Azores Accel is an accelerator tailored to foster scientific and technological transfer in the agri-food and biotechnology sectors, offering expert mentoring and support to startups that valorize the potential of the endogenous resources of the Azores.
Our aim is to foster value creation & early-stage launch, helping innovators focus on market facilitation and development. The selected startups will be trained, mentored and benefit from several services, accessing an ideal test-bed for the implementation of pilot projects in the Azores. This program is financed by the Regional Secretary for Culture, Science and Digital Transition from the Azores Regional Government, managed by Terinov, the Science and Technology Park from Terceira Island and powered by BGI, the leading Portuguese Business Accelerator.


Why Azores Accel?

  • Expert national and international trainers and mentors
  • Pilot-oriented program with access to local infrastructures: 12-month free incubation period at TERINOV Science and Technology Park facilities
  • Unique entrepreneurial-friendly ecosystem: companies incorporated in the Azores can benefit from special regional tax regimes: IRC 20% lower and IRS up to 30% lower
  • Internationalization opportunities: TERINOV and BGI can provide a soft-landing in the United States and other markets, unlocking access to capital and global customers
  • Access to TERINOV and BGI’s investors network


  • Teams of entrepreneurs in the agri-food or biotechnological sectors based in Portugal or other countries
  • Strong focus on sustainable development and climate change mitigation
  • Early-stage companies that wish to incorporate in the Azores at the end of the program



Read our alumni testimonials

I met BGI team after winning EIT Digital Venture Program and they have been exceptional in helping startups to thrive, providing startups with a valuable network of contacts. BGI is like a swiss army knife for startups in seeding phase: whatever you need they have it and gladly will help you to make the best use of it
Paulo Zoio
alumni of EIT Digital Venture Program from the 2020 edition
The meetings with the mentors are being fenomenal and the networking & exchange of knowledge are one of the key things that we are taking from this week.
André Glória - CTO at genviot
Participant of BGI Accelerator 2019 edition
One of the highlights we like the most I would say that are the mentoring sessions. It is the most crucial for us: to check our product and to think "what kind of story are we going to tell to our investors?"
Iwa Pawlak - COO and Founder at Smart Forest
Participant of BGI Accelerator 2019 edition

For more information and eligibility criteria, click here.

Have questions? Please send an email to: natalia@bgi.pt

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