Welcome to Lisbon Challenge Accelerator 2017-03-02T11:30:46+00:00

Lisbon Challenge is a pre-seed accelerator based in Lisbon that funds 10K for 1.5% equity, to help startups build and launch their product in 10 weeks.


How it Works

Applications will be open from the 1st of March to the 30th of July. You can apply online and make sure you get a chance to visit us at Beta-i or catch up with us when we are on the road scouting.


Because we want to help you in ensuring that you do not waste your time nor that you create unrealistic expectations, we have tried to be as clear as possible in terms of what we are looking for and what we won’t consider. If you have any doubts, contact us first.

Perks & Funding

At the end of the acceleration phase, a selected number of start-ups will have the opportunity of receiving:

Our partners are your partners too, offering 200k € in services

F6S Partner
Microsoft BizSpark
IBM Bluemix
CML Lisbon City Hall

Global Yet Local

numbers from our last 7 editions

Some of the investors in LC Alumni

360 Capital Partners, 500 Startups, Atomico, Caixa Capital, Faber Ventures, Octopus, Portugal Ventures, LC Ventures, Right Side Capital,Rising Ventures, Management, Seedcamp, Shiling Capital Partners, Startup Bootcamp, Techstars &Y Combinator

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