Startup Weekend Lisbon

    Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Lisbon

Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018

Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Sottomayor Palace
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 16
Lisbon, Portugal 1050-010

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Friday May 11th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 May 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

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

6:30 pm

7:30 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 the venue will allow

Sunday May 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


André Albuquerque
Head of Product @ Uniplaces

I work on whatever is needed to make Uniplaces grow. Marketing, analytics, product, engineering. Started the marketing team, now a 25-people group led by our CMO, helped recruit current Head of Marketing and CMO. Leading 4 people team across performance channels, growth initiatives and data.

Master (Hons) in Technology Entrepreneurship at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and teaching himself to code in free time. Worked with multinational companies, small businesses, start-ups, NGO's, entrepreneurship organizations and education.

Paulo Fonseca
User Experience Director and Founder @

Paulo is an User Experience Designer and owns a small UX studio called where he designs and manages their process to create top notch digital products while working for clients all over the world in areas from Healthcare to eCommerce. He also manages Entrepreneurs Break, a not-for-profit association that organizes a monthly after-work event in Lisbon, called BREAK. Above all, he is a technology addict that buys and tests every new gadget out there so that he can stay ahead of the curve.

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. 

Event Judges

Pedro Moura

Apaixonado por tecnologia e pela vida, empreendedor, é formado em Sistemas de Informação nas Faculdades de Uberaba - FAZU, e se especializou em Desenvolvimento Java pelo Centro Universitário do Triângulo - Unitri. Já trabalhou em empresas de ramo de tecnologia, passando por empresas como QAT Global (Multinacional), atuando como Desenvolvedor Desenvolvedor, Vitals Soluções Tecnologias como Desenvolvedor de Sistemas e Universidade de Uberaba - UNIUBE como Analista de Sistemas. É também um dos organizadores do GDG Uberaba (Grupo de Desenvolvedores do Google). Atualmente é - Fundador Web | Desenvolvedor Móvel na Startup Trackage - Monitoramento Inteligente. Foi um dos primeiros da Lemonade, programa de pré-aceleração de startups realizado pela Fundepar, como Co - Fundador da MuLife, startup do agronegócio,

Mariana Barbosa
Editor @ ECO


Hugo Augusto
Entrepreneur in Residence @ Startup Lisboa

Currently, I am an advisor and mentor for startups in pre-seed and seed stages. I help these startups to grow their first $1 million of sales and raise the first or second round of seed money.

As a founder and CEO, I understand the best practices and challenges that arise from growing the team from a couple of founders to 25 people, accelerating the client base from 10 pilots to hundreds of paying clients in 40+ US states or scaling a product from 1 feature (MVP) to a client solution. 

I co-founded, led as CEO and successfully sold an EdTech SaaS company selected for 2016 Google Demo Day. For 4 years, I was the CEO of MyChild – a company that helped Early Education centers to send paperless daily reports to parents. Before successfully finding an exit to MyChild, I was able to raise $3 million in seed money to grow an idea to a business with hundreds of paying clients across 40 US states. As a CEO, I hired and managed a team of 25 people to work in sales, customer success, product and operations.

Prior to MyChild, I spent around 6 years in management consulting where I advised multinational companies in strategy and operational challenges such as market-entry opportunities, process reengineering and growth strategies across different industries.

I love Education Technology and I have a crush on the Tourism industry.

Coaches and Mentors

Paulo Gonçalves
Product Manager and User Experience Researcher @ Uniplaces

Leading an Engineering, Data and Design cross-functional squad with a data-informed and agile mindset, always with customers first in mind. Keeping it lean while we iterate on the overall user experience and funnel optimization of Uniplaces booking flow. Before Uniplaces, Paulo worked at Spotify as a UX Designer and UI Developer.

John Gale

John Gale is a Silicon Valley and EU experienced startup commercialization and corporate development executive. He works with high tech startups and investors to create new revenues and value. He has spent his career helping plan and build new products, divisions and startups. John worked in Silicon Valley for 12 years. He holds dual citizenship in the United States and Portugal (European Union).

João Vasques
Data Wizard @ Unbabel

I love bringing new products into the world. I'm a software engineer with a business mindset and a creative mind. I like to solve difficult problems with simple and elegant solutions that combine technology with design. I always want to learn more and become better everyday, at everything.

