Portugal

We nurture innovative new
Portuguese businesses

Portugal

We nurture innovative new Portuguese businesses

Portuguēs/English

[ OVERVIEW ]

Through partnerships with key actors, including public bodies and top tier research facilities, Empowered Startups accelerates and incubates innovative international business ideas.

We work with driven entrepreneurial professionals to create outstanding startups with the potential to grow from concept to success in 3 to 5 countries within 5 years, launched from a strong base in Portugal.

The start up ecosystem in Portugal is a high-potential marketplace driven by keen collaborators. The climate is business-friendly, knowledge workers are readily available, and key actors are committed to success.

As a gateway to continental Europe, with strong ties to Asia, Africa and South America, it is a smart launch pad for businesses with the potential for international expansion.

Highly Qualified Activity (HQA) business incubation 

Designed specifically for accomplished transnational business professionals, the HQA program represents a partnership between Empowered Startups and top tier research facilities in Portugal.

Visit www.HQAvisa.pt


Empowered Startups Platform (ESP) 

Our proprietary entrepreneurship training and virtual incubation platform, ESP, is in use in partner incubators and research facilities in Portugal, France, and Canada.

Visit www.ESplatform.ca

 

[ LOCATIONS ]

Leiria 

Our incubator on the West coast, just an hour north of Lisbon, offers ready access to ground-breaking work in sea basin technologies, through the Politecnic of Leiria.

Bragança

Our northern Portugal location is within a research facility that houses dedicated teams of researchers to support innovative r&d in several areas, including mecatronics, agri-tech, and nano-manufacturing.

Faro 

Our incubator in the Algarve region, on the southern coast of Portugal, is well-connected to the thriving pan-Mediterranean innovation community through the University of the Algarve.

Using our proven and powerful methodology, network, market insight and business expertise, we guide entrepreneurs on a path to successfully start a business in Portugal.

Become the Best

We educate and empower founders to build market offers and business models that empower their ideas to become the best in the world. We guide them through the rigours of Lean StartUp and Horizon Methodology, and cycle through the validated learning process of build-measure-learn.

Connect with the Best

We select entrepreneurs from around the world with the best innovative and scalable concepts to startup in Portugal, with international reach. We are skilled at assisting entrepreneurs in de-risking their projects, increasing their speed to market, and enhancing the overall prosperity of the Portuguese ecosystem they are entering.

Sell Internationally

We build startups that define and aggressively pursue revenue goals on this equation: My startup will sell $X of Y product to customers A, B, C in N number of countries in M number of months.

[ PARTNERS ]

Our valued partnerships provide transnational entrepreneurs with opportunities to deepen the foundations and extend the reach of their ventures.

Our partnership with the Politecnic of Leiria offers entrepreneurs access to innovative research in sea basin technologies.

Our partnership with ANPME provides start ups with access to a strong professional network with a global reach.

Our partnership with BEP provides start ups with ready access to top tier researchers, according to their business needs.

Our partnership with the University of the Algarve provides entrepreneurs with access to pan-Mediterranean collaboration opportunities.

[ PORTUGAL NEWS ]

Newest HQA program location : West Coast of Portugal

A third HQA program location opened in Leiria, Portugal. HQA business incubation and R&D can now take place on the West Coast of Portugal, approximately an hour north of Lisbon. Empowered Startups is pleased to announce it has formed a partnership with the...

University of the Algarve to join HQA program

Empowered Startups and the Universidade do Algarve are pleased to announce that they will partner to deliver HQA programming, in collaboration with CRIA, the university's centre for innovation and entrepreneurship. The University of the Algarve is a leader in the...

[ ADVISORS ]

The following professionals generously offer their perspectives on our plans. We are grateful for the influence they continue to have on our projects.

 


Alex
Rodrigues

Entrepreneurship & Investments Officer, Brigantia-EcoPark

 

 


Paulo
Bandeira

Executive Director, STARTUP LAB – SRS Advogados