Startups.be and Startup Portugal agree to work closer together in the years to come. Both organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the state visit of their Majesties the Kind and the Queen of the Belgians to Portugal.  

Startups.be and Startup Portugal want to develop a framework of cooperation and conduct joint activities in 2019 and beyond.

The MoU that was signed during the State Visit of their majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians to Portugal on Tuesday October 23 in the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Hotel in Lisbon, sets the terms for a mutual cooperation based on exchange of data and services, with the common goal of supporting more start-ups to increase their acceleration potential.

Startup Portugal and Startups.be have identified the following areas of agreement:

  • The bi-directional sharing of data on start-ups and start-up incubators, accelerators and investors in Belgium and Portugal.
  • Startups.be and Startup Portugal will offer support to Portuguese start-ups that want to expand to Belgium and for Belgian start-ups that want to set up shop in Portugal.
  • Both organizations agree to exchange relevant business & investor contacts upon request.
  • Both organizations agree to co-organise meetups & pitching opportunities upon request.

Frederik Tibau, Startups.be: “We’re very happy that Startups.be and Startup Portugal will work closer together in the years to come. More and more Belgian start-ups and scale-ups are eying Portugal to open one of their international offices, and Portuguese tech start-ups acknowledge the potential and the convenience of Belgium as a gateway to the Northern European markets. In that context, it’s important to strengthen the ties between our supporting organizations, so we can deliver greater value for both startups and scale-ups in Belgium and in Portugal.” 

João Mendes Borga, Startup Portugal: It is an honour for Startup Portugal to sign this MoU with Startups.be. We believe this will be the beginning of a new relationship between both startup ecosystems and we look forward not only to welcoming more Belgian founders in Portugal but also to help Portuguese start-ups open doors in Belgium.”