Mário Mouraz
Founder & CEO @ Climber Hotel

• Founded 3 startups
• Lived in 6 different countries (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America)
• 4 languages spoken
• MSc. in Hospitality Management
• Passion for expansions and innovation
• Can-do attitude: ran a Savannah marathon in Africa (42km) and climbed the highest mountain in Middle East (>5600m)
• Winner of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ TV Show

Sérgio Pereira
Founder & CEO

I'm passionate about tech and about building solutions that improve people’s lives.
Entrepreneurship has been in my blood since a young age, I love every bit of building a new company. Finding the first customers, building an MVP, ramping up the tech, scaling the team. All the pain points along the way are the sweet spot of self improvement where I like to be.

Inês Ribeiro
Parter & Art Director @ We Know You

My name is Inês and I'm a multidisciplinary designer. I came to Lisbon in 2012 to co-found We Know You, a small, branding and positioning design studio. Our clients include Roche, Blueticket, EGEAC, Followprice, Roche, and others. In the last two years, I helped bring to live several brands and products, mainly in the UK market. Before devoting my work fulltime to our studio, I use to design furniture as an industrial designer. In 2013 I was awarded the 1st prize for BET24H, and 3rd prize for the EDP Innovation Award in collaboration with AGROOP in 2015. I love painting, flea markets, my family, the smell of homemade pizza, and animals. I hate plastic straws and ceviche.

Munir Ahmad
Global Innovation Lead @ Aga Khan Foundation

Munir Ahmad is the Global Innovation Lead at the Aga Khan Foundation, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), based in Geneva.

Innovation focused professional with expertise in design and strategy through managing experience in numerous settings in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Strong design thinking, technology, project management and business innovation skills. My passion is to apply approaches from the world of design and the private sector to problem-solving for development.

Daniel Barradas
Founder @

Founder // Strategy // Client Management at (
Founder // Product Manager // Chief Instigator at Fresh Blend - Mixing People Together (

Filipe Aparício
Managing Partner @ We Know You


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.

Ana Parada
GDG Lisboa Mentor

Hello, my name is Ana Parada, and I’m from Oporto Portugal. I am curious about a lot of things and subjects.
My particular interest about this area – Web– emerged when i was 16 years old. Since then i’ve done some works always related to this area.
On 2006 i've finished Multimedia Communication Technologic Course, then i moved to Aveiro (a beautiful city in the middle of Portugal, that i usually call ‘my second home’) and took the bachelor degree in New Tecnologies of Communication (2009 year). In 2009 i returned to my home city Porto and i've finished the Master’s Degree in Multimedia (2011 year).
Since 2011 i've produced some stuff as a freelancer and i've worked as a Graphic and Webdesigner, first at Brightline LDA and then at Leya SA.
I came to Lisbon on 2013, to work as a UX/UI & WebDesigner at VILT Group.
On 2015 i've became a full-time UX/UI Designer at NOS.
On 2017, i've started a new project as a Product Manager & Product Designer at 360imprimir.
This year, in March I've joined as a Product Designer & Front End Developer.

Davis Gouveia
Founder at Uniarea | #1 Community of high school and college students in Portugal

Davis is the founder and director of Uniarea, the leading source of news, information & resources for high school and college students in Portugal. His passion for sharing how higher education in Portugal works in a language and format close to this generation drove him to create Uniarea.

He leads Uniarea’s strategy and his innate sense of the web and its community, are core to the website’s operations and current grow. Uniarea is now the country's leader in this segment, with more than 1 million page views per month from portuguese and internacional students.

Pedro Moura

Apaixonado por tecnologia e pela vida, empreendedor, é formado em Sistemas de Informação nas Faculdades de Uberaba - FAZU, e se especializou em Desenvolvimento Java pelo Centro Universitário do Triângulo - Unitri. Já trabalhou em empresas de ramo de tecnologia, passando por empresas como QAT Global (Multinacional), atuando como Desenvolvedor Desenvolvedor, Vitals Soluções Tecnologias como Desenvolvedor de Sistemas e Universidade de Uberaba - UNIUBE como Analista de Sistemas. É também um dos organizadores do GDG Uberaba (Grupo de Desenvolvedores do Google). Atualmente é - Fundador Web | Desenvolvedor Móvel na Startup Trackage - Monitoramento Inteligente. Foi um dos primeiros da Lemonade, programa de pré-aceleração de startups realizado pela Fundepar, como Co - Fundador da MuLife, startup do agronegócio,

Violetta Chekan
Investment Advisor in Private Equity Insights

As my experience covers over 4 years in VC industry, I have a deep understanding what startup at the early stage needs. I’ve been involved in all stages of the investment process, starting from deal sourcing to management of portfolio companies, specifically following them as a Board Member/Observer giving a strategic advice. My expertise applies to various sectors (e-commerce, marketplaces, AR, SaaS), and I have a strong background in business strategy and financial analysis. Originally being from Belarus, I moved to Portugal to pursue EU grant opportunity for Master’s degree in Business back in 2013.

