Empowered Startups connected with local politicians and media on Thursday, September 28th to highlight the work being done in the Portuguese interior regions with the HQA Visa program.

Notícias ao Minuto covered the event, where the president of Seia City Council, Luciano Ribeiro, celebrated the partnership with Empowered Startups.

“[The partnership] will help create critical mass in the region. [Companies] can be created that are located in the region and an innovation ecosystem can be created to attract people from all over the world,” said Luciano Ribeiro.

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, earlier this year, on February 8th, 2023.

“We have enormous potential in the Serra da Estrela territories,” said Chris Lennon, President of Empowered Startups, during the presentation at Seia City Hall. “We want to be partners in attracting investment and qualified people who can create companies with global potential. These territories have a lot to gain from the work we do.”

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