Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, UK's Northern Ireland and the Spanish Region of Valencia have been selected as the winners of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) for 2015. Their strategies to promote entrepreneurship and spread innovation among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were selected by a jury which included representatives of EU institutions as well as business associations. The awarding ceremony took place in Brussels on 25 June.
The EER Jury has specifically acknowledge the impact of Lisbon's efforts in positioning itself as an Atlantic business hub and Atlantic startup city, exploiting its geographic location as a gateway to the Americas, Africa and the EU. In particular, the identity of “Startup Cities” has been reinforced through an impressive set of initiatives such as “Empresa na hora”, allowing the creation of a new business in a very short time; the Startup Lisboa business incubator, which opened its doors in 2012 and is part of a urban regeneration project for the downtown area of the city (Baixa); the Lisbon Youth Entrepreneurship Programme that offers education and training for the youth in the areas of citizenship and ethics, career development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy; and the Lisbon Challenge that selects start-ups to receive top mentoring and support, including through sessions organised in Boston, London and São Paulo.
Antonio Costa, Lisbon's Mayor, stated that: "Lisbon is a unique city with a great potential as an entrepreneur city, a real Start Up-City. This has been a priority for the Municipality of Lisbon, which has launched various articulated projects and programs with this objective. The vital steps have been; spaces for incubation and testing of new concepts (like StartUp Lisboa and Fab Lab Lisboa) ; financial instruments giving support to the entrepreneurs; entrepreneur programs in schools; networking between the different partnerships and spaces, like the Network of incubators of Lisbon, and the Week of entrepreneurship; promotion and support of important international events in Lisbon. Today, Lisbon is internationally recognized as a privileged destination for entrepreneurs, and has been highlighted as one of the best cities in the world for entrepreneurship, by the magazine Entrepreneur".
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"Study in Lisbon" is the name of Lisbon's new platform for international students. Launched by Lisbon's City Council on March 19, this online platform aims to internationalize the city and to help students thinking about studying in Lisbon.
The platform is part of a City Council's initiative called "Lisbon Erasmus City", created to strengthen and internationalize Lisbon and to and attract and retain foreign students.
Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho, Municipal Director for Economy and Innovation, presented the platform and stated the City Council's will to increase Lisbon's visibility on an international level. He added that city has "all the conditions to welcome and integrate international students".
The "Study in Lisbon" platform is an important tool for students that are interested in moving to Lisbon. It provides useful information about the city, maps, accomodation contacts, lists of universities, among others.
Over the past four years, the number of foreign students in Lisbon grew 39%. Lisbon now hosts 3,000 students of foreign nationality, 158 research centers, 15,000 researchers, 3 science and technology parks and 11 business incubators.
In the academic year of 2012/2013, 34.000 students finished their higher education studies in Greater Lisbon, with particular emphasis on the areas of health, business, social sciences and engineering. One quarter of the population residing in the city have higher academic qualification.
Learn more at: http://www.studyinlisbon.pt/en/
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