Startup Portugal+


Support for the development of projects in the idea phase. It provides for the assignment of several technical and financial tools for the creation of new innovative companies by entrepreneurs from 18 to 35 years.

New: New call for applications open from 9 July onwards for 400 applicants. For the first time, it is open to projects in the Lisbon region. There will be 2 notices per year.



Support for recent graduates and finalists of Higher Education who have benefited from social action grants and who, at the end of their studies, want to develop a business idea.

New: The number of projects supported under this program will increase to about 50 per year.



Support to companies with less than one year in the area of ntrepreneurship, by contracting services provided by certified incubators. Support includes management services, marketing, legal advice and support, digitization support intellectual property protection and support for applications for entrepreneurship and innovation contests.

New: Applications will be open continuously, starting in July 2018. The maximum value of the ticket goes from 5,000 to 7,500 euros, except in Lisbon.



Support for the participation of Portuguese startups in major international technology events and in state visits abroad with members of the Government. It aims to promote the visibility of national startups abroad and of Portugal as an innovative country.

Upcoming missions / events 2018: Germany, Brazil, United Kingdom, TechCrunch (September), SLUSH – Helsinki (December), TechCrunch – Berlin (December).



Support and prepare Portuguese startups to maximize participation in the largest technological entrepreneurship event in the world.

In 2018: the number of Portuguese startups to participate in Road 2 Web Summit rises to 200. The preparation bootcamps are also open to large Portuguese companies and SMEs.



Create a digital platform for mapping startups and national incubators, which includes information on the supports available to the ecosystem. The platform will also allow you to approach startups and large companies through the Pitch Voucher.



The Pitch Voucher promotes the strengthening of the relationship between startups and large companies. Through the Startup Center platform, companies can launch technological challenges and startups can respond with innovative solutions.



Courses intended for entrepreneurs and their teams, funded 90% through COMPETE. This measure allows to increase the training offer of incubators and accelerators to respond to the needs identified by entrepreneurs.

Objective: 1200 trainees.



Bringing startups to the public sector, promoting their services and products to public managers and disseminating to startups how to access and bid for public tenders in different business areas.



Provision of facilities and equipment in the network of 12 Tourism Schools throughout the country to startups who wish to test products, services and concepts in the area of atering and food tech.



Launching of competitions to present entrepreneurship projects in the area of commerce, which contribute to stimulate innovation in the sector.



Funding of technology-based startups to develop innovative ideas and projects in the energy field that help solve existing challenges and have strong market and internationalization potential. Focused on the initial development of innovative technological solutions in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency (measurement, management, technologies for reducing consumption, materials) and generation from renewable sources. Support in the areas of the development of business plans, risk analysis, intellectual property protection, development of laboratory prototypes or certification and marketing activities. The planned funding is between 20 and 50 thousand euros per project, non-refundable.



Creation of an international co-investment fund to promote the attraction of venture capital funds in Portugal, originating from international multilateral institutions. The fund provides for a public contribution which, together with private investment, allows co-investment of up to EUR 50 million.



Creation of a financial support line for startups and micro-enterprises under the age of 4 and a minimum of 15% of equity funding. Allocation of 10 million euros. Maximum financing per company of 50 thousand euros, with the potential to double under specific conditions. The term of the supported operations can go up to 8 years. The capital shortage period can go up to 24 months. The line includes counter-guarantee mechanisms provided through Portuguese mutual guarantee companies.



Tax incentive to support the retention of workers in technology companies under 6 years. Employees who hold or will hold shares in a company, obtained through a salary premium, Employee Stock Option Programs or by individual acquisition, and who obtain gains from these holdings, see these gains exempt from IRS.



Creation of co-financing lines with incubators and accelerators, in a model similar to the lines developed to co-invest with Business Angels and Venture Capital. This mechanism facilitates access to capital by entrepreneurs and encourages the emergence of incubators that share the success of startups.



Creation of a financing line for capital inflows to accelerate the growth of startups. Line managed by IFD. It foresees that the capital investment operations in the startups can be reversed, with the transformation of the participations in loan in the medium and long term, using a fixed scheme of reimbursements. Through this line the startups guarantee a loan that can be repaid in the medium term, thus recovering the interests in the capital of the company.



Creation of financing for technological projects in Tourism, particularly innovative solutions in the area of igitalization of tourist experiences and projects based on virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. A line of support for the Digitization in Tourism is planned, within the framework of the Valorizar Program. Portugal Ventures will launch the call.



Launch of a call by Portugal Ventures for projects of new ideas, technologies, products or services that foresee the creation of an MVP and its commercialization in the global market. The areas of Digital (Enterprise, Cibersecurity, Networks, Artificial Intelligence, AR / VR, Marketplaces, Blockchain and IoT) and Engineering & Manufacturing (New Materials, Electronics, Robotics, Cleantech, Agrotech, SeaTech) are favored. The selected projects will benefit from investment ranging from 300 thousand to 1 million euros.