Asia Lindsay
TopTal, Europe Community Lead

Born in Hong Kong, schooled at Oxford and now living everywhere and nowhere as a digital nomad, Asia leads the Europe community for Toptal, a network of the top 3% of developers and designers. Prior to Toptal she worked on growing the community at TED and Thousand Network.

Victoria Ivanova
Marketing Manager @ Impossible | Co-Host @ CreativeMornings Lisbon

Victoria is a marketing and communications professional with a strong passion for innovation and technology. For the last 6 years she's been developing and implementing communication strategies, driving marketing efforts and growing sales for tech products, events, and companies. Victoria works at Impossible Ventures - part of Impossible that creates products from scratch and turns them into businesses. She is currently leading marketing for an emotional wearable and a productivity Slack bot. She is also an initiator and co-host of CreativeMornings Lisbon - a monthly lecture series for the city's creative community.

Rodrigo Bernardez
Co-Founder @ Pilatus Brand

Graduated at the Carlos III University of Madrid in Economics, Rodrigo is the CEO and one of the Co-founders of the Spanish startup Pilatus, one of the most well-known fashion startups in Spain. Through their ecological sleeves, Pilatus seeks to offer something different based on its designs. Rodrigo is passionate about entrepreneurship in the world of fashion and is specialized in eCommerce. He also researches about Big Data with educational applications and collaborates as a consultant in the innovation company Productized in Lisbon.

Pedro Serrano

Turning ideas into reality in the startup and consumer internet product world. Always looking for great stuff.

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.

Daniel Lind
Founder @ Lettuce Grow

Daniel studied Peace and Development at the Linneaus University in Sweden before leaving for Malaysia. During his year in Malaysia Daniel managed a tech recycling social enterprise which refurbished and donated tech to NGOs across the country which earned him an award by the Singapore International Foundation. After his year in Malaysia Daniel moved to Portugal where he started Lettuce Grow and has since been awarded by EIT, the UN and is an graduate of the Entrepreneurs for Social Change program by UNIDO. He is currently working on building the FoodTech ecosystem in Portugal through The FoodHubLX.

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

Techstars Startup Weekend Lisbon is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Dwight Gunning
Software Engineer / Developer Advocate

I'm an Australian software engineer and entrepreneur, currently based in The Netherlands. After a successful career as a technology consultant I shifted focus toward consumer tech products and startups. I have both founded and worked as an early employee at several startups and experienced plenty of highs and lows along the way. My current day-job is an Engineer / Developer Advocate for Stream (TechStars NYC 2015).

On Startup Weekend: Since participating and becoming hooked for the first time in 2010, I've been involved with over twenty-five events across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. I love discussing innovative ideas, tackling business model risks, and brainstorming to overcome technical challenges. Be sure to connect any time via

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Ulisses Ferreira
Full Stack Developer

I am a portuguese computer science student working at Upframe and a Junior Enterprise. I love working with highly scalable cool projects. I started programming when I was 11 years old and haven't stopped since then. My current focus is on Upframe where we are changing the way entrepreneurial students learn and develop their opportunities to make an impact in the world!

Camila Vilela

Attorney with a on going master degree in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Lisbon, member of the Portuguese Association of Intellectual Law (APDI), researcher of the Institute of Technology of Rio de Janeiro (ITS) integrating the study group about Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion, volunteer of the Fundação Estudar, part of the organizing team of the Startup Weekend Smart Cities edition in the city of Recife (Brazil). She has experience in legal counseling for startups and is passionate about the segment of technological innovation, strategic use of intellectual property and entrepreneurship.

João Gatta
Computer Science Student


Maria Aragonez
Business Development

Maria is a fin-tech affictionato with a degree in management and a diversified background in translation and interpretation, accounting and events. 
Currently she is working with the betahaus team, assisting with event planning, communications, social media marketing and content creation for the betahaus blog.

Henrique Fialho
Writer & Film Director | Co-founder @ Upframe


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