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The DNA Cascais Ideas and Business Contest – CINC is an initiative which aims to capture business ideas and facilitate the access to financial sources, promoting innovative projects in activity sectors with high growth potential.

It is aimed at new established companies or project authors related to environment/energy/sea areas, social entrepreneurship, information and communication technologies, health as well as tourism/trade/services.

The winner’s selection is made based on the following criteria:

  • Level of innovation idea
  • Viability of the idea
  • Economic, social and environmental impact on the activity sectors
  • Curriculum’s adequacy and the engagement of the promoters to the achievement of the idea

As far as this competition is concerned, the winning project receives an award worth 5.000 euros for the execution of part of capital stock of the new partnership or for the reinforcement of the company, in case it already exists. The finalists receive also support on the elaboration of the business plans and risk mitigation, investment capitation and have a facility preference in the DNA Corporate Nest.

Throughout its 10 years of existence, CINC has already received 660 applications submitted by approximately 1800 participants.


Deadline for applications is until 8 p.m. of March 31st 2017.

The projects must be presented in appropriate form and respect the CINC regulation.

They can be delivered in three ways:

  1. In DNA headquarters
  2. By means of registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt (the porstmark cannot surpass the mentioned date)
  3. By email, to, as long as DNA Cascais confirms the receipt of the application within the limits set

Address: Ninho de Empresas DNA Cascais, Cruz da Popa, 2645-449, Alcabideche