DMUworks Enterprise: Start-up Lisbon

Key Information


Application Deadline: 07/02/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Employability trips, Extra-curricular opportunities

Ref: 10006421


Departure Date: 06/07/22

Return Date: 09/07/22


£350: the estimated cost for flights and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Accommodation will be booked by DMU as part of the trip, with students staying in shared rooms in a hotel/hostel

Travel: Flights will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries:

Trip Lead:


All DMU students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. Students wishing to apply will need to have an idea for a business which they intend to launch.  Students who are accepted on to the trip will also be required participate in a short series of mandatory start-up business workshops and the trip will form part of the business launch process.


There are a maximum of 25 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommend to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

Students on this DMU Global experience led by DMuworks Enterprise staff can learn about enterprise and academia through a variety of engaging learning activities. The purpose of the trip is to increase your enterprise education knowledge and inspire you to start your own business when you return back to the UK with the support of the DMU Enterprise workshops.

Students will have opportunities to network at the Lisbon School of Business and Economics and the smart city innovation lab. Students can actively learn about how to start-up, whilst gaining actionable knowledge, with opportunities to network with Portuguese entrepreneurs. You will broaden your perspectives of enterprise education whilst learning the skills to start a business. Some of the other planned visits include: Lisbon Innovation Centre; Coworking Lisbon; Rocket Hub and Lisbon Incubator.

Lisbon is a developed capital city with a thriving innovation and enterprise scene. It is an affordable city to visit with great transport links which provide value and ease of mobility. Lisbon also has numerous entrepreneurship hubs which students can engage with as part of this experience.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. Through participation in this Enterprise trip to Lisbon we expect that students will develop the following:

  • Improved entrepreneurial skills by meeting and learning from Portuguese start-up entrepreneurs
  • Increased confidence to travel and explore the opportunities of expanding their respective start-ups into countries beyond the UK

Before the trip to Lisbon, the DMUworks Enterprise & Entrepreneurship team will host a set of 2 ‘pre-trip’ enterprise start up sessions specifically for the participants, in which they will learn about how to develop their business idea in respect of gaining customers. They will also be taught about researching start-ups before we visit them and cover how to network in Portugal considering local norms and customs.

After the experience, the DMUworks Enterprise & Entrepreneurship team will get the students to present what they learnt to the group and to other students who did not go on this opportunity, so knowledge exchange is still occurring. The students will then be encouraged to book onto a 1-1 follow up call (via MyGateway) in 2 months time so that we can support the progress of our students in helping them to achieve their key learning outcomes.

Cultural activities

The cultural activities as part of this mobility experience to Lisbon may include potential visits to the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT), the National Azulejo Museum, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Berardo Collection Museum.

Each evening their will be a cultural activity which students can participate in which will include learning about traditional dances, food and Portuguese traditions. Students will be encouraged to participate in these activities and make the most of the chance to network in this oversees environment whilst having fun.

Students participating on this opportunity will also have free time to explore different parts of Lisbon including the waterfront, parks and the famous Castelo de São Jorge. Food and drinks recommendations will also be shared in the trip briefing so that students can get a taste of Iberian cuisine.

Please note that all cultural visits and activities are subject to COVID-19 regulations in Portugal.

COVID-19 information

  • Travel to Portugal is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website.
  • Students are strongly advised to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel. Failure to do so could mean that you are required to self-isolate, quarantine or pay for additional tests.
  • Accurate and up-to-date information about the entry and testing requirements for Portugal can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website. The current requirements are for travellers to take a PCR test before travel to Portugal. In addition, travellers are required to take a lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving back in England. Further Information can be found on the UK Government website.
  • For fully vaccinated travellers, the estimated costs for the required COVID-19 tests are £100. Students are required to arrange and pay for these tests independently.
  • All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.

Please note the details outlined above are for information only. Whilst we endeavour to conduct all specified activities as stated for this DMU Global experience, it may not be possible to execute some or all parts of this as envisaged, as they may be beyond the reasonable control of DMU. At the discretion of the Trip Leader and DMU, activities may be rescheduled, adapted or cancelled as appropriate with the health and safety of our students and staff paramount. Where this case may arise, the Trip Lead will communicate with you.