Startup Weekend Lisbon 2017

    Friday, July 7 - 9, 2017

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Lisbon 2017

Friday, July 7 - 9, 2017

Friday, July 7 - 9, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Canopy Lisbon
Rua D. Luis I 3
Lisboa, Portugal 1200-149

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Build & Launch a Business in Just 54 Hours!

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "Hey, that was my idea a few years ago!"? Or are you walking around with a million dollar idea, but don't know where and how to start? Then the Startup Weekend is your place to go!

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • Meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs
  • Get inspired, share knowledge and meet like-minded people
  • Join or build an all-star team
  • Learn and practice new skills to take back to your job/studies
  • Take your own idea to the next level

Who is the Startup Weekend for?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you’re from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including: 
  • Aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals 
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from colleges, universities, high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • passionate visionaries 
  • and many more! 

Your ticket includes:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals
  • All-star judges
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • Over 100 awesome new friends! 

Do I need to have an idea to participate?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope to hear your pitch on the Friday. If you don’t have an idea, come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, get inspired and see if something strikes your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process, sharing ideas. If you have questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ.
Come in join us for a very special, amazing and inspiring weekend! 


  • Will the event be in English or Portuguese?  
    The event will be in English.  
  • Where is the event? 
    We have two amazing venues for the event. The main talks, mentoring sessions, and final pitches will be held at the auditorium of ETIC. The co-working space / incubation center Canopy Lisbon is available for and even to stay over night. Both located close to Cais do Sodré and next to the TimeOut market. 


Friday July 7th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants and teammates.

10:00 pm
Begin Work or get to know each other
The ETIC Auditorium closes, but the teams can work all night in Canopy (Rua D. Luis I 3, Piso 2), or go to Pink street, have a drink and get to know each other.

Saturday July 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Workshop: Customer Interviews
Stewart & Pedro will provide a workshop on how to conduct customer interviews. We want you to go out on the street and talk to your potential customer.

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS! Coach meetings will be in the meeting rooms at Canopy. Make use of the expertise and knowledge of the different coaches.

12:30 pm
Between 12:30 and 15:00h you have the opportunity to eat lunch @ Martinhal Chiado. Make sure to wear your Startup Weekend T-shirt, so the team can recognise you. Martinhal Chiado address: Rua das Flores 44, 8135-998 Lisboa

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help. The organisation will pass by every team to check up how you're doing and what you need help with.

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

8:00 pm
At Canopy.

8:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you want. Canopy will be open for the entire night.

Sunday July 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help. The organisation will pass by every team to check up how you're doing and what you need help with.

10:30 am
Workshop: How to Pitch
Stewart will give a workshop about how to give and deliver a killer pitch.

11:00 am
Coaches come in
Coaches come in. This is your last chance to ask for help, feedback or support. Make use of the expertise and knowledge of the coaches!

1:00 pm
At ETIC Auditorium lunch wil be served.

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Drinks & Celebrate!


Stewart Noakes
Co-Founder at Canopy

An experienced entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director, Interim Manager, Executive coach and mentor Stewart has started, grown and run multiple businesses in the UK, USA, India and Portugal. 

Adaptable and pragmatic, Stewart is most at home when collaborating with founders of growing businesses, or companies going through a significant transformation. 

Frederico Canto Castro
CEO & Founder Sonder People

Event Judges

Simon Schaefer
CEO Startup Portugal

Michael J. Day
Managing Director @ Global Ventures Group

Michael has led brand development and market expansion efforts into 140+ countries for some of the best known brands and a number of fledgling startups in technology, nutraceuticals and organic food using his brand and global expansions framework. Today Michael is working with tech founders to improve the voice of their brand, pitch their ideas, and go-to-market with a more lean and effective approach.

Nancy Brito
Business Angel at Semeia Ventures

Technologist, investor and entrepreneur; Nancy has over 15 years of experience running Internet related businesses. She graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in computer science and in 2011 completed an executive MBA from ASE/IESE University of Navarra. Nancy has served as CEO of a leading digital agency in Portugal during 8 years and has provided the technical leadership that has made the Portuguese pharmacies leap into the 20th century.  She is now a business Angel and helping startups grow. In addition to her work in technology and business, Nancy is also an active society member where she inspires women, men and organizations to be more diverse, open and supportive in developing a new career pattern. She is passionately interested in traveling and cooking and has personally organized memorable themed happenings for people she cares about: family and friends.

Shannon Graybill
Driver Le Wagon Lisbon

This cowgirl turned wannabe-European spent the first 5 years after university working and traveling through Asia and Africa before discovering her love of Southern Europe – Portugal in particular. Shannon’s professional focus was mainly marketing and business development, but entering Lisbon’s startup scene has changed her tune. She is now warming up her tech muscles while pursuing her own startup dreams and mobilizing Portugal's inspired-entrepreneurs to bootstrap and build “it” themselves.

