Are you ready to accelerate?

Our programme is designed to help impact startups to overcome the unique challenges they face, and equip them with the resources they need to attract investment, scale their solutions and maximise their impact.

What's in it for you?


7,500 EUR equity-free cash-stipend to cover expenses during your stay.

Corporate Pilot Testing

focus on go-to-market by working directly with large corporates to assess product/market-fit with the possibility of commercial outcomes.

Undivided support

we work with only 10 startups a year to ensure maximum and hands-on support throughout the 3 months of the programme and the following 6 months of ongoing support.

Talented team

experts in product, tech, sales, entrepreneurs-in-residence, investors-in-residence and a managing team fully dedicated to accelerating your business and the rate at which we address some of the world’s most pressing issues.

International and diverse network of mentors

experienced and well-connected professionals ready to advise founders on their business strategy towards more impactful outcomes.

Coworking space

work for 3+6 months in Casa do Impacto, one of Lisbon's coolest hubs where the most promising impact start-ups in the ecosystem are based.

International roadshow

pitch your business across Europe to various investors and corporate networks.

Work in one of the coolest coworking spaces in Lisbon where the most promising impact startups in Lisbon are based.

Casa do Impacto was built to support the new generation of entrepreneurs who are building innovative and sustainable businesses with a positive impact in society. It is located in the heart of downtown Lisbon, in a renewed convent, right next to the river. It was founded by Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa who has been promoting the well-being of people, mainly those who needed it the most for over 500 years.

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What are we looking for?

We are on the hunt for 10 tech-based early-stage impact startups focused on solving social and environmental challenges while generating attractive financial results.

  1. Strong and clear business and impact models with some market validation.

  2. A talented team with solid technical and managerial skills.

  3. A unique and innovative approach with a preference for tech-enabled solutions.

  4. A team with grit, perseverance, and a heart in the right place.

When does it start?


January 21st
Applications opening

The earliest you apply, the better are your chances of being one of the ten startups to come to Lisbon next summer. The assessment of applications will be an ongoing process. The most suitable applicants can be selected before the end of the application period.

February 25th
First Phase deadline
March 25th
Applications close

Maze X Programme

May 13th
3-month acceleration programme
July 4th
Demo Day
Until January 2020
6-months ongoing support

Do you have the grit, perseverance and passion to become an impact unicorn?