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Supporting Atlantic Digital Startups to go International


The digital economy is  rapidly growingworldwide. It is the main driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth and holds enormous potential for European entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Unfortunately, only two percent of European companies take advantage of new digital opportunities (EC Europe). Despite some unawareness, Europe and specifically countries of the Atlantic Region have many success stories globally in the digital marketplace. By supporting new startups in the digital economy from an early stage, allowing them to adapt and benefit from international opportunities, these success stories have the potential to grow.


The ADSA project supports digital startups going international and thus contributes in the cooperation in exploiting R&D results and creating knowledge-extensive companies capable of entering international markets.
Digital startups develop innovative ideas that can reach the market very quickly. The ADSA project will also enhance cooperation between the scientific community, business and government actors, since the partnership includes organizations from all across the triple helix.
By supporting digital startups to grow internationally, the ADSA project contributes to increasing R&D investment in the private sector, which is a key issue in the region as these investment rates are low across the Atlantic region.

Objectives, Activities and Results expected / achieved

New outputs and results complement the existing project

  • Communication and dissemination activities: creation of communication visuals to promote the soft-landing offers in the 4 languages of the Atlantic Area (WP2)
  • Enlargement of the ADSA community by creating tools to continue the collaboration through soft-landing support after the end of the project (WP3)
  • 64 new start-ups selected to join the ADSA program and 64 improved corporate health checks completed (WP8)
  • 64 new startups supported in 9 local support programs with the same goal: help startups to define their internationalization strategy (WP8)
  • 36 startups participating in the Local Investors Forum to access funding for their international development (WP8)
  • 4 virtual BSO capacity building sessions based on 4 success stories related to internationalization in the 4 target sectors: maritime, health, edtech, greentech (WP6)
  • 1 international on-site study visit in Cadiz for 15 BSOs and 5 startups aligned with a major event in the region (WP6)
  • Soft-landing offers defined for each partner and covering the 4 sectors targeted by the project extension (WP7)
  • 27 startups supported through soft-landing activities (3 per partner) (WP7)
  • 25 start-ups supported through participation in a key trade fair in the Atlantic Area (WP7)
  • WP0 - Preparation
  • WP1 - Coordination
  • WP2 - Communication
  • WP3 - Office and Administrative
  • WP4 - Identification of startups and training / support methodologies
  • WP5 - Pilot actions
  • WP6 - Capacity building for Business support organizations supporting digital startups
  • WP7 - Startups make business
  • WP8 - Preparation to internationalisation

Project Reference



Intervention Region

Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and United Kingdom

Total Investment


IPN Investment


Total Eligible


IPN Eligible


EC Funding – Total


EC Funding – IPN



73 Months

Start Date


End Date


Approval Date



Technopôle Brest Iroise (Lead Partner) (FR);
Innovation & Management Centre Limited / WestBIC (IE);
Fundacion Bahia de Cadiz Para El Desarrollo Economico (ES);
Réseau des Professionnels du Numérique (FR);
Comhairle Cathrach Corcai (IE);
Enterprise North West (GB);
IPN Incubadora - Associação para o Desenvolvimento de Actividades de Incubação de Ideias e Empresas (PT);
Universidade do Porto (PT);
Oficina da Inovação – Empreendedorismo e Inovação Empresarial (PT);
Consejo Andaluz de Cámaras de Comercio (ES);
European Business and Innovation Centre Network (BE);
Technopole Quimper-Cornouaille (FR);
ADIT – Technopole Anticipa (FR);
Derry City and Strabane District Council (GB);
Department of Communications;
Climate Action and Environment (IE)




Atlantic Region;