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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.
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 most voted ideas 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!

There are prizes for everyone who participate!

For the winner startup:
  • 6 months incubation at GNRation
  • 500€ in services from Soluções Estratégicas
  • 1 year free InvoiceXpress plan
  • 1 free year of Code School
  • 1 free year of GitHub
  • $100 credit at Amazon Web Services
  • 3 months of free web hosting at
  • 1-year free .CO domain registration
  • $1.000 credit at Google App Engine
  • $200 credit at

For the second place:
  • 3 months incubation at Factory
  • 1 year free InvoiceXpress plan

For all attendees:
  • 6 months of free service with USERfollowup
  • A special $9 month of Code School ($25 normal price)
  • 10% discount in one InvoiceXpress plan
  • $50.000 in discounts, perks and offers for many services (Linkedin, Microsoft BizSpark, Google AdWords, UserVoice, Twitter Advertising, etc.)


Nuno Miller

Chief Information Officer @ Farfetch   |   LinkedIn

Nuno Miller is an expert on the IT and Technologies Sector and has a deep knowledge on International Trading. He has an Engineering Degree in Computers and Systems and an Executive MBA in Management, worked as a consultant at Deloitte and as Director and member of the Board of Directors at Parfois.
He joined in 2011 as the Chief Information Officer where leads Software Development, User Interface, Business Intelligence, Systems Administration and IT Support teams.

Rafael Pires

Co-founder & Chief Pirate Officer at Startup Pirates   |   LinkedIn

I'm a curious tech guy, exploring the entrepreneurship world, with a recently found passion for design!
My passion for entrepreneurship lead me to co-found Startup Pirates, a one-one week community driven acceleration program for entrepreneurs in the making that aims to help entrepreneurial communities to growth. I'm also enthusiastic about sharing ideas and experiences, which leads me to participate and organize events all the time. Some examples are the Startup Pirates programs, hosting Porto Startup Coffee (monthly informal meetups for entrepreneurs) and organizing SWITCH Conference (International conference held in Portugal). Because life is about the people you meet along the way!

Roberto Machado

CEO @ Group Buddies   |   LinkedIn

With a background in Computer Science, but with plenty of experience in management and entrepreneurship, Roberto has always been interested in creating new ventures.
Currently CEO at Group Buddies where he has the opportunity to manage a fantastic group of professionals that have their hearts set in creating wonderful Web products.
He is fully committed into improving the entrepreneurial scene in Braga, his hometown, being involved in several projects meant to boost the startup ecosystem.


Afonso Santos

Owner & Manager at Tuizzi   |   LinkedIn

Energy and Passion is what Afonso is all about. With 30 years filled with experience from many different background areas, he is now keen to make his recent project,, a reference in the Outdoor Advertising Industry.

Álvaro Ferreira

Owner & Manager at Tuizzi   |   LinkedIn

Addict in life, Alvaro has 33 years and is passionate in everything he does! Although he's a computer engineer, he has already done many things in life and is now leading an innovative project called Álvaro loves traveling, listening to music, go to cinema and of course surfing!

Jose Fernandes

Co-founder & CTO @ Bloomidea   |   LinkedIn

José Fernandes is passionate about technology, marketing and business development. He loves to read and to be intellectually challenged. He is very picky about who he works with and prefers to be surrounded by only the best professionals and team players.

He is co-founder of Bloomidea and O Nosso Casamento – some of the biggest websites on the Portuguese web have been created and developed within these companies. His most recent co-founded company is Genehome, a startup that develops eHealth solutions.

At this very moment, these companies are conquering Brazil and the rest of the world with new and exciting projects in the web and mobile arena.

Elisabete Sampaio de Sá

Teacher @ University of Minho   |   LinkedIn

Teacher at the School of Economics and Management at the University of Minho, she lectures Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Strategy. With a Post-graduation in Business Management and in Entrepreneurship and New Technologies Comercialization. She's actually researching for her PhD in Entrepreneur Marketing. Elisabete Sá is also a business woman and conducts training and consulting to companies and start-ups, particularly the academic spin-offs.

João Costa


With over 5 years of experience in Digital Marketing, Communication & Advertising, started his professional career in the Marketing Department of Coca-Cola Portugal. Worked in digital campaigns for brands like Microsoft, Toshiba, Mars, L'Oréal and ZON and companies like Timwe.

Currently Country Manager at a hosting service platform with a rich social experience incorporated that aims to be the Portuguese leader in its category.


Nuno Arroteia

Managing Director at Invicta Angels

Consultant and Project Manager for SMEs and startups at Gestluz Consultores, Lda, Managing Director at VC fund IA- FCI TICE, SGPS, SA, Managing Director at process outsourcing firm Mindscope, Lda. Master degree in Management and Operations, Bsc in Business Management at Portuguese Catholic University.

Jorge Saraiva


Having studied informatics, he worked on several IT companies such as Exact before co-founding TrendSeekingTrip, an IT angel investor company.
He also manages Braga's Hackers & Founders.

João Pereira

Director of Venture Capital at Portugal Ventures   |   LinkedIn

João is Portugal Ventures’ Director of Venture Capital. He launched the Ignition Program, which aims to facilitate the access of innovative scientific and technological projects, in their seed phase, to venture capital investment. He has previous business experience at start-up companies (multimedia, consumer services and retail). João has an MSc Degree in Business Economics from University of Porto.

Tiago Gomes Sequeira
Diogo Campos
Ze Fontainhas


Jul 19
  • Doors open & Participant’s reception
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Lean Startup with Roberto Machado
  • Teams 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


Jul 20
  • 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


Jul 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Pitching Workshop with Rafael Pires
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Finish and rehearsal your presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & Go home!

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