Empower the transition to renewable energy and support customers accelerate their path towards decarbonizationknow more
Empower the Transition towards Renewable Energy
Strengthen the Grid of the Future
Energise Client Innovation
Increase employees’ engagement and productivity through improved communication and work toolsknow more
Enable efficient internal communication to promote engagement
Facilitate remote and hybrid work through new technologies
Leverage GenAI in the workplace
Promote new and more sustainable forms of mobility, as well as the transition towards greener buildingsknow more
Enable the Adoption of Sustainable Transportation Alternatives
Accelerate the Transition towards Greener Buildings
Improve fan engagement and empower sports performance by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence for data insightsknow more
Boost Fan Engagement
Leverage GenAI in Sports
Innovate Urban Planning through data, and leverage the power of technology to increase the circularity of the built worldknow more
Facilitate Circular Construction
Optimise Data-driven Urban Planning
Enable the Transition to Green Cities
Nov 13, 2023
Nov 28 - Jan 10
- 7 Dec: Sports Tech
- 11 Dec: Green Buildings & Mobility
- 12 Dec: Urban Planning
- 13 Dec: CleanTech
- 14 Dec: Future of Work
- 10 Jan: General Program
Mar 5 - Apr 8
Selection of 3 startups per vertical to participate in the program
Apr 11 - Jun 30
Design and plan a potential collaboration with the corporate partner
Virtual presentation of the progress achieved through the program
Emerging Tech is an Open Innovation program organised by Unlimit, in partnership with EDP INOVAÇÃO SA, Câmara Municipal da Maia, CTT – Correios de Portugal S.A, Gaiurb – Urbanismo e Habitação E.M, and Sport Lisboa and Benfica. The aim is to accelerate innovation in CleanTech, Future of Work, Green Buildings & Mobility, Sports Tech and Urban Planning sectors in Portugal, by connecting the companies operating in the industry with disruptive startups from all over the world.
The goal is to identify mature and innovative tech solutions to support companies in solving their key challenges and address the strategic areas, while opening sales for startups to generate new business opportunities.
Emerging Tech is a dedicated program to give you direct access to our partners’ innovation and technical teams, to evaluate the fit of your solution to their needs and to design a potential collaboration. These companies are the top in Portugal in their industries, and each has launched a specific challenge: EDP in Cleantech, CTT in Green Buildings & Mobility, Sport Lisboa and Benfica in Sports Tech, Synopsys in Future of Work, and Gaiurb in Urban Planning.
Through this program, you will also leverage expert insights from industry leaders in these areas, as well as access a network of investors.
International startups established for +1 year and less than 7 years
Startups with solutions capable of addressing one of the challenges in CleanTech, Future of Work, Green Buildings & Mobility, Urban Planning and Sports Tech.
Ready to run pilots and/or scale sales in one year
No, the program will run remotely.
The program is free of charge or equity.
Overall, 3 startups will be selected for each vertical of the program.
CLEANTECH (powered by EDP)
Empower the transition to renewable energy and support customers accelerate their path towards decarbonization
FUTURE OF WORK (powered by Câmara Municipal de Gaia)
Increase employees’ engagement and productivity through improved communication and work tools
GREEN BUILDINGS & MOBILITY (powered by CTT)
Promote new and more sustainable forms of mobility, as well as the transition towards greener buildings
SPORTS TECH (powered by Sport Lisboa Benfica)
Boost fan engagement and improve sports performance through data & AI
URBAN PLANNING (powered by Gaiurb)
Innovate Urban Planning through data, and leverage the power of technology to increase the circularity of the built world
Portugal is very welcoming for international people. Most Portuguese speak in English, especially in the startup world. Some authorities’ forms are in Portuguese, but there are many entities that can help you. You can also certify documents in both languages, not only in portuguese and it is acceptable. Most companies don’t have any problems with the language barrier
Previously known as Acredita Portugal, Unlimit has already 15 years of experience in the portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystem. As organizer of what was the biggest entrepreneurial contest in Portugal, and 2nd biggest in the world, Unlimit has already supported the development of more than 100000 new business ideas.
Currently organizing the 3rd edition of Aceler@Tech, we leverage a wide range of partners in the travel and tourism industry, as well as a wide network of investors. We have also learned from our previous experience and feedback to organize the most valuable program for you.
EDP is among the largest players in the energy sector in Europe and the 4th largest producer of wind energy. It aims to build a new energy by promoting renewable sources, and has the goal of being 100% green by 2030. It operates in 29 markets and 44 different nationalities.
Maia City Council
The municipality’s local authority is responsible for promoting the development of the region in all areas of life, such as health, education, and housing, the environment, spatial planning and urbanism, transport and communications.
CTT – Correios de Portugal S.A,
CTT is a logistics and distribution company with more than 500 years. Its vision includes being the partner of reference for companies, developing e-commerce and simplifying their physical and digital presence, as well as being people’s trusted brand for shipping and financial and insurance services.
Gaiurb – Urbanismo e Habitação
Gaiurb is the company responsible for Urban Planning, Social Housing and Urban Rehabilitation for the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia.
Sport Lisboa and Benfica
Benfica is the Portuguese club with the most supporters in the world (14 million), 5 million of them in Portugal. The club’s main senior men’s sport is football, but it also excels in other sports such as handball, basketball, futsal, roller hockey and volleyball. It is a brand with a fresh, aggressive and innovative communication.