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We challenge you to come up with new approaches to Cork

At Amorim Cork Ventures, we believe in the potential of Cork – a raw-material with unmatched intrinsic characteristics – and we value the entrepreneurs and startups looking for new businesses and solutions with cork.

Cork Challenge Lisbon

Innovating the cork industry

Lisbon, Portugal, welcomed the first two editions of ‘Cork Challenge”, the 8 week Amorim Cork Ventures acceleration program that, since its creation in 2014, gathered more than 200 applications.

In line with the motto behind the creation of Amorim Cork Ventures - the first incubator and venture capital dedicated exclusively to the cork business - “Cork Challenge” represents an important milestone for the long-term sustainability of the cork industry.

By building bridges between the world of startups and the world leader in cork products, this project is a huge contributor to the economic success and innovation potential of the industry, going further than any program so far, and using recognized and tested processes and startup acceleration methodologies.

2015 & 2016 Editions

  • Cork Challenge Lisbon 2015 (29th October - 20th November 2015)
  • Cork Challenge Lisbon 2016 (24th May - 21st June de 2015)

Both editions included 2 phases (Design Thinking and Acceleration) with 10 early stage startups in idea and prototype stage. The program included:

  • Design Thinking
  • Business Model Validation (Business Model Canvas)
  • Lean Methodologies
  • Prototyping
  • Financials
  • Website and Digital Marketing
  • Pitch

Cork Challenge is a partnership between Amorim Cork Ventures, the world's leading cork company, and Beta-i, one the most active startup accelerators in Europe.

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The Design thinking Session was a 2-days initiative where teams and individuals were invited to learn about Amorim, its solutions and cork usability and properties. Entrepreneurs used their first lean innovation tools to conceive and design projects using cork, with added value to the market.

4 weeks catered by Beta-innovation and Amorim Cork Ventures specialists, full of technical and networking support to growth and scale startups. During this phase, startups had not only access to workshops, coaches, mentors, new methodologies and technologies, but also access to investors, a strong community of entrepreneurs, a door for potential clients through exposure from different key events.

Still not sure if this is the program for you? Let's talk! Send us an email.

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