Live Electric Tours Is The First Portuguese Startup To Receive The Startup Europe Awards

The award ceremony took place in Bulgaria and distinguished the Portuguese startup as the best in Europe in the Tourism category

The award ceremony took place on the 15th of November in Bulgaria and distinguished the Portuguese startup as the best in Europe in the Tourism category

·        Live streaming service has the support of Vodafone after the startup has participated on the accelaration programme Vodafone Power Lab in Lisbon

·        Portugal Ventures has just invested 700k on the company

Lisbon, 15th of November of 2018 – The portuguese startup Live Electric Tours ( has just been recognized at European level as the best startup in the Tourism category at the StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe. The project, founded in 2017, offers an innovative solution to tourism in the city of Lisbon through a unique service in the world of 100% electric cars equipped with free Wi-Fi that allows you to share live travel on social networks. To this international recognition is added the recent injection of 700 thousand euros from Portugal Ventures, reinforcing the growth plans of the company, including the fleet, the team and the expansion to other cities and markets.

Entirely portuguese and founded by Djalmo Gomes and Luís Lucas, Live Electric Tours is the first company in the world to introduce Live Streaming technology in the Tourism sector. It offers the experience of driving a 100% electric vehicle and at the same time transmit the trip by live streaming it - usually to Facebook, Instagram or Youtube. The vehicles are equipped with free internet, a GPS audio guide, and a Live HD camera. portuguesa e fundada por Djalmo Gomes e Luís Lucas, a Live Electric Tours é a primeira empresa no mundo a introduzir a tecnologia Live Streaming no setor do Turismo.

The tours range from € 29 (1h) to € 99 (6h), being the latest the favourite among tourists. Of the more than 1,000 tours and 2,500 customers to date, for now most of the customers (more than 75%) are foreigners already from more than 80 nationalities. For the next year the company intends to increase the number of national's using the service.

With 16 vehicles and a team of 10 people, the company intends to reinforce the offer  and to expand to two other cities in 2019 - Porto e Évora.

After passing several stages and being chosen to represent Portugal in this category, the Commissioner for Society and Digital Economy, Mariya Gabriel, presented to Live Electric Tours the certificate that certifies the project as the European winner during the Startup Europe Summit 2018 that took place in Sofia in the presence of the Bulgarian prime minister and several European prime ministers and ministers.

In her speech, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel congratulated Live Electric Tours, commenting that "Europe wants more projects like yours. More passion, dedication, talent and energy. We believe in your dream and have already proven that progress is made up of small steps and that success requires long nights and a lot of reflexion about the best way to address the most challenging points. "

Ana Mendes Godinho, Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism says: "It was a great satisfaction for me to see Live Electric Tours win this prize. It shows the great capacity of Portuguese startups to consecrate  Portugal as a hub for innovation in Tourism and sustainability solutions. This is one of the startups that went to international tourism fairs under the Tourism 4.0 program, which shows well the importance for entrepreneurs to be present in these international stages. "

Live Electronic Tours and the other winning startups will gain visibility thanks to the Media Partner Alliance, made up of 25 members from Spain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Sweden, Mexico and Denmark, among others. These projects will also have access to a mentoring program through Finnova Foundation's StartUp Europe Accelerator which includes support for internationalization, European funds ranging from € 50,000 to € 2,5 million non-refundable, international communication among other types of support.

Djalmo Gomes, Founder & CEO of Live Electric Tours, states that "this award represents a lot for the brand and the whole team. We have worked hard to create our product that is unique in the world. We are very grateful to our partners who believed in us from the beginning and to our customers who chose this innovative and green way to visit the city of Lisbon. This recognition gives us more strength to continue and increases our conviction in expanding to other cities in Portugal and beyond. "

For Pedro de Mello Breyner, Executive Board Member of Portugal Ventures, with the responsibility of Tourism, "this award is a reflection of the effort we have made together with Live Electric Tours in growing a business that improves the tourist experience, enriches the tourism offer of our country and is concerned with mobility and environmental sustainability. Congratulations to this promising team. "

About Live Electric Tours

Founded in 2017 by Djalmo Gomes and Luís Lucas, Live Electric Tours is a brand of Electric Rent, a startup incubated at Startup Lisboa, with the ambition to be a market leader in the promotion and operation of electric vehicles, as a key to new mobility and sustainability of the cities, and the best partner of the big brands in the development and activation of strategies of customer engagement and sustainability. In September 2018 it as received an injection of 700k (thousand euros) from Portugal Ventures and in November became the first Portuguese startup to receive the StartUp Europe Awards as the best StartUp in Europe in the Tourism category.

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