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Museu de Portimão, R. Dom Carlos I, Portimão

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, and now Portugal! People around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5 routines, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Schedule

Friday

Jul 20
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome
  • 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

Saturday

Jul 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • 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

Sunday

Jul 22
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Speakers

Francesco Berrettini

International Entrepreneur   |  

Francesco was born in Italy where he completed his MBA in the University of Bocconi in Milan. He has a vast experience in consulting and management of international and transnational projects. General Manager at Inesting, he lives in Portugal since 1999, being the most experienced member of the team.
Outside Inesting, he teaches several classes in the area of Marketing and Management.

Tomás Bento

Microsoft Evangelist

Tomás Bento is Microsoft’s BizSpark Program Manager in Portugal, responsible for the effort of supporting Technologic Startups in becoming the next generation innovation drivers. His past experience in organizational leadership and management at AIESEC, aroused in him a huge enthusiasm towards Social and Technological Entrepreneurship. A passionate public speaker and an avid reader, that loves to travel around the world.

Tier 2 Sponsors
Judges

Pedro Rocha Vieira

Judge

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.

Rodrigo Brum

Judge

Born in Mozambique where he finished high school in 1974, he traveled to London where he lived and studied Civil Engineering at UCL University College London until 1978. He later graduated in Business Administration in Lisbon from ISE, University of Lisbon`s Faculty of Economics, while working for IIE Foreign Investment Institute where, after attending MBA from New University of Lisbon, he became project manager of its US Desk. Lived in Macau during the nineties first as Chief of Cabinet for Economy and Finance of the last government under Portuguese administration and later as President of SPIC, Sociedade do Parque Industrial da Concordia. He has been executive an non-executive board member of large companies with diverse responsibilities ranging from finance to global strategy.

Pedro Poucochinho

Juri

Pedro Poucochinho was born and always lived in Portimão - except for a period of 5 years in Lisbon while completing his university course at ISCTE where obtained a degree in Organization and Management and Marketing. In 1997 he joined the City Council of Portimão, starting as coordination of the Office of Information and Public Relations of the municipality, until 2000, when he took office at the President's Cabinet, first as Assistant and, since 2009, as Chief of Staff. Throughout these years he was in charge to coordinate with the Mayor, the policy of internal and external communication of the municipality. He has been responsible for the political marketing of election campaigns of Mayor Manuel da Luz in the 2001, 2005 and 2009 elections.

Walter Palma

Juri

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, a small Portuguese investment bank, 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 and an Honours Commerce & Finance degree from the University of Toronto (Canada).

Tier 3 Sponsors
Mentors

Nuno Morgadinho

Mentor - Geek Business   |  

Nuno has worked on programming for several years now, and provided solutions for desktop computers, hand-held devices and the web. Currently he is working on a startup company called WidgiLabs. Before that he worked on a contract company that developed software for the European Space Agency, and before that YDreams S.A. in Portugal. He holds a degree in Computer Science and a MSc in distributing computing.

Rui Alves

Mentor - Web Business   |  

Rui is the CEO of Rupeal, where he thrives to create a culture of happiness, excellence and growth. He is black belt in leadership, negotiation, selling, coaching, strategy planning, software development, human resources management. Are you ready for the startup challenge?

Pedro Soares

Mentor - Green Tech Business   |   LinkedIn

Manager and Owner at Solar One, a dynamic company focused on renewable energy solutions. IT Architect at SonaeCom, with a solid background in Mobile Service Delivery Platforms. Visionary and Designer of the Optimus's Internet and Wireless Services Platform. Previous experience includes technology consulting (Cap Gemini), company managing (Cronológica) and researching at INESC, Lisboa. Pedro Soares holds an MSc on Computer Science at IST.

Sandrine Marvão

Mentor - Legal Advice

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.

Susana Branco

Mentor - Design Thinking

Creative: Project Manager at Beta-i an organizer of Service Design Drinks Lisboa. At Startup Weekend Portimão she will help your team to think in terms of service design in order to create more valuable and rich experiences for users.

Rita Encarnação

Mentor - Pitching

Engineer, Rita is also a doer. She was the President of Associação Académica da UAlg. She is the CEO of Fundação Montalvão Marques, and participates in a number of other NGO's. As an engineer she supervises a number of buildings as well as compliance with safety regulations. Rita is an accomplished toastmasters communicator, assertive and resilient person that will share her positive and optimistic views with all participants.

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Pedro Santos
André Marquet
Ana Sofia Pinho
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