StartUp Portimão celebrates 5 years with the presence of two Secretaries of State

Incubator is located at the Algarve International Circuit

StartUp Portimão celebrates its 10th anniversary next Wednesday, August 5th, and there will be two secretaries of State participating in the celebrations. 

The day starts at 9:30 am with a training session integrated into the program I am Digital, a Government initiative operated by the MUDA team – Movimento pela Utilização Digital Ativa in partnership with several entities, and which works with people without any interaction with the online world, through digital training actions developed by volunteers in the family context or in places of proximity to the community.

«Aimed at all Portuguese people who have never used the internet, in particular adults over 45 years old who wish to acquire essential digital skills in their daily lives, the program aims to train info-excluded citizens – approximately 10% of the population – with basic digital skills. – in the shortest amount of time», says the Portimão City Council.

This session will count on the collaboration of 12 people identified as “digitally excluded” by the Municipality of Portimão, by the parish councils of Alvor, Mexilhoeira Grande and Portimão, also participating in “My Fairy Nany”, a startup incubated at StartUp Portimão that seeks to respond to the needs of parents and families who need support to care for their children or the elderly.

The balance session “Five years of StartUp Portimão” is scheduled for 11:00 am, in which Paulo Pinheiro, CEO of Parkalgar, Teresa Mendes, councilor of the Portimão Chamber, Luís Matos Martins, representing StartUp Portimão, José Apolinário, chairman of the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission, Mário Filipe Campolargo, Secretary of State for Digitization and Administrative Modernization

Starting at 11:30 am, two talks will be held, hosted by Carina Cruz (My Fairy Nanny) and Felippe Augusto (Welvind), two young entrepreneurs based at the Portimonense incubator who will talk about their experiences and projects.

The closing session, scheduled for 12:00, will be in charge of Álvaro Bila, vice-president of the Portimão Chamber, and João Paulo Correia, Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, ending this special day with a visit to the premises of the incubator and a cocktail spearheaded by the startup Breakfastaway by entrepreneur Leonardo Mariano who, like Felippe Augusto, is installed in Portimão under the StartUp Visa program, promoted by IAPMEI – Instituto de Apoio a Pequenas e Medisos Empresas.

This program welcomes foreign entrepreneurs who want to develop projects capable of boosting dynamism in the creation of startup-type companies, with new ideas and business models, contributing to attract highly qualified professionals.

Those interested in participating in the program of the event, which takes place at the facilities of the incubator located at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, must register in advance, either by email from Startup Portimão ( or through this link. 

On the same day, a meeting of the StartUp Portimão advisory board and partners will take place, with the aim of reflecting on the incubator's path and envisioning the future strategy.



9:30 am | I am digital

11:00 am | Five years of StartUp Portimão
Paulo Pinheiro, CEO of Parkalgar
Teresa Mendes, councilor of the Portimão City Council
José Apolinário, president of CCDR Algarve
Mário Filipe Campolargo, Secretary of State for Digitization and Administrative Modernization

11:30 am | inspiring talks
Carina Cruz (My Fairy Nanny)
Felipe Augusto (Welvind)

12:00 pm | closing session
Álvaro Bila, vice-president of Portimão City Council
João Paulo Correia, Secretary of State for Youth and Sports

12:15 pm | Visit to the incubator and cocktail facilities