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BoostX is an international program to cultivate the exponential know-how of scaleup teams while addressing growth challenges and opportunities within a safe, healthy, and sustainable tourism ecosystem.  It is an evidence-based, tailored, exponential, intensive, knowledge-focused Scaling Up program and an Applied Technical Venture that aims to empower companies by equipping them with the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources to unlock their full growth potential. 

Its mission is to help companies boost their business models, adapt their service models, qualify their products, optimize and scale their operations, reach new markets, expand their customer base and improve their financing strategy, aligning these objectives to its foundational values. 

Applications for BoostX - ScaleUp Tourism are open until July 7, 2023, and can be submitted through the website

What’s in for companies? In the first phase, 10 companies will be selected to participate in the "Innovation Daysin Portugal - a fully supported (valued at Euros 10 000 per company) five-day boot camp featuring an intensive agenda in collaboration with BoostX partners, and exclusive access to key stakeholders in the tourism, knowledge, and innovation sectors on a national level.  

Following this phase, the 5 finalist companies will receive a tailored, intensive Executive Education program by NOVA (valued at Euros 30 000 per company), featuring experts from various fields.  

These companies will also have the opportunity, under BoostX, to develop their projects and elevate their business models and outcomes by benefiting from a unique testbed and control ecosystem, supported by all partners of this pioneering initiative.  

Areas of interest: AI, Blockchain, AR/VR, IoT, Data Analytics, Hospitality, Tourism and travel products and services, Healthcare and wellness, Travel Insurance, Technology, innovation and sustainability, Accessibility in tourism, Transportation, Regenerative Food System, Smart destinations and smart tourism, Safety & security solutions 

More information: submit a direct message through BoostX website.


Please be advised that applications sent by mail do not guarantee a faster processing time than applications delivered in person. Applications will be processed as per the queues at VFS and the visa Section of the Embassy of Portugal in DC.

We call your attention for the fact that applications for D type visa for Portugal are on very high demand and it will take time to process all of them. Applicants are advised to expect a longer waiting time in obtaining a decision on their application. You will be notified once the application has been processed by the Embassy of Portugal in Washington DC.

Please, be advised, that contacting the Embassy immediately, or repeatedly, will only provoke delays, as resources will have to be diverted from visa processing to answering emails and phone calls.


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