This initiative of the Immigration Platform aims to reward immigrants who have distinguished themselves for their entrepreneurial and responsible role in the context of Portuguese society, and who are examples of proactive and innovative integration and, possibly, of encouraging cooperation between their countries of origin and Portugal.
Recipients of this Contest are immigrants who: do not hold Portuguese nationality; have a residence permit in Portugal at the time of application; have been resident in Portugal for more than five years from the date of application; at the time of commencement of residence in Portugal were not citizens of the European Union; have a profile that fits the competition objectives.
An entrepreneur is understood as the persistent individual who likes to take risks and accept challenges and who creates something new or adds value to something already existing through a lot of dedication and effort.
The concept referred to above includes not only the creation of new companies or entities (self-employed entrepreneurs) but also the introduction by creative collaborators of innovative processes, products or services in the companies or organizations where they work (entrepreneur for hire or reward) and , as well as attitudes of proactive social responsibility.
In this framework every year opens a contest (on date to be announced).
The award decision is the responsibility of the Founding Nucleus of the Immigration Platform, based on a proposal presented by a jury chaired by Dr. António Vitorino.
The € 20 000 Prize is awarded every year in a public ceremony on International Migrants’ Day, 18 December.