India Portugal Startup Hub

 India Portugal Startup Hub is a unique initiative of Govt. of India and the Govt. of Portugal to enable international market access for Indian and Portuguese startups. The program was launched in June 2017 during Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s State Visit to Portugal.

In the first phase, applications are invited from Indian startups aiming to expand their businesses in the European market by working with partners in Portugal.


Startup Lisboa

(Fintech partner, Lisbon)

ScaleUp Porto

 (Urbantech partner, Porto)

Startup Braga

(Medtech/Nanotech Partner, Braga)

Startup Lisboa supports the creation of companies and their first years of activity.

Founded in 2011 by the Lisbon Municipality, Montepio Bank and IAPMEI – Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, it's a private non-profit association that provides entrepreneurs office space as well as a support structure - mentoring, strategic partners, access to investment/funding, networking activities and a community based on knowledge and sharing.



A strategy from Porto that commits the city towards the promotion of the ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. With an integrated vision of the scaleup process, in coordination with the innovation agents in the ecosystem, the city is developing its sustainability, enhancing the economic competitiveness of the region, creating employment and improving citizens’ quality of life.


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, it provides business acceleration programs for startups with global ambitions.



Who can participate?

Innovative Indian startups in the fields of Fintech, Urbantech, Medtech/Nanotech, building a product or service with business potential in the Portuguese/European market are invited to apply. The startups must have a registered company and operations in India.

Program Timeline

Online Applications Open: 7th August 2018

Online Applications Close: 5th October 2018

Results Declaration: 15th October 2018

The selected startups will be unveiled in a special ceremony at the Web Summit in Lisbon on 5th November 2018.



Tech Startups in the financial sector, including financial literacy and education, retail banking, investment and crypto-currencies.


Tech startups that create innovative ways to produce, manage, and store energy, to construct buildings, to improve mobility within city spaces, to reduce waste, to minimize the generation of unsustainable products, to utilize real estate to its full potential, to increase access to food and reduce its impact on the environment, to increase connectivity for communities, and to connect to representatives at all levels of government.


Medtech: Tech Startups building solutions for the healthcare sector that go from solutions for early diagnosis to less invasive treatment options to reduction in hospital stays and rehabilitation times.

Nanotech: Tech startups that promote the development of nanotechnogies and the application of nanotechnology and nano solutions horizontally to a variety of industrial sectors.


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