Turismo de Portugal and Fábrica de Startups organize the 4th edition of the Tourism Explorers program, which, for the first time, arrives this year in São Miguel, through the local partners InUAc – Incubator of the University of the Azores and Nonagon – Science Park and Technology of São Miguel.
This program aims to train entrepreneurs across the country, reduce regional asymmetries and enhance:
– the creation of successful new businesses;
– the definition of better strategies for the business;
– adapting the business to a new reality;
– access to a unique network of national mentors, specialized partners in the sector, potential customers and investors.
Divided into Ideation and Acceleration, Tourism Explorers will take place, simultaneously (through Live-Streaming), in 11 more Portuguese cities: Aveiro, Beja, Caldas da Rainha, Coimbra, Covilhã, Évora, Faro, Lisbon, Porto, Setúbal and Viseu.
At Ideation, participants will have to find an innovative solution to the challenge they are faced with. In Acceleration, teams will have the opportunity to test and validate their business model. Participation is free and registration is open until October 7th at www.tourismexplorers.pt.
Launched in 2017, Tourism Explorers has already involved more than 730 entrepreneurs, spread across 17 cities, and has contributed to the development of more than 290 startups. And, according to the most recent Impact Report, 60% of the startups that participated in this program remain active (but in different phases), 23% received some type of investment (43% say they received private investment) and 13% managed to internationalize its business (with the largest concentration being on Spain and Brazil).
Among the most well-known cases of startups that participated in Tourism Explorers and that received investment, we highlight Sailside, Live Electric Tours (also awarded the prize for Best Tourism Startup in Europe, in 2018, at the Startup Europe Awards), Bag4Days and Try Portugal.