SW Lisbon

    Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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SW Lisbon

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Nova SBE Palacete Henrique de Mendonça
Rua Marquês de Fronteira, 20
Lisboa, Portugal 1099-038

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If you want to be able to answer 'I created a company in 54 hours!' then keep reading...

Startup Weekend Lisbon is the best deal around; the tickets
 cover seven meals, snacks, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, drinks and all the coffee you can drink throughout the weekend.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds; some people come with ideas, some come up with something spontaneously or just join the idea that they like the most.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend!  Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top 7:

Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with. 

Learn a new skill:  
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.

Get face time with thought leaders:  
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Join a global community: Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

Please find our official Facebook page here and, of course, follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest news!

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Friday May 1st

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Mingle with fellow participants, share ideas, get to know the facilities

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

7:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, exchange with speakers, coaches and community leaders

7:45 pm
Different speeches and of course the opportunity for some Q&A

8:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:45 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 2nd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Canvas & Customer Validation Workshop
30 minute optional workshop on the use of the business canvas model and the importance of customer development

12:30 pm

1:30 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!

8:00 pm

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 the venue will allow

Sunday May 3rd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Pitching Workshop
Workshop on how to best pitch your business will be offered.

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

12:30 pm

1:30 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

4:30 pm
Welcome guests

5:00 pm
Fuel up and get ready for the pitches

6:00 pm
Speech: What about financing?

6:15 pm
Final Presentations

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm


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.

Manuel Tânger
Co-Founder & Head of Innovation @ Beta-i

Manuel has been interested since his school years in all things related to Science and Technology. Since early childhood Manuel has been country hopping, having lived in Brazil, China, India, Holland, Italy, Canada, Belgium and, of course, Portugal working in different functions and industries. Manuel sees himself as a creativity generator, a knowledge spreader and will provide a workshop on the Business Canvas Model and Customer Development.

Luis Geraldes
Lawyer @ MLGTS

Lawyer working in corporate finance (M&A, including venture capital and private equity), finance and financial regulation, as well as contractual negotiation (joint-ventures, commercial agreements, etc).Experience in acting for national and international clients, assisting in complex deals and coordinating lawyers from other jurisdictions.Acting for both entrepreneurs/promoters and investors (business angels, angel syndicates and VCs/PEs).Works extensively with scalable tech start-ups (notably, fintech and biotech), screening for legal issues and pitfalls in their business plans, providing advice in both financing and investments, as well as general corporate, commercial and contractual advise (NDAs, partnerships and JVs, vesting agreements, investment terms sheets, via convertible note or equity investments).Significant experience with crowdfunding, incubators and accelerators, both setting up the relevant programs and legal documentation (via convertible notes or equity investment), as well as advising and training the participating start-ups. 

Event Judges

Miguel Baltazar
Technical Services Director @ OutSystems Software

Miguel Baltazar holds a Computer Science major from IST with post-graduate business training from Universidade Católica and Berkeley University. With over 15 years of professional experience, initial participation in 2 successful startups and direct influence over 100 business projects world wide, Miguel has lived for the past 8 years in the Silicon Valley, where he spearheaded the OutSystems implementation in North America. He is currently based in Lisbon creating disruptive innovation by developing and deploying a methodology to deliver extremely fast projects using the OutSystems Platform. He is driven by his passion for startups and new business ideas and is committed to use his worldwide experience to mentor and support Portuguese Startups to succeed in a global market.

Paulo Pinho
Prof @ Nova SBE, on Board of Directors @ Change Partners & Sonae Capital

Paulo has extensive practical experience in private equity, currently serving on the board of directors of Sonae Capital SGPS and of Change Partners. He is also president of the general council of the Fundo de Sindicação de Capital de Risco PME-IAPMEI (a venture capital syndication fund), member of the advisory and strategic board of Fast Change Venture Capital Fund and representative director for Portugal of Venture Valuation. He has advised various enterprises in Portugal and has multiple assignments at Universidad Nova de Lisboa where he for example is serving as pro-rector in charge of Entrepreneurship and Fund Raising. 

