Creative Industries

An entrepreneurial city with creativity in its DNA and a rising ecosystem in the creative industries

Porto is at the forefront of the Portuguese creative industries, especially in design-based consumer goods for the fashion, clothing, footwear, accessories, furniture and jewellery sectors.


Access the large textile, fashion and footwear clusters of Portugal’s Northern Region
Portugal’s Northern Region is recognized internationally for the quality and capabilities of its textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers, which have long been one the main drivers of Portuguese industrial exports. 
  • International fashion companies have also taken notice of Porto. Many now look toward the city’s nascent fashion sector to design and manufacture the latest fashion products or to develop new technological solutions for marketing and sales.

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  • The main textile and footwear industrial clusters in Portugal are located close to the city of Porto in the Cávado, Ave and Greater Porto areas.
  • These industries have a significant weight in the region’s economy, with a combined turnover of 9.2 billion euros and a workforce of approximately 166 thousand workers.
Sources: Instituto Nacional de Estatística

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Explore the city’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Boom
The local creative industries work side by side with cultural tourism, cultural marketing and Porto’s urban regeneration movement.
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  • Cultural and creative content making has played a key role in the preservation of Porto’s cultural heritage and the development of tourist attractions.
  • Porto has hosted Portugal Fashion, the largest Portuguese fashion industry event, since 1995.
  • Busy cultural agenda throughout the year, known for its quality and excellent programming suitable for many types of publics.
  • Venues such as the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Casa da Música and the São João National Theatre are particularly noteworthy.
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Find Creative and Highly Qualified Talent
The city’s human resource pool has outstanding talent in fields such as textile engineering, fashion design and marketing.

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  • Over 3,600 university graduates each year in Arts, Audio-visual and Media Production, Design, Marketing and Advertising, Architecture and Urbanism degrees offered in Porto’s Macro-region1.
  • Porto is known for its pool of "creative people” with the necessary entrepreneurial spirit, skills, information, knowledge and talent.
1Northern Portugal plus a part of the Centre Region (comprising Aveiro, Coimbra and Viseu districts)

Sources: Direção-Geral de Estatísticas da Educação e Ciência.
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Support for Entrepreneurship
Universities in the city of Porto provide key support to the creative industries through R&D activities, knowledge sharing and the active promotion of student entrepreneurship.
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  • Porto Design Factory of Porto Polytechnic has launched, together with other entities, two acceleration programs in the field of design and music.
  • The Serralves Foundation has invested in the creation of state-of-the-art facilities to host new emerging businesses.
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Available Funding and Incentives
Several funding instruments are available to support projects in the creative industries, ranging from financial support under Portugal 2020 programs, to venture capital, business angels and mutual guarantee funds.
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  • R&D collaboration projects or those that focus on the development of new high-value products – such as new or composite fibres for innovative products, new textile applications, or personalization and mass customization solutions clothing and fashion – are better positioned to benefit from Portugal 2020 financial support.
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