Daniel Kisluk
Head of Marketing Aptoide

Daniel Kisluk is a digital marketing and growth expert from Tel Aviv who is during the last ten years worked with various international startups, advertising publishers & marketing agencies. Since his relocation to Lisbon three years ago, Daniel already acted as the head of marketing at startup, today he is an expert jury at the Portugal Ventures´ "Call for Entrepreneurship" program and the head of marketing at Aptoide, one of the leading startups in Portugal with over 150 million global users.

Coaches and Mentors

Malik Piarali
Founder Upframe

Teresa Fernandes
AICEP & Portugal Ventures

Frederico Canto Castro
CEO & Founder Sonder People

Rene Bastijans
Consultant, Coach and Mentor

Rene helps startup entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs become great at building and selling products and services customers will buy. When not consulting and coaching his clients, Rene mentors early and later-stage startups participating in Acceleration and pre-Acceleration programmes run by entrepreneurship organisations such as ANJE and Beta-i.

Jaime Parodi
Founder & CEO of Viable

MBA (Nova | Católica | MIT) and Computer Engineer. Researcher in Data Science for Startup Business Intelligence. International Consulting Experience at IBM, PwC and Accenture. Co-founder of LEC, Piñata Productions and Mastropiero Gastrobar y Jardín

Filipe Portela
Lead Entrepreneur at ImpactHUB Lisbon & Iberian Business Development at Seedrs

Filipe is since his youth linked to entrepreneurship projects. He is now Lead Entrepreneur of ImpactHUB Lisbon and Iberian Business Developer at Seedrs, the European leader in equity crowdfunding.

James Muscat
Founder moviinn

James has been actively advocating for Global Mobility over the last decade. He started his first company in 2010 in Lisbon focusing on inbound International Students. And in 2014 he began researching international Migration and Integration journey’s which led to the founding of moviinn in 2015. In both companies he promotes Global Citizenship through International experiences abroad. James lived in 6 countries over 3 continents and speaks 7 languages. His international experiences strong foundation for moving into what has become his area of expertise and life long passion.

Andre Costa
CTO Advicefront

André Costa is CTO at Advicefront, a platform to help Financial Advisers collect and organize data, plan for their clients' future and deliver compliant financial advice.

A true adventurer in life. Once an architecture student, André changed his course to follow 3D animation and Augmented Reality at a time no one was speaking of it. A self-taught programmer, he kept pushing his boundaries and went on to co-found BeyonIdeas and to serve in several projects as a Frontend developer. Nowadays he’s an ambitious entrepreneur who loves technology, travel, learning new things and giving back his knowledge.

Vasco da Cruz Amador
CEO & Founder Global Intelligence Insight

Founder and CEO of Global Intelligence Insight, a London based Cyber intelligence start up specialized within business intelligence, counter terrorism and cyber warfare.

Gonçalo Duarte
Founder SGT Martinho

Gonçalo pitched at finals of Social Startup Bootcamp at IES-SBS Cascais, bringing 1st place to his team's project. He gained access to Startup Lisboa and a 20k€ credit from Lisboa Empreende.

Angela Miguel

Happily working at laux, a small UX studio in Lisbon, doing Research, Strategy, Design and Testing for startup and corporate clients. 
With a background in print design and after fulfilling her dream to become an Editorial Designer, Angela realized that books and magazines weren’t enough… It was whenshe decided to fully embrace the digital world and start using my design skills for the future!
Now she's working to fulfil a new professional goal: become a highly effective UX Designer that can provide value and THE right solution to all kind of businesses and their customers.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Lisbon 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites, is providing a wonderful lunch on Saturday the 8th for the attendees of Startup Weekend Lisbon. Please click here to visit Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts website.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lisbon is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Cecile
    van der Waal
  • Stewart
  • Pedro
    Cruz Serrano
  • Luis
  • Santosh


André Marquet
Founder & CEO @ Productized

André Marquet has a degree in Telecommunications and a Master in Computer Engineering, started his career as a computer networks researcher at INESC, then worked as a pre-sales engineer at Efacec, AICEP, Nokia, then moved into Product Management at Wit Software, Huawei, and co-founded and had an executive role at Beta-i. He is an invited lecturer on product discovery and entrepreneurship at leading training events and universities and a regular contributor to several blogs and magazines. He is the organizer of Productized Conference, a leading conference on product management that gathers over 500 product managers, founders and all kinds of innovators from all over the world for training and thought-leadership on business design and innovation.

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