Learn more about a program designed to help you validate and define your business model, build a stronger product, get your first customers and grow your business, together with a wide network of partners, mentors and experts.
Building global startups
From Braga to the world
“It helped us knowing the
steps that would come further.
We talked with a lot of
investors and companies that
went through the same
João Pedro Ribeiro, PeekMed
#1 Acceleration Program, 2014
Seed investment in 2015, 7 employees
HOW DOES IT WORK
By providing startups a program designed to help them build, execute and
validate their business model, we want to increase their chances of success
and facilitate access to international accelerators, markets and funding.
With a Lean Startup approach and a hands-on program, we encourage a
process of customer discovery and development, and iterations to achieve
the right product/market fit and reach the first sales.
During the program, startups are expected to iterate rapidly but at their own
pace, according to their maturity and needs, while receiving intensive
mentoring, training and guidance by specialist in technical and business
HOW DOES IT WORK
Phase 1: Define
Phase 2: Build
Phase 4: Pitch
Phase 3: Grow
Access to workshops and Mentoring on Business Model Canvas and
Lean Startup. Using the knowledge and the tools, the teams will then
focus on validating the problem and the solution.
Teams will be focused on making their minimum viable product
stronger by incorporating feedback from potential clients.
This phase will focus on customer outreach, establishment and
implementation of a sales and business development strategy.
The last two weeks, will be spent on preparing the pitch and all the
documentation necessary for potential partners and investors.
Technology based hardware and software products
Digital Economy Digital Health &
3 MAIN AREAS
in partnership with: in partnership with:
Without the acceleration program,
Performetric would be just an idea.
André Pimenta, Performetric
#2 Acceleration Program, 2015
Seed investment in 2015, 5 employees
WORKSHOPS AND MENTORING
Business & Company
• Business Model Canvas
• Lean Startup
• Company Legal Affairs
• Venture Capital & Term
• Scrum & Agile
• Hardware: product
• Growth Hacking &
• Digital Marketing
• Sales for Startups
• Distribution and business
• PR & Communication
• Reaching international
• Pitch Training
• Health Experience Design
• Regulation and
• Reimbursements and
• Health Industry
BMC & Lean Startup
Growth Hacking &
Sales for Startups
PR & Communication
prototype to market
• NETWORK: Connection to a network with over 50 entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts
and executives and more than 50 startups and scaleups;
• FACILITIES: Office space 24/7 and access to labs for research and product development, with
• PARTNERS: Perks provided by a network of startup providers worth more than €100k;
• TRAINING: Top-notch workshops with relevant content to help you develop your business,
your product and your communication, by world-class experts;
• USA ROADSHOW: A limited number of teams will be invited to join a roadshow to the USA
to explore possible synergies and business expansion;
• INVESTMENT: One team will receive an €100k investment from our partner Caixa Capital.
All the teams will be in touch with investors, in several opportunities promoted by the program.
WHAT YOU GET
During the 2017 fall, in collaboration with
FLAD, we will take the top teams to an EUA
roadshow, divided between two cities, where
they will have the opportunity to meet
investors, accelerators and fellow
The best team in the #3 Startup Braga / FLAD
Acceleration Program will be invested in 100k
in convertible notes by Caixa Capital.
Caixa Capital is a leading investor in terms of
funds under management, portfolio size and
diversity whose mission is to invest in funds and
companies, led by highly qualified management
teams, with high growth and valuation potential
Starting a project is always challenging.
The Startup Braga full support
(infrastructure, mentoring and counseling),
was essential for our first steps. The daily
support of the Startup Braga team was
crucial to our current status. Having
received investment from Caixa Capital in
the program, allowed us to dream of
getting even further!
Nuno Pinto, KIDE Fashion
#3 Acceleration Program, 2016
Seed investment by Caixa Capital at Demo Day
To help Startups and
increase their chances
of success, we develop
partnerships to offer a
range of services,
delivered within the
In order to boost the
ecosystem, the most
successful and mature
Startups have to be
engaged in the
community to help early
Braga, a city that has high standards of quality of life based on
location and infrastructures, with a balanced cost of life and a
special focus on productivity - a city flexible and able to
accommodate new entrepreneurs with great startups.
As a technological hotbed, where many international well
succeeded startups have emerged, Braga is also the home for
the renowned University of Minho and of the International
Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) - both partners
alongside Microsoft and Braga Hospital.
Startup Braga is an innovation hub designed to assist the
inception and development of high potential
entrepreneurial projects for international markets.
We provide business acceleration programs for startups
with global ambitions offering tools and knowledge
through several programs.
Startup Braga is an initiative from
InvestBraga - Agency for