Friends of Portugal partner Re-nascer co-hosts second business idea competition in rural Portugal
Friends of Portugal’s partnership initiative Re-nascer continues to accomplish great things in their efforts towards developing entrepreneurship in rural Portugal. For 2019, the most recent iteration of those efforts was through a business idea contest hosted in Ansião, a town in the district of Leiria in Central Portugal.
Twelve projects signed up for the contest and five were selected to be finalists. Those finalists were able to attend a 2-day special business and entrepreneurship program with sessions on key topics such as marketing development, finances, mentoring and how to pitch a business idea.
The initiative, which was put together in partnership with the municipality of Ansião, received participation from people of various ages and backgrounds. Two of the projects were from local high school students ages ranging from 15 to 17 years old.
The second day of the event included an entrepreneurship conference open and free to the public. The conference hosted very special guests such as António Domingues, the mayor of Ansião, and Maria do Céu Albuquerque, the Secretary of State for Regional Development. The conference was able to create the proper framework for the announcement of the contest winners as well as their business presentations.
In a big surprise, Friends of Portugal presented a special BOOST prize of 250 euros which was awarded to Tatiana Arneiro for her project, “Smartkey.” Tatiana was considered to be the participant best prepared to kick-off her business. The “Smartkey” project is an app that would allow hotel and AirBnB guests to open their room doors using NFC technology. In addition, the app would include other features such as chat with the reception desk or making reservations in restaurants.
The top prize of 500 euros was awarded to João Costa, for his project “Traveling Bag Story.” The project seeks to solve the problem of tourists not knowing where to store their belongings in between hotel/AirBnB checkouts and airport check-ins by providing them with a locker system located in city centres.
Friends of Portugal is proud to have sponsored such an incredible event. We believe in the talent and potential of Central Portugal and other rural areas of this nation and seek to continue investing and empowering the people there.