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Newsletter | 02.11.2015

Well, this escalated quickly.

Remember when Lisbon Challenge and all this hype around startups in Lisbonstarted? It’s amazing how much has happened since then… and what’s coming up next.

So, tag along and find out all the news from our crew, startups and friends.

From Beta-i…

Techstars startup program is coming to Lisbon

Hold on tight, because this is getting interesting. Startup Next, Techstars pre-accelerator is coming to Lisbon this Fall.


The program will be lead by Stephan Morais, Executive Director at Caixa Capital, and one of the most active investors in Portugal, and Karina Martins da Costa, Startup Next Global Director.

Find out more about this pre-accelerator and how to apply here.

Protechting is the new accelerator in town

Protechting by Fidelidade and Fosun is the new startup accelerator in Lisbon.

Focused on the insurance industry, Protechting is here to help bold entrepreneurs make their ideas happen and to push the Portuguese startup scene forward.

Find out more about the program here.

Beta-start is back with 10 startups (and a fish)

Our pre-accelerator, Beta-start, is back for its 11th edition, with 10 new startups.

We had the launch of the program and the team-building last week and it was full of surprises… including a taekwondo workshop and a new pet for the office, a golden fish, now called Margaret.

Deloitte Digital Disruptors is UP and running

The first corporate accelerator in Portugal, Deloitte Digital Disruptors, has gone UP.

Last week we had the bootcamp for the 25 selected startups, with workshops, pitches, a 48 hour hackathon and mentoring sessions.

Of those 25, we chose the 15 finalists, that will be joining us for the rest of the program.

ICT15 Week: EAS, TechCrunch and Seedcamp
The ICT15 week was quite interesting…

The European Accelerator Summit brought to Beta-i some of the best accelerators in the world. Soon we’ll publish the white-paper that will set the trends in acceleration.

As for TechCrunch in Lisbon, with an astonishing view over the city, it was great to see the winners of the Pitch-off competition. Find out who won here.

At ICT15 it was amazing to see so many people interested in the Startup Europe Forum, with Seedcamp’s morning session on fundraising and many other discussion panels such as Failing Forward, A Bordeless Europe for Startups and Startup Manifesto.

And, in the end, we had really good news. Portugal will have its own Startup Manifesto, defined by our great team at Beta-i. We’ll let you know more about it soon.

Up Awards: Lisbon Challenge is a finalist 

The finalists for the Up Awards are here and Lisbon Challenge, our accelerator, made it to the list. Thanks for your support. We’ll know the results on November 27th.

From our startups…

Inviita shows how to get featured on TechCrunch

Inviita, our alumni from Lisbon Challenge, has been featured on TechCrunch, and it was considered the “Best New App” on App Store. Find out how they got Mike Butcher, Editor-At-Large at TechCrunch, to write about them, in this blogpost.

Uniplaces provides rent guarantee for landlords

Uniplaces, the student accommodation platform, has just launched a new feature. They will guarantee landlords the rent, if the student doesn’t pay until the end of the contract.

They have also been featured on Forbes and they will have a special announcement tomorrow at Google in Dublin (if you’re around and if you want to join them just register here).

12 Portuguese startups going to Web Summit

12 Portuguese startups are on their way to Dublin for the Web Summit, including our alumni B-Guest. See you all there.

Mytriphoto now based in Dubai  

After Chile and Portugal, Mytriphoto is now heading to Dubai, to provide a better online marketing solutions for hotels. Read the whole story in this blogpost.

Petable and Whale on Deloitte Digital Disruptors

Our alumni from Lisbon Challenge, Petable and Whale, are now joining Deloitte Digital Disruptors. Check out all the other startups who will be joining them.

FollowPrice and Leap in the US 

FollowPrice is in San Francisco to expand their network, while Leap, went all the way from Bulgaria to the US to make some contacts. Let them know if you’re around.

From our partners…

Up Awards: Caixa Capital is a finalist  

Our partners from Caixa Capital are part of the finalists for the Up Awards, by Portugal Startups. They’re on the run to win the best venture capital in Portugal. The winners will be announced soon.

Portugal Ventures Call for Entrepreneurship 

Portuguese VC, Portugal Ventures, is looking for the best startups to apply for their Call for Entrepreneurship. Apply here until November the 12th.

Ativar Portugal from Microsoft

Microsoft is holding an event for 30 startups, called Ativar Portugal, on November 12th. In the morning you’ll have a session on growth hacking and the afternoon one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Check out all the info on this great initiative here.

Events we recommend

Nov 3-5: Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland

Nov 6: Lisbon Challenge – MVP Showcase

Nov 11-12: Slush in Helsinki, Finland

Nov 12: Ativar Portugal – Growth Hacking Day

Nov 14: Beta-start’s Helpathon

Nov 24: Lisbon Challenge Tourism Day


FixeAds – supporting bold entrepreneurs  

Our partners at FixeAds, are one of the main sponsors for Beta-start, our pre-accelerator. They have been sharing their experience in developing successful online platforms such as Olx and Standvirtual, with our bold entrepreneurs. Thanks for your support.
Thank you all for your support:


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