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I am happy and proud to announce that the global success story Startup Weekends is returning to Porto after four years of silence. As a main coordinator I know what this weekend means to me: it’s about bringing innovation, collaboration and amazing ideas into life. I want each and every one participant walk out after an exhausting weekend and to feel accomplished.

I say exhausted, because Startup Weekend is not about easy. I will personally guarantee the “no talk, all action” -philosophy. The entire experience is about work and pushing yourself out of your own comfort zone. Why do we want the participants to push themselves, you ask?

Because the great success cannot be found from your comfort zone.

You don’t have to worry about the hard work though, because you won’t be there alone. You will have the experienced, professional mentors there to assist you. You will have us – the organisers – to help you out. Most importantly you will have your team – possibly your future colleagues and new friends – working together with you. It is a setting where pretty amazing things can happen. Why else would there be hundreds of successful companies found in direct consequence of a Startup Weekend.

In order to stay informed, follow us on Twitter or Facebook. We will announce the new mentors, judges, sponsors and other event details there.

We will have 60 people, 10 teams, 54 hours, 6 mentors, 3 judges and 1 final pitching contest. This is a weekend not to be missed. Sign up now!

Vilja Anttila