Government Support for Empowered Startups’ Portugal HQA Program Featured in Angel Investor, Private Equity, & Venture Capital Publication Link-to-Leaders

Link-to-Leaders – Angel Investor, Private Equity, & Venture Capital Publication Features The Government of Portugal’s Support of Empowered…

Link-to-Leaders – Angel Investor, Private Equity, & Venture Capital Publication Features The Government of Portugal’s Support of Empowered Startups’ Portugal HQA Visa Program

Empowered Startups’ HQA Visa program has recently been featured in Link To Leaders, an online publication that links angel investors, private equity firms, and vc’s to startups and founders with potentially interesting projects. The article highlights how Empowered Startups is working closely with innovative municipalities like the city of Seia, and leading research institutions like the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda to ink long-term partnerships aimed at attracting highly qualified business executives, investors, and entrepreneurs to the area.

The author, Sónia Jerónimo is currently co-founder of GO IT Concept & Ambassador at Fábric@ Empreendedorismo in the Municipality of Seia. She was previously Entrepreneur & Board Advisor and passed through Winning as COO and Board Advisory. She is also an ICC certified international coach and mentor at Start-up Lisboa and Start-up Braga.

The article focuses on Empowered’s work and local municipal partnerships with Seia in helping to create a Portuguese Silicon Valley, the “Seia Valley.”

“In Portugal, Empowered Startups operates with the HQA Program – Highly Qualified Activity to attract highly qualified entrepreneurs and professionals, bringing business leaders, entrepreneurs, and subject matter specialists to invest and collaborate in research and development projects with Universities and Polytechnics.”

The author goes on to state, “This partnership is a strong contribution for the city of Seia to constitute a privileged place of choice, to live, work, undertake and to innovate.”

Our HQA team at Empowered is thrilled to be working alongside the Portuguese national government, local administrations, universities, investors, and local startup ecosystems like PACT in Portugal to bring innovative projects and ideas from international entrepreneurs to Portugal.

About Empowered Startups
Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, the United States 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