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Posted by portugalpress on December 06, 2017

Nine businesses are already blossoming at Startup Portimão, the ‘business incubator’ that opened nearly four months ago at Portimão’s international racetrack to help speed up the growth and success of start-up companies.

The start-ups being assisted at the incubator work in a variety of areas including computer programming, software development, mobile apps, street food, management consulting, information systems, renewable energies and jewellery design.

Now that the first steps have been taken, the goal is to ensure Startup Portimão is ‘here to stay’.

“The main goal of the project is to support all entrepreneurs and give them wings to fly,” said Portimão mayoress Isilda Gomes during a meeting at the racetrack to assess the success of the project.

Luís Matos Martins, head of Territórios Criativos (TC) which manages the incubator, said the plan is to continue helping “implement the best of what is done in terms of business development, entrepreneurship and the attraction of investment” in Portimão.

The business incubator is open to all businesses though it ideally accepts companies working in the “energy, mobility and tourism sectors” linked to the concept of ‘Smart Cities’.

It is spread across two floors with six offices, two meeting rooms and a training room.

Partners are plentiful and include the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the national tourism board Turismo de Portugal, StartUP Portugal and many other regional and national entities.

Though the location is far from Portimão, the management of the incubator does not see this as a problem and has often mentioned other similar infrastructures which are located far from cities, such as Tagus Park in Oeiras.

The borough’s ‘Vai e Vem’ bus service also operates links to and from the track.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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