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Portugal Accelerators & Incubators

28 Successful Accelerators and Incubators in Portugal

Here's an extensive list with the 28 best accelerators and incubators in Portugal

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There’s no doubt that the startup scene in Portugal is unique.

Dozens of successful startups have been incubated or accelerated there over the years.

So whether you’re looking to start your own business, or just interested in learning about accelerators and incubators from Portugal, here’s an extensive list of 28 investing there.


28 Accelerators and Incubators in Portugal

1) Centro de Incubação de Évora

1) Centro de Incubação de Évora

Incubator for startups and a coworking space

Details of the startup:

  • City: Évora
  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Consulting, Information Services, Information Technology, Internet, Mobile Apps, Social Media
  • Number of investments: 41
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

2) MAZE

2) MAZE

We collaborate with impact ventures and investors at MAZE to grow effective solutions to social and environmental issues.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Antonio Miguel, Luís Fonseca
  • Industries: Financial Services, Impact Investing, Social Impact, Sustainability, Venture Capital
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

3) Startup Lisboa

3) Startup Lisboa

Mentorship-driven seed stage incubator for digital and software entrepreneurs, Startup Lisboa.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa
  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Social
  • Number of investments: 51
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

4) Build Up Labs

4) Build Up Labs

A Startup Studio and Incubator that assists startups in launching and growing more quickly.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Rui Gouveia
  • Industries: Apps, Innovation Management, Marketing, Social Media
  • Number of investments: 2

You can find their website here.

5) Startup Braga

5) Startup Braga

Startup Braga is an innovation centre dedicated to assisting high-potential international entrepreneurial enterprises.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Braga
  • Started in: 2014
  • Industries: Association
  • Number of investments: 41

You can find their website here.

6) Grow

6) Grow

José de Mello's Grow - The ideal environment for your startup's growth

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa
  • Started in: 2017
  • Industries: Chemical, Medical, Transportation

You can find their website here.

7) Lisbon Challenge

7) Lisbon Challenge

The Lisbon Challenge is a four-month acceleration program for eager startups in the early stages of development.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2013
  • Industries: Finance
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 10

You can find their website here.

8) Building Global Innovators

8) Building Global Innovators

Building Global Innovators is a technology-based accelerator for companies with a significant technological component (Health Tech, Enterprise IT, etc).

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Gonçalo Amorim
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Exchanges, Financial Services, Health Care, Information Technology, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 43

You can find their website here.

9) The Journey

9) The Journey

The Journey is a five-month program for startups in the travel and tourism industry.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon

You can find their website here.

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10) Techstars Lisbon

10) Techstars Lisbon

In collaboration with Semapa Next, Techstars Lisbon has launched a new program.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2006
  • Industries: Finance
  • Number of investments: 21
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 13

You can find their website here.

11) Startup Leiria

11) Startup Leiria

Startup Leiria creates acceleration programs for companies in the industry 4.0 and technology innovation space.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Leiria
  • Started in: 2018
  • Industries: Business Development, Management Consulting
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 14

You can find their website here.

12) Fábrica de Startups

12) Fábrica de Startups

Fábrica de Startups is a business accelerator in Portugal that attempts to help innovative businesses get off the ground.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

13) Beta-Start

13) Beta-Start

The Beta-start program is an accelerator for entrepreneurs who wish to establish and grow their businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Non Profit

You can find their website here.

14) UPTEC

14) UPTEC

UPTEC is a network and mentorship-driven organization that incubates and hosts high-potential companies and business innovation centers.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Porto
  • Started in: 2007
  • Industries: Finance

You can find their website here.

15) Protechting

15) Protechting

Fosun and Fidelidade have merged their history in order to safeguard the future.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 20

You can find their website here.

16) Startup LAB

16) Startup LAB

Startup LAB is a bootcamp that teaches legal, intellectual property, branding, and marketing skills.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services

You can find their website here.

17) Edpstarter

17) Edpstarter

EDP Starter is an incubation program for energy-related entrepreneurs that allows them to join EDP's innovation ecosystem.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Sacavém
  • Industries: Business Development, Finance, Financial Services, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 2
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 2

You can find their website here.

18) Blue Bio Value

18) Blue Bio Value

Blue Bio Value is a company that helps companies scale up marine biobased products for use in global markets across a variety of industries.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Paço De Arcos
  • Industries: Business Development, Finance, Financial Services

You can find their website here.

19) SURFnCODE

19) SURFnCODE

Studio for product development. Product strategy and acceleration in the early stages.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Porto
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Shadi Mahassel

You can find their website here.

20) Starter Business Acceleration

20) Starter Business Acceleration

The energy industry benefits from Starter Business Acceleration.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Clean Energy, Energy, Small and Medium Businesses
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 35

You can find their website here.

21) Startup Lighthouse

21) Startup Lighthouse

Lighthouse, a startup, is dedicated to fostering cross-border interactions both within and outside of Europe.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2018
  • Industries: Internet
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

22) SOUL FI

22) SOUL FI

SOUL FI is a software accelerator project that produces web-based solutions for European residents' smarter urban lives.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

23) Discoveries

23) Discoveries

A four-week rigorous acceleration program in Lisbon that will turn new ideas into profitable enterprises.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa

You can find their website here.

24) From Start-to-Table

24) From Start-to-Table

From Start-to-Table is a business accelerator program for the restaurant industry in Lisbon.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2018
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 9

You can find their website here.

25) Incubadora Criativa do Alto Minho

25) Incubadora Criativa do Alto Minho

Become a part of the #smarttraveller revolution.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Viana Do Castelo
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Paulo Caldeira
  • Industries: Creative Agency, Incubators, Innovation Management, Public Relations

You can find their website here.

26) Creative Startups LABS: Azores

26) Creative Startups LABS: Azores

The Creative Startups LABS: Azores program is meant to help entrepreneurs swiftly get from concept to prototype to market.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Angra Do Heroísmo
  • Industries: Business Development, Financial Services, Management Consulting
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 10

You can find their website here.

27) Digital Fast-Track Tourism

27) Digital Fast-Track Tourism

Fast-Track in Digital Tourism provides companies and tourist locations with digital strategy.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Porto
  • Industries: Business Development, Consulting, Tourism

You can find their website here.

28) Born from Knowledge

28) Born from Knowledge

BFK is a program that aims to improve and promote scientific and technology knowledge culture.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Government, Life Science, Project Management
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 26

You can find their website here.

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