“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
3rd best city in the world for remote work
Top5 best performing startup communities in Europe
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
Home to the world’s largest tech conference – the Web Summit
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:
- Meet Lisboa and its Vibrant Startup Community;
- The Portuguese Ecosystem is Growing Twice as Fast as the Average European Ecosystem;
- Explore the Lisboa Ecosystem Map!;
- Lisboa’s startup scene rises as Portugal gears up to be a european tech tiger;
- Lisboa is the 5th European city with more electric cars and better air quality;
- Places of the Future: 21 Hotbeds of Innovation.
- Second Best Global City to Raise a Family;
- Linkedin’s Labour Market Insights: Lisboa Metropolitan Area.
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!
Land & Start
SETTLING IN THE CITY
All foreign citizens intending to remain in Portugal for a period of up to one year, or to establish their residence for more than one year, must request the respective long-stay visa – Temporary Stay or Residence – from the Portuguese embassy in their country of residence or from the Portuguese embassy with jurisdiction over their country of residence.
All nationals of European Union Member States, States that are part of the European Economic Area (EEA), states with which the European Community have free travel agreements and nationals of third States who are family members of a Portuguese citizen or family members of EU or EEA citizens are excluded from long-stay visa procedures. The only requirements for these applicants are that they have to hold a Schengen visa, if applicable, upon arrival in Portugal and must register with the Foreigners and Borders Service in their area of residence.
The Portugal Startup Visa program will fast-track entrepreneurs who wish to establish business innovation in Portugal. The hopes from the government are to increase local hiring, create a new means of tax revenue, and to continue to grow Portugal as the centre of tech in Europe. Read more about Startup Visa here.
For an overview of the portuguese tax system, you can follow this website. There is also a summary of the country’s main fiscal aspects. Give it a look.
Some forms of insurance are legally required in Portugal. Know which ones with this guide to Insurance in the country.
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
If you’re looking for guidance on setting your business in Lisboa, check out Launch in Lisboa’s program. If you want to get to know innovative entrepreneurs in the city, feel free to reach out to them on Made of Lisboa’s directory.
Get to know the biggest incubators and accelerators in the city by exploring Startup Hub Portugal database. It allows you to identify and geolocate them on the map.
It’s possible to incorporate a company in 45 minutes, with no fees for commercial licensing. To help you navigate the initial stages of your entrepreneurial endeavour in Lisboa, you can find a step-by-step guide into business registration in Lisboa here.
Through the following link, you will find a complete guide on how to open a bank account in Portugal – whether it’s a personal or a corporate one -, on the different types and banks and other useful resources.
New spaces are emerging every day in the city. Enjoy exploring the different solutions for your specific needs. Click here for more info.
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.
Finding an Investor:
Access to talent
Get help finding the right person for your startup jobs in Lisboa by following the links listed below.
- Landing Jobs
- Startup Jobs Portugal
- Academia de Código
Incentives to Hiring
- IEFP – Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (only available in Portuguese)
Incentives to Training and Internships
- INOV-CONTACTO Programme
- IEFP – Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (only available in Portuguese).
Information regarding the key features and the stages of the Education System in Portugal are condensed here.
Hot startups & scaleups
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 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.
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.