Azores Craft Lab

It was the first incubator in the Azores to support projects and business ideas in the area of handicrafts between 2018 and 2022, especially in the areas of weaving, wool, pottery, ceramics, among others.

We offered fully equipped spaces, tailor-made training and consulting, access to financing solutions and support for the marketing of products and services. It was a space and a community designed to develop your creativity and grow your business through a complete set of services and unique conditions.

The AZORES CRAFTLAB incubator was a place created to welcome companies/projects, identifying opportunities and turning them into lucrative businesses, offering a structure configured to stimulate, facilitate and favor their development.


It offered a set of incubator services, training, support in accessing funding sources, through partnerships and also mentoring services provided by experts to help those starting out, all within an adequate range of infrastructures.

AZORES CRAFTLAB offered a large cowork room where entrepreneurs could share their experiences in a dynamic and common work space.

Designed to welcome entrepreneurs, we created small offices that guarantee more individualized and private work to create projects.

We virtually incubated companies and entrepreneurs, who could benefit from coaching actions, specialized business consulting, participation in events and complementary activities.

Adapted to welcome the entrepreneurs for trainings, meetings and events, we had a meeting room, a training room, a cowork room, a canopy, a lounge and a promotional space. They were ideal spaces for your business and the community.

AZCL Incubated Projects

Since March 2018, when it started operating, Azores CarftLab – Handicrafts Incubator of the Azores hosted six (6) incubated projects based on the island of São Miguel, one (1) in Santa Maria, one (1) in Terceira and one (1) in Flores.


Atelier de Sónia Pereira
Island of São Miguel | Physical Incubation of Companies Sónia Pereira's initial project consisted in the design, production and sale of innovative handbags due to their design, functionality and raw materials used. However, since she started her incubation at AZCL,(...)
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Marina Mendonça Handmade
Island of Santa Maria | Virtual Incubation Marina Mendonça Handmade by Marina Mendonça | Creation and production of author ceramic pieces through ceramic modeling and figurative ceramics The ceramic pieces from Marina Mendonça are strongly influenced by the ancient stories(...)
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Zsombor Keresztes | S87WOOD
Island of São Miguel | Physical incubation of companies Design and hand carving of utensils from local invasive species or driftwood Born in Transylvania, living in the Azores since 2013. Graphic designer by training, but since childhood has had an(...)
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Romeu Bettencourt | Romeu Bettencourt Jewellery – Design
Island of São Miguel | Physical incubation of companies Design and production of custom jewelry Born on the island of São Miguel, he traveled still very young to Porto, where he began his training at Soares dos Reis Artistic Secondary(...)
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Marília Hipólito Atelier | Ceramic Painting
Island of Flores | Virtual Incubation The work of the artisan Marília Hipólito mirrors the connection between her academic training - architecture - and the Azorean tradition of ceramic and tile painting. Marília Hipólito intends to create and commercialize a line(...)
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AZORLINHO | Culture and Transformation of Flax
Island of Terceira | Incubação Virtual Azorlinho is a Social Entrepreneurship project that aims to recover the culture and transformation of the flax in the Azores and the commercialization of fibers and linen products 100% handmade. This project aims to contribute(...)
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Flora Azorica Saboaria Artesanal – Susana Benevides
Island of São Miguel | Virtual Incubation Flora Azorica – Artisanal Soap was born from the desire to combine cosmetics with the best that the Azores has to offer. Susana Benevides, creator and promoter of Flora Azorica, started making soap and(...)
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ORGANICA | SS19 – Macrame and Capacharia
Island of São Miguel | Virtual Incubation The project revalues two artisanal techniques, macrame and capacharia (mats), in the creation of a collection of fashion design pieces. Based on a metamorphic experience, the union of these two arts, with crochet(...)
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Sofia Afonso | Lapinha Handicrafts and Fish Scales
Island of São Miguel | Virtual Incubation Creation of Lapinhas and pieces with Fish Scale The raw materials used by the artisan Sofia Afonso in her artisanal work are mostly collected by her on the beaches, slopes and fields of the(...)
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