Launch of an international acceleration program with Techstars focused on the use of technology in the hospitality industry (accommodation & catering). METRO Accelerator is an intensive program that involves consulting, joint learning, product testing and mentoring for business development and attracting more investment. It allows participating startups access to more than 500 restaurants and hotels to test and validate their products or services and the international investor network of Techstars.



Creation of a point of service for foreign entrepreneurs with bilingual service (Portuguese and English), ensuring a simple and fast process of company creation. This space acts as a centralized information point on all types of support for the entrepreneurship ecosystem.



Creation of a visa for technological and innovative companies, aimed at the global market, wishing to attract highly qualified staff from countries not included in the Schengen area. The analysis of the eligibility and merit of the candidate companies is the responsibility of IAPMEI. Tech Visa invites the interview candidates at the Portuguese Embassies / Consulates in the respective country of origin to obtain the residence visa.



Realization of hackathons to accelerate the digital transformation in the sectors of Commerce and Tourism, calling Portuguese and foreign startups to solve technological challenges identified in these sectors and increasing the visibility and recognition of startups.



Creation of a center to stimulate innovation in tourism, involving the various national and international stakeholders in the sector. Its mission will be to support the development of new business ideas, the experimentation of projects and the capacity building of companies in the field of innovation and the digital economy. Within the Innovation Center will be the Digital Tourism Academy – a business training program for digital – and an incubator specialized in the development of innovative solutions for the Tourism sector.



Create a think tank to analise and design measures for startups to scale inside Europe, significantly speed up and support the establishment of a Digital Single Market (DSM), and manifest the leadership position of Portugal in the policy of innovation that fosters digital Entrepreneurship and Policy in Europe. Startup Portugal will be in charge to moderate and initiate conversations with key stakeholders in Brussels, European Member States and Startup Associations across Europe to identify and suggest measures to reduce the burden for startups to internationalise across borders in Europe, to modernise the established industry (Industry 4.0) and help harvest the European market of over 500 million people more successfully.


Are you an entrepreneur who intends to develop your startup in Portugal, even though you might not have started your business yet?

Have you already launched a startup in your country but want to set it up in Portugal?

Are you from outside the European Economic Area & Switzerland?


If so, you’re eligible to apply for the StartUP Visa!

StartUP Visa is a residence visa for non-EU-Schenghen startup founders who want to be part of one of the fastest developing startup communities in Europe.

The process is managed by IAPMEI and involves the National Network of Incubators spread out throughout the whole territory which ensures your business will kick off next to a community of entrepreneurs already hacking in the ecosystem and acquainted with all the in’s and out’s of the Portuguese and European markets.

The UBImedical is one of the certified incubators that will host StartUP Visa holders.

More info in StartUP Portugal and IAPMEI or contact us at

Initiatives and opportunities in the field of research and innovation in health at European level, 21-06-2018

1. Societal Challenge 1 “Health, demographic change and well-being” of Horizon 2020 – the work program will be updated in the coming weeks and will include 4 new topics (see me for more details). The European Commission is organizing an Info Day on the topics 2019 on 12 July, with participation exclusively by webstreaming. An international brokerage event will be held on 3 and 4 September to promote the formation of consortiums for the 2019 competitions. Participation is free, register until 15th August.

2. Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) – indicative topics for call 15 and call 16 have been published. Between 4 and 23 July, several mandatory registration webinars will be organized to provide information on these topics. IMI encourages the participation of SMEs in its competitions and has a section dedicated to these entities.

3. Active and Assisted Living Program (AAL) – The 2018 call closed on May 28; see the preliminary information on the AAL website. The AAL Market And Investment Report was recently launched.

4. European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) – Learn about EIT Health opportunities.

5. The € 5M Prize for Early Warning for Epidemics is open until 1 September 2020 with the aim of finding the best solution for an early warning system for epidemics. This is one of the six awards to be awarded under the pilot of the European Innovation Council (EIC).

6. The European Commission announced on 7 June the proposal for Horizon Europe.There will be € 100 billion for the next Framework Program for Research and Innovation. Know all the details about the current proposal.

7. The TO-REACH project is conducting a public consultation to gather opinions on which priorities in the area of ​​health services and systems to be investigated.Participate until July 15th.

8. The Information and Networking Session “Research and Innovation for the Promotion of Active and Healthy Aging”, organized by HCP, GPPQ and Bayer, will take place on 26 June in Coimbra. The inscriptions are about to close by room stocking.Enjoy the last places.

Calls for the 28th edition of the scientific prize IBM until 15 september

Softinsa, a company of the IBM group, announces the opening of applications for the 2017 IBM Scientific Award. The deadline is September 15 and young Portuguese researchers may be in competition or have resided in Portugal for at least 3 years and under 36 years.

The works, developed with rigor and scientific innovation, must be submitted in Portuguese or English and individually. They will then be evaluated by a jury composed of a group of Portuguese scientists of high international prestige and recognized leaders of the main areas of knowledge to which the IBM Scientific Award is associated, and by a representative of the IBM Portuguese Company.

