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_8 with them to really structure their work, input and how to measure the impact that they have. One month ago they won a national award for volunteers, which is the first recognition of their work. For this organisation we are working less on developing their idea, and more on trying to improve their measurement and promoting their own organisation, because that was the thing that was missing the most. Another organisation that we incubated is an organisation that is working with the protection of sea life. Our work with them was to plan and to think about what they want to do. We started working with them from the very beginning stages of the project. Now they are a legal structure, and they have already won work on a European project. These are two very different projects which we work with differently; one that is well developed and one that we helped in the very early beginnings. What, in your experience, have been the challenges around helping incubates working on their ideas and their offerings and making them ready for market? One of the challenges is the bureaucratic and legal regulations in Portugal. It is very time consuming, you need to visit a lot of offices and it can be difficult to know which kind of licences and certificates that you need to do a certain type of work. Finance is another challenge, for sure. In Portugal it is hard to get funding for testing out new ideas. If you have already done a pilot and have proved that your idea works, then access to funding is easier, but not many funders are willing to fund the piloting stage as it is too risky. A challenge for us as incubators is also that many of our incubatees do not have funding, and because they don’t have sustainable funding they ten