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Top 25 Accelerators and Incubators in Portugal in 2024

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If you are looking to start your business in Portugal, it is never a bad idea to join an accelerator or incubator.

These organizations are designed to help startup businesses by providing them with office space, advice and access to potential partners, investors, and customers.

In this article, we have collected the 25 most popular accelerators and incubators from Portugal.


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1) Startup Lisboa

Startup Lisboa

Startup Lisboa is an incubator that gives entrepreneurs a place to work, guidance, strategic partnerships, perks, access to funding, and more.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa
  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Sportech, Technology, Impact, Tourism, Mobility
  • Number of investments: 51
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

2) Centro de Incubação de Évora

Centro de Incubação de Évora

The goal of the Centro de Incubaco de Évora is to speed up the growth of business initiatives in the region.

Details of the startup:

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

You can find their website here.

3) Startup Braga

Startup Braga

Startup Braga is a leading innovation hub that works with Microsoft to help high-potential entrepreneurial projects for international markets get off the ground and grow.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Braga
  • Started in: 2014
  • Industries: Biotech, Digital Economy, Nanotech, Sustainability, HealthTech
  • Number of investments: 41

You can find their website here.

4) Build Up Labs

Build Up Labs

Build Up Labs is a startup studio that uses a lean process to come up with ideas, build, and grow multiple startups at the same time.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Rui Gouveia
  • Industries: AI, Software
  • Number of investments: 02

You can find their website here.

5) Edpstarter

Edpstarter

EDP Starter is an incubation idea for energy entrepreneurs that allows them to enter EDP's innovation ecosystem.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Sacavém
  • Industries: Clean Energy, Smart Grid, Smart Mobility, Smart Buidlings, Energy Storage, Flexibility
  • Number of investments: 02
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 2

You can find their website here.

6) Building Global Innovators

Building Global Innovators

Building Global Innovators is giving entrepreneurs around the world the tools they need to lead the way toward a healthy future.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Gonçalo Amorim
  • Industries: DeepTech
  • Number of investments: 01
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 43

You can find their website here.

7) Fábrica de Startups

Fábrica de Startups

Fábrica de Startups helps entrepreneurs find business ideas, build teams, create a business plan, and find customers.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Public Sector, Energy, Sustainability, Tourism, Retail, Education, Banking, Healthcare, Mobility, Telecommunications
  • Number of investments: 01

You can find their website here.

8) Startup Lighthouse

Startup Lighthouse

Startup Lighthouse is dedicated to building connections between entrepreneurs in and outside of Europe.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2018
  • Industries: FinTech
  • Number of investments: 01

You can find their website here.

9) SOUL FI

SOUL FI

SOUL-FI Accelerator seeks to develop web-based solutions for the better urban living among European citizens.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Energy, Environment, Mobility, Quality Of Life, Resources, Tourism
  • Number of investments: 01

You can find their website here.

10) MAZE

MAZE

MAZE is a company started by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2013 that invests in startups that want to make a difference.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Antonio Miguel, Luís Fonseca
  • Industries: Social Impact
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

11) Grow

Grow

Grow makes partnerships between startups and our companies that benefit both sides.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa
  • Started in: 2017
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

12) Lisbon Challenge

Lisbon Challenge

The ambitious Lisbon Challenge is a 4-month acceleration program for startups that are ready to grow or are in the growth phase.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2013
  • Industries: AI, Big Data, Cloud, FinTech, Cyber Security
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 10

You can find their website here.

13) The Journey

The Journey

The Journey is a 5-month program for new businesses in the travel and tourism sector.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Tourism

You can find their website here.

14) Startup Leiria

Startup Leiria

Startup Leiria is a network for technological innovation that has a number of services and projects to help with all kinds of new ideas.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Leiria
  • Started in: 2018
  • Industries: Industry 4.0, Technology
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 14

You can find their website here.

15) Beta-Start

Beta-Start

Beta Start is one of the programs that helped build Lisbon's startup ecosystem. It is looking for entrepreneurs who want to join a 4-month journey to shape their startup.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

16) UPTEC

UPTEC

UPTEC helps businesses in the arts, sciences, and technologies start up and grow by sharing knowledge between universities and the market.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Porto
  • Started in: 2007
  • Industries: Energy, Health, Food, Biotech, Information Technology, Architecture

You can find their website here.

17) Protechting

Protechting

Protechting is a program that helps fund and develop technological projects that will help protect people in new ways.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: HealthTech, InsurTech
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 20

You can find their website here.

18) Startup LAB

Startup LAB

Startup LAB is the first startup accelerator that was created and is run by a Portuguese law firm and its specialised partners. Its goal is to help companies develop products and solutions.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Technology, Software

You can find their website here.

19) Blue Bio Value

Blue Bio Value

Blue Bio Value is an accelerator for marine biobased solutions that can be used in different industries around the world.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Paço De Arcos
  • Industries: Biotech

You can find their website here.

20) SURFnCODE

SURFnCODE

SURFnCODE is a company that puts together products and businesses. They work with handpicked founders of early-stage companies whose goals are to make new products and grow teams into businesses that stand on their own.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Porto
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Shadi Mahassel
  • Industries: Software, AI

You can find their website here.

21) Discoveries

Discoveries

Discoveries is a five-week intensive program that helps turn new ideas into successful businesses. It does this through a series of bootcamps where entrepreneurs define, test, and build their business models using the Lean Startup method.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisboa
  • Industries: Big Data, Productivity, Mobility, Hospitality, Entertainment, Ecommerce, Crowdsourcing, SaaS, Marketplaces, AR

You can find their website here.

22) From Start-to-Table

From Start-to-Table

A Startup Lisboa program to help restaurants at the intersection of customer experience and technology grow faster.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Started in: 2018
  • Industries: Food, Beverage, Restaurant Technology
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 9

You can find their website here.

23) Incubadora Criativa do Alto Minho

Incubadora Criativa do Alto Minho

The goal of Incubadora Criativa do Alto Minho is to encourage education and business in the arts, creativity, and technology.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Viana Do Castelo
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Paulo Caldeira
  • Industries: Technology

You can find their website here.

24) Creative Startups LABS: Azores

Creative Startups LABS: Azores

Creative Startups is the best program for creative founders to speed up their businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Angra Do Heroísmo
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 10

You can find their website here.

25) Born from Knowledge

Born from Knowledge

The goal of BFK is to make sure that scientific and technological knowledge is valued in Portugal's startup ecosystem.

Details of the startup:

  • City: Lisbon
  • Industries: Life Science, Technology
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 26

You can find their website here.

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