting the development of an intelligent device to monitor concrete quality.

About Concrete MRI

Concrete MRI is committed to offering the best solution in monitoring concrete quality in buildings and infrastructure by developing a revolutionary device based on an Intelligent Piezoelectric Transduction system that allows real time monitoring. It provides a time and cost advantage for structural engineers, real estate developers, and civil and infrastructure maintenance services. A key feature of the innovative new Piezoelectric system is that it does not require any direct access to concrete sites.

“Many civil infrastructure projects and buildings globally would benefit from having a state-of-the-art device that can identify anomalies in concrete on a real-time basis. This will significantly reduce costs and workforce requirements to monitor concrete quality. We have been searching for a suitable partner to help design and improve this idea. Fortunately, we have found this valuable partner at Simon Fraser University – School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering. I believe that through collaboration with SFU’s School of Mechatronics System Engineering and Mitacs, we will be able to reach our fullest potential to develop an innovative solution to the global concrete monitoring problem.” – Hoang Nhan Nguyen, CEO/Founder Concrete MRI.

“This project is a great example of utilizing modern technology to develop smart civil structures that outperform existing ones in terms of safety and performance. Current civil structures are mainly passive, requiring regular manual inspections that can miss certain catastrophic structural failures. Concrete MRI utilizes advanced signal processing and intelligent algorithms (machine intelligence), along with reliable sensor and actuator technologies, to develop innovative civil structures that are empowered with real-time self-monitoring and fault diagnostics features.” – Dr. Mehrdad Moallem, Professor, SFU – School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

The research will create an intelligent monitoring device that is expected to have a significant role in improving the safety of future building structures and infrastructure systems.

Concrete has the highest consumption rate among all manufactured materials, which is even higher than any other artificial content. Concrete is the material of choice for many critical civil structures and infrastructure, such as dams, bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, public buildings and concrete-based transport infrastructure, due to its affordability, flexibility and energy efficiency. Many desirable properties of concrete, such as the ability to cast into virtually any shape or form, allow design liberty and almost infinite variety of applications, low production cost, relatively high compression strength. It is a crucial material widely used in the civil/ infrastructure field; therefore, control of its quality is highly critical.

However, it is not a simple job to check the concrete quality at the joint areas between beams, columns, slabs, and foundation areas backfilled by soil. Furthermore, in various situations, one would like to check the concrete quality in foundation areas after disasters happen, for example, after earthquakes or fires. Monitoring concrete quality in real-time is a significant concern.

The project goal is to develop a smart concrete testing mechanism, based on piezoelectric transduction devices embedded in critical points in a concrete structure at the time of construction. Another attractive feature of the innovation will be its capability to transfer all data to an end-user in real-time through Wi-Fi, 3G/4G signals. Therefore, the user is able to check concrete quality in real-time, anytime, and anywhere, without the requirement of direct access to the construction site area.

About Concrete MRI

Concrete MRI, founded in 2019, is a pioneer for technical innovation in concrete quality monitoring for civil, industrial and infrastructure systems. We create and develop smart, cost-effective, and human power-saving solutions to monitor concrete quality. We imagine and build technology to enable users to monitor concrete quality in real-time anytime, anywhere, without the requirement of direct access to the construction site area.

Contact information

CEO/Founder: Hoang Nhan Nguyen (Jerome)

Email:  [email protected], [email protected]

Address:  Suite 420-744 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada


HQA Visa Business Incubation Program : DID YOU KNOW?

O reagrupamento familiar inclui as 3 gerações 

O visto HQA fornece um caminho claro para a cidadania da UE para toda a família.

Os pais, cônjuge e filhos do candidato principal podem se qualificar para o reagrupamento familiar. Pais com mais de 65 anos e crianças com menos de 18 anos se qualificam automaticamente.

Se os pais do requerente principal tiverem menos de 65 anos ou seus filhos adultos desejarem se inscrever, eles devem provar dependência financeira. Os irmãos do candidato principal também podem se qualificar, se puderem provar dependência financeira.

Portugal é um país de orientação familiar, que aprecia o valor de manter os entes queridos unidos. Vale sempre a pena ter em mente um caminho claro para a cidadania para toda a família.


Family reunification includes all 3 generations

The HQA visa provides a clear path to EU citizenship for the whole family.

The main applicant’s parents, spouse, and children can all qualify for family reunification. Parents over 65 and children under 18 automatically qualify.

If the main applicant’s parents are under 65 , or their adult children wish to apply, they must prove financial dependence. The main applicant’s siblings can also qualify, if they can prove financial dependce.

Portugal is a family-oriented country, that appreciates the value of keeping loved ones together. A clear path to citizenship for the whole family is always worth keeping in mind.

YES Platform Provides Competitive Edge for Students and Schools

YES Platform Provides Competitive Edge for Students and Schools

VANCOUVER, Sept. 25, 2019—Empowered Startups is now offering its cutting-edge Young Empowered Startuppers (YES) online learning and activity platform globally to youth aged 13 to 20.

Using a fully integrated online learning and project platform, YES takes students and teachers seamlessly through their entrepreneurial journey from problem solving ideas to viable, pitch-ready ventures. The program meets Canadian Entrepreneurship 12 curriculum requirements and can be delivered flexibly depending on the needs of the students and school.

“The entrepreneurial journey enables youth to build not only a skill set that allows them to remain relevant in future careers, but also a personal profile that resonates with universities. YES participants learn to use lean startup methodology, and take on critical mind shifts that serve as valuable lifelong learning skills,” said Naheed Henderson, CEO of Empowered Startups’ Global Startup Accelerator.

Paul Legge, instructor and Career-Life Coordinator at Vancouver College, said “This program provides our students with an opportunity to learn about business in the ever-changing business world, as we move toward a society with more and more independent business owners who will command a stronger presence in the global economy.”

Legge said Vancouver College was motivated to purchase YES because of “the opportunity it will provide our students, not only for cutting edge business design practices, but also the potential to develop mentor relationships and collaborate with other young entrepreneurs around the world.”
Sixteen-year old early program adopter Jaden Legate said he is already planning to start a business with another program participant. “I think we will both be able to use the information we’ve learned to minimize our risk of failure early on and begin to build a successful company that we can scale in the future.”

YES is a 100% digital learning solution available for individuals and schools globally. Learn more at yes.empoweredstartups.com.