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Government to start Digital Week with more support for startups

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Government to start Digital Week with more support for startups

The Digital Government Week will kick off this Monday with the inauguration of Startup Portugal's new facilities at the Ministry of Economy, where new measures to support technology-based entrepreneurship will also be presented, the Observer knows.

Among the new initiatives, there will be at least one digital identity program (which was already foreseen in the State Budget for 2020) and the update of the Startup Hub, the database launched in July, which compiles all the available information on the ecosystem of Portuguese entrepreneurship. It is on this platform that data about startups, investors, venture capital funds, incubators and accelerators can be found.

The objective of the Ministry of Economy, led by Pedro Siza Vieira, is for the Startup Hub to function as a platform that centralizes and aggregates all information. It is there that the advantages available to startups that register will be listed, the Observer found out. These advantages stem from partnerships that the Government has established with several companies.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, will allow startups to have 5,000 euros in AWS credits and 1,500 euros worth of business support. The Portuguese company Aptoide will provide 50 euros in advertising for programmers registered in its store.

Revolut will allow access to the Revolut for Business service, by charging 50 euros, including two months of free access, free international transfers and account management tools. Ernst & Young will allow 50 free accesses to the EY Finance Navigator Bizay platform and the Portuguese 360imprimir will offer 250 Premium business cards.

InvoiceExpress will make the billing software XS Plan available for one year and ShopKit will offer a complete business scanning package for 322 euros. The Observer also knows that this update will involve the signing of a protocol between Startup Portugal, the Tax Authority, AMA – Agency for Administrative Modernization and the Studies and Strategy Office of the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition.

From 2 to 6 March, the days are divided by themes. After Monday's event, Alfândega do Porto hosts the INCoDe.2030 Forum on Digital Skills Day. On the fourth, there is a visit to CEiiA (Center for Engineering and Product Development), INESC-TEC (Institute of Systems and Computers Engineering, Technology and Science) and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, on a day that is dedicated research in the service of the economy.

On Thursday, the Digital Transition Plan will be presented at the Champalimaud Foundation, and on Friday, in Castelo Branco, TechHubs will be at the service of territorial cohesion. Monday's ceremony will be chaired by the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, also counting on other members of the Government.

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