In 27 editions, and over the almost three decades of its existence, the IBM Scientific Award honored 30 researchers, proud to play a leading role in research in Portugal and to have helped the practical application of many of the award-winning papers, promoting the implementation innovative solutions that are already responding to the challenges of our societies and contributing to a better and ever changing world.

This award aims to highlight works of high merit in the field of Computer Science, stimulating young researchers to invest and publicize their projects, being recognized as the most notorious prize within the Portuguese scientific community. It has deserved, in fact, the greatest notability and recognition not only by the national scientific community, but also by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Presidency of the Republic.

See regulation here.

Calls open for the 1st Call for MVP

Applications for the Call For MVP were launched by Portugal Ventures, an initiative included in the new measures of the “Startup Portugal +” Program, presented on Monday by the Minister of Economy and the State of Industry.

The initiative allows access to venture capital investment for innovative technology, product or service projects that envisage the valuation of an MVP and its commercialization in the global market.

The Call For MVP applications phase runs between July 9 and October 1, 2018. Projects in the areas of Digital (Enterprise, Security, Networks, Artificial Intelligence, AR / VR, Marketplaces) and Engineering & Manufacturing (New Materials, Electronics, Robotics, Cleantech, Agrotech, SeaTech).

In terms of timeline, Portugal Ventures undertakes to evaluate projects in the pre-screening phase, up to 10 days after submission of the online application.

Portugal Ventures invests in innovative projects, based on specific knowledge and oriented to the global market, thus promoting the economic valuation of national science and technology.

Learn more at: or at

Calls open for ERC

The ERC Work Program for 2019 has been published and calls for Starting Grant and Consolidator Grant are scheduled to be available during 2018:

Starting Grant (StG)

Estimated date to open / close Call – august 2018/october 2018

1st PhD of PI >2 and ≤ 7 years before 1 january 2019


Consolidator Grant (CoG)

Estimated date to open / close Call – october 2018/february 2019

1st PhD of PI > 7 and  ≤ 12 years before 1 january 2019


Already open – call:

Advanced Grants  ERC-2018-AdG

Deadline: 30 Aug 2018


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SME instrument

Who should apply for the SME instrument?

Do you have an idea for an innovation that can be considered and drive the growth of your company?
Are you looking for substantial funding to develop and expand your idea?
And was it made use of business and coaching resources to take your business forward? So the SME instrument is for you.
SME Instrument supports high-risk small and medium-sized enterprises with high potential for development and return to the market of new products, services and business models that contribute to economic growth.
SME Instrument is for innovators with innovative concepts that can shape new content or radicalize those already existing in Europe and the world.

Who can apply?

For-profit SMEs, including young companies and startups, from any industry. It must be delegated to an EU Member State or to a country associated with Horizon 2020.

What topics have been covered?

There are no topics defined. Negative impacts on climate and the environment should be avoided.

How it works?

SME Instrument provides support at the level of business innovation in a complete cycle. It has three phases, including a coaching service.

Phase 1: Feasibility study – Phase 1 funding is a fixed amount of € 50,000. The projects are lasting about 6 months.

Phase 2: From concept to market – is a grant (financing rate of 70%) between 0.5 and 2.5 million euros. It may have a higher or lower value, duly justified, when competing. Typically, the project should take 12 to 24 months to be submitted, but may be longer in exceptional, well-justified cases.

Phase 3: Marketing – Phase 3 is not later than Phase 1 or Phase 2; force the entry of new markets or customers and connect with investors. Do not check direct funding.


Thread: EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020: tool for SMEs
Date of publication: October 27, 2017

Action types: SME-1 SME instrument phase phase 1
Opening date: multiple cut
November 07, 2017 Cutting dates: February 8, 2018 17:00:00
May 3, 2018: 5:00 p.m.
September 5, 2018 17:00:00
November 7, 2018: 5:00 p.m.
February 13, 2019: 17:00:00
May 7, 2019: 5:00 p.m.
September 5, 2019: 5:00 p.m.
November 6, 2019: 5:00 p.m.
February 12, 2020: 5:00 p.m.
May 6, 2020: 5:00 p.m.
September 2, 2020: 5:00 p.m.
November 4, 2020: 5:00 p.m.
Time Zone: (Brussels time)

Topic: EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020: SME instrument
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: SME-2 SME instrument phase 2
Opening date: multiple cut-off
07 November 2017 Cut-off dates: 10 January 2018 17:00:00
14 March 2018 17:00:00
23 May 2018 17:00:00
10 October 2018 17:00:00
09 January 2019 17:00:00
03 April 2019 17:00:00
05 June 2019 17:00:00
09 October 2019 17:00:00
08 January 2020 17:00:00
18 March 2020 17:00:00
19 May 2020 17:00:00
07 October 2020 17:00:00
Time Zone: (Brussels time)