Our history





How we help
the startups 








How we help the ecosystem

Startup Lisboa is a business incubator that began its activity on February 2012, with the opening of its first building on Rua da Prata 80, in Lisbon's historic 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 of the City Council. 
It is a private non-profit association whose mission is to support the creation of companies and entrepreneurs in their first years of activity, to promote job creation, and aid the urban, social, and economic vitality of Lisbon.

We are facilitators.
We are daily committed to connecting the founders with people and entities 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 partnerships, access to investment/funding, a valuable and extensive list of perks and benefits - including learning activities and office hours with domain experts -, and a community based on knowledge and sharing. Our community is our greatest asset.

We encourage the founders to look for what is best around the world to boost their growth.
Some members have teams abroad developing new markets, some participated in recognized accelerators like 500 Startups, TechStars and YCombinator, and we're proud of it.

Startup Lisboa is the organizer of Launch in Lisbon - a soft landing program to help foreign entrepreneurs and investors to set up their business in Lisbon -, and the manager of Hub Criativo do Beato, the new innovation hub.

For entrepreneurs arriving in Lisbon to participate in an accelerator or becoming members of any incubator in the city we offer the possibility to stay at Casa Startup Lisboa, our residence for entrepreneurs. 

Startup Lisboa is also running two acceleration programs: WPP Booster, for startups that aim to innovate the communication and media industry, in partnership with the WPP group; and From Start-To-Table, a program supported by Turismo de Portugal, to reshaping the ecosystem of restaurants.


Since 2012:
4.500 applications received
400 supported startups
Entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries
3.500 jobs created
150M 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)
1 Soft landing program (Launch in Lisbon)
2 acceleration programs (From Start-To-Table, WPP Booster)

Coming soon:
1 Incubation space for Food & Beverage
1 Incubation space at Hub Criativo do Beato

Our Culture


Teams, entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, friends, the true success of Startup Lisboa lies in the people with whom we have been privileged to work!
We were born from the will of people, we grow with the contribution of people, and 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. 

7 Years of SULx



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