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Portugal Among Top 25 Countries for Government Startup Initiatives

StartupBlink ranks more than 125 countries and 950 cities according to their startup ecosystem strength.
Portugal Among Top 25 Countries for Government Startup Initiatives
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A report by global startup ecosystem mapping group StartupBlink shows that Portugal is among the top 25 countries for government startup initiatives out of 125 countries.

According to a tweet by StartupBlink, Portugal is likely to rise in the rankings "because of a supportive environment."

StartupBlink ranks more than 125 countries and 950 cities according to their startup ecosystem strength.

portugal government startup StartupBlink’s Startup Ecosystem Ranking of Cities in Portugal

In Portugal, the top five cities for startup ecosystem strength, according to StartupBlink, are:

  1. Lisbon
  2. Porto
  3. Braga
  4. Funchal
  5. Coimbra

StartupBlink praised the efforts of StartUP Portugal and Startup Lisboa for leading the way in government initiatives for startups in Portugal.

"StartUP Portugal is [the] Portuguese government's strategy for encouraging entrepreneurship focusing on developing the current startup ecosystem, funding opportunities and internationalization. Through this, startups can also avail financial backing as an alternative to bank loans. Apart from this, there are around 20 more measures underway due to this program, like Startup Voucher where there is support during ideation phase."

Less than a week after launching applications for this year's Portugal StartUP Voucher, IAPMEI announced it had received more than 200 requests for information and 120 registrations on the platform.

Read More: Portugal StartUP Voucher receives 200 requests within days after launch

The Portugal StartUP Voucher integrates a reported 19 measures of StartUP Portugal, which was announced last week by the Ministry of Economy, in a session in Lisbon that was presented by the prime minister.

StartUP Portugal actually has over 20 measures overall to support entrepreneurship in the country, and the StartUP Voucher is tackling 19 of them.

According to StartupBlink, Startup Lisboa is another leader working with the government to boost Portugal's startup ecosystem.

"Startup Lisboa is an incubator located in the city. A recent startup success story at Lisbon was when Web Summit, an annual global tech conference, was moved from Dublin to Lisbon since 2016. This was because of the buzzing startup scene in the city and better infrastructure."

In August, Startup Lisboa, together with Turismo de Portugal, opened applications to the From Start-to-Table accelerator to accelerate innovation in the restaurant ecosystem.

From Start-to-Table is an acceleration program for restaurant ecosystem startups at the intersection of guest experience and technology and is open to international entrepreneurs.

Read More: Startup Lisboa launches From Start-to-Table accelerator for restaurant innovation

This week, the Portuguese government announced the six finalists of its GovTech program, which works with startups to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

After reviewing 113 projects, Portugal's €30,000 GovTech contest for solving the problems of humanity selected its six finalists after voting on the blockchain.

Read More: Portugal's 1st GovTech for Humanity Contest voted on blockchain has six finalists

This is the first government contest that used blockchain technology to choose the winners of a contest.

Responses to Portugal's GovTech blockchain contest were so positive that the government wants to launch a second edition.

(Written by Tim Hinchliffe)

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