Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation


Initiative inspired in others of great national and international prominence, as COHiTEC or Y Combinator, that aims to project itself as an international program for excellence of business creation in the maritime area.

Annual edition of international ideas contest (seed phase)

Should involve entrepreneurs of different nationalities, with the main focus on students or researchers, betting on a massive spread via academic partners. Will involve actions such as awareness-raising roadshows, some free training (teasers), culminating in a round of applications and selection of finalists  that will be evaluated and invited to submit the project in a final event.

Intensive annual program of creating startups

It is intended to support intensively for a year, the 3 winners of each annual edition of the contest of ideas, which will have privileged access to the mentors network and MARE STARTUP partners, bringing together academic and industrial valences. At the end of the period will be fuelled an investment in projects that have greater market potential and growth.

Applications to the Entrepreneurship Support Program– MARE STARTUP

The Entrepreneurship Support Program - MARE STARTUP aims to include companies or business projects in the initial stage of activity in the sea area and of scientific and technological basis. The application for the program will be opened annually.

Regulamento Adesão ao Programa MARE STARTUP (pdf)

Formulário candidatura ao Programa MARE STARTUP (word)


Prize to be awarded to a startup/project that is considered innovative selected from the MARE INOV - MARE STARTUP Program.



Internationalization program for entrepreneurs and startups in the maritime area.  Initiative inspired on other similar, namely the “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs” and the “INOV Contact” which are addressed to young entrepreneurs in the maritime area.

It is a programme to promote the internationalization aiming to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to acquire knowledge to manage business, along with experienced entrepreneurs in host companies in another country participating in the program.