Techstars Meet and Greet Lisbon // Web Summit

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,300 companies grow and raise over $5 billion in funding, with a market cap of almost $16 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Come meet Techstars Managing Directors and program staff in Lisbon during Web Summit to learn more about our 45+ mentorship driven accelerator programs around the world. At this event, you’ll get to:

  • Share what you’re working on;
  • Get feedback on your idea;
  • Connect with your local entrepreneurial community;
  • See if Techstars is a good-fit to help accelerate your startup!

You can also sign up for Office Hours, one-on-one session with Techstars Program Staff, designed to help us get to know each other. During this 30 minute session, we’ll talk about how we can help you and your startup.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • 1:00pm – Doors open, food and drinks served
  • 1.30pm – Techstars Presentation
  • 2.00pm – Question Time
  • 2.30pm – Open Networking
    Event ends 3.00pm







Techstars Lisbon Meetup in Munich

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,300 companies grow and raise over $5 billion in funding, with a market cap of almost $16 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Techstars Lisbon in partnership with Semapa Next will invest in startups that are bringing Digital Transformation to the following key areas: Manufacturing, Environmental, Transportation, Logistics, Travel and Leisure.

Join us for a live and interactive session with Hugo Augusto, Managing Director of the Techstars Lisbon program to learn more. The session will cover the following agenda:

– Why Lisbon is a great place to grow your company (mentors, access to talent, among other insights)?

– How we can offer you unique resources (mentors, pilots, technology sandbox, access to distribution) in the industries listed above to help accelerate your business?

– How we can help you with your funding needs?

– Q&A

If you would like to schedule Office Hours (1-on-1 meetings) while Techstars Lisbon is in town, please schedule here.

Or check out the application form at this link.

Agenda

– 18h30: Doors Open

– 18h45: Techstars Lisbon presentation

– 19h15: Q&A








Techstars Lisbon Accelerator Wants to Meet Amazing Teams In-Person!

Hello fellow founders!

Techstars Lisbon in partnership with Semapa Next is looking for amazing teams that are solving big problems in the manufacturing, environmental, transportation, logistics, travel and leisure industries. While our applications are open, we prepared several ways to engage with you – from in-person meetups to 1-on-1 office hours to online webinars.  

First and foremost, we want to meet in-person as many of you as possible – so I will be visiting cities across North America, Europe, and Asia doing office hours with local startups, hosting presentations and generally trying to connect with as many great entrepreneurs, community leaders, investors and others as possible. Have a look at the locations below and sign up for the meetups in your city:

Recent past events

Future events

Alongside these events, I love to talk with startups about product-market fit, growth hacking, business model design, funding strategies and more. I’m offering mentoring via one-on-one meetings every week in Lisbon and in each city I’m traveling to until November 11th when applications close. So let me know if you’d like to chat – just sign up below for more.

  •       Techstars Lisbon Office Hours – Request here

We also organized webinars with Q&A sessions to share with you why Lisbon is a great place to grow your company:

  •       Monday, October 1st, 5:00 PM GMT – Webinar #1 – Sign up here
  •       Friday, October 19th, 6:00 PM GMT – Webinar #2 – Sign up here

I will be hosting these 60 minute webinars, which will cover what Techstars is, how the program works, what the value is for companies and founders (including help with funding), and, of course, some tips on how to apply.

The Lisbon program starts on the 4th of March with a Demo Day in May. The applications are open now and you get yours started online now!








Techstars Meet and Greet Paris

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $10 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We currently have applications open for Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs around the world. Join our program staff for an evening of networking, Q&A, and a chance to show us what you’re currently working on. They will be there to connect with you, inspire you, answer your questions and tell you more about our programs.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • 12:00pm – Doors open, food and drinks served
  • 12.30pm – Techstars Presentation
  • 1.00pm – Question Time
  • 1.15pm – Open Networking


Event ends 2.00pm

ALREADY KNOW THAT TECHSTARS IF A GOOD FIT FOR YOU?
Apply for Office Hours, a 30-minute session on the day of, the day before or after the Meet and Greet Event, where you meet one-on-one with one of our attending Directors.








Hugo Augusto Joins Techstars as Managing Director of Techstars Lisbon Accelerator

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, announced the Techstars Lisbon Accelerator in partnership with Semapa Next last week. Now that the applications are open, I would like to provide more insight about this program and what I hope to achieve as its managing director.

