Lisboa

Lisboa is unique in many different ways: it combines innovation with heritage; talent with diversity; knowledge with opportunities. It’s a vibrant ecosystem in a beautiful city to live in. Lisboa is the perfect city to take a chance, to be bold and to be creative.

Miguel Gaspar, City Councilor for Economy and Innovation

Over the last several years, Lisboa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has become a global reference. Lisboa is the perfect city to retain the existing talent and to attract the remaining from all over the world. The city has everything that’s needed to become the excellence center of new technologies, namely in AI. Add to the existing talent and great educational system, the perfect weather, great food, friendly people that speak three or four languages, and you have Lisboa. Lisboa is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the key cities of the tech future.

Daniela Braga, DefinedCrowd

“It’s fair to say that all the efforts juggled between different players in the ecosystem have succeeded in creating one of the most vibrant entrepreneur ecosystems in Europe. We’re proud to see such a diverse high talented community in Lisboa, driving innovation globally and across many industries. Lisboa has become this inescapable melting pot, and we’re thrilled to welcome entrepreneurs and companies seeking to strive in the city.

Miguel Fontes, Executive Director at Startup Lisboa
Ecosystem Highlights
  • 3rd best city in the world for remote work

  • Top5 best performing startup communities in Europe

  • 334k companies

  • 22k € GDP per capita

  • 3rd best city for expats (InterNations)

  • #1 city for Digital Nomads (Nomad List)

  • #6 in Top10 most attractive startup cities

  • 127 coworking spaces

  • 42.6M€ invested raised in 2020

  • 47 incubators

  • Home to the world’s largest tech conference – the Web Summit

  • 28 accelerators

Ranked as one of the European innovation hotspots and startup hubs to watch, the ‘city of the seven hills’ has a lot to offer to the startup community. In the past years, there were a lot of governmental initiatives to help boost the startup scene in the city and a number of incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces and investors appeared. Also, Lisboa has unique conditions to attract foreign investment and top talent.

Although Lisboa’s startup trendiness is strongly focused on tech and digital, there has also been space for other types of businesses to seed and grow. Below you will find a list of articles that will give you a taste of what the Ecosystem of Lisboa is all about:

Noteworthy Content:

Made of Lisboa platform is the place to get you updated about Lisboa’s innovation scene and the one and only official community of Lisboa-based innovators. Also, check out Startup Lisboa, the most relevant incubator of Lisboa, and it’s program Launch in Lisboa, that can help to guide you on how to settle in the city.

In Lisboa, you will always have a community to welcome you!

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Land & Start
SETTLING IN THE CITY
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
Access to capital

The major Venture Capitalists and Business Angels in Portugal can be found on this link.

Advice about Capital
Municipalities, Ministries and other public institutions buy services and goods through open tender and direct award procedures run in electronic platforms.

Procurement platforms:

Finding an Investor:

Support Services:

Access to talent

Get help finding the right person for your startup jobs in Lisboa by following the links listed below.

Incentives to Hiring

Incentives to Training and Internships

Education

Information regarding the key features and the stages of the Education System in Portugal are condensed here.

Tech Ecosystem

Markets

Diversity and Inclusion

Lisboa is a city that builds bridges. It’s a social gateway – for different people, from different cultures, ethnicities and much more. Many of the local ecosystems initiatives are proof of that. Find them below.

Lisboa in the Media
Remote: 150 million dollars for the 5th Unicorn with Portuguese DNA
The platform that solves the bureaucracy of remote work, startup Remote, captured a series B round of investment worth 150 million dollars (126.4 million euros). Portuguese Marcelo Lebre is one of the solution’s founders. Find out more [in Portuguese].
“The Capital of Beautiful Business is: Lisbon”

The title says it all. Green and Inclusive growth. Modesty and success. Learn why in Lisbon work is “love made visible”.

A living lab for HCB environmental sustainability and to inspire Lisbon's entrepreneurial ecosystem

The Hub Criativo do Beato was born with the ambition to be exemplary in the implementation of urban strategies for sustainability and environmental resilience and to become a smart campus. The creation of the HCB Living Lab leverages HCB’s vision and strategy, accelerating its operationalization by aiming to endow its space and infrastructure of means for development, prototyping, validation and testing of new technologies, innovative services and ways of life contributing towards a fair transition to a carbon neutral society, leveraged by innovation, digitization and entrepreneurship acting as the main drivers for this transition.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CITY

Whether you want to come to Lisboa for a weekend break or to start fresh and live in the city, know that Portugal’s capital is the ideal location. It’s the perfect match between tradition, due to the city’s rich cultural heritage, and contemporaneity, with the people’s progressive thinking. There, you don’t lack choices of what to and see. And, believe it: it won’t be expensive. Visit the best museums and arts projects – from classic to contemporary -, head to crystal clear beaches or delight yourself with the famous “pastel de nata”. All your options and everything you should now can be found here.

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ACTIVITIES & CASE STUDIES

Increasingly dynamic and a source of attraction for entrepreneurs and innovative projects, Lisboa keeps fostering and integrating the installation of new, highly innovative, technological and creative concepts that simultaneously enhance growth, development and rehabilitation of the city. Hub Criativo do Beato (HCB) materializes that mission. Hub Criativo do Beato is then the new creativity and innovation hub in Lisboa, bringing together national and international players united by the same values: the best of innovation, creativity and technology. There are 35,000 square meters of implementation area in a complex that comprises about 18 buildings from different times. Know the details about one of the most emblematic initiatives in the local tech ecosystem.

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