Lisboa Empreende – Applications and Operation

Develop a business concept 

Do you have a good business idea? Is it tested or matured?

If so, don’t Forget:

When choosing the area of your business, consider if your idea fills up a gap in the market and if it is capable of generating sales and profit.


Who is it for?

For anyone, from anywhere, national or abroad, that has a business project for Lisbon and has some of the following requirements:

A solid background or working experience

Believe in building your own future

Rely on your achievement ability and value your business idea

Ability to convince others of the added value of your idea/project

Easily adapt to new situations and challenges

Make the most of any opportunity



How does it work?


This project operates in a very simple way. After signing up, it will take place a personal meeting with a CML technical team to get to know the project better. 

The entrepreneur may benefit not only from specialized technical support provided by the Municipality, but also from a wide network of partners who can help to implement the business concept and to get the best solution for each case.

We always guarantee a response to those who contact us and we ensure that your project is forwarded. 


How can I sign up?

Application is done online or through the Citizen Service Shops of the Lisbon City Council.



What are the benefits of this program?

Meeting with CML technicians to identify which is the best support for your project

Having access to technical experts and to all the support throughout the creation process

Integration in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, access to a network of partners and stakeholders

Funding advice

You may also qualify for tax exemption during the first year of activity.


How does the funding process work?

Lisboa Empreende has developed Partnerships with public - CASES – Cooperativa António Sérgio para a Economia Social, allowing access to the mechanism Sou Mais and IEFP - Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, and private institutions - Millennium BCP, Montepio Geral, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Banco Português de Investimento and Novo Banco, wich allow faster access to financing instruments with very favorable terms. 

There also other ways to get funding, through Boa Boa Crowdfunding Lisboa or by other entities that have agreements with the City Council.



Where are the meetings held?

The meetings are held at premises of Lisboa City Council or at a location to be agreed with the local supporting technical staff appointed to ensure the follow-up of the entrepreneur.

•DMEI (Municipal Division of Economics and Innovation),  Campo Grande 25



More information

Check our initiatives and actions in Activities or through our partners in the Partnerships area.