It’s great to be in Canada, especially when Canada’s Day is just around the corner! But having the option to travel overseas and knowing that you’ll be welcome there shouldn’t be taken for granted as well! INcubes International Exchange Program, the largest of it’s kind in Canada, offers just this to its startups. Thanks to partnerships with accelerators and incubators around the globe, INcubes companies who are traveling to those destinations are able to work out of their spaces and leverage their network of local connections.
Mirens, an INcubes company, has just taken advantage of this program for the second time. Mirens is an online furniture design platform and home furniture store, that gives designers a chance to share their designs with the public and gives customers a chance to voice what furniture they want Mirens to offer. Last year they traveled to China, and this year they’ve just come back from a successful trip to Portugal. They met with João Vasconcelos, Executive Director at Startup Lisboa and Fernando Peres Ferreira at Portugal Ventures.
Startup Lisboa is located in the heart of downtown Lisbon. They started in 2012 right after an economic crisis in Portugal. They are founded by the government, banks and schools. The startups pay for office space and they provide mentorship and all the support services. Most startups in Startup Lisbon target the UK market mainly. They’re in Lisbon because cost of living and cost of running a business are much lower, and travelling across Europe is easy. All in all, Lisbon is a great city for startup to soft-land before the launch to Europe. Startup Lisboa has expanded to 3 buildings in downtown Lisbon. Each building focuses on a different stage of startups. Here are a few pictures: