Startup Lisboa supports the creation of companies and their first years of activity. Founded in 2012 it's a private non-profit association that provides entrepreneurs with office space as well as a support structure - mentoring, strategic partnerships and perks, access to investment, networking activities and a community based on knowledge and sharing.

Startup Lisboa is a business incubator that began its activity in February 2012, with the opening of its first building on Rua da Prata 80, in Lisbon's historic downtown. Founded in 2011 by the Municipality of Lisbon, bank Montepio and IAPMEI (Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation), was born of the will of the citizens, having been one of the most voted ideas in 2009/2010 Participatory Budget of the City Council.
It is a private non-profit association whose mission is to support the creation of companies and entrepreneurs in their first years of activity, promote job creation, and aid the urban, social, and economic vitality of Lisbon.

How we help the startups We are facilitators. We are daily committed to connecting the founders with people and entities that matter to their business, facilitating access to investment, mentors, strategic partners and potential customers. There are two models of incubation: physical and virtual; In both models, our support structure includes mentoring, linking to strategic partnerships, access to investment/funding, and a valuable and extensive list of perks and benefits - including learning activities and office hours with domain experts -, and a community based on knowledge and sharing. Our community is our greatest asset. We encourage the founders to look for what is best around the world to boost their growth. Some members have teams abroad developing new markets, and some participated in recognized accelerators like 500 Startups, TechStars and YCombinator, and we're proud of it.

How we help the ecosystem Startup Lisboa is the organizer of Launch in Lisbon - an exploration programme to help foreign entrepreneurs and investors to set up their businesses in Lisbon -, and the manager of Hub Criativo do Beato, the new innovation hub.

For entrepreneurs arriving in Lisbon to participate in an accelerator or become members of any incubator in the city, we offer the possibility to stay at Casa Startup Lisboa, our residence for entrepreneurs. Startup Lisboa is also running two acceleration programmes: WPP Booster, for startups that aim to innovate the communication and media industry, in partnership with the WPP group; and From Start-To-Table, a program supported by Turismo de Portugal, to reshape the ecosystem of restaurants.


Our Culture
Teams, entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, and friends, the true success of Startup Lisboa lies in the people with whom we have been privileged to work! We were born from the will of people, we grow with the contribution of people, and we work to support people.

European Enterprise Promotion Award 2013 by European Commission
People’s Choice Award for Best Accelerator or Incubators in Europe by London Web Summit
Partner of the year 2013 by Portugal Ventures

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