Luís Monteiro
Founder @ Portal AXO.PT

Having started to work at an early age, he worked in telemarketing, doorstep selling, consultancy and is currently entrepreneur in the digital marketing area. He soon realized that hard work, humility and the ability to establish lasting relationships were the factors that enabled him to achieve success. With this way of being he was able to establish relationships over 20 years old, sometimes in a supplier position, sometimes as a customer. Networking is for Luis Monteiro an unavoidable reality, which is part of his way of being, always awake to the opportunities and needs of his business and of his partners He led one of the first IT leasing companies in Portugal, having pioneered the market for this type of service for most domestic companies. In 2013 he launched his latest project - Portal AXO.PT - with the ambition of becoming the reference portal for business and consumers and wishes to begin its internationalization.

Filipe Carvalho
CEO and co-Founder @ Wide Scope

Filipe Carvalho is the co-founder and CEO of Wide Scope since its foundation in 2003. He holds an MSc in Management Science/Operations Research and a first degree in Applied Mathematics to Statistics and Operations Research. He is also the author of several scientific publications and communications.
Under his management Wide Scope was recognized by InformaDB/Dun&Bradstreet as one of the fastest growing companies in Portugal (top 10 out of all Portuguese SMEs). 
Also under his management Deloitte UK ranked Wide Scope as a “Technology Fast 500” in Europe, Middle-East and Africa after analyzing five years in a row of financial performance.

Miguel Henriques
President @ FNABA, CEO @ TAGUSGÁS - Empresa de Gás do Vale do Tejo, SA

Miguel has been involved in the creation of new ventures for a long time now. From traditional industry to IT, health science, services or energy, he has always been an active part in the process of launching new companies both as entrepreneur and investor. He also created a few incubators and participated in the jury of several entrepreneurship contests. Miguel led a VC Fund for five years as well as APCRI, the Portuguese Association for Venture Capital and Private Equity. he built his managerial skills as an executive and CEO of large companies in the environmental business, energy, financial investment and others. His professional experience has provided him with the necessary expertise in reading markets and devising the appropriate strategies to deal with them, building on his basic skills as an economist, MBA and PhD researcher. He invest now as a business angel and acts currently as the President of FNABA, the Portuguese federation of BA associations.

Coaches and Mentors

André Gouveia
Founder Inngage / Design Teacher @ FBAUL²

André is an industrial designer with a degree in Equipment Design and a Master in Product Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon where he deepened his knowledge in Design Thinking as a strategy for product innovation. Co-founder of Cooperativa Criativa, where he promotes design thinking as a strategy for innovation, André founded Inngage Design to develop industrial design and innovation projects with companies and industries. Also teaches Product Design in the Equipment Design Masters at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon.

Eduardo Cruz
Head of Patent Department @ Gastão Cunha Ferreira

Eduardo is a trained Mathematician who graduated in Mathematics Applied to Computers by Universidade Autónoma Luís de Camões, after a brief passage by the Physics Engineering course, in Universidade Nova de Lisboa.  He worked as an analyst/programmer, responsible for the Computer Department and Administrative/Financial Director. In 2007 Eduardo joined Gastão Cunha Ferreira, currently responsible for the Patent department and looking forward to helping you with any IP issues during the event.

Euclides Major
Co-Founder & CEO @ GuestU

Tech & Mobile Entrepreneur in its 3rd venture, he previously co-founded Mygon, a marketplace for local services that has +150 K App downloads and an ad network of +2000 merchants; and Boost Tourism, a large Tour&Activity provider in Portugal. Prior experience in a Private Equity Boutique and in Finance in the City of London. Euclides holds a MBA from Instituto de Empresa. Travelled +30 Countries.

Joana Mendonça
Entrepreneurship Office Manager @ NOVA University Lisbon

Jorge Santos
Co-founder and Business Development Manager @ MagniFinance

Entrepreneur at heart with an IT background. 
Acquired managerial and sales experience through 5+ years of starting a IT consulting startup with increasing growth. 
Co-founder and Business Development Manager of MagniFinance a Financial and Treasury management platform for MSMEs.

Manuel Mendes
Lawyer @ Costa Pinto Advogados

Manuel has a Law Degree from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra and a Master Degree in Law and Management from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. After working for 6 years at the Lisbon office of Simmons&Simmons Rebelo de Sousa and going on a secondment at the London office of Farrer&Co, Manuel is now the founding partner of Costa Pinto Advogados Labour and Immigration Law Department. Manuel has been providing legal assistance to several startups and entrepreneurs over the last years, assisting them in the implementation of their own businesses. He is looking eager to participate in Startup Weekend where he will be available to coach and mentor the participants on legal issues.

