Startup Visa Success Story: Adel Salah, Portal365
Some of the most frequent challenges non-governmental organizations might deal with are the difficulties to get funds since getting donors is a really hard task. Moreover, competitive proposals and the whole process can take weeks or months of preparation. But we’ve got some good news to the world! New startup player in the Lithuania ecosystem Adel Salah says it’s possible to develop the proposal and submit it to the donor on the same day with Portal365.
Portal365 was launched in August 2018 and since then already 355 NGOs from around 40 countries have already signed up for the platform services and more than 8,600 NGO staff have used the platform for learning purposes. Adel says his team is currently focused on improving the user experience by creating more content according to the requests received from NGO visitors, blogs and learning platform.
What brought Adel from Yemen to Lithuania? “There were many reasons to move our Startup to Europe, but the most important reason was the variety of online payments, and also because the scalability of business from Europe is so much easier” says Adel. After applying on the Startup Lithuania website, the startup Visa team reached out shortly and supported all the way to get visa quickly and to be able to attend the acceleration program within one week, making sure Lithuania was the 1st choice for Portal365 team.
Adel was impressed by the amount of people talking English here in Lithuania, however the most important factor of the successful early-stage startup growth was the ability to connect with other countries’ startup ecosystems at the Baltic level and the European ecosystem in general.
“Since we moved to Lithuania, we have been invited to participate in a number of startup mentoring events – some of them were within Lithuania and others were in the neighboring countries. It is so easy to attend these events and to get involved in active learning and we are also meeting so many experienced mentors and investors,” – claims Portal365 CEO.
According to Adel, collaborative community is at the core of many successful startups. “When we get together, we love sharing our own experiences and the challenges that we face every day, it simply helps us to grow’, resumes Adel. Currently, the online payment of Portal365 is provided by a Lithuanian startup (Paysera) which is going to help innovative entrepreneurs to monetize their services and other startups will be assisting with copywriting, registration of intellectual properties and other services on demand.
“Lithuania is a great place to be incorporated in and I would highly recommend Lithuania as the 1st choice for any startup.”, says Adel. The living costs are affordable, and that makes it easy to keep expenses low in comparison to other countries.
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