Frequently Asked Questions

What does Discoveries have to offer me?

Discoveries offers you 8 bootcamps that will follow the unique FastStart methodology from Fábrica de Startups, access to the Fábrica de Startups community, a network of mentors, startups and investors, prizes and perks and the guaranty of our support to help, advice and encoure you to grow. You’ll have a lot of fun growing and hacking your business with us!

What are the benefits of participating in Discoveries?

Discoveries is an acceleration program that will bring intense training and growth to your business in just a month. You will be in touch with the most important tourism entity: Turismo de Portugal, as well as have access to mentors and investors. Besides being a great way to develop your business, meeting new people from the tourism area and integrating yourself into an exciting, growing ecosystem.

Does the business idea have to be in the Tourism Industry?

We are looking for projects mainly in the following fields: productivity, cities, mobility, community, hospitality, entertainment, ecommerce, big data, crowd sourcing, software as a service, market places, and augmented reality. However, if the idea is applicable to the Tourism Industry it will bring value to your application. Example: a big data project that could serve the Hotel industry.

How many members of the team can participate? Can I apply individually?

Discoveries does not have a maximum limitation of participants per team, but there is a minimum of 2 people per team. Additionally, we strongly recommend that at least one of the participants attending is a founder.

Are there any application restrictions?

We have very few restrictions: no legal persons or trademarks can apply and you must apply as a team.

Can I participate in part-time?

Discoveries will be a very intense acceleration program that requires full-time commitment. We recommend participants attend in person all bootcamp sessions, and get ready to tackle a lot of homework.

Where can I apply?

You can apply through our website, where you can also find further information on the program. You can click on APPLY or APPLY WITH F6S if you're already a member of F6S network!

Does my company have to be incorporated?

No, your company does not need to be incorporated yet.

What is the program calendar?

January 2021: Applications Open 7th March 2021: Applications Closed 12th March 2021: Results Announced Bootcamps: 30th March: Business Model Canvas 1st April: Customer Segment 6th April: Value Proposition 8th April: Channels & Relationship with Clients 13rd April: Revenue Streams 15th April: Key Activities, Resources and Partners 20th April: Cost Structure 22nd April: How to Pitch 29th April: Final Pitch

When will I know if my Startup has been accepted into Discoveries?

The evaluation and selection process will happen as applications are submitted. After analysis of a team’s application, the best applicants will be selected for an online interview via Zoom. All selected teams will be notified until the 12th March.

What is the cost of the program?

The program is free (entirely supported by the program promoter - Turismo de Portugal).

Do you take equity from the startups?


Can you tell me more about what I can expect from the day-to-day at Discoveries?

Bootcamps: workshops made by Fábrica de Startups and guest speakers, about the work to be developed in the subsequent week, following Fábrica de Startups’ Lessons Learned: presentations made by the teams on their business model validations and adaptation reports of the work that have been carried out during the previous bootcamps. Mentorship: mentorship session, where teams are accompanied by experienced mentors that will periodically meet with the team during the five weeks Guest Speakers & Specific Training: experts that join the session to give insights on specific topics.