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An event set up to match entrepreneurs, startups and national and international investors. Focused on generating opportunities for connections, through carefully curated content, SIM is a unique experience for founders and investors to forge meaningful relationships.

For more information: simconf@startupportugal.com

Porto proudly hosts one of the most vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystems in Europe:

  • A thriving community of 900+ startups with 50,000+ employees;
  • Key sectors including software development, healthcare, and marketing;
  • 10 unicorns with tech offices in Porto.


A prominent hub for talent creation and research and development (R&D):

  • More than 80 higher education institutions and R&D centres with 12,500+ researchers;
  • #1 Portuguese region with the most patents and private R&D investment;
  • University of Porto securing 1st position in Portugal’s Entrepreneurial University Ranking 2023.


The region attracts significant investment:

  • Influx of 985M€+ invested in startups from 2018 to 2022;
  • More than 90 national and international investors actively engaged in the region.

Portugal ranks top positions in several international ranking, e.g.:

  • 6th most attractive country for foreign investment according to EY Survey ́23;
  • 7th most peaceful country in the world among 163 countries according to the Global Peace Index;
  • 7th in Quality of Life according to Expat Insider 2023.


Investment in startups grew from 30M€/year (in 2015) to 1,5B€/year (2021).


New Startup Law 21/2023, May 25th including:

  • Startup Definition (<10 years, <50M€ rev./year, <250 workers);
  • Scaleup Definition;
  • New Tax Regime for Stock Option Plans (14% effective rate at liquidity moment).


More than 100 incubators certified by Startup Portugal all over the country.

Startup Portugal is a non-profit organization with the mission to develop activities of public interest to promote entrepreneurship, in close collaboration with public and private entities within the national ecosystem.

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