Techstars Startup Weekend Lisbon Immersive Technology

    Friday, July 12 - 14, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Lisbon Immersive Technology

Friday, July 12 - 14, 2019

Friday, July 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Palácio Sotto Mayor
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 16
Lisboa, Lisboa 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.  

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.
  • As part of our partnership with .CO, each participant can register a free domain name during the event.
  • Google Cloud Platform is offering participants $3,000 in credit to build their web or mobile apps.
Looking for more reasons to come? 
Yes, we have more for you. Besides the mentoring, delicious food and great networking, the teams might have access to these perks:

Winner team
Access to the Founder Institute graduation program
Mentor hours from the VRARA Portugal 
Co-Working area use at IdeaHub

2nd place team
Mentor hours from the Founder Institute team
Mentor hours from the VRARA Portugal

3rd place team
Mentor Hours from the Founder Institute team
Mentor Hours from the VRARA Portugal

For all participants, Startup Weekend provides +20 perks to support your idea. For more information, check:

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.  

Do I need to pitch an idea to participate?

No. You can come to be a participant instead even if you don’t have your own idea. In this case, you’ll join someone else's team that you're inspired by instead of leading your own. 

Can I work on an existing project?
If you've already started building or prototyping your project, you will not be eligible to participate with that idea. Our goal is to have every team start their project from scratch over the weekend. We do encourage you to spent lots of time researching and thinking about your idea before you arrive—just not building it out yet. 

     Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at     
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!  
  No talk, all action!

   Early bird tickets on sale until 20/6!
   Get yours now!

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Friday July 12th

6:30 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
Pizza & Networking
Eat pizza, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants... 🍕

8:00 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 overnight or go home and come back tomorrow! But hey, don´t be late, ok? 😉

Saturday July 13th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Eat and relax...

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
Pizza time!
Pizzas are more than welcome when you need to eat and work at the same time!

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work overnight or go home and come back tomorrow! But hey, don´t be late, ok? 😉

Sunday July 14th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Eat and relax...

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Pedro Rebordão

Over 10 years following startups and technological SMEs in LISPOLIS with the ultimate aim of helping them have a slightly higher probability of achieving success.

Knows and likes:
- Customer service, customer development and raising money
- Talking with entrepreneurs and understanding their pains
- Learning and doing new things with unpredictable outcoming

- Doing every day the same thing

Sandro Batista

Art, Music, and Tech lover!

I'm Passionate about creating and helping to create Impactful Companies. My C-level experience in the areas of innovation, research and development, and solutions & product design made my learned a lot and helped me to found tech-enabled companies like Focus BC,, argo, EngSolvers.

The best way to learn his to help someone else on their path, that's one of the reason I also participate in several events as a speaker, teaching in postgraduate courses related to Marketing and Business Intelligence and currently being the Director of Founder Institute Lisbon program.

Romana Ibrahim
Co-founder & CEO

Romana Ibrahim is a Portuguese businesswoman and a serial entrepreneur. 
Although graduated in the medical area in France, throughout her career she founded and managed many successful companies in Portugal and several African countries. 
In the end of 2017 she founded Keep Warranty, a mobile APP and digital platform that safely stores warranties, remembering its users when they’re about to expire and offering them customized solutions for everyday problems and needs, whilst assisting insurance companies and brands in making peoples life simpler and easier.
Aspirational and strong minded, her proven leadership capabilities and disruptive ideas got her invited to participate in well-known tech forums, such as the Paris Fintech Forum.
Startupbootcamp Alumni, Godmother of GMA - an Angolan philanthropic association that supports children and women education, she is also the ambassador for the  “The Next Woman” in Portugal and Women in Tech in Angola.

Coaches and Mentors

Amir Bozorgzadeh

After laps around the market research and mobile games industries, I've planted my roots in all things emerging tech, with a sharp emphasis in spatial computing. I'm convinced that VR and AR are going to lift many of our personal and collective illusions and limitations in the short years to come, to create fun opportunities that will elevate our shared reality. I live and breathe this space, which is why I continually research all aspects of the industry and publish my musings on VentureBeat.

Nuno Nicolau

Leadership result-oriented.
Focused on Business Development and Sustainable Growth.
Committed with excellence and development of teamwork.
Solid experience working on multinational organizations.
Expertise on negotiation, acquisition and merger management.

Nuno Folhadela
CEO & Founder

Focused on engaging mechanics affected by players actions in the real world to entertain millions of viewers online and offline.
Always looking to create meaningful social interactions through vibrant stories.
Aiming to be the nº1entertainment AR gaming studio in the world. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Lisbon Immersive Technology 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.
Learn how to get involved here

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Sean Paul Shanor
Founder & Coach at Synergy Space

Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator,
coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire
individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jackof-all-digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

Event Staff

Mariana Mela Martins
Head of Operations

Mariana, 22 year old human powered by coffee and hipsterness. 
Currently probably on some excel spreadsheet or looking into finance.
Passionate about almost everything but mostly food.
Developer in the making.

João Rosa

Portuguese Pharmaceutical Science’s student, currently working at Upframe and LisbonPH as a marketeer.
I discovered my passion for marketing 3 years ago and I’ve been pursuing it ever since!
I spend most of my free time playing volleyball or singing with my faculty’s band.

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!

David Ponces
Product Manager

David is passionate about all things tech, about everything that goes into making amazing products, and about finding out the next big thing.
He deeply believes in constant improvement, in decisions through data. Kaizen is his middle name. He’s always on the lookout to improving himself and his work through any books, documentaries, or courses that he can find. 
After working for two years in operations at Tesla, nowadays you can find him in Lisbon working as a Product Manager.

Tiago Simões
Business Intelligence Developer

Tiago is not the typical computer science guy you know! He does rock climbing, he works out at gym, he travels...basically he does quite normal stuff :) He works as a Business Intelligence Developer from 7am to 4pm and after that you can find him at meetups, gym or having beers at Jardim do Arco do Cego.

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