First and foremost, this program is for you, the founders. If you are obsessively thinking about how to grow your customer base, shape your product to customer feedback, or build the most talented team to achieve your vision, I would love to chat with you – simply request an office hour. For the past seven years, I have been an entrepreneur and was co-founder/CEO of a high-growth technology company that received $3 million in seed funding before being acquired by a Silicon Valley based company funded by Mark Cuban and the Chan Zuckerberg Education initiative.

As a founder and CEO, I can share with you 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 250+ paying clients in 40+ US states, or scaling a product from MVP to a client solution. Most importantly, I know how it feels – the ups and downs. I understand how hard it is, everyday, to overcome the challenges that arise from building something new. Together with Techstars worldwide network and Semapa Next’s strengths, I strongly believe that we can help you succeed.

I am thrilled that we can run this program in my hometown. Lisbon has an open and supportive community that is growing to quickly become a top European ecosystem. The startup talent is immense, the ecosystem is vibrant and growing twice the European average, leading tech companies are opening strategic offices, corporations have funding available to contract startups services, and the local government continues to provide strong incentives to create global startups.  

As David Brown mentioned in his announcement, Techstars has long had a presence in Lisbon through the Techstars Startup Weekend, dating back to 2011 and a sizeable number of Techstars accelerator alumni Portuguese companies. These alumni are part of a growing but highly experienced mentor pool that include Portuguese companies with valuations over a billion dollars (Farfetch and Outsystems) and scale-ups (Unbabel, Veniam, Feedzai, among others) that collectively have raised billions of dollars.

Semapa Next is the Venture Capital arm of Semapa, a leading diversified Portuguese group, listed in the Lisbon Stock Exchange with two of the most significant market caps. Semapa can mobilize a wide array of strategic partnerships with leading local and international corporations to provide access to piloting opportunities, distribution channels and additional mentoring.

We are focused on Industrial & Environmental Tech (AI or Machine Learning to transform the core processes of industrial businesses), Smart Transportation (technology to create and deliver new mobility solutions) and Travel & Leisure Tech (radically transform processes in Travel or Leisure businesses). This means that we have a deep understanding of these topics and we can offer you unique resources to help you accelerate your business.

Seven years ago when I started my journey as an entrepreneur, I would say that you would be crazy to come to Lisbon to accelerate your company, today I can confidently say that you are crazy not to do it!








Techstars Opens Portuguese Mentorship-Driven Accelerator with Semapa Next

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Semapa Next, the venture capital business unit of the Semapa Group, are partnering to bring a new mentorship-driven accelerator program to Lisbon, Portugal: Techstars Lisbon Accelerator in partnership with Semapa Next. Semapa Next is the Venture Capital arm of Semapa, a leading diversified Portuguese group, listed in the Lisbon Stock Exchange with two of the most significant market caps. Hugo Augusto will be the managing director for the accelerator program.

Techstars has long had a presence in Lisbon through the Techstars Startup Weekend, dating back to 2011 and a sizeable number of Techstars accelerator alumni are Portuguese companies. These alumni are part of a growing but highly experienced mentor pool that has contributed to the recent rise of Portuguese unicorns (Farfetch and Outsystems) and billions of dollars raised from startups to scale-ups (Unbabel, Veniam, Feedzai, among others).

Semapa can mobilize a wide array of strategic partnerships with leading local and international corporations to provide access to piloting opportunities, distribution channels and additional mentoring. The mentorship-driven accelerator program will invest in startups that develop innovative products, technologies and business models resulting in a significant digital transformation in companies and people’s lives.

Techstars and Semapa Next will invest in startups that are bringing Digital Transformation to the following key areas:

Industrial & Environmental Tech startups that use deep technology such as AI or Machine Learning to transform the core processes of industrial businesses with strong supply chain operations, manufacturing plants, and extensive distribution networks.

Smart Transportation startups that use technology to create and deliver new mobility solutions to transform the logistic processes of businesses and the way people and vehicles move within and around cities.

Travel & Leisure Tech startups that use technology to radically transform current business processes in the Travel & Tourism industry and leverage technology to rethink the way tourists travel, explore tourist destinations and live new experiences.

Applications for the Techstars Lisbon Accelerator in partnership with Semapa Next open today and the program will start in March 2019. For entrepreneurs interested in applying, please check out the application toolkit.