We are facilitators

"We do not invest in startups, but we connect them with investors and potential clients," we say. This is an example we use to define the work to which we are daily committed: to facilitate access to investment, mentors, strategic partners and potential customers.

Much more than desks, chairs and 4 walls, Startup Lisboa promotes contacts with partners and potential customers. It is, undoubtedly, the epicenter of the new entrepreneurship ecosystem in Portugal. In addition, the dynamism, the people we know, the credibility and the projection that it gives our business makes Startup Lisboa a great place to consolidate an idea and make it a serious company with global ambitions.
— Gonçalo Fortes, Co-founder PRODSMART

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 incubated startups have teams abroad boosting their growth, including taking part in accelerators. Six teams are part of Seedcamp community, two are YCombinator alumni, for instance, and we're proud of it.

As a private non-profit organisation, our mission is to support the creation of companies and the 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.