It was created in January 2017 as a reaction to the statistics of Eurostat that showed that Portugal is the EU-28 country with the lowest survival rate of Start-Ups in the first 5 years.

APSU has the mission to promote the entrepreneurship and to nurture the Start-Ups and the entrepreneurs, especially in the early stages. Some of APSU’s main activities are: networking; promoting commercial cooperation and professional counselling and administrative, legal and bureaucratic services to entrepreneurs. It also focusses on the elaboration of trainings and other forms of professional capacitation to the entrepreneurs and workers of the SMEs. These trainings are mainly focused on soft-skills, technologies and other technical areas, and formal processes.

Ultimately, APSU establishes national and international cooperation in order to create innovative trainings, innovative processes and innovative products.