Question:

I am thinking of moving to Lisbon to set up a business. Is there a one stop shop that can give me all the information I need while I formulate my business plan?

Answer:

Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, has a great deal of help available for foreign entrepreneurs. In the first place, have a look at startuplisboa.com.

Startup Lisboa is an incubator for start-up companies, based in Lisbon’s downtown (Baixa), that currently has one historical building with workspaces to welcome entrepreneurs and start-up companies in the Tech, Commerce and Tourism areas, and also a residence for entrepreneurs (Casa Startup Lisboa). It was born out of the will of local citizens, who voted for it in droves as part of the Lisbon Participative Budget, an initiative of the Municipality of Lisbon. Opened in 2012, it is a private non-profit association, which has three founding entities: Lisbon Municipality, IAPMEI and Montepio.

Startup Lisboa supports the development and growth of the incubated start-ups, helping them attract customers and investors, to scale up, and to become global. Its incubation model includes the provision of workspaces at below market value. Also, Startup Lisboa establishes links to mentors (founders, CEO, experts) to help entrepreneurs develop their business, provides access to partners that offer specialized services for free or at a reduced cost, connects entrepreneurs to business angels, venture capital investors and other top financing sources, promotes knowledge sharing between the entrepreneurs, and networking events, like workshops and mentoring sessions.
They run regular online orientation courses and the next one is from 16-18th June 2021.


Answer supplied by Start Up Lisboa on 28th April 2021