Our history

Startup Lisboa is a business incubator that began its activity on February 2, 2012, with the opening of its first building on Rua da Prata, 80, in Lisbon's historical 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 the 2009/2010 Participatory Budget. 
It is a private non-profit association whose mission is to to support the creation of companies and entrepreneurs in their first years of activity, to promote job creation, and to support the urban, social, and economic vitality of Lisbon's city center.
Startup Lisboa is also the organizer of Launch in Lisbon - a 3 day soft landing program to set up your business in Lisbon, and the manager of Hub Criativo do Beato.

How do we help startups?
We are facilitators.
Startup Lisboa "is anything but an office center”.
We are daily committed to connecting our founders with people 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 partners, access to investment/funding, networking and learning activities, communication and a community based on knowledge and sharing.
Our community is our greatest asset.
We encourage the founders to look for what's best around the world to maximize their chances of growth and keeping their link with Portugal. Some members have teams abroad boosting their growth, and several participated in recognized accelerators like 500 Startups, TechStars and YCombinator, and we're proud of it.


Since 2012:
3800 applications received
280 supported startups
Entrepreneurs from more than 35 countries
1500 jobs created
80M Investment raised by startups
2 historic buildings rehabilitated in downtown with work spaces
1 residence for entrepreneurs (Casa Startup Lisboa)
1 business lounge at Lisbon's Airport (Airport Business Center)

Our Culture


When we talk about Startup Lisboa, we have to speak forcibly of all the people who through Startup Lisboa have passed and will continue to pass.
Teams, entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, friends ... The true success of Startup Lisboa is in the people with whom we have been privileged to work!
We are born of the will of people, we grow with the contribution of people, we work to support people.


The Five Year Movie


On the occasion of our 5th anniversary, we celebrated people! Our biggest achievement is the companies that were born here or that went through Startup Lisboa to develop their innovative business. In this sense, we wanted to give voice to the clients or investors of some of our Alumni and older members.
As we continue to select and support the best projects and the most promising teams, in the second part of the film we featured some of the new startups in the house that are emerging in the ecosystem. 


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