Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute

Our Founder's Community

We have a strong community of entrepreneurs with 65 startups and +60 students. We provide the tools, the resources, and the network for their businesses to thrive. According to each project's development stage, we have a customized value proposition with different perks they can access, such as talent, tailored mentorship, management tools, cutting-edge methodologies, knowledge, and dedicated space.  

The Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute is growing a diverse community, and we continuously welcome startups whose areas of activity focus on one of these verticals:

  • Fintech & Data
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Hospitality & Customer Journeys
  • Smart Cities & Communities
  • Space, Green & Blue Economy
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Our value proposition

In April, we will inaugurate a dedicated brand-new co-working space to accommodate all the entrepreneurs' needs so that they can grow their businesses in a dynamic and thrilling environment.

Work in a future-driven environment, surrounded by students, professors, companies, professionals, and more!

What's in it for your startup?

  • A fixed table or co-working space 24/7
  • Wi-Fi
  • Phonebooth
  • Live events
  • A community of entrepreneurs sharing the same space
  • Meeting rooms (upon availability)

Get more details.

The guidance, the tools, and the mentoring you need throughout your entrepreneurial journey.

According to your needs and your project's development stage, you can benefit from:

  • One on one guidance sessions with the Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute and members from the Nova SBE community to help you take your first steps as an entrepreneur
  • Workshops on Minimum Viable Products, Sales, Growth, and other topics will help you validate your business idea
  • Mentoring or advising sessions from top national and international professionals. We have a dedicated mentoring program where we put you in contact with the mentor/advisor that best matches your challenges
  • Participating in our acceleration programs

Pair up with students who can help you overcome specific challenges and achieve your goals!

By being part of our community, your startup may have the opportunity to join class projects, such as Digital Marketing or Advanced Branding and Brand Development. There are 35 different student clubs at Nova SBE, some focusing on consulting projects, others on the entrepreneurial ecosystem that organize events and other action/based learning experiences, etc. You may also benefit from a Master's thesis' study developed by our Master's students (45 % of which are international).

According to the Financial Times, Nova SBE is the leading business school in Portugal, ranking in the Top 30 in Europe and the Top 50 worldwide. As part of our community, you will have access to the best talent, not only through our recruitment platform but also to dedicated events and initiatives, such as:

  • The Matchmaking event – where you can meet other NOVA University Lisbon students willing to join new projects/businesses
  • Startup Summer Experience – a five-week internship program where students solve a specific business challenge of a startup in a group
  • Nova SBE Career Fair – an event that takes place twice a year where students meet recruiters, learn about job or internships opportunities, and have exclusive networking moments. Startups and scaleups recruiting are also welcome to participate and meet this talented pool of future leaders.

Finally, we can also connect you to tech profiles from other schools and programs.

Nova SBE hosts several events on the Carcavelos Campus. These can consist of community meetups, pitch days', acceleration programs, conferences, talks, connections to corporate partners, etc., so you can build a valuable network.

Nova SBE also has a network of investors with whom the Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute has a closer relationship. We are available to introduce you to business angels and Venture Capital firms that are aligned with your businesses' activity and growth goals.

Being part of the [Nova SBE] Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute's Virtual Incubation Program has been an amazing experience for us. The team has always been available and given us constant advice that educated us as entrepreneurs and helped guide our next steps as a startup. We also found much value in the community, as the startups are from many different industries and [project] stages. This creates interesting networking and sharing of knowledge in the regular meetups.

João Guimarães, 
Alumni and Co-founder of Intuitivo

Whether through mentoring, connection to the academic community, or privileged access to the best talent, we have had in Nova SBE a determining partner, always committed and supporting us in our journey. Combining academic knowledge with an entrepreneurial spirit allows us to rethink the future.

Rodrigo Moretti
Co-founder of Modatta

Learning from experienced and not so experienced entrepreneurs in this community and with the continuous help of all the staff allowed me to avoid mistakes, find opportunities inside and outside the community, and the motivation to continue growing and grow faster!

Francisco Tenente
Founder and CEO of 3D Ways and FullCycle

Acceleration Programs

Check-in is an open innovation program developed by Nova SBE and sponsored by Turismo de Portugal.

Its target is late-stage startups looking to scale their businesses through addressing key challenges for SMEs and engaging in a pilot solution development for the tourism industry.

For 12 weeks, startups can capitalize on the interconnectedness of the key verticals of the tourism industry whilst using Nova SBE as a dynamic platform to co-create unparalleled products and services.

In the first edition, which took place from March to June 2021, 10 startups developed 20 pilots in partnership with SMEs. These pilots were showcased on a Demo Day. Here you can find more information on the startups and partners part of this first edition.

The second edition of the Matchmaking Event will take place on March 2022 and the Demo Day in June. This edition will have 18 partners and 20 startups.

Madeira Startup Retreat is a unique combination of a startup acceleration program and a relaxing retreat for Tourism & Travel startups. In May, its fifth edition will kickoff by taking ten startups to Madeira to review their business strategy, re-focus their team, and explore businesses both in Madeira and Portugal.

Learn more here.

An open innovation program for Fintech startups sponsored by eight prominent corporate partners. The Academy has a role to play as a safe and controlled environment for experimentation, allowing a free movement of ideas to co-create unparalleled financial products and services. 

Evolution towards a digital ecosystem between banks, Fintech, and third-party contributors, digitation of money, defi, financial inclusion, customer experience, and security are some of the key challenges under the scope.

The accelerator for all things gaming entrepreneurship.

A unique program that gathers several gaming startups for an immersion 6-week program in Madeira Island, to support these entrepreneurs in some of the biggest challenges ahead, providing valuable knowledge, tools, and benchmarking to make their projects thrive. 

The first edition of the program had nine gaming startups, 22 entrepreneurs, 18 workshops, and 30 mentors.