When does the second Sovereign Engineering Cohort start?

If you are selected for SEC-02, we expect and welcome you on Monday May 6th 2024 at 9am.

Where does the Sovereign Engineering Cohort take place?

At Cowork Funchal, which is located in the capital of Madeira, an island in the Atlantic Ocean and part of Portugal.

Address: Rua das Mercês 29, 9000-224 Funchal, Portugal

Is this a free program?

Yes, it is. If you are selected, the program is free for you. We’ll take care of the shared coworking space and make sure you feel at home. This location will be our homebase until the final Demo Day.

That said, we are not going to work 24/7. Grant yourself some time off after our working sessions to relax and enjoy the island.

Do you pay for flights and accommodation?

No, we don’t. If you commit yourself to the program you have to organize your flights and accommodation yourself. If you, for any reason, are not able to do this, please send us a message via the contact form.

Do you provide accommodation?

No, but you can search for a roof over your head on:

There’s also madeirafriends.org which is a community that can help with many things.

How do I need to prepare for the two months?

There’s of course a difference if you travel to Madeira on your own, or with a family. Besides this, your preparations should be approached like a longer than normal working holiday of two months. So, pack enough clothes and hardware that you’ll be needing for living out of your suitcase for a while.

If you have special needs, please send us a message through the contact form and we’ll see how we can help you settle in.

What is the cost of living in Madeira?

If you are invited to come after you’re selected, you need to take care of a personal budget for 2 months, including flight tickets, rent for accommodation, spending money for daily expenses such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pocket money for the weekend outings is also not a bad idea, since you’ll be able to explore beautiful Madeira once you’re there.

A so-called ballpark figure is hard to calculate in general, as Madeira might be cheaper for participants who come from the US or north-west Europe. If you come from southern Europe or Asia or the Americas it might be more expensive. Besides this it also depends on your personal preferences for accommodation, etc.

Be sure to check out: https://nomadlist.com/cost-of-living/in/madeira.

How do I best contact you?

You can contact us via the contact form, via email info@sovereignengineering.io, or via nostr. We’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

Currently you don’t, as applications are closed right now.


Make sure to consult the Frequently Asked Questions if you have any questions. If the FAQ doesn't answer your question, please reach out to us using the form below.


Sovereign Engineering Shipyard
Rua das Mercês 41
Funchal, Funchal 9000-224
Madeira, Portugal