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Why choose Lisbon?


1st country in the world in ease of doing business across borders (Doing Business Report 2020)

2nd best country in Europe for business innovation (European Central Bank 2022)

TOP 10 best European countries to invest (Ernst & Young)


3rd european country with the highest rate of Engineering graduates (Eurostat)

7th highest English Proficiency in the world (English Proficiency Index 2021)

55,4% of tech talent is located in Lisbon metropolitan area (Global Tech Talent Trends 2022)


7th most digitalised country in Europe (Digitalisation in Europe 2020-21)

59% energy production in Portugal originated from renewable sources (REN)


4th most trusted city among 63 European Startup hubs (Startup Heatmap Trust Score Europe 2022)

4th best expat destination in terms of quality of life (Expat Insider 2022)

Soft Landing

Soft Landing

A tailored program to help international businesses move and scale in Lisbon and beyond.

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The program

A tailored program designed to provide all practical tools, information and resources to simplify the process of moving or expanding operations to Lisbon, ensuring a soft landing without constraints.

Program pillars

The Program supports scaleups in 5 key areas:

Immersive Sessions

Online sessions, on-site workshops and round-tables, provided by selected partners and ecosystem expert players (such as VCs and other founders), focused on the initial guidance and professional network necessary to set up and successfully grow your business from Lisbon.

Curated Networking

One-on-one meetings with program partners for tailored guidance in key areas, such as legal, recruitment and tax, plus personalized support in networking and connecting with key stakeholders (VCs, corporate, etc).


Introduction to the ecosystem key players, including VCs, local scaleups and corporate companies with intros, tours, events, etc.


Administrative support and legal assistance.

Office Space

Access to temporary office spaces fully functional at competitive rates.

The program is for you if

You are a tech scaleup from any vertical, background or origin wanting to set operations or create a team in Lisbon.

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Our approach

  • Customized and cross-functional experience with selected partners to support scaleups throughout the process.
  • Five pillars that run independently: immersive sessions, curated networking, helpdesk, office space and community.
  • Curated opportunities to build connections and close initial partnerships.

Topics covered

• Introducing Lisbon's entrepreneurial ecosystem and main players

• Cultural insights

• Ecosystem key figures

• Types of Visas available

• How to obtain residency in Portugal

• How to setup a legal entity in Portugal

• Corporate structures - Pros and Cons

• How to incorporate a company, requirements and costs

• Corporate tax: earnings, payroll and others

• How to recruit local talent

• Working culture

• Labor law and Social security

• Fundraising strategy

• Venture Capital and other investors in Portugal

• Government subsidies, grants and European Union Funding

Our Partners Include

At a glance




Continuous admissions. Program starting early 2023


Face-to-face and remote


It will depend on the specific needs of each scaleup


It will depend on the specific needs of each scaleup

How to Apply


Step 1

Share your interest

Continuous applications and admissions into the program


Step 2

Discuss support required

Identification of specific needs and the relevant program pillars (services offered) required


Step 3


Assessment of requirements based on specific needs


Step 4

Quotation and Decision

Quotation and decision on the program pillars (services offered), duration and start date

Launch in Lisbon

Launch in Lisbon

Three days to learn everything you wanted to know about how to set up your life and business in Lisbon.

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The program

Three day exploration program with practical workshops, local activities, visits to stakeholders and introductions to key partners to get an overview of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The program is for you if

You are a foreign entrepreneur or startup and are considering expanding or setting up in Lisbon.

For questions related with eligibility, please contact us:

Our approach

Through workshops with experts and ecosystem tours, the program provides the necessary initial orientation and networking in order to successfully implement a business in Lisbon.


of participants said it was highly likely they would recommend Launch in Lisbon to a friend or colleague


of participants said the program changed the next steps they were about to take to launch their businesses in Lisbon

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