Building Bridges

By Made of Lisboa Jul 3, 2017

Lisbon started a partnership with Amsterdam and Tel-Aviv. But what it's all about?

Building Bridges

With the beginning of July, Lisbon officially kick-starts its partnership with Amsterdam and Tel-Aviv cities based on the Memorandums of Understanding celebrated (MoUs) last week.

On this article we’ll tell you more about these agreements and what to expect from them.

Why?

These signings are part of Lisbon’s city council strategy to allow our entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow internationally. In that sense, these MoUs represent a gateway to global hubs where our community can access more opportunities that otherwise would be out of reach.

How?

By facilitating the circulation of startups and information between the two cities.

You can expect to have an easier access to conferences, events, meetings with local authorities, firms and business opportunities outside of Lisbon’s territory.

As part of the cooperation between the signing cities there will also be shared efforts to promote startups integration in local ecosystems.

Can you give me some examples?

Yes we can, as for example by encouraging participation in bootcamps and tech tours but also bringing start-ups to big scale events, like the Web Summit in Lisbon, Amsterdam Capital Week or DLD Tel Aviv.

A great example is the soft landing program to startups coming to their respective city.

So if a startup were to visit Lisbon its landing support would include:

• a desk in a local co-working facility, free of charge, for 1 month.

• A designated contact in the city of arrival.

• Advice on the setting up and on how to do business in Lisbon.

• Connections to Lisbon’s relevant ecosystems and networks.

• Complimentary access to events organized by InvestLisboa and StartupLisboa.

• Special conditions to visit Lisbon’s museums and attractions and to acquire transport tickets.

Who is eligible? 

Although this will be decided by both cities in each of the programs to be designed, we are targeting innovative companies under 5 years old. The final acceptance of each eligible startup and the bootcamp or techtour to be made is subject to a validation by both cities. 

Startups working on the following sectors: IT, Web and Mobile, e-Health, Smart City, Travel Tech, Creative Industries.

The agreement with Amsterdam and Tel Aviv were just the first step of a running process. You can expect us to head in the same direction with cities such as San Francisco, Paris or London!