We nurture innovative new
Portuguese businesses


We nurture innovative new Portuguese businesses



P R O G R A M   O V E R V I E W


( formerly Portugal Angel Visa )

The Portugal ‘Highly Qualified Activity’ residency visa business incubation program is designed specifically for accomplished transnational business professionals.

View the required documents for the Highly Qualified Activity Residency Visa (Art 61)

With freedom to travel as needed and priority visa processing, business executives can launch an innovative R&D driven venture in Portugal, within the care of Empowered Startups’ transnational business incubation program.

€175k ( View program brochure )

  • 3 years concierge incubation services
  • Your own EU company and bank account, with credit history
  • Clear path to eligibility for permanent residency or citizenship

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.



1. Meet with Program Intake Committee via videoconference
Discuss your success metrics for your innovative EU start up


2. Secure your Highly Qualified Activity residency visa
Provide oversight as Empowered Startups lays the groundwork for your venture


3. Enjoy your options 
Provide strategic direction to your venture’s development

The Portugal Highly Qualified Activity residency visa business incubation program represents a partnership between Empowered Startups, the transnational business incubator, and top tier research facilities in Portugal.

Program participants are selected based on level of expertise and demonstrated ability to provide strategic direction to an innovative R&D-driven venture. 



Lisboa (Coming Soon)

Our incubator in the capital is well-connected to the thriving Portuguese tech community.


Our incubator in is within a start-up hub, offering ready access professional networking and integration opportunities.


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.

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.


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

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.


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