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Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Pizza Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Business Model Canvas Workshop
  • Catered Lunch from Cozinha Popular
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Street testing workshop
  • Dinner at Esplanada da Mouraria
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Catered Lunch from Cozinha Popular
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Coffee-break
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Gold Sponsors

Luis Rivera

Okuri Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Luis Rivera is currently Partner at Okuri Ventures, a Pseudo VC he cofounded 4 years ago that is behind the Tetuan Valley, Startupbootcamp and StartupSpain accelerator programs in Madrid. He also supports other startups as a mentor at Seedcamp (Barcelona), IBM Smartcamp (London), Gamma Rebels (Warsaw) and StartupHighway (Vilnius), and collaborates in various training programs for entrepreneurs and investors in an effort to strengthen the European ecosystem.

Evan Nisselson

LDV Capital   |   LinkedIn

Investing in people around the world who leverage technology to entertain, increase efficiency, and solve problems. Experienced entrepreneur, team leader, and digital media/imaging expert. Specialized in Product Development/ Strategy, ECommerce, Professional and Consumer Imaging Business & Technology, Digital Photography, Digital Media Search, Internet Marketing, Software as Service (SaaS), Digital Asset Management, Business Development, Raising Capital, Photographer.


Walter Palma


Walter is currently a Director at Caixa Capital, the venture capital and private equity arm of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Portugal’s largest financial group. Walter has over twenty years of professional experience, both in Portugal and internationally. Walter began his career with KMPG Canada, having transferred to the Portuguese office in 1991, where he specialized in the financial services sector and Corporate Finance. He later moved to Banco Finantia, where he exercised roles as Head of Research and as a Director in the Corporate Finance department. In 2001, Walter moved to the CGD Group to help found a corporate venturing operation specialised in investing in and developing internet and technology start-ups. Walter has an MBA in International Management from Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Pedro Rocha Vieira


Pedro Rocha Vieira, has a business degree at Catholic University in Lisbon, and after some years in the banking industry, he left to a 9 month South America road-trip, back in Portugal he worked at Chapitô circus school and then co-founded the "Social Innovation Programme" at TESE, that he co-directed for 3 years. Presently, and after a post-graduation in "Innovation, Strategy and Foresight" at ISEG, he worked as the head of the design response unit, at experimentadesign, he is also a freelance innovation consultant, and co-founder and President of the Beta-i association.

João Meneses

Judge   |   LinkedIn

Coordinator of Gabinete de Apoio ao Bairro de Intervenção Prioritária (GABIP) da Mouraria, for City Council of Lisbon, he is also an Assistant Professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He is one of the founders of the non-for-profit organization TESE. He has management degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and an Executive Program on Performance Measurement for Nonprofit Organizations from Harvard University.

Marta Miraldes


Marta Miraldes is one of the founding partners and managing Partner at SBI Consulting. Marta has supported the launch and consolidation of numerous projects across several business segments, from the business model development to the elaboration of the business Action Plan, further supporting the search of the most appropriate methods of financing (including bank financing, venture capital and incentives QREN). Marta has been involved in the creation of the study on Venture Capital in Portugal, the launch and implementation of the Finicia Jovem Program, the economic development of the financial model Finicia-IAPMEI. Marta has been invited Professor for three years in the entrepreneurship post-graduation at INDEG / ISCTE. Currently, she collaborates with STARTUP LISBOA, a new incubator in Lisbon, supporting the selection and follow up of the incubated companies. She also participated as a jury evaluating projects in various initiatives (Poliempreende, Acredita Portugal, Franchising Awards).


Karina Costa

Coach on Business Model Canvas   |   LinkedIn

Karina is Operations Director and Resident Entrepreneur at Fábrica de Startups. Since the age of 15 she has business ideas and at the age of 23 she created her own company. Karina has high standards results and her main motivation is to work with the best. She is committed to make Portugal a Technological Entrepreneurship center recognized internationally.

Kav Latiolais

Startup Weekend Facilitator   |   LinkedIn

Ship software projects that improve the lives of others by making complex tasks simpler, impossilbe tasks possible, and everything a bit more fun. I've made and helped others make all kinds of fun stuff for startup weekend. In less than a month organized a very successful StartupWeekend in Redmond, WA with ~100 attendees. I've also supported events around the world as a facilitator.

Cristina Fonseca

Coach on Tech Startups   |   LinkedIn

Cristina Fonseca is a Portuguese entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Communications and Networks Engineering. As a student, she studied how routers and antenas work and conducted research in the field. She created her first business at the age of 21 and refused corporate jobs to become an entrepreneur. She has worked as a consultant and owned several companies. Despite some failures, she maintained her optimism and was persistent. She co-founded Talkdesk which allows any company to create a call center in less than 5 minutes without long term contracts or infrastructure costs. Talkdesk recently graduated from 500startups and launched publicly at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC. (to be confirmed)

Sandrine Marvão

Coach on Legal Issues   |   LinkedIn

Sandrine is both an attorney and entrepreneur. Due to her Professional background as a lawyer and experience as a founder of an aerospace business she can advice to the entrepreneur at every stage of running a business. Sandrine can give pragmatic advice on every aspect from Contract law, corporate Finance to Intellectual Property law. She has worked professionally in Paris, Brussels, Milan and Lisbon for single person companies, to multi national organisations and is fluent in 5 languages. She is frequently invited by the EU commission to advice on aerospace and startup companies in new technologies. She is an associate for Beta-i.

Fernando Mendes

Coach on Bootstrapping   |   LinkedIn

Out-of-the-box kind of mind. Always curious about almost everything. Velvet Underground Expert. Love birds. Love people and people's projects. Love to fail, learn from that point and get back with no mercy. Fernando Mendes is Coworklisboa – Founder&CEO.

Mbwana Alliy

Coach on Tech Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Mbwana Alliy is the founder and managing partner of Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund. He is passionate about product development and launching new ventures in technology. He is an experienced Product Manager within consumer web, enterprise Software & SaaS. He is originally from Tanzania and has lived and worked in 3 continents (USA, Europe and Africa). He has a Bachelor's Engineering degree from Bristol University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate school of Business. Before returning to East Africa and founding Savannah Fund, Mbwana started his career working in military flight testing at QinetiQ, once a UK Government defense research organization as a systems engineer and software developer and most recently working as a Product Manager in the Office and Business Intelligence Group covering products inc. Groove Excel, Excel Services and Access at Microsoft. He later went on to cofound Tanzania's first ecommerce travel portal, and then worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at I/O Ventures - a silicon valley based accelerator and seed fund.

Nuno Carrilho Neves

Coach on Creative Industries   |   LinkedIn

Nuno is Partner of n ideas since 2009, a company specialized in creative industries. He has graduated in management, and has a specialization in Marketing, Strategy and Branding from New York University.

Pedro Santos

Coach on Lean Startup   |  

Entrepreneurship Evangelist. Pedro is the CEO at Director at Beta-i, a NGO which mission is to promote entrepreneurship. Author of the book "European Founders at Work". Startupweekend Facilitator. Startupbootcamp Ambassador. Rotterdam School of Management MBA. Loves to travel.

Vítor Simões

Coach on Social Businesses   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Vitor has a background as a journalist where he learned the importance of credible narratives to build trust. Working with civil society and the UN has deepened his beliefs in the need for an integrated approach to sustainability. Committed to communication for social change, capable of engaging all stakeholders in collaborative dynamics. Specialized in Strategic thinking

Pedro Morais

Coach on Technology   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Computer Engineer, currently CTO of, an enterprise mobility app store. Built, a SaaS time and expense tracking app with iPhone, iPad, and Android native clients

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