Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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, eventually, encourage cooperation between their countries of origin and Portugal.

The recipients of this Contest are immigrants who: do not hold Portuguese nationality; have a residence permit in Portugal at the time of application; are resident in Portugal for more than five years from the date of application; on the date of the beginning of the residence in Portugal they were not citizens of the European Union; have a profile that fits the objectives of the competition.

An entrepreneur is a persistent individual, who likes to take risks and accept challenges and who creates something new or adds value to something that already exists, through a lot of dedication and effort.
The aforementioned concept includes not only the creation of new companies or entities (self-employed entrepreneur) but also the introduction, by creative employees, of innovative processes, products or services in the companies or organizations where they work (employee entrepreneur) and , also, attitudes of proactive social responsibility.

In this framework every year a competition opens (at a date to be announced).

The attribution 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 at a public ceremony on International Migrants Day, 18 December.

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2007

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2008

AmpliARte Project
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2007

Elisabeta Ecaterina Necker
2008

Mariana Serpinina
Paulo Mendes

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