Marco Gouveia
Google Regional Trainer

Marco Gouveia is a Digital Marketing Trainer and Consultant, specialized in Search Engine Marketing – both SEO and Google AdWords – and Web Analytics. He always defines and implements marketing strategies that are measurable and goal-oriented.

Nowadays, he plays a Digital Marketing Director role on Pestana Hotel Group, is Marketing Digital Consultant and manages his own projects. More recently, he entered the training world and became Google Regional Trainer.

Miguel Duarte
Co-founder @ iMatch

Born in 1975. Half Portuguese, Half Spanish. Mexican by adoption. Former marketeer with 10-years career in FMCG like Danone and Henkel, both in Portugal and abroad. Lived innovation from A to Z and worked with some of the world top-innovation consultancies.
Co-founder of IMATCH - CREATIVE COLLABORATION, a Business-Creativity and Innovation collaborative-consultancy company. Curator of IGNITE PORTUGAL, a series of inspiration events that consist in periodic gatherings to share 5 minutes talks about innovation, creativity, technology and entrepreneurship, in order to spark, inspire and ignite ideas.

Paulo Fonseca
User Experience Director and Founder @ laux.io

Paulo is an User Experience Designer and owns a small UX studio called laux.io 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.

Pedro Veloso
CEO and Co-founder @ Limetree

Pedro is a serial entrepreneur. He has founded his first company more than 10 years ago. Since then he has been a founder of several projects and companies.  He is married and father of 3, an avid reader and learner. When he finds time between work and kids he likes outdoor activities, sports and arts.

Samuel Gordalina
Software Engineer & Co-founder @ Epicmember

Sandra Sick
Marketing & Business Development Consultant

Sandra Sick is a Marketing & Business Development Consultant and a life-long marketer of products, services and events. Born and raised in New York, Sandra was born into a family of entrepreneurs. Her immediate and extended family is filled with independent and small business owners and being the last of five, she obtained a crash course in business development even before she went off to college to complete a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. Sandra has worked for and with a long list of tech companies in California and in 2011 she moved to Lisbon where she lives full-time and provides marketing services (and a lot of mentoring) to companies around the globe.

Tiago Moreiras
Head of Product @ Jobbox

Analytical thinker, loves to turn the whole world into a giant spreadsheet. Throw him a good challenge and watch his eyes fill with joy. Creative writer, book junkie, music lover and enthusiastic traveler.

João Carreiro
Founder and CEO @ NOZOMI - Criminal Investigation Solutions Lda.

João is a problem solver that likes to make things happen. At 16 he created the first online radio in Portugal and by only using bank loans he opened his first company at 18 while also launching a National Engineering Competition in Europe. Now on his second company, trying to leverage his expertise in homeland security to make the world a safer place with Nozomi.

Raised over 1M$ to make dreams a reality and strives to have a positive impact in the world. Proud member of the One/Thousand Network and an advisor/jury/mentor at various entrepreneurship events while also volunteering at various NGOs. A climber, adventurer and risk taker with a love for the outdoors. He's always looking for a new challenge.

Ademar Aguiar
Professor of Software Engineering @ FEUP, Porto

Ademar does a lot of different activities related with software, including research, training, consulting, ideation, development, coding, and venture development.
He forces himself to apply in real projects what he teaches and researches. He leaded several course units related with Software Engineering as a Professor at Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), he did research at INESC TEC (former INESC Porto), and he run several innovative software projects, personal and contracted, in the areas of aid development, personal knowledge management, and education.
After 25 years of coding, Ademar founds special interest on the architecture, design and implementation of complex software systems, on applying agile methods (XP, Scrum), and on using wikis, open collaboration tools, social software, and social learning environments to preserve and communicate software knowledge.

Luisa Alcacarenho
Founder @ Inbiz

With experience in human resources managment, accounting, and fiscality. Luísa has many experience in business managment. Worked has chief financial officer and general manager of Terra Pura. In 2008 decided to start her own company Inbiz, specialized in accounting, managment consultancy

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The SW 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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  • Christoph
  • Edoardo
  • Stephanie
  • Pedro Rocha
  • Moritz


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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