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Factsheet for measure PT-2009-13/2563 – measures in Portugal

SME Academy

Academia PME

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 24 March 2009
Context Digital Transformation, Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Paula Carrilho (CESIS)
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 14 November 2022)

Background information

The SME Academy (Academia PME) is a platform launched in 24 March of 2009, by the Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (Agência para a Competitividade e Inovação – IAPMEI). It aims to enhance the formation and growth of businesses or firms that face restructuring and need support to improve their situation.

Content of measure

This instrument is available to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) undergoing a period of restructuring.

The SME Academy programme fits into the Operational Programme Innovation and Competitiveness (Programa Operacional Temático Competitividade e Internacionalização - POCI) (2014-2020). It aims to make improvements to the general functioning, organisation and competitiveness of SMEs, following a diagnosis of each company's situation. It promotes the development of skills in micro, small and medium enterprises through vocational training.

The training offer of the SME Academy consists of:

  • Thematic workshops;
  • Awareness raising sessions;
  • Thematic seminars;
  • Training action for company board members;
  • Financial training.

The SME Academy promotes business skills in workshops format, addressed to entrepreneurs, business owners and managers of micro and/or small businesses, focusing on issues related to management and personal development sessions, helping companies to find the most suitable solutions to business recovery and to make the business more efficient.

The programme focuses on two dimensions:

  • Increasing management skills of participating entrepreneurs and managers to respond to the challenges of change and innovation processes.
  • Obtaining improvements in the functioning, organisation and competitiveness of SMEs, with a focus in solving the problems detected.

Additionaly, the SME Academy regularly promotes initiatives related to Digital Transition.

Use of measure

In 2019, another edition of SME Academy has started with 256 SMEs. From 2015 to 2018 it supported 1,283 SMEs.

From 2008 until 2014, this instrument supported 1,482 companies.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



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