Guimarães presents a new national level “super incubator” called Set.Up Guimarães. Strategically located in one of Portugal’s most industrialized regions, Set.Up Guimarães aims to create synergy among its various players through the whole county.
Thus, Set.Up Guimarães comes together with the goal to promote local entrepreneurship and innovative ideas, engaging in five large areas of knowledge: creative, technological, agricultural, industrial, and social.
In each of these new poles, the Municipality of Guimarães manages spaces designed to welcome potencial entrepreneurs or professionals in the above mentioned areas of knowledge into a structure that offers them privileged conditions for the start-up and development of projects.
Set.Up Guimarães provides workspaces at highly competitive prices, investing highly in facilities, as well as in knowledge and communication, enabling entrepreneurs to exchange experiences and to easily develop contact networks.
Set.Up Guimarães is divided into five sub-incubators: LabPac (creative area), TecPark (technological area), LandLab (rural base), PevFactory (industrial area), and Plural (social area).
Guimarães enjoys the rare privilege of combining a historical past with a strategy for the future that stands on economical, cultural, social, and environmental development, focusing on innovation/knowledge, industrialization and competitiveness, industrial fabric compatibility, and the articulation with several promoters as one the municipality’s main strategies.
Therefore, Set.Up Guimarães’ main goals are as follows:
– To promote entrepreneurship by endorsing the creation of micro and small companies in early stages, providing them with the physical and technical conditions needed for growth and reaffirmation in the territory, making specialized technical support available;
– To organize initiatives that identify and attract projects or innovative companies that may benefit from the support of pre-incubation or incubation at Set.Up Guimarães;
– To promote cooperation between companies and partners that support Set.Up Guimarães;
– To achieve agreements, protocols, and contracts with several entities, in order to carry out actions with the entrepreneurs, such as coaching, financial advisory, and training in several areas connected with economic activity;
– To reduce company mortality in their startup stage.