The city has a long track record of companies that set up and grow their business in Porto - from dynamic new start-ups to multinational corporations.

Founded in 2009, BLIP is one benchmark company in software engineering in Porto, focused on high performance web applications.

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This specialized web engineering company delivers products in all 5 continents, using agile methodologies and developing products able to identify and analyse client´s needs, managing to propose innovative and skilled solutions. 

Started as a startup, the company witnessed an impressive growth and it is now considered one of the main software brands in Portugal. 

The company holds a proven record on web project development for international companies, which led them to become part of the BetFair Group, in 2012. 
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CGC Genetics
CGC Genetics is one of the main European clinical genetics laboratories and leader in medical genetic tests in Portugal.

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Nacional and international reference center holds subsidiaries in Spain and USA and partnerships in all over the world.

Using vanguard technologies, analyses samples from all over the world in its five laboratories and offers more than 3.800 genetic tests, being the exclusive provider of diagnostic tests for some diseases.

Strongly committed with R&D, CGC is involved in several research projects, being considered a national and international reference in several research fields, being author of various scientific articles published in prestigious journals.
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Veniam develops Internet of Moving Things solutions and is the company responsible for the development of the world's largest network of connected vehicles in Porto.

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With more than 40 international patents, the company turns vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots and builds city-scale vehicular networks that expand wireless coverage and collect terabytes of urban data. 

Veniam hardware, software and cloud components is running in the world's largest network of connected vehicles, including taxis, waste collection trucks and entire public bus fleet in Porto, offering free Wi-Fi to 115,000 active customers.

Created in 2012, as a spin-off of the Universities of Porto and Aveiro, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, has offices in Singapura and its engineering team in Porto (UPTEC).

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Sitel is one of the world’s leading outsourcing providers of customer experience management.

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The North American company is a market leader in the international call & contact centre sector, with more than 26 years of history delivering outsourcing solutions and with a global presence in 21 territories, offering services in 40 languages.

In Porto, the company employs around 500 people to serve the largest brands in the world with value-add contact center outsourcing services.

Sitel staff is trained to offer high quality services such as Acquisition and Sales, Back Office Services including fulfilment, Customer Care and Technical Support in most European languages.
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Farfetch is an young company that revolutionized the way people shop for fashion and has turn into the first Unicorn company made in Portugal. 

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Combining creativity with a world-class technology, Farfetch developed a unique business idea – a pioneering website that brings together more than 300 of the world’s best boutiques under one address. 

With offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Porto, Guimarães, São Paulo and Tokyo, Farfetch showcases over 1,000 labels.

Founded in 2008, Farfetch witnessed a huge growth into a global company valued at $1 billion, which places it in the exclusive "Unicorn Club” - the top billion-dollar software companies in the world.

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Jump Willy
Born as a startup by the hands of two young entrepreneurs, Jump Willy is a unique creative studio in Animation, Motion Design and Music Composing. 

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With a multi-disciplinary team develops, conceptualizes, and produces custom made inspiring content in all forms of digital media for ads, corporate videos, branded entertainment and animation TV series.

Founded in 2007, in Porto, soon expanded to London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, working with dozens of brands around the world such as BMW, Lexus, H&M, Stella Artois and the Hollywood Studious.

With a young, talented and creative people, Jump Willy’s work is highly appreciated and internationally awarded – Remi Award (WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival), Best Digital Entertainment Startup (Hong Kong ICT Awards), Cannes Corporate Media & TV, Best Young European Creative Talent (awarded to founder João Seabra).

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With a history of more than 100 years, EFACEC is the largest Portuguese industrial group operating in the energy, engineering and mobility areas.

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Efacec positions itself as one of the major global players in their business sectors. 

With several innovative projects such as the development of electric buses, the company is also a leading supplier of electric vehicle charging systems and of integrated solutions and equipment in the market of power generation, transmission and distribution.

Efacec is one of the most internationalised Portuguese companies. Present in over 65 countries it has subsidiaries in several geographies, from the US to Central Europe till the Maghreb and Southern Africa.

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Douro Azul
Douro Azul is a leading river cruise company in Portugal, with a fleet of 11 luxury ship hotels, and one of the main drivers of tourism development in Porto and, in particular, in the Douro River region.

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The Douro Azul group holds several investments in the tourism and leisure sector, from operations in the touristic animation area (cruises, sightseeing tours, helicopter tours), to theme parks and hospitality up to space tourism.

Following the acquisition of the German operator Nicko Cruises - which operates in 12 countries and three continents - the group has become an important player in the European river cruising market. 

Moreover in the international scene, the company plans to start an operation in the Amazon River, in 2017.

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Sonae is one of the largest Portuguese business groups born in Porto and one of the largest employers in Portugal. 

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Present in over 70 countries, Sonae is a multinational company managing a diversified portfolio of businesses in retail, financial services, technology, shopping centres and telecommunications.

Sonae is a food retail market leader in Portugal, after having launched a true revolution in consumer habits and the Portuguese commercial landscape with the opening of the first hypermarket in Portugal.

With more than 25 years of experience and over 140 awards received, Sonae is also an international shopping centre specialist, passionate about creating unique shopping experiences, owning 44 shopping centres in Europe and South America.

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Armatis-lc is a leading contact centre provider in France, with 6500 employees spread through its 12 centres in France and 3 other internationally.

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Armatis-lc Portugal targets large companies in fields such as telecommunications, energy and insurance, among others, and provides its clients with a wide range of multimedia services via telephone, email and mail, as well as digital solutions.

To follow its international expansion the company opened a new centre in Porto which delivers both inbound and outbound solutions from an excellent international work environment.

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Established in Coimbra in 1998, Critical Software has specialized its activity in the development of software solutions and information engineering services.

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It operates in 11 major markets such as Aeronautics, Space, Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities, Health, Defence and Security, Government, Maritime Solutions, Railways, Space and Telecommunications, Financial Services.

Its client portfolio includes NASA, who was its first client, with Critical Software having been involved in 20 space missions (including the recent Exomars mission in 2016). Other examples are the European Space Agency, Airbus Defense & Space, Thales Alenia Space, Siemens, among a myriad of other entities.

Currently it has offices in Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto, with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom (Southampton and Yeovil), Germany (Frankfurt), United States (California), Brazil (São Paulo), Mozambique (Maputo) and Angola (Luanda).

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Devexperts is a German FinTech company, established in Porto since 2018, specialized in the development of complex software solutions and services for the capital markets industry, including trading platforms and market data services.
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The company develops and complex solutions, customized to fit the needs of its international clients: stock exchanges, banks, brokers, online brokers, investment funds, etc. designing products for PCs and distributed server systems running on Windows, Linux, iOS and Android.

The Devexperts development team is recognized as one of the world’s best, having received in the past ten years more than 25 of the global software and financial industries most prestigious awards. The high performance, scalability and integration capabilities of Devexperts products and services, along with 24x7x365 monitoring and support, result in the global financial industry’s most recognized and reliable technology.

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