Глобальный индекс экосистем стартапов 2022

2022 | StartupBlink View the Global Startup Map p. 142 Positive momentum was recorded in Coimbra, which increased 56 spots to rank 441st, and in Leiria, which entered the top 1000 at 965th. WIth Leira joining the top 1000, Portugal now has 7 ranked ecosystems, versus 6 in 2021. Startup Ecosystem Overview The business environment in Portugal has greatly improved over the years as the country has begun to create a favorable climate for entrepreneurship, foreign investment, and digital nomads. The nation is home to high-tech companies focused on the exchange and sharing of knowledge, as well as to local innovators aiming to create jobs and growth in the country. Notable Portuguese exits include FarFetch, a luxury shopping platform, and Portuguese unicorns include OutSystems, TalkDesk, and Feedzai. One of the most impressive resources of the Portuguese ecosystems is the availability of high quality engineering talent and English speakers. Lisbon is still a popular destination for digital nomads, expats, and lifestyle business owners, thanks to the relatively low cost of living, good weather, and solid infrastructure of the country. There are also a growing number of startup support facilities, such as Startup Lisboa, an incubator for early stage startups. Moreover, due to favorable tax policies, there is a movement of Portuguese entrepreneurs interested in decentralized finance and cryptocurrencies. Additionally, Portugal offers options to non-European residents launching startups, such as the golden visa or startup visa, the tech visa, and the nonhabitual residence (NHR) tax regime, offering significant tax cuts for foreign income, freelancing, and crypto currency, among others. With government initiatives aimed at promoting and developing the startup ecosystem, and with easy access to the European market and the Schengen Zone, Portugal has the potential to become one of the strongest startup economies in Europe. The country’s economic ties to Brazil, with whom Portugal shares a common language, also provides Portuguese startups access to the huge Brazilian market. Portugal’s commitment to its startup ecosystem is evidenced by the annual Web Summit event in Lisbon, which creates massive branding benefits for Portugal and its startup economy. That said, Portugal's startup scene is still not fulfilling its full potential, although the public sector has put substantial resources toward making this happen. The country has yet to produce a high quantity of unicorns, lags behind other leading European ecosystems in total investment, and requires a legislative overhaul to remove red tape. The public sector is aware of the strategic importance of entrepreneurship, and we see few other countries allocating so many resources toward improving local startup ecosystems. One pressing issue has to do with national mindset and culture, which is relatively risk averse. The Portuguese startup scene has a renaissance during every economic crisis when people are compelled into entrepreneurship. The new strategy should be to make entrepreneurship more attractive in times of economic prosperity.