18 Dec 2015

Caixa Empreender Award — Registration Open

Online registration for the Caixa Empreender Award is now open.

The event will bring together numerous national and international investors, startups, incubators, research centers, and universities to reward the most promising startup of 2015.

The winner will be selected from Portugal’s major acceleration programs: Act by COTEC, BGI by ISCTE/MIT Portugal, inRes by CMU-Portugal, Lisbon Challenge by Beta-i, Startup Braga, and Startup Lisboa Boost by Caixa Capital. The day will also feature companies from the Startup Next Lisbon by Techstars program.

Register now, 600 investors and entrepreneurs attended last year, you don´t want to miss it!

Event details:
Date: 3rd of February 2016
Location: Culturgest in Lisbon
Register here


Caixa Capital —
Caixa Capital is the Private Equity and Venture Capital fund management company of Portugal´s largest banking group Caixa Geral de Depósitos, present in over 20 countries and with assets above 120 billion Euros. Caixa Capital invests in growth equity and venture capital opportunities and funds, and is the leading operator in the Portuguese market. The Venture Capital team partners with incubators, accelerators and business angels for seed and startup investments and with major international venture funds for opportunities above 1 million Euros. The team aims to support global expansion of Portugal related teams and companies and has dedicated team members to ICT, digital, health tech, engineering and cleantech investments.

Act by COTEC —
Technology Commercialization Accelerator (Act) is a COTEC Portugal initiative that supports the creation of technology startups and licensing. Created in 2009, but with origins that date back to 2004 (COHiTEC Program), Act aims to value tech-based knowledge generated in Portugal, and support entrepreneurs, R&D Institutions and companies to take their innovative technologies to global markets. To that end, Act uses a unique model to support technology commercialization, providing training, mentoring and facilitating access to funding throughout the projects’ development, from lab to market.

Beta-i —
Beta-i is a non-profit association created in 2010 with the mission to promote entrepreneurship through three main lines of action: create and boost a network of entrepreneurship; accelerate startups with global ambition and facilitate access to investment; create spaces, services and products focused on startups. Beta-i was considered the biggest startup & entrepreneurship promoter in Europe by the European Enterprise Promotion Awards in June 2014. Beta-i events include Explorers Festival, Seedcamp Lisbon, Silicon Valley Comes to Lisbon, Sandbox Lisbon, Startup Weekend and the first TEDx in Portugal. Beta-i is best known for being the organisation behind Lisbon Challenge, one of the most international accelerators in Europe. As part of its programs, Beta-i has received 2,800+ ideas and accelerated over 430 startups.

Building Global Innovators (BGI) —
Building Global Innovators (BGI) is a global technology transfer accelerator developed by ISCTE-IUL and MIT-Portugal, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), targeting ambitious entrepreneurs and global startups in four verticals: Medical Devices and Health IT, Smart Cities & Industrial Tech, Enterprise IT & Smart Data and Ocean Economy. BGI started in 2010 and has a track record and relevant portfolio of participants that started their business with the boost from this acceleration programme. To date its close to 70 active alumni companies have raised more than 50 million euro in financing and created over 300 high tech jobs.

inRes by Carnegie Mellon Portugal —
inRes is a business acceleration program geared towards entrepreneurial teams with a solid commercialization product or service in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Portugal. The program includes a preparation and training stage in Portugal, followed by two months of immersion in a highly competitive environment in Pittsburgh and at CMU. This initiative was launched in 2014 by the CMU Portugal Program, which is funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). The CMU Portugal Program has already launched 10 startups over eight years of partnership between Portuguese universities, research labs, companies, and CMU.

Startup Braga —
Startup Braga is an innovation hub designed to assist the inception and development of high potential entrepreneurial projects for international markets. In partnership with Microsoft Ventures we provide business acceleration programs for startups with global ambitions. With 2000 years of history, Braga is the third-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon and Oporto. Braga is a technological hotbed, where many internationally successful startups have emerged. The city is home to the renowned University of Minho and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), a leading international research center.

Startup Lisboa —
Startup Lisboa is an incubator founded in Lisbon in 2011 by the city of Lisbon, Montepio Geral and IAPMEI. Currently, it has 100 incubated startups with more than 250 people (two buildings, one in Rua da Prata for ICT-startups, and another in Rua Castilho for startups in the area of trade and tourism and a residence for entrepreneurs in Rua do Comércio). This incubator has supported more than 200 startups and promoted the creation of about 800 jobs since the opening of its first building in February 2012. Since then, Startup Lisboa has received more than 3000 applications. It currently has more than 100 mentors and approximately 90 partners.

Startup Next by Techstars —
Startup Next by Techstars is a pre-acceleration program for a small group of high quality, early stage startups. By pairing startup founders with mentors, the program provides valuable connections to get teams prepared to join a top accelerator, raise a seed round or just continue their entrepreneurial journey. Startup Next is a non-resident program where startups come in once a week for three hour sessions broken down into — workshop, pitch practice and mentor breakout sessions. In the end of the 6 sessions startups present their companies in a local Demo Day event. Each season, the top teams by city are invited to a global Demo Day usually held in NYC or SF. Startup Next is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs; the program is free of charge and no equity is taken.

Techstars —
Techstars is empowering the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey by providing them with a global ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners wherever they choose to build their business. With startup programs (Startup Week, Weekend and Next) added to the accelerators and venture capital funds, Techstars is now covering most of startup lifecycle and helping entrepreneurs from inspiration to IPO. As a pre-accelerator inside a global startup ecosystem such as Techstars, Startup Next is now even better positioned to deliver an even more meaningful experience during the program plus giving lifelong access to a large network of founders, mentors, investors and partners.